16/17 December 1943

Tonight, at about this time, the first of the 21 Lancasters would be departing from Bourn. Right now, on the darkening airfield, all of the engines would be roaring and the air would be electric.

In three hours time, the Brill crew would be lost over Berlin. Crew: Brill

In seven hours time, the first of the returning aircraft would be landing. In the two hours after that, the numerous crashes would take place.

Tonight we remember all those who died, and those who survived horribly injured. See Memorial Page

Eric Rimmington

I am very sad to inform you all that Eric Rimmington of the Benton crew passed away on 9th October 2016. He was 95 years old.

As his daughter Joan wrote, Eric was ‘a wonderful, much loved and respected man by all that knew him’.

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Eric at Bourn in 2014, with his wife on the right. On the left is Jackie Skingley, the daughter of his old crew mate Jack Skingley. 

I was in correspondence with Eric for several years, but the only time I met him was at the old airfield at Bourn in the summer of 2014.  He was so extremely modest that he did not want to wear his medals until he was pressed to do so – everybody wanted to take a photograph of him with them. He was such a lovely gentleman, and the word ‘gentleman’ suited him perfectly.

Jennie Gray

Edwards Crew

The Edwards crew page has been transferred from the old website with some new material, including photographs of the second bomb aimer, Kenneth Barker and some other members of the crew.

https://raf-pathfinders.com/crew-edwards/

As tonight is the anniversary of Black Thursday, it is good to remember the lines written by Jack Skingley, who was on this crew, which can be applied to all the lost airmen:

To rid the World of horror and of vice,
They gave their lives, what Greater Sacrifice!

I give you ‘Our Heroes’

"We Guide to Strike", "Achieve Your Aim"