The Crew

Crew of the Lancaster bomber 564 HK AA-P

The Lancaster who was shot down near Ouren, belonged to the 75th squadron, had series number 564 HK AA-P and was launched from the airfield of Mepal in England.

“ake ake kia kaha“ (Maori)

(“forever and ever be strong”)

the crew:

P/O   MULCAHY Cyril Desmond pilot officer New Zeeland  
S PARKER Robert Ronald S.    navigator sergent England
F/O HAZARD Whelan Fallon radio sergent New Zeeland  
F/S THOMSON Edward Leonard aircraft mechanic  New Zeeland  
P/O ELVIN William bombardier New Zeeland  
F/S JOHNSTON    Haig Douglas gunner sergeant New Zeeland  
F/S WRIGHT John Herbert gunner sergeant New Zeeland  


The Lancaster which crashed on the return flight from Rüsselheim about 1 am near Weiswampach, had the series number ME 596 QR-H. It belonged to the 61st squadron and was launched from the airfield of Skellingthorpe in England.

“per purum tonantes “

(“thundering through the clair air”)

the crew:

F/O   TAYLOR Gerald Mclaughin   pilot officer Canada
F/S BURNSIDE John Kean navigator England  
P/O NEWIN Arthur Francis radio Canada
F/O MEEK J. aircraft mechanic  Canada
S ADAIR Stanley bombardier England
S GOULDING Wiliam gunner sergeant England
P/O SCRIMSHAW   Christopher gunner lieutenant England


A member of the crew of the plane plane ME 596 QR-H, which was shot down near Weiswampach, survived the crash and became prisoner of war. Flight Officer J. Meek, aircraft mechanic, succeeded in parachuting and was found after that near Lieler (Luxembourg) by Germans, where he ended in captivity. The exact facts of his arrest can't more clearly be determined 60 years later.

Route of the Lancaster Bombers