9 / 10 August 1943
# JD408 DY-R
S/L L J Pestridge POW
P/O J Burdon WIA died of wounds
P/O A R Hunter DFC RCAF POW
F/O L Bays KIA
F/S K P Walker POW
Sgt L G Dunn POW
S/S F A Sherrington KIA
T/o 2250 Pocklington
Shot down by nightfighter and abandoned West of Mannheim. F/O Bays was found with fatal injuries and is believed to have struck the propeller as he made his exit.
Along with F/S Sherrington he is buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery.
We found out that Burdon was found a day later fatally injured not far away from the plane wreck. He died of his wounds on August 10, 1943.
The plane crashed at Vollmersbach, today suburb of Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
Research was done by Klaus Zimmer and Roland Geiger. Unfortunately Jim Pestridge, the pilot, was the only crew member we could locate and get in contact to.
This is his story.
(Note: town's names in brackets were filled in by Roland Geiger)