21/22 May 1944|
Lancaster Mk III - ND754 KO-F
Shot down and crashed Duisburg-Beckerswerth.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
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).
F/L - Service No 414876
Son of Charles and Beatrice Emma Andersen,
of Merinda, Queensland, Australia.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. F. 8.
F/O - Service No 147960
Son of John Oswald and Jane Isabella Mann.
Husband of Violet Elisa Mann, of Eltham, London.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. D. 6.
Sgt - Service No 1397321
Son of David William and Rhoda Jones.
Husband of Phyllis Jones, of Alperton, Wembley, Middlesex.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. E. 18.
P/O - Service No 175313
Son of Percy and Susan Wilkinson, of Croydon, Surrey.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. F. 5.
F/S - Service No 1295792
Age: - POW No 42 Stalag Luft 7
Source: CWGC - photo and more info Bint Family.
F/S - Service No 408419
Son of Peter Talmage Cameron and Beatrice Maud Savage,
of Wivenhoe, Tasmania, Australia.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. D. 5.
Sgt - Service No 531268
Son of Nathaniel Martin Redhead and Jane Redhead, of Durham.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. F. 6.
P/O - Service No 423163
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.