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Kenneth Merrifield was a Sergeant, Wireless Operator, Air Gunner with 61 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He was the son of Harold Gordon and Ellen Constance Merrifield of Stanford le Hope.

Whilst working for the Bata Shoe Company he was in Department 500.

In a letter to the Bata Record in March 1944 he states that he is in a battle course dressed in overalls, woollen sweater and hat and feels like a Commando gone wrong. His feet are blistered and he longs for the comfort of a pair of Bata Slippers.

Kenneth died on Wednesday 19th July 1944, aged 22.

Stanford le Hope War Memorial and detail showing Kenneth Merrifield.
Information from 'The Bomber Command War Diaries' and'Bomber Command Losses - 1944'
Aircraft - Lancaster III DV 304 QR-V 61 Squadron
Take off 2303 Skellingthorpe, (Lincoln).
Crew - P/O H.W.Cooper
F/O J.B. Thompson
Sgt. T.E. Harvey
F/O B.S Little
WO2 G. McLaughlin RCAF
Sgt. K.F. Merrifield
F/Sgt J.B. Blane
P/O G.A. Davey
Operation - Revigney
253 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitoes attacked railway juntions at Aulnoye and Revigney.
Both targets were hit and railway lines to the battle front were cut.
2 Lancasters were lost on the Aulnoye raid but the
5 Group raid to Revigney was caught by German fighters and 24 Lancasters were shotdown, nearly 22% of the Lancasters involved.
DV-304 thought to have been claimed by a night fighter and fell at Marcilly (Seine-et-Marne).
All lie buried in Marcilly Communal Cemetery.
Bata Record
5.2.43
10.3.44
KENNETH FRANCIS MERRIFIELD
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