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Vickers Wellington

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page
Vickers Wellington B. Mk. III (Serial No. X3763), coded KW-E, No. 425 'Alouette' (B) Squadron, RCAF, late summer of 1942

The Vickers Wellington was a British twin-engined, long-range medium bomber. It was designed during the mid-1930s at Brooklands in Weybridge, Surrey. Led by Vickers-Armstrongs' chief designer Rex Pierson, a key feature of the aircraft is its geodetic airframe fuselage structure, which was principally designed by Barnes Wallis. Development had been started in response to Air Ministry Specification B.9/32, issued in the middle of 1932, for a bomber for the Royal Air Force. This specification called for a twin-engined day bomber capable of delivering higher performance than any previous design.

The Wellington was used as a night bomber in the early years of the Second World War, performing as one of the principal bombers used by Bomber Command. During 1943, it started to be superseded as a bomber by the larger four-engined "heavies" such as the Avro Lancaster. The Wellington continued to serve throughout the war in other duties, particularly as an anti-submarine aircraft.

It holds the distinction of having been the only British bomber that was produced for the duration of the war, and of having been produced in a greater quantity than any other British-built bomber. The Wellington remained as first-line equipment when the war ended, although it had been increasingly relegated to secondary roles. The Wellington was one of two bombers named after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, the other being the Vickers Wellesley.

In August 1936, an initial order for 180 Wellington Mk I aircraft, powered by a pair of 1,050 hp (780 kW) Bristol Pegasus radial engines, was received by Vickers; it had been placed so rapidly that the order occurred prior to the first meeting intended to decide the details of the production aircraft. In October 1937, another order for a further 100 Wellington Mk Is, produced by the Gloster Aircraft Company, was issued; it was followed by an order for 100 Wellington Mk II aircraft with Rolls-Royce Merlin X V12 engines. Yet another order was placed for 64 Wellingtons produced by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft. With this flurry of order and production having been assured by the end of 1937, Vickers set about simplifying the manufacturing process of the aircraft and announced a target of building one Wellington per day.

A total of 180 Wellington Mk I aircraft were built; 150 for the RAF and 30 for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) (which were transferred to the RAF on the outbreak of war and used by 75 Squadron). In October 1938, the Mk I entered service with 9 Squadron. The Wellington was initially outnumbered by the Handley Page Hampden (also ordered by the Ministry to B.9/32) and the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley (to B.34/3 for a 'night' bomber) but outlasted both rival aircraft in service. The Wellington went on to be built in 16 separate variants, in addition to two training conversions after the war. The number of Wellingtons built totalled 11,462 of all versions, a greater quantity produced than any other British bomber. On 13 October 1945, the last Wellington to be produced rolled out. Wikipedia

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General RCAF - Vickers Wellington

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (1217), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-08-30 20:19:05

Wellington AD593

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 AD593

Known Squadron Assignments: ;221

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-28 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Alan Lionel Keith 2021-08-12

Wellington AD596

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 AD596

Known Squadron Assignments: ;38

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-March-27 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Jack Francis Otten 2021-08-03

Wellington AD599

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 AD599

Known Squadron Assignments: ;108

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-February-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Norman Stanley Hall 2023-07-19

Wellington AD606

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 AD606

Known Squadron Assignments: ;108

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-February-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Leslie Robert Sinclair 2023-07-19

Wellington AD626

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 AD626

Known Squadron Assignments: ;37

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-20 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Deane Flitton 2021-08-06
1942-May-20 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Asher Hayworth 2022-11-02
1942-May-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ronald William Hood 2021-08-10
1942-May-20 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Arthur Douglas John Salt 2021-08-04
1942-May-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur Henry Winters 2021-07-07

Wellington AD637

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 AD637

Known Squadron Assignments: ;148

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-14 KIA RCAF Sergeant Herbert Mitchell Lane 2021-08-13

Wellington AD647

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 AD647

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-04 KIA RAF Flying Officer William Royson Foxlee 2022-01-07

Wellington BB456

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 BB456

Known Squadron Assignments: ;215

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-17 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant John Albert Guest 2023-08-01

Wellington BB475

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 BB475

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-February-27 PoW RCAF Robert Sommerville Daniel 2024-06-10
1942-February-27 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant Gordon Riepert Foster 2024-06-10
1942-February-27 PoW RCAF Flight Sergeant Alexander Moran 2024-06-10
1942-February-27 PoW RCAF Flight Sergeant William (Bill) J Oxendale 2024-06-10

Wellington BB482

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 BB482

Known Squadron Assignments: ;108

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Wesley Brown 2021-07-28
1942-June-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Roderick Head McRae 2021-09-28

Wellington BB513

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 BB513

Known Squadron Assignments: ;179

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Forbes Govan Benning 2023-07-21

