Joseph Melvin Hicks                         Updated:  26 DEC 2011

Airman: a003001.htm Surname: Hicks Init: J M Rank: Sgt Service: RCAF Sqdn: 420

P_link: p065.htm Plane: HAM P5330 Operation: Bomb G Crash_site: Sønderby Bjerge.

Crash_d: d250442 Buried_d: b280442 C_link: c003.htm At_Next: Assens

 ”Under et bombetogt til Rostock nedstyrtede et Hampden fly ved Sønderby Bjerge den 25. april 1942.

Tre omkomne besætningsmedlemmer,  J.M. Hicks, J. Potter og J.H. Smith, blev den 27. april fulgt fra sygehuset til kapellet på kirkegården af omkring 500 Assensborgere. Begravelsen fandt sted om formiddagen den følgende dag. For den tyske kommandant mødte kaptajn Gielcke, ligesom et tysk æreskompagni havde givet møde. På hver af de 3 kister lå et engelsk flag, og der var kranse med signerede bånd fra den tyske værnemagt. Den tyske feltpræst Johannes Vorrath, København, forrettede begravelsen. Et overlevende besætningsmedlem blev taget til fange.” (FAF)

Sergeant (Air Observer) Joseph Melvin Hicks, 21 år, var søn af John Joseph og Emily Hicks
(f. Payette) Ft William, Ontario, Canada.
(Kilde: CWGC)

Se øjenvidneskildring og Omkring Hampden P5530. Se monument for de 3 dræbte flyvere
fra HAM P5330 rejst her ved
Højtidelig mindestensafsløring i Sønderby. Se også
brev fra Doreen og Frank Adams til Valdemar og Anne Hansen, og Johannes V. Hansen.

Se artiklen Da Hampden P5330 styrtede ned ud fra
Sgt. Joe Hicks´ War. 4 flyvere.

“During a bombing raid to Rostock a Hampden plane crashed at Sønderby Bjerge on
25 April 1942.

On 27 April three of the deceased members of the crew, J.M. Hicks, J. Potter and J.H. Smith, were accompanied from the hospital to the chapel of rest in the cemetery by about 500 citizens of Assens. The burial was next day before noon. Captain Mielcke met for the German commander and a German company was present as a guard of honour. A Union Jack covered each of the 3 coffins, and there were wreaths with inscriptions on ribbons from the German Wehrmacht.
The German army chaplain Johannes Vorrath, Copenhagen, officiated at the graveside ceremony.

A surviving member of the crew was taken prisoner.” (FAF) See monument to the 3 killed airmen from HAM P5330 erected here and an eye witness account
and Around Hampden P5530
.

Sergeant (Air Observer) Joseph Melvin Hicks, 21, was the son of John Joseph and Emily Hicks (née Payette) of Ft William, Ontario, Canada. (Source: CWGC)

Ephemeral Treasures: Bob Ingraham´s Home Page has the award-winning article Sgt. Joe Hicks´ War (pdf 2.94 MB) about this airman and the rest of the crew!
See Bomber Command No. 420 Squadron RCAF and RCAF 420 Snowy Owl Squadron. This Hampden took off from RAF Waddington. Lost Bombers has this.
4 airmen.