31 October/01 November 1941|
Wellington Mk IC - X9873 - KO-P
Attacked 1930 hour by night-fighter Ofw Paul Gildner 4./NJG 1, his 20th victory.
Crash landed onto tidal flats on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog.
The crew were taken captive and became prisoner of war in various camps. This Wellington was the only A/C lost.
Photos and more info on: 626 Squadron.
Source: Chorley W.R. Bomber Command Losses 1941 page 170 - "Gevleugeld verleden" p. 126-132; "Wespennest Leeuwarden I" p. 176
ORB. 31st. October, 1941.
14 aircraft (7 from "A" Flight and 7 from "B" Flight)
were detailed to attack target BREMEN.
Only 3 of the aircraft successfully located primary target due to bas visibility and bombs were dropped which started a large circular fire.
9 of the remaining aircraft attacked secondary and last resort targets at
(A/C. S.Z.8844 - Captain F/O. SWORD),
(A/C. D.Z.9871 - Captain F/O. PATERSON),
(A/C. J.X.9875 -Captain Sgt. LESLIE) DE COVY aerodrome,
(A/C. L.X.9733 - Captain P/O. WILEY) BORKUM,
(A/C. A.Z.1084 - Captain F/S. EDWARDS) GUNINGEN and
(A/C. X.L.7854 - Captain Sgt. RUNAGALL) ZUIDERLAND aerodrome.
Bursts were observed and fires started but no further results seen due heavy cloud.
All bombing was done from heights ranging between 6000 and 16000 feet.
A/C. Z.Z.8839 (Captain S/L. COLEMAN.) returned due to failure of starboard engine and bomb (4000 lb) was safely jettisoned safely.
A/C. P.X.9873 (Captain W/O. SNOWDEN) failed to return from Operations.
2343. All the remaining aircraft had returned safely to base from Operations.
Photos: Wellington serial X9873 at the beach near pole 3 on Schiermonnikoog (SGLO – Archive) - NIOD Nederland - Asisbiz.com
W/O - Service No
Age: 33 - °1907 - POW no 24467, Stalag VIII-B, Lamsdorf in today's Poland,
later Stalag Luft I, Barth, Western Pomerania.
The last days of the war, Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug, Memelland (Lithuania).
Son of Ernest Brodie Snowden and Jessie Knight. 4 Children.
Husband of Edith Beeson, married at Colchester 1929. One son, Peter °1930.
Sgt - Service No - POW: Camp VIIIB Lamsdorf and Stalag Luft III.
Age: - °1921 Montreal, Quebec.
Son of Norman Edgar Woolley and Sarah Alice Knowles.
One brother, Robert Stanley °1922, served also in the RCAF.
Sgt - Service No
Age: - °1918 - +1995 November, Cornwall.
Son of Frank Robinson and Mary Anne Robinson.
He had two brothers and five sisters.
Sgt - Service No - Interrogated at Dulag Luft I,
sent to Stalag Luft VIIIB, Lamsdorf, Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Stalag Luft VI, Heydekrug,
and finally to Stalag 357, Thorn in Poland.
Age: - ° 11 April 1917 -
+1967 Bracebridge, buried in St. Thomas Anglican cemetery.
Son of William and Agnes Brazier of Front Street, Bracebridge, Ontario.
He had one sister and seven brothers, all but one in the armed forces, Charles (427 squadron RCAF),
Robert (served in the Devils Brigade, a Joint Canadian/US/ commando unit in Italy), George (Army),
Victor (Irish Regiment), Edward (Army) and William ("Buzz", air gunner, 422 Squadron RCAF).
They all survived the war.
Sgt - Service No
Age: - °27 March, 1918. Victoria, Carbonear, Newfoundland. -
+1969 Perth. Buried at Elmwood Cemetery.
Son of William and Mary. Husband of Dorothy PowelL °1920 - +1992.
The couple had five sons and six daughters.
F/Sgt - Service No - POW no 24466, Stalag Luft 3.
Age: °1920 - +2013