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1126145   Sergeant John McCleary
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 04/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Died: 25/08/1942 (Killed in Action)
John McCleary served with Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in World War Two. By August 1942, Sergeant (Air Gunner) John McCleary was with 61 Squadron. On the night of 24th August 1942, Sergeant McCleary was on board a Lancaster bomber (Serial No R5662) which took off on a night raid from RAF Syerston, north east of Nottingham. The target was Frankfurt, Germany. The aircraft crashed at Efferen, six kilometres south east of Cologne. All the crew were killed including Sergeant (Air Gunner) John McCleary. Sergeant (Air Gunner) John McCleary is commemorated locally on Newmills Church of Ireland WW2 Plaque.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Rheinberg War Cemetery
  Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, 24
Grave Ref: Coll grave 1-G-17-22
CWGC Casualty 2047967
The town of Rheinberg lies in the west of Germany approx 85kms to the north of Koln. From the A57 motorway Koln to Goch take exit 7 (Ausfahrt 7) RHEINBERG and follow the B510 direction KAMP LINTFORT. After approx 800m turn right onto AM ENGLISCHEN FRIEDHOF (CWGC sign). The cemetery can be found approx 200m at the end of this road.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Newmills Parish Church Church Of Ireland - WWII Newmills
2 Dungannon War Memorial - WWII Dungannon
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 Photo of Sergeant John McCleary's gravestone
2 International Bomber Command Details of crew and loss
3 RAF Commands - R5662 Details of crew and loss
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant John McCleary's gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023