No.639947, Sergeant (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) Bertie SHELDRICK
Aged 24

115 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Killed on Active Service on Sunday, 29th December 1940

Bertie Sheldrick was born in Isleham in 1916 (Newmarket Q2-1916 3B:878), son of Edward and Sarah SHELDRICK (née LAMBERT).
In 1939 the family were in Mill Street, Isleham - father Edward [20-1-1880] a journeyman bricklayer; mother Sarah [10-10-1880] and brother Edward J [19-12-1910] a builder's labourer.

He took off from RAF Marham, Norfolk, in Vickers Wellington Mk 1C, T2465, call sign KO-O at 17:17 on 29th December on a bombing mission to Hamm. The exact cause of the crash in unknown. All the crew were buried initially in a collective grave 28:A:55 at Bochum Cemetery, but exhumed and re-interred in Reichswald on 9th June 1947.

The crew was:-
Pilot - P/O P.G.H.Salmon, Sgt C.E.R.Yard, P/O R.T.Hewer, Sgt B.Sheldrick, Sgt R.W.Yarwood and Sgt J.S.Beattie.

photo; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bertie Sheldrick is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany - collective grave 28:A:1-6

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