Wellington BJ583

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 BJ583

Known Squadron Assignments: 101

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Adam Jacob Gerein 2022-09-10
1942-July-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Percival Eric John Howe 2021-08-10
1942-July-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Thomas Morris 2021-08-16

Wellington BJ589

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 BJ589

Known Squadron Assignments: ;156;115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Alexander McCann 2021-08-17
1942-December-20 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer James Connacher Jackes 2022-12-30

Wellington BJ592

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 BJ592

Known Squadron Assignments: 156

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ian Brian Caryll 2024-01-16
1942-July-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gerald Madison Clark 2024-02-24
1942-July-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant David Fenton 2022-08-07
1942-July-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Jean Marie Marcel Raymond Theberge 2021-07-20

Wellington BJ602

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 BJ602

Known Squadron Assignments: ;419

Served with No. 419 Squadron, RCAF, coded "VR*J". Lost without a trace on 4/5 September 1942, on mission to Bremen. All 5 crew killed. last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Bremen Germany 1942-09-04 to 1942-09-05

419 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Topcliffe

251 aircraft-98 Wellingtons, 76 Lancasters, 41 Halifaxes, 36 Stirlings. 12 aircraft- 7 Wellingtons, 3 Lancasters, 1 Halifax, 1 Stirling - lost, 4·8 per cent of the force.

The Pathfinders introduced new techniques on this night, splitting their aircraft into 3 forces: 'illuminators', who lit up the area with white flares; 'visual markers', who dropped coloured flares if they had identified the aiming point; then 'backers¬up', who dropped all-incendiary bomb loads on to the coloured flares. This basic pattern - illuminating, marking and backing-up - would form the basis of most future Pathfinder operations with proper target-indicator bombs and various elec¬tronic bombing aids being employed as they became available. The weather was clear and the Pathfinder plan worked well; heavy bombing of the target followed. Bremen confirms that this was a successful raid.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt


1942-September-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Arthur Kertson 2022-10-21
1942-September-05 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Claude Reginald Frederick Morris 2022-10-21
1942-September-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Warren Henry Ridder 2022-10-21
1942-September-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Andrew Crawford Stark Robertson 2022-10-21
1942-September-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Arthur Royle 2022-10-21

Wellington BJ607

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 BJ607

Known Squadron Assignments: 57

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Francis Murphy 2022-01-21

Wellington BJ608

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 BJ608

Known Squadron Assignments: 150

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Wilbert George Webb 2021-07-10

Wellington BJ612

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 BJ612

Known Squadron Assignments: ;57

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-30 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John William Arthur Bustin 2021-07-28

Wellington BJ615

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 BJ615

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Martin Kostyshyn 2021-08-12

Wellington BJ621

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 BJ621

Known Squadron Assignments: 12 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant George Donald Hector Morrow 2021-06-15

Wellington BJ625

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 BJ625

Known Squadron Assignments: ;75

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ronald George Renouf Hodges 2021-08-10

Wellington BJ646

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 BJ646

Known Squadron Assignments: 156

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Wendell Austin 2021-08-21

Wellington BJ650

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 BJ650

Known Squadron Assignments: 12 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Jules Joseph Labossiere 2021-06-14

Wellington BJ653

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 BJ653

Known Squadron Assignments: 12

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-14 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Alex Munro Paton 2023-09-22

Wellington BJ657

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 BJ657

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Served with No. 425 Squadron, RCAF at Dishforth, coded "KW*G". Lost without a trace on mission to Mannheim, 6/7 December 1942. All 5 crew killed. last update: 2024-May-19

Bombing Manheim Germany 1942-12-06 to 1942-12-07

425 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Dishforth

Aircraft disappeared without a trace and without reporting a position by RT.


1942-December-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Cachia 2024-05-20
1942-December-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George Edward Cronk 2024-05-20
1942-December-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ronald Hayes 2024-05-20
1942-December-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John David James Rodger 2024-05-20
1942-December-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant David Smith Urquhart 2024-05-20

Wellington BJ658

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 BJ658

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-February-07 Failed to Return Failed to return from mining mission, all crew killed. 2019-08-20

Minelaying 1943-02-07 to 1943-02-07

424 (B) Sqn (RAF) Topcliffe

424 Tiger Squadron (Castigandos Castigamus). Wellington aircraft BJ 658 was shot down in the Baltic Sea during a night operation. Flying Officer J.M.Patterson,Warrant Officer E.D. Coates, Pilot Officer E.T. Cox, FS H.M. Duke, and Sergeant F.J. Allen (RAF) were killed. One other member of the crew, not Canadian, missing believed killed.


