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Komet casualties

I enjoyed reading the feature by Andrew Thomas (On the tail of the Komet, BAW, January 2024) about the RAF’s fleeting encounters with the rocketpowered Me 163 Komet in the last months of World War Two. Readers may also be interested in some further information on two of the casualties mentioned by the author in the article.

The unfortunate Canadian air gunner killed in the devastating Komet attack on April 10, 1945, was Flight Lieutenant Melborn Leslie Mellstrom. Aged 31, he was quite a lot older than most of his compatriots. He hailed from Calgary, in Alberta. His body was recovered from the wreckage of his rear turret and he was laid to rest (by British Army POWs) on the evening of April 13 in the cemetery of the Luthran Evangelical Church at Engelsdorf, a small village east of Leipzig.

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