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- Gordon Frederick Berridge -

Name : Gordon Frederick Berridge

Son of : Frederick R Berridge and Edith L Berridge (née Cottle), of St. Lawrence.

Born : 1921, Lewisham (GRO : registered Sep 1921 qtr., Lewisham 1d 1945)
  Electoral roll information :

1925-33 : The Berridge family are at Bank End Farmhouse, St. Lawrence.

1938 : The Berridge family are at 95 High Street, Ventnor.

  Service Details :

Flt/Lt (Pilot) 47736 Gordon Frederick Berridge, Royal Air Force.

Casualty Details :

Died : 28/9 April 1943, aged 22.

Buried at : Reerslev Churchyard, Denmark

CWGC Record

Aircraft and crew information :

Aircraft :Short Stirling Mk.III BF515 HA-N of 218 (Gold Coast) Sqn
Navigator :P/O J M Traynor CWGC record ...
Flight Engineer :Sgt K F Erne CWGC record ...
Wireless Operator /
Air Gunner :
Flg/Off C V Parsloe CWGC record ...
Air Gunner :Sgt A A Fitzpatrick CWGC record ...
Bomb Aimer :Flg/Off T C Wheelhouse CWGC record ...
Air Gunner :Sgt J A Bolton CWGC record ...

The aircraft took off from RAF Downham Market at 20.55 hrs for minelaying operations, but was shot down by a night fighter of 3/NJ3 flown by Pilot Uffz. Berg, and crashed at 00.56 hrs at Tareup in Denmark. Flg/Off Wheelhouse and Sgt Bolton were buried at Bispeberg Cemetery, Copenhagen. The remaining crew members are buried in a collective grave at Reerslev Church in Denmark.

  Commemorated on these Memorials :

St Lawrence War Memorial
Newport War Memorial
Newport County Secondary School War Memorial
Ventnor War Memorial
Ventnor Holy Trinity Church Boy Scouts War Memorial
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, August 11, 1939 Page 3

Orange Blossoms
At St. Catherine's Church on Sunday the marriage took place of Mr. Frederick Hewlet Baxter, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Baxter, of 2 Coronation Cottages, Church Street, Ventnor, and Miss Eileen Mary Berridge, only daughter of Mrs. E.L. Berridge, formerly of St. Lawrence, and High Street, Ventnor. The Rev. C.W. Good (locum tenens at St. Catherine's) officiated. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Gordon Berridge, wore a black ensemble, with a spray of yellow roses. Mr. Francis Robert (Bob) Baxter, brother of the bridegroom, carried out the duties of best man. Mr. and Mrs. Baxter were the recipients of many useful and valuable presents. The honeymoon is to be spent in September. It was a very quiet wedding owing to the prolonged illness of the bride's mother.


Friday, April 28, 1944 Page 3

Ventnor and the War
F/Lt. Gordon Berridge Missing, Still no News
Flight-Lieut. Gordon Frederick Berridge, age 21, youngest son of Mrs. E.L. Berridge, of Mon Abri, St. Lawrence, was reported missing a year ago after entering upon his 25th operational flight. It is known that the bomber, of which he was captain, was shot down whilst minelaying in the Baltic, and that two of the crew were buried in Copenhagen. Last week Mrs. Berridge was informed by the Red Cross that search was still being continued, so far no trace of the five remaining members of the crew can be found, and owing to the lapse of time hope is slender. His fiancée, Miss Betty Mann, of Harrogate, shares the great anxiety naturally being experienced by Mrs. Berridge and members of her family.
  Links :

http://www.flensted.eu.com/19430048.shtml "Air War over Denmark" website gives photographs of the crew and crash site excavations.

Danish newspaper report (translation) on 40th anniversary on BBC WW2 People's War website.
  Acknowledgments :

John Bloodworth for aircraft and crew information

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 21 July 2015 (added newspaper report)


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