William Abram Mitcham, a Wireless Operator, was posted to 626 Squadron
on the 22nd November 1944 from 101 Squadron.
the evening of the 4th April 1945 Plt Off Mitcham and his
crew took off from RAF Wickenby in Lincolnshire at 21.01 hours in Lancaster
PD295 UM-B2 on a mission to bomb a synthetic oil plant near Lutzkendorf.
time after take off the aircraft crashed into the sea just off the French
channel coast, the reasons for the crash are not known.
five bodies of the seven crewmen were found, these being washed ashore
at various times and locations after the crash.
research has found that the bodies of Plt Off Mitcham and Sgt Clarke
were washed ashore near the French village of Equihen and the bodies
were initially buried in Equihen Churchyard. However at some time later,
the bodies were transferred to Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Index No Fr.184.
Off Moore is buried in Calais Southern Cemetery, France.
Davies is buried in Pihen-les-Guines War Cemetery, France.
Fletcher is buried in Texel (Den Burg) General Cemetery, Holland.
bodies of Flt Lt Eames and Fg Off Young were never found, they are remembered
at the Runnymede Memorial (panel 265 and 268 respectively).