ROWLINSON, Cedric Reginald

Tenate et perficite (Attempt and achieve)

569972, Sergeant (Flt-Engineer), Cedric Reginald ROWLINSON
Aged 21

102 (Ceylon) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in Action on Tuesday, 2nd June 1942

Cedric Reginald Rowlinson was born in 1921 in Kedington (Risbridge Q2-1920 4A:1910), son of Orris William and Ellen Rosina ROWLINSON (née UNCLES).

In the 1939 register at Sims Farm, Kedington were his father Orris W [20-2-1890] a farmer; his mother Ellen R [26-11-1888] and his brother Cyril B [6-3-1916] assisting father on farm. Both men were Air Raid Precautions wardens.

The second of the 1,000 bomber raids on Germany took place on the night 1st/2nd June 1942. Handley Page Halifax MkII, ser no R9529, c/sign DY-H took off at RAF Dalton ( a satellite for RAF Topcliffe) in Yorkshire at 23:20, target- Essen. The aircraft crashed near Dusseldorf and the entire crew were killed. They were initially buried in the Nordfriedhof in Dusseldorf and on 30th November 1946 were finally re-interred in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

The crew were Sgt E.G.Newell- pilot; P/O T.M.Carter - navigator; Sgt R.G.Rowlinson- Flt Engineer; Sgt D.C.Grieve- W/Op-Air Gnr; Sgt G.M.Selwyn- W/Op-Air Gnr; Sgt J.B.Teesdale-Smith- Air Gnr. All were Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

photo suitably amended as to c/sign

Cedric has a plaque above the church door, just to the left as you enter

photo: Commonwealth War Grave Commission

Cedric Rowlinson is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, grave 9:E:12

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