Fred Alwyn PEARSON
Son of Harry and Mary Pearson, of Queensbury; husband of Joan M. Pearson, of Queensbury. Fred served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as a Flight Sergeant (Pilot) with 149 Squadron. He died on 12th March 1943, aged 29. Fred is buried at BERGH (BEEK) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHYARD, Netherlands.
Fred was the pilot of Stirling bomber EF330, a four-engined heavy bomber. At 19:38hrs on 12th March EF330 took off from Lakenheath airfield, the plane was engaged and shot down at 22:03hrs by a night-fighter piloted by Wilhelm Dormann.
Headstone inscription: “May his sacrifice help to bring peace and freedom for which he died. Dearly loved”.
The crew of EF330:
Flight Sergeant Fred Alwyn PEARSON, aged 29, Pilot. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Sergeant Victor PAGE, aged 25, Pilot. Royal Air Force.
Flying Officer Greaton Wesley SELLERS, Navigator. Royal Canadian Air Force.
Sergeant William Hugh CLAYTON, aged 30, Wireless Operator. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Flight Sergeant Phillip Holmes SKINNER, aged 21, Observer. Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Sergeant Jack MISSELDINE, aged 21, Flight Engineer. Royal Air Force.
Warrant Officer George William MILLER, aged 23. Royal Canadian Air Force.
Pilot Officer Lionel Hubert Rogers BINNING, Air Gunner. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
A photograph of Fred’s grave along with one showing the original grave markers for the crew can be found at: www.findagrave.com/memorial/13857479/fred-alwyn-pearson