51 Squadron

John Hubert Yearsley 1910-1945 RAF

John Hubert Yearsley Burial Plot
Photo: Joint grave of John Hubert Yearsley

Date of enlistment: 11 Aug 1943. Qualified Air Gunner 30 March 1944. Posted to 51 Squadron on 22 October 1944. Reported missing, presumed KIA on 5 January 1945, aged 34.
Sergeant 2221696, Air Gunner, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died age 35. Halifax III bomber no. MX 918 MH-U. Take off approx. 16:36 from Snaith. Crashed circa 19:30 roughly 3kms west of Kaltenweide, a village 12km north from the centre of Hannover. Mission was to attack a target in Hannover. Five of seven crew were killed, 2 taken POW. Buried Hannover Rummer British Military Cemetery. According to research, that night out of 340 Halifaxes sent on this operation, 23 were lost. Commonwealth War Dead. Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany. Joint grave 2. F. 2-3.

189431 Flight Sgt E G Stevens (x) Pilot.
3031571 Sgt a R Pritchard (x) Flight Engineer.
1607371 Flight Sgt W S Spratt (x) Navigator.
1430889 Flight Sgt J R Whitmore (x) Bomb Aimer.
1864682 Flight Sgt R A Gibbs (pow) Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.
1894281 Sgt E Timms (pow) Air Gunner.

John Hubert Yearsley’s earliest known ancestor is James Yearsley b abt 1756, Ruardean, Gloucestershire, England (confirmed). Son of Thomas and Helen Maud Yearsley; husband of Enid Bertha Yearsley, of Northfield, Birmingham.

Photo: Halifax Bomber