1943-February-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Eddie Donald Coates 2024-03-06
1943-February-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Edmund Thomas Cox 2024-05-08
1943-February-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harvey Mckerr Duke 2023-01-03
1943-February-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Moses Patterson 2023-01-03

Wellington BJ662

s/n
 BJ662

Known Squadron Assignments: 82 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-19 KIFA RCAF Sergeant John Ronald McKinnon 2021-08-17

Wellington BJ664

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 BJ664

Known Squadron Assignments: 12 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-13 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Edward Alan Opie 2021-08-18

Wellington BJ673

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 BJ673

Known Squadron Assignments: 57

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-24 KIA RCAF Sergeant Roy Donald Peters 2021-08-16

Wellington BJ674

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 BJ674

Known Squadron Assignments: 9

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-31 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Joseph Hartnett 2021-09-21

Wellington BJ688

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 BJ688

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Jemmett 2024-06-01
1942-August-29 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Clifford Wilbert Pafford 2024-06-22

Wellington BJ689

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 BJ689

Known Squadron Assignments: 101

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Paul Franklin Brawley 2023-08-29
1942-September-20 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ernest Akos Frederick De Bartok DFC 2024-01-09

Wellington BJ691

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 BJ691

Known Squadron Assignments: 12

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ford Ross Carruthers 2024-01-08

Wellington BJ695

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 BJ695

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-22 KIA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Raoul Alphonse Boudreault 2021-07-27
1942-September-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Alfred Girouard 2021-08-07
1942-September-22 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Eugene Kuzyk MiD 2021-08-12
1942-September-22 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Raoul Joseph Rioux 2021-08-08
1942-September-22 KIA RCAF Sergeant Edouard Wilfred St Cyr 2022-01-18

Wellington BJ698

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 BJ698

Known Squadron Assignments: 75;101

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Joseph Kincaid 2021-08-12
1942-August-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harry Edward Roberts 2021-08-08
1942-September-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ralph Ernest Gorman 2021-08-07

Wellington BJ701

s/n
 BJ701

Known Squadron Assignments: 57

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Hoskin Rowney 2021-08-06

Wellington BJ710

s/n
 BJ710

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-28 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant Donald Edward Morgan 2021-06-14

Wellington BJ711

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 BJ711

Known Squadron Assignments: 142

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-09 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Thomas Bent DFM 2021-07-22

Wellington BJ714

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 BJ714

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Lorient France 1943-01-26 to 1943-01-26

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Topcliffe

157 aircraft - 139 Wellingtons, 11 Lancasters, 4 Halifaxes, 3 Stirlings - dispatched and bombed in poor visibility. 2 Wellingtons and I Lancaster lost.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington aircraft BJ 714 missing, presumed over target, presumed enemy action. FSs M.E.Putnam,V.F. McHarg and W.A. Masterman were killed. Three Canadians, Sgts A.G. Ingram, A.C. Riach, and K.G. Vallis were taken Prisoners of War.


   1943-January-27 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Lorient, most crew lost, but at least one POW. 2019-08-20
1943-January-26 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Arthur Graydon Ingram 2023-01-03
1943-January-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Wallace Alfred Lawrence Masterman 2023-10-22
1943-January-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Vernon Frederick McHarg 2023-10-22
1943-January-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Max Ernest Putnam 2023-10-22
1943-January-26 PoW RCAF Flying Officer Allan Cruickshank Riach 2023-09-26
1943-January-26 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Kenneth George Vallis 2023-08-15

Wellington BJ716

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 BJ716

Known Squadron Assignments: 156

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Louis Kriger 2021-08-12
1942-September-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John James Lucas 2021-08-14

Wellington BJ720

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 BJ720

Known Squadron Assignments: 23

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Robert Philp 2021-08-14

Wellington BJ724

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 BJ724

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lester Owen Colbran 2024-03-13
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Sergeant Melvyn Ralph Constable 2024-03-28
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Henry Lanceley 2021-06-18
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Stanley Walter Scott 2021-08-04

Wellington BJ727

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 BJ727

Known Squadron Assignments: 419

last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington BJ729

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 BJ729

Known Squadron Assignments: 419

last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing Aachen Germany 1942-10-05 to 1942-10-05

419 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Croft

Wellington aircraft encountered severe icing conditions enroute to the target and failed to return. Two 419 Squadron aircraft did not return from this sortie and four of the Squadron's aircraft had to turn back because of the severe weather conditions

257 aircraft- IOI Wellingtons, 74 Lancasters, 59 Halifaxes, 23 Stirlings. IO aircraft - 5 Halifaxes, 2 Stirlings, 2 Wellingtons, I Lancaster - lost, 3·9 per cent of the force. A further 6 aircraft crashed in England, possibly in thunderstorms which were present when some squadrons took off for the raid.

The weather continued to be bad over Germany. There was little Pathfinder marking at Aachen and most of the bombing fell in other areas. Aachen reports that the raid on this night was carried out by an estimated 10 aircraft and that the centre of the attack appeared to be in the southern suburb of Burtscheid, where a 4,000-lb bomb severely damaged a hospital and 2 nearby churches. 34 fires were started, 5 of them being classified as large. A moderate amount of housing was hit and, rather surprisingly, 22 industrial buildings were damaged. 5 people were killed and 39 injured.

