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Wing Commander George Harcus SHEEHAN (37587) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Pilot

Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Lancaster I R5662
 IBCC

Death of Death 1942-08-25

Served in 61 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Coll. grave 1. G. 17-22. at Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany (Map)

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Awards for Wing Commander G H SHEEHAN (37587), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

DateAwardRankName (Number)UnitRibbon
1941-01-01MiDWg CdrGEORGE HARCUS SHEEHAN (37587)
Notification Only London Gazette No. 35029, Dated 1941-01-01

London Gazette Mentions

NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
37587George Harcus SHEEHANLondon Gazette issue : 34733 , Dated 1939-11-14 , Download #34733
37587George Harcus SHEEHANLondon Gazette issue : 35010 , Dated 1940-12-10 , Download #35010
37587G H SHEEHANLondon Gazette supplement : 35630 , Dated 1942-07-10 , Download #35630
37587G H SHEEHANLondon Gazette issue : 35618 , Dated 1942-07-03 , Download #35618

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Aircraft Name: Lancaster I R5662 Date of Crash: 25 Aug 42 Unit 61 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Germany
Aircrew details
Details Took off 2120 24 Aug 1942 from Syerston. Crashed at Efferen 6 km SW of Cologne where all were buried.
Source Henk Welting's Database

Other Casualities in Lancaster I R5662

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantJoseph Mckay ATKINSON (R/66686) Wireless Op Lancaster I R5662  IBCC 1942-08-2561 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
SergeantAnthony Frederick Phillip CURSETT-SUTHERLAND (923436) Wireless Op Lancaster I R5662  IBCC 1942-08-2561 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Flight SergeantBenjamin John DAVIS (928365) Observer Lancaster I R5662  IBCC 1942-08-2561 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
SergeantHarold EKIN (627523) Air Gunner Lancaster I R5662  IBCC 1942-08-2561 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Flight SergeantNoel Roy MEYER (405303) Pilot Lancaster I R5662  IBCC 1942-08-2561 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
SergeantJohn McCLEARY (1126145) Air Gunner Lancaster I R5662  IBCC 1942-08-2561 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Wing CommanderGeorge Harcus SHEEHAN (37587) Pilot Lancaster I R5662  IBCC 1942-08-2561 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery

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42475 S/l E.r.m.appleton.Henk (& Co.), Appleton received severe burns when !6 OTU Hampden I P1251 crashed on 7-5-1940. The crew were: 37587 S/L George Harcus SHEEHAN* RAF - Injured (Australian - + 24/25-8-1942 - No.61 Sqn - BCL3/189) 516888 Sgt R P STILWELL - Injured 42475 P/O Edward Robert Myddleton APPLETON RAF - Severe burns LAC BROWNE - Injured AC1 CLARKE - Injured * Often, incorrectly referred to as - SHEENAN. See: BCL7/14 Completely lost trace of Appleton after this incident. Certainly couldn't connect him with any known 422 Sqn RCAF loss. Thanks, Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 2nd February 2010 09:14:17
W/C George Harcus Sheehan 37587Hello Susan, and Welcome to the RAFCommands. Here is what I have in my files on George Harcus SHEEHAN: Born: 28/3/1915 New South Wales, Australia. Enlisted RAAF, Point Cook, Victoria (Cadet) 15/1/1935 (Intake - 30 cadets, 8 of whom would eventually be granted Short Servive Commissions in the RAF). Graduated - Point Cook 10/11/1935 Departed Melbourne (Station Pier), 14/1/1935, aboard R.M.S. Comorin (picked up Geoffrey Edward HORNE at Fremantle, Western Australia) en route to London. The eight were: 37582 Frederick William FLOOD - + 11/9/1940. No.235 Sqn. Blenheim IV Z5725:LA-G - CCL1/63. 37585 Geoffrey Edward HORNE 37584 Henry Daniel NEWMAN - Twice Mentioned in Despatches (WWII) (later OBE). ?????? John Barrington PASCOE-WEBB - + 13/4/1937 No.27(B) Sqn. Wapiti IIA K1031. 37583 Vernon RAY - Later transferred to RAAF (1/4/1941), 282629 - KCVSA (W/C.) 1/9/1944. 37587 George Harcus SHEEHAN - + 25/8/1942 No.61 Sqn. Lancaster I R5662 - BCL3/189. 37588 Ernest Alfred WHITELEY - Later S/L, DFC. 25/7/1941 - No.69 Sqn. 37589 Noel William WRIGHT - + 24/8/1943 No.77 Sqn. RAF, Halifax II JD465:KN-U - BCL4/281. All granted Short Service Commissions on 21/2/1936, and to RAF Uxbridge. Sheehan, confirmed in appointment as Acting Pilot Officer and graded Pilot Officer 16/8/1936. Posted to No.102 (B) Sqn, Finningley, 6/10/1936. Acting Pilot Officer to Flying Officer 21/9/1937. Promoted to Flight Lieutenant 21/9/1939. Father, James Arthur SHEEHAN (67) died 15/4/1940 (Bago Lower, Batlow, N.S.W.). Injured - No.16 OTU Hampden I P1251 - 7/5/1940 - BCL7/14. Promoted to Squadron Leader 1/12/1940. Mentioned in Despatches (A/S/L) 1/1/1941 (New Year's Honours List). Promoted to Wing Commander 1/6/1942. F.T.R. (Frankfurt) 25/8/1942 - No.61 Sqn. Lancaster I R5662:QR-A - BCL3/189. In correspondence, Sheehan is mentioned as 2nd Pilot aboard R5662. As to the leadership of No.61 Sqn., I have no information. That's all that I have. If you have more, I would appreciate seeing it. Corrections, additions welcomed. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 11th April 2017 06:10:14
W/C George Harcus Sheehan 37587Wing Commander Sheehan was an Australian serving in the RAF, killed 24/25 August 1942 on a raid on Frankfurt in R5662 with the 61 Sqn crew of F/Sgt Noel Roy Meyer. RNZAF. This may have been a second dickey trip, and I have a sneaking suspicion that Sheehan was slated to take over 61 Sqn, but does anyone have any information that confirms or denies this? I have a little biographical information on him, but I suspect there may be an interesting story here. ....Read More.susanpaxton on 10th April 2017 07:08:39

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