Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1944, Sergeant Leslie Joseph Richardson and Pilot Officer Sigmund Bernard Bandur, 619 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, were killed when their plane was shot down over Norfolk. They were on their way home after a successful bombing raid on Duisburg in Germany. As they neared R.A.F. East Wretham, six miles north-east of Thetford, they were shot down by an enemy fighter plane, believed to be flown by Feldwebel Johann Trenke, an Austrian pilot of the Luftwaffe.
Sergeant Richardson, flight engineer, was 19 years old and from York. He is buried in Fulford Cemetery in York.
Pilot Officer Sigmund Bernard Bandur, navigator, was 28 years old and from Broderick, Saskatchewan, in Canada. He is buried in tthe Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey; on his headstone are the words: “Beati mortui qui in Domino moriuntur. Requiescat in pace”. (Blessed the dead who die in the Lord. Rest in peace).
Also killed in the crash (and for whom no photographs could be currently located) were:
Flying Officer Robert Hall Redshaw, pilot, was 22 years old and from North Shields. He is buried in the Tynemouth (Preston) Cemetery.
Flying Officer Frederick John Baker, air gunner, was 38 years old, married, and from Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex. He is buried in the Cambridge City Cemetery and on his headstone are the words, “The peace that passeth all understanding”.
Sergeant Kenneth Wilfred Harmer, wireless operator, was 21 years old and from Foleshill in Warwickshire. He is buried in the Coventry (St. Paul’s) Cemetery.
Sergeant Ronald Alexander McKay, air gunner, was 30 years old and from Godalming in Surrey. He is buried in the Godalming New Cemetery.