Flight Sergeant Oliver James Tanner RAAF

Crew                                     :  Flight Sergeant Oliver James Tanner RAAF

Service Number                   :  414170

Awards

Awarded

Citations

Known postings

H.C.U                                    : Unknown

No.623 Squadron                 : 18th August 1943

Promotions

Operations flown

23.08.1943                          

F/Sgt Shaw & Crew

2nd Pilot

Berlin

BK803 IC-D

Target attacked from 17,500ft on Green TI Markers. Fires well concentrated around TI’s.

24.08.1943          

Pilot

Mining

Nectarines 1

EF489 IC-F

Two mines dropped on Gee, one brought back due to electrical failure which prevented jettisoning

31.08.1943          

W/Cdr Little DFC

2nd Pilot

Berlin

EE949 IC-G

2029hrs – MISSING

Notes

Short Stirling EE949 IC-G crashed at Werdig, 9kms NW of Belzig, Germany. Only two of the crew were subsequently  buried and details kept, the 20-years-old pilot and the crews wireless operator.  Both were initially buried in the parish cemetery of Goerzke, 45 miles SW of Berlin. The bodies and that of three unknown aircrew were buried in a mass grave. The remains of both Flight Sergeant Tanner and Sergeant A J Millin RAFVR were both exhumed in 1950. They now both rest in the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. The remaining crew, including the squadron commander are recorded on the Runnymede Memorial.

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Copy of the Bomber Command Loss Card

Tanner FTR

Copy of the letter sent to the father of Flight Sergeant Tanner informing him his son had failed to return. The letter is signed No.623 Squadrons commanding officer Wing Commander Wynne-Powell.