Flight Sergeant John Leonard GLANFIELD

Service No: 430026
Born: Flemington VIC, 3 February 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 4 December 1942
Unit: No. 15 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Mildenhall
Died: Air Operations: (No. 15 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LM156), Germany, 13 June 1944, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alfred Ernest and Ruby Glanfield; husband of Margaret Therese Glanfield, of East Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Prahran VIC
Remembered: Panel 122, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2312 hours on the night of 12 June 1944 Lancaster LM156 took off from Mildenhall to bomb Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. It was later established that the aircraft was hit by flak and crashed near Buer Hasbel on
13 June 1944. Buer Hasbel is approximately 5 miles north of Gelsenkirchen. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of LM156 were:

Flight Sergeant John Leonard Glanfield (430026) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flying Officer Sydney Ernest Gough (423712) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant P F G Pearsall (1892105) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flying Officer Simon Phillips (415223) (RNZAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant Horace Dawson Scott (1323101) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer James Albert Simcox (169451) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Raymond Howard Wilton (143921) (RAFVR) (Bomb Aimer)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/15/269

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