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Albert Edward Wotherspoon

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Albert Edward Wotherspoon

March 17, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/95509

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

103 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Born:

January 25, 1924

Son of John and Annie Mildred (née Wassill) Wotherspoon of Langenbury, Saskatchewan. He was the brother of John Wilfred, who also served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and died on November 30, 1958. Pilot Officer Alfred Wotherspoon has been commemorated by the Province of Saskatchewan by the naming of Wotherspoon Lake in his honour.

Commemorated on Page 577 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Coll. grave 4. E. 12-15.

Location:

Durnbach is a village 16 kilometres east of Bad Tolz, a town 48 kilometres south of Munich. Durnbach War Cemetery is 3 kilometres north of the village Gmund am Tegernsee. Using the A8 from Munich, turn off at the junction Holzkirchen, taking the 318 road in the direction of Gmund am Tegernsee. At the crossroads with the 472, turn left in the direction of Miesbach. The cemetery is situated approximately 500 metres on the left from the 318/472 crossroads.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Albert Edward Wotherspoon is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Albert Edward Wotherspoon is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of ALBERT EDWARD WOTHERSPOON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– MINUTE #1  (29/9/45)

This is the document that officially confirmed the death of the three Canadian crew members;A C Watts, William H Fetherston, and A E Wotherspoon.  The other Canadian was able to bail out and survived the crash.  The other members of the crew were not RCAF.

Source: Library and Archives Canada via R Whitehouse
RG 112 Volume 30643
  • Investigative Report– #2 MREU  Report on Lancaster NN758

Page #1 of Missing Air Crew Report

Source: Library and Archives Canada via R Whitehouse
RG 112 Volume 30643
  • Investigative Report Page 2– #2 MREU  Report on Lancaster NN758

Page #2 of Missing Air Crew Report

Source: Library and Archives Canada via R Whitehouse
RG 112 Volume 30643
  • Report– CRASHED BRITISH AIRCRAFT Report  11 July 45

Post was report on the remains of an aircraft found 2 miles north of the German twn own Laichingen.  It details all of the evidence that this was the Watts crew's aircraft.  It details that the local population buried the six crew members in a local cemetery.

Source: Library and Archives Canada via R Whitehouse
RG 112 Volume 30643
  • Post Presumption Report– Post Presumption Report on Lancaster NN758

Source: Library and Archives Canada via R Whitehouse
RG 112 Volume 30643
  • Log Book for December 44– All log book images are taken from the Wotherspoon Log Book found in his file at Library and Archives Canada.  Only the period of his operation missions are shown.  They ran from December 1944 to Mar 16, 1945.  

Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol28986 via Robert W.Whitehouse
  • Log Book for January '45– All log book images are taken from the Wotherspoon Log Book found in his file at Library and Archives Canada.  Only the period of his operation missions are shown.  They ran from December 1944 to Mar 16, 1945.  

Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol28986 via Robert W.Whitehouse
  • Log Book for February '45– All log book images are taken from the Wotherspoon Log Book found in his file at Library and Archives Canada.  Only the period of his operation missions are shown.  They ran from December 1944 to Mar 16, 1945.  

Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol28986 via Robert W.Whitehouse
  • Log Book for 1-15 March '45– All log book images are taken from the Wotherspoon Log Book found in his file at Library and Archives Canada.  Only the period of his operation missions are shown.  They ran from December 1944 to Mar 16, 1945.  

Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol28986 via Robert W.Whitehouse
  • Last Mission (Nurnberg) 16 March '45– All log book images are taken from the Wotherspoon Log Book found in his file at Library and Archives Canada.  Only the period of his operation missions are shown.  They ran from December 1944 to Mar 16, 1945.  

Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol28986 via Robert W.Whitehouse
  • Group Photo– Crew of Lancaster NN758, lost on the night of March 16th 1945.

F/Lt. A.C. "Al" Watt, Pilot (RCAF J/89387) KIA 17-MAR-45
Sgt. J.F. “Jim” Jackson, Flight Engineer (RAF, 3040028) KIA 17-MAR-45
F/Sgt. W.H. “Bill” Fetherston, Bomb Aimer(RCAF, R/190659) KIA 17-MAR-45
F/Sgt. G.W. “George” Blackshaw, Navigator (RAF, 1620678) KIA 17-MAR-45
F/Sgt. J.S. “Stan” Hickey, Wireless Operator (RAF, 1230658) KIA 17-MAR-45
F/Sgt. A.C. Bellisle, Mid-Upper Gunner (RCAF, R/271059) POW 18-MAR-45 (Stalag 5a)
  • Temporary Grave Marker– Original burial site, Lachigen
  • Temporary Grave Marker– Final burial site, Durnbach

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