BISHOP Alfred William
Regiment : Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number : 178508
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 21st November 1944 aged 24
Buried : Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, Grave 13. D. 15.
Relatives : Son of Alfred John and Laura Elizabeth Bishop; husband of Lillian Barberon Bishop, of Handsworth, Birmingham
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Appears on the Royal Air Force casualties list for Worcestershire.
The birth of Alfred W. Bishop is registered in the June Quarter 1920 under the Stourbridge Registration District, mother’s maiden name: Sherwood. Alfred married Lillian B. Realf in Stourbridge in 1942.
A letter from R.M. Bishop, 44 Wheeler St., Stourbridge dated 16th February 1950 can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that his name be added to the county roll of honour. The letter states that Pilot Officer A.W. Bishop, RAF VR Bomber Command, had lived all his life in Stourbridge. He lost in life in action and is buried in Germany.
The following information has been researched by The Black Country Society:
Alfred Bishop volunteered for the Royal Air Force and trained as a Wireless Operator. In 1944 he was stationed at Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, and flying in Lancaster Bombers. On the 21st November 1944 Bomber Command organised five raids on Germany including one on the Mittelland Canal at Gravenhurst. Lancaster II PB 300 took off at 17.44 from Fulbeck but the aircraft was shot down near the target. It was one of two Lancasters out of 138 which failed to return and the canal was successfully breached.