24/25 April 1944

Lancaster Mk II - DS734 KO-Y

T/O Witchford 2151 - Target Karlsruhe, Germany.
Shot down by night fighter Oberleutnant Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer of the IV./NJG 1.
Crashed Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium.

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.

Service record of DS734

Lancaster DS734ORB. 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 varying 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 successful.
1 aircraft (C.ND.761 - Captain P/O. D. CAMERON) returned early with generators overcharging.
Aircraft J.HK.542 (Captain F/S. Bennett, P.) Lancaster Mk I HK542 KO-J, 7 KIA,
and aircraft Y.DS.734 (Captain F/S. Cagienard, R.) 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 extinguished 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.

The last mission of the crew.

Cagienard Robert Roland Cagienard Robert Roland - Pilot

P/O - Service No 174879

Age: 24 - °19 Oktober 1920


Son of Alexander and Edith Ida Cagienard, of Ilford, Essex.

Schoonselhof Cemetery Antwerp - grave 4a.D.20

Source: CWGC - Photo via Family Cagienard Photo's and letters Family Cagienard - Find a Grave.

Kelly Charles PhilipLancaster DS734 Kelly Charles Philip - FE

Sgt - Service No  2204866

Age: 20 - °1923/1924


Son of Charles and Margaret Kelly, of Cregagh, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
One brother Tom +Canada.

Schoonselhof Cemetery Antwerp - grave 4a.D.37

Source: CWGC - Photo via Family McCluskey. Photo's and letters - Find a Grave.

Foster Frederick Albert Foster - Frederick Albert - Nav

F/S - Service No 1321968

Age: 20 - °10 June 1923


Son of Albert Ernest and Annie Dorothy Foster, of Thornton Heath, Surrey.

Schoonselhof Cemetery Antwerp - grave 4a.D.36

Source: CWGC - Photo via Family Foster - Find a Grave.

Shorten WilliamShorten William Shorten William - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1508293

Age: 26 - °25 October 1917


Son of Husband of Edith Enderby, Bradford district x1q 1940
One daugther Jean °4q 1940, Bradford, Yorkshire
One son David, °2q 1942, Bradford, Yorkshire

Schoonselhof Cemetery Antwerp - grave 4a.D.20

Source: CWGC - Photo's and letters Family Shorten and Wim Govaerts - Find a Grave.

MacLeod Joseph Murdoch Lancaster DS734MacLeod Joseph Murdoch - BA

P/O- Service No J92030

Age: 23 - °21 July 1921


Son of John George and Emma Justine MacLeod, of Capreol, Ontario, Canada.

Schoonselhof Cemetery Antwerp - grave 4a.D.8

Source: CWGC - Photo's and info via Audrey MacLeod and Gary Biesinger - Find a Grave.

King Frank DesmondKing Frank Desmond King Frank Desmond - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1892896

Age: 19 - °22 December 1924


Son of Frederick and Edith King

Schoonselhof Cemetery Antwerp - grave 4a.D.20

Source: CWGC - Photo's and letter via Ronald King - Find a Grave.

Letcher Albert ClaytonLetcher Albert Clayton Letcher Albert Clayton - RG

P/O - Service No J92031

Age: 21 (His actual age was 18, °03 July 1925. To join the RCAF he changed his birth date to 03 July 1922).


Son of George Letcher and Jessie Burrows

Schoonselhof Cemetery Antwerp - grave 4a.D.21 -

Source: CWGC - Photo via Family Letcher - Find a Grave.