Many of the bombs intended for Aachen fell in the small Dutch town of Lutterade, 17 miles away from Aachen, and it seems that most of the Pathfinder marking was over this place. The Mayor of Geleen, the Dutch district in which Lutterade is now situated, reports heavy bombing and much damage in Lutterade on that night. More than 800 houses were seriously damaged; 83 people were killed, 22 were injured md 3,000 were made homeless

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt


1942-October-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Howard Broom 2022-10-21
1942-October-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Guy James Herman McElroy 2021-08-17
1942-October-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Leonard O'Grady 2022-10-21
1942-October-05 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Thomas Edward Powell 2022-10-21
1942-October-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Francis Lionel Todd 2022-10-21

Wellington BJ730

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 BJ730

Known Squadron Assignments: 12

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-16 KIA RAFVR Pilot Officer Francis James Adams 2021-09-09
1942-September-16 KIA RCAF Sergeant Gordon Miles Caldwell 2023-12-03
1942-September-16 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Clement William Hall 2021-09-09
1942-September-16 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Dennis Charles Marsh 2021-09-09
1942-September-16 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Norman Whitfield 2021-09-09

Wellington BJ755

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 BJ755

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Served with No. 425 Squadron, RCAF, coded "KW*D". Served with No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, coded AL*Z . Mining operation to "Nectarine" on 25 February 1943. Bombed St. Nazarine on 28 February 1943. Mining operation to "Nectarine" on 2 March 1943. Bombed Hamburg on 3 March 1943. Air sea search on 4 March 1943. Took off for mission to Essen at 19:18 on 5 March 1943, crashed shortly after takeoff. One crew killed, 4 injured. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-06 Accident Crash Crashed on takeoff for attack on Essen. 1 killed. 2019-08-20
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Sergeant Ernest Maxwell Bell 2022-09-13
1943-March-05 Survived RAFVR Sergeant James Boles 2022-09-13
1943-March-05 Survived RCAF Warrant Officer Class II James Nicholas Gerard Burns 2022-09-13
1943-March-05 Survived RCAF Warrant Officer II James Nicholas Gerard Burns 2021-10-30
1943-March-05 Survived RCAF Flying Officer Robert Fitzgerald Conroy 2021-10-30
1943-March-05 Survived RCAF Pilot Officer George Robert Densmore 2022-09-13

Wellington BJ756

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 BJ756

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Curtis Mackinnon Moffatt 2021-09-28

Wellington BJ762

s/n
 BJ762

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, coded OW*O. During mining operation to the Frisian islands 21/22 January 1943 starboard undercarriage folded on landing. The aircraft was severely damaged but the crew was unhurt. Failed to return from attack on Berlin, shot down by a night fighter, on 29/30 March 1943. Crashed at 23:46 at Nije-Mirdum, Friesland, 20 kilometres south-south-west of Sneek. 3 crew were killed, including Sgt, R.E. Todd, an American in the RCAF, and 2 POW. last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-March-30 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Berlin, shot down by a Nightfighter. 3 crew were killed and 2 POW. 2019-08-20

Bombing Bochum Germany 1943-03-29 to 1943-03-30

426 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Dishforth

426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire) RAF Dishforth. Wellington aircraft BJ 762 OW-O was shot down during an operation against targets in Bochum, Germany by night fighter pilot Major Helmut Lent of the Stab 4/NJG 1, flying Bf 110 G-4 G9+AF from Leeuwarden airfield, Netherlands. The bomber crashed near Sondeler Leien, Gaasterland, Friesland, Netherlands

Flight Sergeant RE Todd (RCAF)(USA), Sergeant JA Bailey (RCAF), and Sergeant JF Gubb (RCAF) were all killed in action

Warrant Officer 1st Class JH Martin (RCAF), and Flight Sergeant J Taylor (RAF) both survived and were taken as Prisoners of War

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1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Sergeant John Arthur Bailey 2023-04-27
1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Sergeant John Franklin Gubb 2023-04-27
1943-March-30 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Harvey Martin 2023-04-27
1943-March-30 PoW RAF Flight Sergeant James Taylor 2023-04-27
1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Earl Todd 2023-04-27

Wellington BJ764

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 BJ764

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Served with No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF. Crashed in the UK on 9/10 November 1942. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Roy Norman Victor Burke 2021-07-28
1942-November-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Stevenson Cartwright 2024-01-15
1942-November-09 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Albert Delorme 2021-01-21
1942-November-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Raymond Rogers Foltz 2021-08-06
1942-November-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Eugene Raymond Laporte 2021-08-13
1942-November-09 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Raoul Armand Pambrun 2023-09-22

