Avro Lancaster III (#EE195) aircraft, Code GZ-B, with its aircrew of seven airmen of 12 Squadron, went down into the sea off the coast of the Netherlands during a night operation against Cologne, Germany.
The seven airmen who perished in the crash were-
RCAF Flying Officer Howard Cedric TREHERNE,
RAFVR Sergeant Mervyn Barnaby NOBLE,
RAFVR Sergeant Francis Donovan AYERST,
RAF Squadron Leader Frederick John KNIGHT,
RAF Flight Sergeant Frank BIRKIN,
RAFVR Sergeant Ernest Frederick LAWRENCE and
RAFVR Sergeant James Roy BOXALL.
Trade: Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Service Number: 1377776
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: 12 RAF Squadron; RAF Wickenby in Lincolnshire
(MOTTO-‘Leads The Field’)
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ayerst; husband of Joan Clare Ayerst of Bognor Regis, Sussex, England.