In memory of my father Flt Lt Jack Skingley DFC 97 Sqdn RAF and those who died with him on 21 July 1944

97 Squadron Aircrew after Bourn - CONINGSBY

Aircrew Losses

Entry in ORB reads: PA979R F/O H.W.J.Edwards, F/O W.Hannah, F/L E.C.Burt, F/L J.Skingley, F/O K.S.Barker (Vis A/B), P/O A.W.A.Burnell, F/L R.Underhill, F/Sgt J.Rumney. Up 2319 4 x TI green, 10 x 1000lb MC/GP. Aircraft missing - nothing heard of after take off.

Extract from Bomber Command Losses - 20/21.7.44
Lancaster III PA979 OF - R. Op Courtrai. T/O 2319 Coningsby with orders to bomb railway yards. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. F/L Barker had flown previously with 61 Squadron, his DFM being published on 13 August 1943. On this sortie he was acting as a second air bomber. F/O Edwards was the son of Chief Stoker Hubert Harry Edwards RN who lost his life on active service on 13 November 1940.

Jack Skingley
Born in 1916 at Watford.
Member of Reigate Borough Police Force which he joined in April 1936.
Enlisted in April 1941, trained in Canada, and was commissioned in November 1942.
Reported missing from operations over the Normandy battlefront 20th/21st July 1944.
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for "the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty", with effect from July 20th 1944.


Operation: Courtrai, 20/21 July 1944
Lost without trace, all the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede memorial

Pilot: F/O Edward Hubert William Joseph Edwards, 157108, 31 years old
F/E: F/O William Hannah DFC, 155897, 24 years old
Nav: F/Lt Eric Cyril Burt DFC, 118027, 23 years old
B/A: F/Lt Jack Skingley DFC, 134721, 28 years old
2nd B/A: F/O Kenneth Stowell Harrison Barker DFM, 146946, 24 years old
W/Op: P/O Aubrey William Alexander Burnell, 177502, 24 years old
M/u/G: F/Lt Claude Raymond Underhill, 136718, 34 years old
R/G: F/Sgt Joseph Rumney, 2209612, 20 years old