Wellington BJ769

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 BJ769

Known Squadron Assignments: 101

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Buchanan Lawrence 2022-01-22
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frederick Erwin Edgar Lyons 2021-08-14
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Sydney McMenomy 2021-08-17
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Clarence William Reaume 2021-08-10

Wellington BJ771

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 BJ771

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-05 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Gerard Arthur Keith 2021-06-10
1942-September-05 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Alexander W Stevenson 2023-08-12
1942-September-05 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Arthur Graham Winton 2023-08-19

Wellington BJ774

s/n
 BJ774

Known Squadron Assignments: 75

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Athol Ian McDonogh 2021-08-17
1942-August-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur Hector Robitaille 2021-08-08
1942-August-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Charles Stuart 2021-07-21

Wellington BJ775

s/n
 BJ775

Known Squadron Assignments: 156

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-13 PoW Died RCAF Flight Lieutenant Gordon Arthur Kidder MiD 2023-07-24
1942-October-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Wesley Lott 2021-08-13
1942-October-13 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Edward Earl MacDonald 2023-09-06

Wellington BJ780

s/n
 BJ780

Known Squadron Assignments: 12

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-09 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Thomes Snowden Temple 2023-08-13
1942-October-09 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Frank Wagner 2023-08-16

Wellington BJ786

s/n
 BJ786

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-12 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Anthony Alloysius Dorzek 2022-07-02
1943-April-12 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Richard Archibald Killham 2021-06-18
1943-April-12 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alexander Neil Maclellan 2021-06-18
1943-April-12 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frank Edward Rogers 2021-06-18
1943-April-12 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Donald Henry Smith 2021-06-18
1943-April-12 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Onesime Thomas Ange Albert Gerard Toupin 2021-06-18

Wellington BJ796

s/n
 BJ796

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Linwood 2021-10-12

Wellington BJ801

s/n
 BJ801

Known Squadron Assignments: 30 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-06 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Lorne Barrie Hewer 2022-11-14
1943-June-06 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Eric Russell Swindells 2022-11-26

Wellington BJ830

s/n
 BJ830

Known Squadron Assignments: 57

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Stanley Lloyd George Buchanan 2021-07-28

Wellington BJ833

s/n
 BJ833

Known Squadron Assignments: 26 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Edward Henry Palava 2021-08-18

Wellington BJ836

s/n
 BJ836

Known Squadron Assignments: 1443 Flt

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Robert Vale Bridgeman 2021-07-28

Wellington BJ840

s/n
 BJ840

Known Squadron Assignments: 156

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-29 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant John George Hudock 2021-08-10

Wellington BJ841

s/n
 BJ841

Known Squadron Assignments: 101

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Albeni Camille Vautour 2021-07-13

Wellington BJ842

s/n
 BJ842

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Everett Garfield Payie 2024-03-14
1942-November-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Ernest Wallace 2024-03-14

Wellington BJ844

s/n
 BJ844

Known Squadron Assignments: 101

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-18 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Howard Cobbett 2024-03-07

Wellington BJ846

s/n
 BJ846

Known Squadron Assignments: 425

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Mervin Funk 2021-08-06
1942-November-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Armand Larche 2021-10-08
1942-November-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Sokol 2022-01-03

Wellington BJ876

s/n
 BJ876

Known Squadron Assignments: 9

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Wilfrid Victor Clarke 2024-02-29
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Allistair Bruce Martin 2023-08-22

Wellington BJ877

s/n
 BJ877

Known Squadron Assignments: 150

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-17 Evader RCAF Flight Sergeant W W Dreschsier 2021-07-20
1942-September-17 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Norman Maxwell Graham 2021-06-10

Wellington BJ878

s/n
 BJ878

Known Squadron Assignments: 9

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George Edward Ford 2022-01-30
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Hannaby 2021-08-09
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Archibald Edwin McIlveen 2021-08-17

Wellington BJ879

s/n
 BJ879

Known Squadron Assignments: 26 OTU;115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-06 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph John Edward Cote 2024-04-27
1943-April-11 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Leonin Lionel Belanger 2022-02-03

Wellington BJ883

s/n
 BJ883

Known Squadron Assignments: 156

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-20 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Vernon James Bastable 2023-11-16
1942-September-20 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Edward William Cunning 2024-05-29
1942-September-20 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Milligan 2023-11-22
1942-September-20 Evader RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Earl James Scott 2023-11-22
1942-September-20 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Frederick Waterworth 2023-11-22

Wellington BJ886

s/n
 BJ886

Known Squadron Assignments: ;427

Served with No. 427 Squadron, RCAF, at Dishforth, coded ZL*F. Failed to return from attack at Cologne on 26/27 February 1943. All crew were killed when they were shot down by a night fighter. Crashed at 21:34 local at Boerdonk, Holland. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-27 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Cologne. All were killed when they were shot down by a Nightfighter. 2019-08-20
1943-February-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Francis Leach 2023-01-10
1943-February-26 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Oliver Henry Skelton 2021-07-28
1943-February-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Theo Curtis Smith 2021-07-25

