Flight Sergeant Gerald Eagleson Scott (1023462) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. He flew with RAF 514 Squadron at the time of his death.
Born in Belfast, Co. Antrim, he was the son of David Scott and Elizabeth Scott from Fitzroy Avenue in the city. He died on 24th March 1944 aged 20 years old as Lancaster LL625 went down.
Lancaster LL625’s Last Journey
Scott was a wireless operator and air gunner on Lancaster Bomber LL625 JI-C. The crew was on their fifteenth operation over Germany. On the homeward leg near Woerlitz, about 12km east-north-east of Dessau disaster struck. The crew was returning to Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.
As the bombers returned to base there was intense aerial fighting. Flak guns and fighter planes caused the losses of 57 bombers on this mission. LL625 went down in an area removed from the intense flak gunfire. Night fighter operations were at a peak at the time in the area. A total of 72 planes did not return home.
514 Squadron had dropped bombs between 2230hrs and 2245hrs. There are German claims that an unidentified four-engine plane downed near Dessau around 2250hrs. The most likely claim is that of Luftwaffe Hauptmann Heinz-Horst Hissbach of 5/NJG2 who show down a bomber 20-50km west of Berlin.
Remembering Gerald Eagleson Scott
Only Flight Sergeant Ron McAllister of the Royal Canadian Air Force survived the crash. The mid-upper gunner was taken prisoner. As well as Flight Sergeant Scott, five other men perished.
- Flying Officer JR Laing (Pilot)
- Sergeant A Vickers (Navigator)
- Flight Seargent J Knights (Bomb Aimer)
- Sergeant CA Salt (Rear Gunner)
- Sergeant PCK Bennett (Flight Engineer)
24th March 1944 was one of the last major air raids on Berlin. Flight Sergeant Gerald Eagleson Scott’s grave is in Section 1, Row L, Plot 7-12 of the 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. His name is listed on the Ballynahinch War Memorial, Co. Down.