Rank & Name: F/O Alvan Rodney Wecker - RAAF
Date of Death: 05.04.1943 (posted to 608 Sqdn)


F/O Roddy Wecker was an Australian observer on the Squadron in 1942. He was later posted to No. 608 Sqn and died as a result of air operations in April of 1943.

Training Over – First Squadron: Rodney arrived in England on Boxing Day 1942. Two weeks later, he joined his first squadron, RAF No. 59 Squadron attached to Coastal Command where he was to fly the Lockheed Hudson bombers. Rodney completed his first flight on 14 February 1942.By the end of April, Rodney was assigned to RAF pilot Dick Luckwell’s crew with whom he flew until he was eventually assigned to a new squadron.

Dick and Rodney would become good friends, with Dick often taking Rodney home on leave where he was to make such a favourable impression on the future Mrs Joyce Luckwell.

On the night of 25/26 June 1942, Rodney and his crew flew their Hudson in Operation Millennium II, one of the “Thousand Force” raids, targeting U-boat yards at Deshimag (Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG) in Bremen.

In August, the crew members were re-assigned, with Dick being posted to West Africa and Rodney to North Africa. source (tribute written by a relative - for a more detailed account - please visit)

On 5th April 1943, the Lockheed Hudson piloted by Sgt E.P.O Watson DFC, crashed shortly after take off, when the starboard engine burst into flames and the aircraft descended rapidly, flipping over in flames on landing. All crew were lost. Sgt.E.P.O. Watson, F/S Norm Sherriff and F/S J.F. Garbutt. source


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