Wellington BJ891

s/n
 BJ891

Known Squadron Assignments: 101

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Davidson Gill 2021-08-07
1942-September-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Norbert Tapp 2021-07-20

Wellington BJ893

s/n
 BJ893

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Samuel Orr 2023-10-11
1942-September-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Leslie Jack Willis Ross 2021-08-06
1942-September-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Reginald Albert Shires 2021-07-30
1942-September-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Frederick Tuck 2023-09-21

Wellington BJ894

s/n
 BJ894

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Served with No. 425 Squadron, RCAF, coded "KW*K". Crashed at 19:30 on 16 November 1942, during a Bulls Eye exercise (fighter affiliation training), over Pitseas Marshes near Southend-on-Sea, Sussex. 3 crew killed. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-16 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Norman Andrews Ash 2022-02-23
1942-November-16 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Fernand Raymond Croteau 2024-05-21
1942-November-16 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Yves Camille Charles Auguste LaFlamme 2021-05-04
1942-November-16 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William George Laut 2021-08-13
1942-November-16 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Adelard Frederic Evariste Patry 2021-06-08
1942-November-16 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Jack Tritt 2021-07-14

Wellington BJ897

s/n
 BJ897

Known Squadron Assignments: 101

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Kitchen Griffith 2021-08-09

Wellington BJ898

s/n
 BJ898

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ernest Frank Stammers 2022-01-03
1942-December-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant David Garth Williams 2021-07-08

Wellington BJ911

s/n
 BJ911

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-17 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Ernest Desjardins 2021-08-04

Wellington BJ919

s/n
 BJ919

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, coded OW*P. Failed to return from attack at Wilhelmshaven on 19/20 February 1943, no survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-20 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Wilhelmshaven, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-February-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harold Russell Bailey 2023-08-03
1943-February-19 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Roy Wilson Ferrier 2021-08-06
1943-February-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Omer Romain Gauthier 2021-08-07
1943-February-19 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Campbell Archibald McKinnon 2021-08-17
1943-February-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ralph Carlton Ramsay 2021-08-11
1943-February-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frank Ruzycki 2021-08-05

Wellington BJ958

s/n
 BJ958

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing 1942-10-24 to 1942-10-24

425 () (RCAF)

1942-October-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Wilbert Francis Bauer 2022-03-09
1942-October-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Phillipe Bedard 2022-02-03
1942-October-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Paul Albert Boyer 2022-11-22
1942-October-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Joffre Marc Seguin 2021-08-01
1942-October-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Ludovic Rodolphe Simoneau 2021-07-30

Wellington BJ962

s/n
 BJ962

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-21 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Russel Quince Leatherman 2021-09-23
1942-September-21 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Bradley Martin 2022-01-21
1942-September-21 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Elmer Paudash 2021-08-18

Wellington BJ964

s/n
 BJ964

Known Squadron Assignments: 12

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Sam Feinstein 2021-08-06
1942-September-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Raymond Lloyd Wakelin 2021-07-12

Wellington BJ965

s/n
 BJ965

Known Squadron Assignments: 12 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-27 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Frederick Stuart Taylor 2021-07-20

Wellington BJ966

s/n
 BJ966

Known Squadron Assignments: 420

Served with No. 420 Squadron, RCAF at Middleton St. George, coded PT*R. Failed to return from mining operation to the "Nectarines" target, off the Frisian islands, on 21/22 January 1942. All 6 crew lost, first all RCAF Bomber Command crew loss. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-22 Failed to Return Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian islands, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-January-22 KIA RCAF Sergeant Clifford Alexander Dunphy 2022-07-18
1943-January-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Steve John Gergley 2021-08-07
1943-January-22 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Charles William Hollingshead 2021-08-10
1943-January-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ewald George Kendel 2023-01-06
1943-January-22 KIA RCAF Sergeant Alvin Gustaf Olson 2021-08-18
1943-January-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ronald Hanson Welsh 2021-07-09

Wellington BJ968

s/n
 BJ968

Known Squadron Assignments: 75

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frank Burrill 2023-09-16
1942-September-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Wilfred Henry Lavers 2021-08-13
1942-September-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Michael Bertram St Louis 2022-01-18

Wellington BJ969

s/n
 BJ969

Known Squadron Assignments: 25 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-16 KIA RAFVR Sergeant James Francis Oakley 2021-08-18

Wellington BJ987

s/n
 BJ987

Known Squadron Assignments: 25 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Edgar Bertram 2023-08-24
1942-September-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Cleveland John Eggleton 2023-08-26
1942-September-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frank John Gallagher 2022-08-26
1942-September-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Melvin George 2021-08-07

