24/25 April 1944

Lancaster Mk I - HK542 KO-J

T/O Witchford 2205 - Target Karlsruhe, Germany.
Shot down by night fighter Oberleutnant Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer of the IV./NJG 1.
Crashed at Alken, 9 km N.E. of Sint-Truiden, Belgium.

ORB. 24th APRIL 1944. 21 aircraft were detailed to attack KARLSRUHE and took off between 21.48 hours to 22.19 hours.
Target was identified by red and green target indicators and visually by river.
Bombs and incendiaries were dropped from heights verying between 15,000 feet and 22,000 feet.
Path Finder Force considered very accurate. Whole area covered with incendiaries.
Good fires seen blazing all round target indicators.
Gas works clearly seen in light of flares. Attack considered very succesfull.

1 aircraft (C.ND.761 - Captain P/O. D. CAMERON) returned early with generators overcharging.
Aircraft J.HK.542 (Captain F/S. Bennett, P.) and aircraft
Y.DS.734 (Captain F/S. Cagienard, R.) Lancaster Mk II DS734 KO-Y, 7 KIA,
reported missing from operations. No news since take-off.
Aircraft C.N.D.800 (Captain F/Lt. W. G. Shadforth) sustained damage as result of Flak and enemy night fighter.
Three of the crew were injured, but the aircraft was successfully brought back and landed at MANSTON.
(Wireless Operator - *Sgt. WEIR, R., DFM - page 2, rear gunner Sgt. BRADLEY, W. and mid-upper Sgt. SHARPE, T. gunners wounded. Lights were shot on results of combat but extinguised by engineer *Sgt. VEALE, A., DFM, with axe.)
F/lt. Shadforth, W. G., later S/L. DFC, *crashed with Lancaster Mk I - HK545 KO-E at 12/13 June 1944,
there were no survivors.

04.33. 17 aircraft had returned to Base.
1 aircraft landed at MANSTON at 03.40 hours,
and 1 aircraft (G.ME.692 - Captain P/O. S. W. HOLDER) at WITTERING at 05.00 hours.

Karlsruhe: 637 aircraft - 369 Lancasters, 259 Halifaxes, 9 Mosquitos - of all groups except No 5 Group.

Cloud over the target and a strong wind which pushed the Pathfinders too far north spoiled this attack.
Only the northern part of Karlsruhe was seriously damaged and most of the bombs fell outside the city.

Mannheim, 30 miles to the north, recorded a raid by approximately 100 aircraft on this night and Darmstadt,
Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg were also hit by aircraft which failed to find the main target.

19 aircraft - 11 Lancasters, 8 Halifaxes - lost, 3.0 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary April 1944.

The page of the crew on Aircrew Remembered.

Bennett Peter Anthony Bennett Peter AnthonyBennett Peter Anthony - Pilot

F/S - Service No 1601570

Age: 20


Son of Cecil H. (+ 12 July 1950 Marcham (All Saints) churchyard photo) and Evelyn G. Bennett, of Frilford, Berkshire.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.14

Source: CWGC - photo via Sally Fodder - Find a Grave.

Plummer John FrederickLancaster HK542 Plummer John Frederick - FE

Sgt - Service No 1606785

Age: 19


Son of George Percival and Florence Hilda Plummer, of Ashley Down, Bristol.
Three brothers, Kenneth, Dennis and Gerald.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.13

Source: CWGC - photos via his brother Gerald Charles Plummer - Find a Grave.

Kenneth George PlummerKenneth George, °1923 - Sgt RAFVR Service No 1338940,
served in 434 Squadron went MIA on 23 November 1943 during a mission on Berlin.
He is remembered on Runnymede panel 161.
Crew photo see Tedford Crew 58 (1 mission Nov 1943)


Hoffman Adolf David Leon Hoffman Adolf David LeonHoffman Adolf David Leon - Nav

F/O - Service No 426598

Age: 21 °24 November 1922, Melbourne


Son of Charles Solomon and Hinda Sadie Hoffman, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
One older brother and one sister. In 1945 another child was born and named after him.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.9

Source: CWGC - photo and info Australian War Memorial - Find a Grave.

Forth Norman Louis Forth Norman Louis - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1510806 - *photo taken on 9 July 1943.

Age: 22 - *°14 September 1921.


Son of Arthur Victor and Nellie Forth.
Husband of Ethel Blackburn (*remarried 1947) , of Layton, Blackpool, Lancashire.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.15

Source: CWGC - photo and *info via Bart Smets, With permission of the family - Find a Grave.

Zegarchuk James EugeneZegarchuk James Eugene - BA

P/O - Service No J89947

Age: 22


Son of Julia Zegarchuk, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
He had two brothers, Olly, born in Poland and Myron.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.10

Source: CWGC - Photo via Wim Govaerts - More info - Find a Grave.

Holt Alan Holt AlanHolt Alan - MUG

Sgt - Service No 2209128

Age: 20


Son of Stanley and Muriel A. Holt, of Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.11

Source: CWGC - photo: special thanks to Alan White - Find a Grave.

Lancaster HK542McKelvie William McKelvie William - RG

Sgt - Service No 1567526

Age: °9 December 1919, Glasgow Maternity Hospital.*


Son of William McKelvie and Teresa Campbell, of Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.
They were married in 1917 and lived at 122 Main Street Cambuslang,
(the building is still there today).*
One sister Anna °1916 ? and one brother °1921, Canada.*

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.12

Source: Hilda Allison, Cambuslang Remembrance Garden Group.* - CWGC - photo via Peter Clermonts - Find a Grave.