30 June 1944
On the evening of 30th June 1944 LM621 took off from RAF Grimsby on a bombing mission with 113 other aircraft against the Vierzon railyards in France. It never returned home.
It was shot down over France. Six of the crew managed to bail out. The Mid-Upper Gunner Flight Sergeant John Eason Sharpley was killed.
This is the story of that mission, subsequent aircrew escape and evasion reports and PoW reports.
See the details and the stories of each of the crew in "THE CREW" and of the overall mission in "THE AIRCRAFT" from the links above.
Information contained in this page has been collated from various sources including The National Archives, Imperial War Museum London, LostAircraft.com, AircrewRemembered.com, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and many thanks to Charlton "Chuck" Stanley for information about the Buchenwald airmen. Photos of the crew are courtesy of John Sharpley's Sister and Niece.
This site is dedicated to the crew of LM621 including my Grandad, Harry Dale. It is especially dedicated to Flight Sergeant Sharpley. Rest in Peace. You paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.