Wellington BK127

s/n
 BK127

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-04 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harry Robertson McKay 2021-08-17
1943-February-04 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Charles Tuma 2021-07-14

Wellington BK158

s/n
 BK158

Known Squadron Assignments: 199

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-13 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer Albert George Shorten 2021-07-30

Wellington BK162

s/n
 BK162

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Served with No. 429 (B) Squadron, RCAF at East Moor, UK, coded AL*B. Flew at least 16 missions with this unit, starting with mining operation to Tershelling on 21 January 1943. Damaged by flak over Duisburg on 26 March 1943, landed at Coltishall. Bombed Frankfurt April 10/11, 1943. Failed to return from attack on Pilsen (or Mannheim?), 16 / 17 April 1943. Hit by light flak at 12,000 feet near Reims, then attacked by night fighter. Crashed at 02:15 local 8 kilometres south-east of Soissons, France. 5 crew were killed and one evaded. This was last Wellington III lost by 429 Squadron, and last Main Force bombing mission loss of a Wellington III. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-17 Failed to Return Failed to return fromattack on Pilsen. 5 crew were killed and one evaded. 2019-08-20
1943-April-17 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Gerald Alfred Lunn 2024-03-14
1943-April-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Douglas Samuel Ritchie 2024-03-14

Wellington BK164

s/n
 BK164

Known Squadron Assignments: ;427

Served with No. 427 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded ZL*E. Mining operation January 2/3,1943, first squadron operation under 6 Group control. Pilot was W/C D. Burnside, returned without dropping mine due to poor weather. Flew operation to Lorient January 15/16, 1943. Attack at Essen March 12/13, 1943, hit by flak, 1 killed. Aircraft returned to base, surviving crew awarded a CGM, a bar to a DFC, and other medals. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Roderick John Heather 2021-08-09

Wellington BK165

s/n
 BK165

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 426 (B) Squadron, RCAF at Dishforth, UK, coded OW*F. Failed to return from mission to attack Lorient harbour on 14/15 January 1943, no survivors. Believed to have been hit by flak over target, crashed at sea. Bodies never found. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-15 Failed to Return Failed to return from mission to attack Lorient, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-January-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Andrew McQuillin 2021-08-17
1943-January-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Milne 2022-01-21
1943-January-14 KIA RCAF Sergeant James Andrew Pollock 2021-08-13
1943-January-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Cranston Richards 2021-08-09
1943-January-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Joseph Sullivan 2021-07-21

Wellington BK166

s/n
 BK166

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Matthew Currie 2024-06-05

Wellington BK200

s/n
 BK200

Known Squadron Assignments: 115;12

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-22 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Norman Gould 2021-08-07
1943-September-22 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Leroy Sillito 2021-07-30

Wellington BK205

s/n
 BK205

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-04 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Thomas Johnstone 2021-08-11
1943-August-04 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Leroy Redfern 2021-08-10

Wellington BK213

s/n
 BK213

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-December-13 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Alexander Russell McIntyre 2021-08-17

Wellington BK246

s/n
 BK246

Known Squadron Assignments: ;16

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-02 KIFA RAF Sergeant John Kendrick 2021-04-11

Wellington BK248

s/n
 BK248

Known Squadron Assignments: 12 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-12 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Arthur James Vagg 2021-07-13

Wellington BK251

s/n
 BK251

Known Squadron Assignments: 24 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-July-04 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Frank Kenneth Burleigh 2022-04-21
1944-July-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Theodore Gabryelski 2021-08-07
1944-July-04 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Robert John Gray 2022-01-29
1944-July-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant George Andrew Jones 2022-01-25
1944-July-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Marshall 2022-01-21
1944-July-04 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William Alan Tees 2021-07-20
1944-July-04 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Allison Stewart Woolaver 2021-07-06

Wellington BK257

s/n
 BK257

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-10 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Roy Robertson 2021-08-31
1942-October-10 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Bruce Harry Sparrow 2021-07-23

Wellington BK258

s/n
 BK258

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-16 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Glenwood Alexander Taylor 2021-07-20

Wellington BK268

s/n
 BK268

Known Squadron Assignments: ;427

Served with No. 419 (B) Squadron, RCAF. With No. 427 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "ZL*C". Carried out mining sortie to Frisian Islands 21/22 January 1943 with this unit, returned without dropping mine as they could not find pinpoint. With 427 Squadron when lost. Crashed on landing at Woolfax Lodge after raid on Cologne on 27 February 1943. Witness reported one engine on fire before crash. 5 killed, 1 survivor. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-27 Accident Crash Crashed on landing at Woolfax Lodge after raid on Cologne. 5 killed, 1 survivor. 2019-08-20
1943-February-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Keith Lauchlan Campbell 2023-12-13
1943-February-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Herbert Lewis 2021-08-13

Wellington Bk269

s/n
 Bk269

Known Squadron Assignments: 419

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Krefeld Germany 1942-10-02 to 1942-10-02

419 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Croft

188 aircraft- 95 Wellingtons, 39 Halifaxes, 31 Lancasters, 23 Stirlings. 7 aircraft - 3 Halifaxes, 2 Wellingtons, r Lancaster, r Stirling - lost, 3·7 per cent of the force.

