16/17 September 1944|
Lancaster Mk III - LM693 KO-T
in support of operation "Market Garden".
Operation Market Garden:
Bomber Command's main operations on this night were in support of the landings by British and
American airborne troops at Arnhem and Nijmegen which took place the following morning.
200 Lancasters and 23 Mosquitos of Nos 1 and 8 Groups bombed the airfields at Hopsten,
Leeuwarden, Steenwijk and Rheine, and 54 Lancasters and 5 Mosquitos of Nos 3 and 8 Groups
bombed a flak position at Moerdijk.
The runways of all the airfields were well cratered but there were only near misses at the flak position,
although its approach road was cut.
2 Lancasters lost from the Moerdijk raid.
Mid air collision with Lancaster LM169 of 90Sqn (Pilot P. W. Tooley) and crashed at Strijen - Maria Polder.
Crew was on the 29th operation.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - nationalarchives.gov.uk Bomber Command Sept 1944.
ORB. 16/17th Sept., 1944.
12 aircraft (4 from "A" Flt., 4 from "B" Flt., & 4 from "C" Flt.)
were detailed to attack MOERDIJK and took off between 21.20 and 21.34 hours.
One aircraft (Captain - F/O. W. BICKFORD) failed to return from operations - no news being received.
The remaining aircraft identified the target and bombed from heights ranging between 9000 feet and 10,000 feet.
Bombing was well concentrated and an orange red explosion was seen at 22.58.
Bridge was definitely hit and a small fire was observed.
photo was attempted.
0025. 11 aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.
Photo taken on the afternoon of the operation - just hours before they were sadly lost.
More photo's and info
F/L - Service No J25920
Age: 24 - °16 July 1920.
RCAF - USA
Son of William Colston Spence Bickford and Elsie Chapman.
Brother of Barrie Spence °6 November , 1925,
and Barbara °20 November, 1929.
Strijen Protestant Cemetery, Netherlands - grave 5.
P/O - Service No 189628
Son of Albert Dooley and Frances Sybil Wass (Frankie) McKiernan,
of Stoneleigh, Epsom, Surrey.
Strijen Protestant Cemetery, Netherlands - grave 8.
F/O - Service No J28771
Age: 28 - °16 May 1916.
Son of John Alexander (Alex) Johnston °1882 +1967 and Edith (May) Ferguson °1888 +1975 from Cartwright, Ontario.
Brother of Ferga °1914, and Keith °1920.
Strijen Protestant Cemetery, Netherlands - grave 6.
F/S - Service No 1622660
Son of William Bernard Butters and Emily Horton Clark, of Hull.
Strijen Protestant Cemetery, Netherlands - grave 4.
F/O - Service No J25351
Son of John Joseph Scanlan °1888 +1964 and Bridget Ethel Herlehey °1891 +1974
of Westport, Ontario.
Brother of Mary, Cecile, Terance, John, Joseph, James, Gerald, Kevin and Eugene.
Strijen Protestant Cemetery, Netherlands - grave 7.
P/O - Service No J90321
Age: 19 - °Cookstown
Son of Thomas James Dowson and Isabel Caroline Forbes,
of Cookstown, Ontario.
Douglas had three brothers, Gordon °1922, Grant °1929, and Alan °1935).
Strijen Protestant Cemetery, Netherlands - grave 2.
P/O - Service No J90719 (R205815)
Age: 20 - °4 April, 1924.
Son of George Flood (1895-1988) and Lila Katherine Reed (1897-1985),
of Oakville, Ontario.
One brother, William Northcutt Flood °1931 +1984,
and one sister, Catherine °1916.
Strijen Protestant Cemetery, Netherlands - grave 3.