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Dean David Erskine Ellis



Flt Sgt Dean was the mid upper gunner on Lancaster W4946 which took off on the night of 27 July 1943 to bomb Hamburg Germany.  Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base.

Following enquiries after the war it is believed the aircraft was shot down and crashed into the sea.

There were no survivors. 

Flt Sgt Dean is one of three crew members still missing and their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing Runnymede Surrey England. 


F-Sgt David Erskine Dean. RAAF, who was reported missing on July 28 after operations over Hamburg, and is now presumed dead. He is the only son of Mr and Mrs Ellis Dean of New Town, and is in his 21st year.

The Mercury 2 Feb 1944

Photo from the Mercury






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