Mission Brest (missing at sea), 07 August 1944.

Stirling III LK383, codé OJ-A

149 Sqdn Royal Air Force

Mission gardening, mining of the harbor of Brest. Off the airfield Methwold, Norfolk, at 21h01 on Sunday, August 6, 1944. 12 Stirling, dropping 12 mines.


Flying Officer Pilot. ADAMS, DOUGLAS ALAN MOORE, 30 ans. Derby, Derbyshire.

(Bomb Aimer) Pilot Officer. CARY, EARL STANLEY, 27 ans. Vancouver, Canada (RCAF).

(Navigator) Sergeant. PRIOR, JOHN ADOLPHE, 23 ans. Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.


(Wireless operator-gunner) Sergeant. CUTHBERT, JOHN EDWARD ASHFIELD, 23 ans. Stroud, Gloucestershire.

(Flight engineer) Sergeant. ROBINSON, JOHN WILLIAM, 19 ans. Middlewich, Cheshire.

(Hid upper gunner) Sergeant. KILCOYNE, TERRY, 20 ans. Blaxton, Yorkshire.

(Rear gunner) Sergeant. MERCER, LESLIE HARRY, 38 ans. Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


From left to right : John Prior (Navigator), John Cuthbert (Wireless Operator), Terry Kilcoyne (Mid Upper Gunner), Leslie Mercer (Rear Gunner), Earl Cary (Bomb Aimer), Doug Adams (pilot) : Absent. John Robinson (Flight engineer), The photographer.

Thank you to Natalie, who has launched this new investigation on the crew of the Stirling body and disappeared.

Natalie Nussey, niece of an Australian navigator of the RAF (Stirling LK383, 149 Squadron, aircraft OJ-A). My uncle, John Adolphe Prior, went missing on August 7, 1944 in Brest (age 23). My grandmother, Henriette Nez was French (she was born in Rouen, my grandfather, George Prior was a English soldier of the war 1914-1918). My cousins in England seek with me the history of our uncle.

Some pictures of Brest, devastated by aerial bombing.


Content Source: NARA

Footnote Publication Year : 2007

Classified Status: This images has been declassified under the following NARA.