419 Squadron

On May 24th 1943 F/S Frederick Piper and his crew; Navigator P/O Arlo H Wetter, B/A F/S Robert "Tex" Jordan, F/E Sgt. George Irving, WAG F/S George Connor, MUG F/S Cecil "Brown" Brown and Rear Gunner F/S Joseph Renaud arrived at 419 Squadron from No. 1659 HCU.

F/S Jordan was Texas and P/O Wetter was from Minnesota USA.

Piper completed his two 2nd. pilot sorties by the end of May 1943. His only operation with 419 Squadron was on the night of June 12/13 1943.

434 Squadron

Sometime after June of 1943 the Piper crew were posted to 434 Squadron.
On the night of August 17/18 while on an operation over Peenemunde the Halifax they were on was hit by flak, the reports indicate that all but two of the crew were killed.

Sgt. Irving and P/O Wetter bailed out over Westerland where they were soon captured. Both were sent to Stalag Luft VI. Both men were most likely in the forced Marches that occured during the winter of '44/'45.

The original burial place of the men lost was Parish Cemetery of Westerland . They were later moved to Kiel War Cemetery after 1945, F/S Jordan was buried in the American section.

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