Sidney John Wick

1923 - 20 December 1942

Welling, Kent - Amsterdam


Sidney John Wick was born in 1923 and from Welling, Kent. His mother was Catherine Louisa Wick.

Sidney joined the Royal Air Force and became an air gunner with 49 squadron, flying Lancasters out of Scampton, Lincolnshire.

On 20 December 1942 Sgt Wick and his crew were sent out on a mission to Duisburg. His crew consisted of:

Sgt E.I. Johnston Pilot
Sgt F.W. Morris F/E
Sgt G.A. Wainwright NAV/B
Sgt A. Howison W/AG
Sgt S.J. Wick A/G
Sgt M. MacClellan B/A
Sgt R.A. Bignell A/G



49 Squadron



49 Squadron's history Dogs At War describes the mission:

"After the frustration of no less than 8 scrubbed operations (all due to bad weather), the squadron eventually contributed 11 aircraft to the Main Force attack on Duisburg.

Scampton's Lancasters began marshalling for take-off shortly before 18.00hrs, F/O Jeffreys and crew (ED318) being the first away. As the take-offs continued the sky to the south of Lincoln suddenly erupted with a blinding flash. Personnel at Scampton and on the other bomber stations that surrounded the city knew instantly what had happened. They had all been reluctant witnesses of a collision between two Lancasters. Both aircraft (W4182/9 Sqdn & W4259/44 Sqdn) had been gaining height over their Waddington base when the disaster happened. Full of fuel, incendiaries and 'cookies', death must have been instantaneous for the 14 crew members. The remains of men and bombers fell to earth near the top of Canwick Hill and towards Bracebridge Heath.

Over 230 bombers were sent to attack the town and dock areas. Several of 49's crews navigated to the target by following the River Rhine. They arrived over a well marked target, where an excellent raid soon developed.

49 Squadron's effort can be best summed up by the de-brief given by F/Lt Neil Green and crew (ED310): "Attacked primary at 19.57hrs from 11,000 feet. No cloud underneath, thin layer 8/10ths at about 14/15,000 feet. Bends of Rhine and docks clearly visible on run up. A large fire was burning in centre of town and against this, a largish factory with tower and chimney. This target was so clear as to be irresistible although it was actually on the edge of the target area. Bombs seen to explode on and near the factory alongside dock area - landed 22.21hrs."

A total of 12 aircraft failed to return; 6 Lancasters, 4 Wellingtons and 2 Halifaxes.
By 23.00hrs, nine of the unit's aircraft had landed back at base; then at 23.15hrs, F/O Armstrong (W5773) called up, asking for permission to land. Just one overdue... the time continued to slip agonisingly by, until reluctantly a corporal chalked the words 'missing without trace' against the names of Sgt Edward Johnston RCAF and crew. Unknown at the time, the unfortunate 21 year old pilot and his crew, had been hit by flak as they made their way home across Holland. The mortally damaged Lancaster smashed onto the Dutch coastline, just south of IJmuiden... there were no survivors."

The crew was on its 4th mission.

Sgt Wick is buried in Amsterdam, Plot 69. Row D. Coll. grave ll-13.

A Son is Kind

A Brother so True

The One we Loved, Dear Sid

was you



See also:
Sgt E.I. Johnston
Sgt F.W. Morris
Sgt G.A. Wainwright
Sgt A. Howison
Sgt M. MacClellan
Sgt R.A. Bignell

Beware Of The Dog At War, John Ward and Ted Cachart, JoTe Publications, Delper, Derbyshire, 1997

RAF Squadron crest © Crown Copyright is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office

Directions to Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery

Posted 25 January 2007

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