Webb, John Cameron Keith (No. 1498781)

Webb, John Cameron Keith

Flight Sergeant (Pilot)

No. 1498781, 35 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed on active service on Wednesday 22 March 1944 (aged 20)

Buried:

Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany

(Collective Grave 7. K. 14-19)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Comber Cemetery

BIOGRAPHY

John Cameron Keith Webb was the only son of John Alexander Webb and Anne Hull Webb (nee Stewart) who were married on 5 February 1918 in Donegall Square East Methodist Church, Belfast.  John Alexander Webb (aged 25), a commercial traveller from Rosemount, Woodstock Road, Belfast was a son of James Webb, a retired railway official.  Annie Hull Stewart (aged 24) from 26 Holywood Road, Belfast was a daughter of David Stewart, a blacksmith.

During the Second World War John Cameron Keith Webb served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and he was 20 when he died on active service on 22 March 1944.  He was one of a crew of seven aboard an Avro Lancaster Mark III aircraft (ND649) that took off at 6.55 pm from RAF Graveley in Cambridgeshire on a mission to bomb Frankfurt.  The aircraft crashed at Eschborn, all aboard were killed and they were buried in Durnbach War Cemetery.  The other six crew members who died that night were:

  • Sergeant Kenneth Ephraim Harris
  • Sergeant Edwin Gordon Fidler from Edmonton, Middlesex
  • Flight Sergeant Wallace Rose (aged 31) from Shipley, Yorkshire
  • Flight Sergeant William Frederick Martin (aged 23) from Trimdon, Durham
  • Flight Sergeant Frederick James Marriott (aged 31) from Houndslow, Middlesex
  • Sergeant William McKenna Smith.

There is an inscription on Flight Sergeant (Pilot) John Cameron Keith Webb’s CWGC headstone:

DAWN WAS THEIR’S,

AND SUNSET AND

THE COLOURS OF THE EARTH

Flight Sergeant (Pilot) John Cameron Keith Webb is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Comber Cemetery.  His mother, Anne Hull Webb, died on 5 January 1945 (aged 51) and his father, John Alexander Webb, died on 4 February 1945 (aged 52).

There is an inscription at the base of the headstone taken from St. John’s Gospel Chapter 10 Verse 10:

THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY