Cemetery Den Ham (Overijssel)
|No||Name||Rank||Service#||Regiment||Date of Death||Age||Grave|
|1||BLOW, KENNETH LESLIE OWEN||Warrant Officer ( Nav. )||751684||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve||10/12/1943||22||Grave 763|
|2||KNIGHT, LESLIE GORDON||Flight Lieutenant||401449||Royal Australian Air Force||16/09/1943||22||Grave 765|
|3||MAIR, THOMAS||Flight Sergeant ( Pilot )||656406||Royal Air Force||10/12/1943||24||Grave 764|
Cemetery: Den Ham General Cemetery, Overijssel, Netherlands
Grave Reference/Panel Number: Grave 765
Leslie Knight member of the famous 617 squadron (Dambusters)
Awarded DSO 18th May 1943. Killed in action Thursday 16th September 1943
The Dams raid on 16th & 17th May 1943
Crew of the Lancaster ED-912 "AJ-N" for Nan
Pilot : Pilot Officer L.G Knight --- Awarded DSO
Navigator : Flying Officer H.S Hobday --- Awarded DFC
Flight Engineer : Sergeant R.E Graystone
Bomb Aimer : Flying Officer E.C Johnson --- Awarded DFC
Wireless Operator : Flight Sergeant R.G.T Kellow
Front Gunner : Sergeant F.E Sutherland
Rear Gunner : Sergeant H.E O'Brien
Aircraft departed at 21:59 (9.59pm) and returned at 04:20 (4.20am)
This was the last Upkeep
(The name of the rotating bomb) of wave 1.The crew were spot on with the marking.
The bomb was released and hit the target, due to the Ederdam already weakened by the fist two explosions,
the wall gave way leading to breach dam number two.
The damage can still be seen on the Ederdam see right picture.
This was the largest masonry dam in Germany,
It reached 138 feet into the air and was 119 feet thick at the base,
tapering to 20 feet at the top and a length of 1310 feet.
The Eder is some 25 miles east of the Mohne dam.
The Reservoir was much larger than the Mohne,
it could hold up to 7100 million cubic meters of water
Short history on the plane Lancaster AJ-N:
Delivered 3rd May1943. Pilot
transferred to No 46 MU (maintenance) 15th February, Dismantled 26th September 1946.
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