21/22 May 1944

Lancaster Mk III - ND754 KO-F

T/O Witchford 2252 - Duisburg, Germany.
Shot down and crashed Duisburg-Beckerswerth.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.

Hit by 1 & 3/schw. Flak Abt. 394 and 1 & 2/schw. Flak Abt 243.
Impacted at Diusburg-Beeckerwerth at 01:12.

Flt. Sgt. Noon (PoW) was part of Trupp. 1. He arrived at Bankau on 6 June 1944.
(The Long Road - Oliver Clutton-Brock) Those who perished were initially buried in Dusseldorf North Cemetery,

Flt. Sgt. Cameron RAAF - Plot IIIa Grave 430.
Flt. Off. Mann - Plot IIIa Grave 431.
Reinterred 17 October 1946.

Sgt. Jones - Plot IIIa Grave 485.
Plt. Off. Wilkinson - Plot IIIa Grave 492.
Sgt. Redhead - Plot IIIa Grave 493.
Plt. Off. Moulden RAAF - Plot IIIa Grave 494.
Reinterred 18 October 1946.

Flt. Lt. Andersen RAAF - Plot IIIa Grave 495.
Reinterred 19 October 1946.

This info was provided by John Jones,
source, Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten.

510 Lancasters and 22 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3, 5 and 8 Groups carried out the first large
raid on Duisburg for a year.
The target was covered by cloud but the Oboe skymarking was accurate and much
damage was caused in the southern areas of the city.

29 Lancasters were lost, 5.5 per cent of the force.

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

ORB. 21st May, 1944.
26 aircraft (7 from "A" Flt., 9 from "B" Flt., & 10 from "C" Flight)
were detailed to attack DUISBURG but
1 failed to take off owing to magneto drop in port inner engine.
25 aircraft took off between 22.29 hours & 23.07 hours.
1 aircraft F.ND.754 (Captain F/L. R. C. ANDERSON) failed to return to base.
Aircraft was last heard over base at 02.49 hours.
2 aircraft overshot the target & one (A/C. D.LL.880 - Captain F/S. FRANCIS, S.)
bombed SCHOUWEN by navigational aid from 19,000 feet &
the other (A/C. V.LL.936 - Captain F/S. OLDHAM, J.) bombed what was believed
to be DUSSELDORF from 20,000 feet.
The remainder located the target by means of navigational aid & red indicator markers
with yellow stars & all dropped their bombs, except one whose bombs hung up, from
heights ranging between 18,000 feet & 22,000 feet.
Owing to bad weather conditions (10/10 cloud) many of the aircraft bombed the glow
of fires on cloud, and failed to observe any results.
Photographs were attempted.
1 aircraft (A/C. L.HK.546 - Captain F/S. GARSIDE, S.) was attacked by a
ME.210 at 01.32 hours, & port wing was damaged. Both Mid Upper (Sgt. SHANKS, N.) &
(Sgt. THORNTON, T.)
Rear Gunners returned fire.

04.00. 24 aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.

(A/C. B.ND.927 - Captain F/S. ELLISON, T. - Air Bomber became incapacitated
through lack of oxygen & bombs were jettisoned by Pilot).

Lancaster ND754Andersen Robert Charles Andersen Robert Charles - Pilot

F/L - Service No 414876

Age: 28

RAAF

Son of Charles and Beatrice Emma Andersen,
of Merinda, Queensland, Australia.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. F. 8.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Find a grave by Mitch B.

Mann Albert Oswald Mann Albert Oswald - 2nd Pilot

F/O - Service No 147960

Age: 28

RAFVR

Son of John Oswald and Jane Isabella Mann.
Husband of Violet Elisa Mann, of Eltham, London.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. D. 6.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Find a grave by Michel Beckers - Mitch b. -
Aircrew Remebered
- photo's and more info Bint Family

Lancaster ND754Jones Halwood Thomas Jones Halwood Thomas - FE

Sgt - Service No 1397321

Age: 36

RAFVR

Son of David William and Rhoda Jones.
Husband of Phyllis Jones, of Alperton, Wembley, Middlesex.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. E. 18.

Source: CWGC - Photo: via Find a Grave by Stefan.

Lancaster ND754Laurence Edward Wilkinson Wilkinson Laurence Edward - NAV

P/O - Service No 175313

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of Percy and Susan Wilkinson, of Croydon, Surrey.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. F. 5.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a Grave by Stefan.

Noon Horace Charles Noon Horace Charles - WOP

F/S - Service No 1295792

Age: - POW No 42 Stalag Luft 7

RAFVR

Son of

Source: CWGC - photo and more info Bint Family.

Lancaster ND754Cameron Peter Talmage Cameron Peter Talmage - BA

F/S - Service No 408419

Age: 23

RAAF

Son of Peter Talmage Cameron and Beatrice Maud Savage,
of Wivenhoe, Tasmania, Australia.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. D. 5.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a Grave by Stefan.

Lancaster ND754Nathaniel Ernest Redhead Redhead Nathaniel Ernest - MUG

Sgt - Service No 531268

Age:

RAF

Son of Nathaniel Martin Redhead and Jane Redhead, of Durham.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. F. 6.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a Grave by Stefan.

Moulden William Robert HaroldMoulden William Robert Harold Moulden William Robert Harold - RG

P/O - Service No 423163

Age: 25

RAAF

Son of William George Henry and Hilda Evelyn Isabel Moulden.
Husband of Joan Brodie Moulden, of North Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. F. 7.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Find a Grave by Michel Beckers - Wouter van Dijken.