The Pathfinders encountered dense haze and their marking was late. The raid which developed was dispersed and not expected to cause much damage. Krefeld's rather general report on wartime bombing does not class this as a 'Grossangriff' - a major raid; only 3 streets in the northern part of the town are mentioned as being hit but most of the 41 people recorded as being killed by raids in 1942 probably died on this night.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt


1942-October-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Arthur Bryan Morlidge 2022-10-21
1942-October-02 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Norman Nelan 2023-07-30
1942-October-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Hubert Douglas Price 2022-10-21
1942-October-02 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Sidney Vernon Stowe 2022-10-21
1942-October-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Harding James Stuart 2022-10-21
1942-October-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Helgi Sveinn Sveinson 2022-10-21

Wellington BK270

s/n
 BK270

Known Squadron Assignments: ;419

Served with No. 419 (B) Squadron, RCAF. Failed to return from raid on Koln, 16/17 October 1942. last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing Cologne Germany 1942-10-15 to 1942-10-15

419 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Croft

289 aircraft - 109 Wellingtons, 74 Halifaxes, 62 Lancasters, 44 Stirlings. 18 aircraft - 6 Wellingtons, 5 Halifaxes, 5 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings - lost, 6·2 per cent of the force.

This was not a successful raid. Winds were different from those forecast and the Pathfinders had difficulty in establishing their position and marking the target suffi¬ciently to attract the Main Force away from a large decoy fire site which received most of the bombs. Cologne reports I 'Luftmine' (out of 71 4,000-pounders carried by the bombing force), 3 other high-explosive bombs (out of 231) and 210 incendiary bombs (out of 68,590). 226 houses were damaged but only 2 of these received what was classed as 'serious damage'; 4 people were injured.


1942-October-15 KIA RAF Sergeant Patrick James Anderton 2023-08-22
1942-October-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Henry Arthur Grover 2023-08-22
1942-October-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Percy Jolley 2023-08-22
1942-October-15 KIA RAAF Sergeant Vincent Ormerod Noonan 2023-08-22
1942-October-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Leslie Rowland Scourfield 2023-08-22

Wellington BK271

s/n
 BK271

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frederick Charles Adsett 2021-08-21

Wellington BK272

s/n
 BK272

Known Squadron Assignments: 17 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-July-08 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Arthur George Corck 2024-04-16
1944-July-08 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Walter Haraczay 2022-10-10

Wellington BK274

s/n
 BK274

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Alexander Bruce Campbell 2023-12-11
1942-December-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Stanley Walter Sotkowy 2021-07-23
1942-December-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Donald Woodman 2021-07-06

Wellington BK278

s/n
 BK278

Known Squadron Assignments: 142

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-16 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Frank A Renkiewicz 2023-08-05
1942-November-16 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Horace Edward John Wilkinson 2023-08-19

Wellington BK281

s/n
 BK281

Known Squadron Assignments: 142

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Hammond Edgett 2021-08-06

Wellington BK296

s/n
 BK296

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No. 420 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded PT*J. Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands on 13/14 March 1943, lost without a trace, no survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-14 Failed to Return Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-March-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Alexander Corbett 2024-04-15
1943-March-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Robert Douglas Hall 2021-08-09
1943-March-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Donald MacFarlane 2021-08-16
1943-March-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Harrison Tidy 2021-07-17

Wellington BK309

s/n
 BK309

Known Squadron Assignments: 150

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Theodore Taylor 2021-07-20

Wellington BK311

s/n
 BK311

Known Squadron Assignments: 150

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-10 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant William Henry Allworth 2022-11-13
1942-October-10 Survived RAAF T V Brown 2022-11-13
1942-October-10 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Norman Desmond Green 2022-11-13
1942-October-10 KIFA RAF Warrant Officer Edwin Henry Herbert 2022-11-23
1942-October-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Norman Clifford Meyers 2022-11-13
1942-October-10 KIFA RAAF Sergeant Reginald Ziser 2022-11-26

Wellington BK312

s/n
 BK312

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William John Mollard 2021-08-16

Wellington BK313

s/n
 BK313

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Leonard Ian Smith 2021-10-02

Wellington BK330

s/n
 BK330

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No. 420 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded PT*K. Flew mission to bomb Norden in daylight January 15, 1943. Returned to base, port engine was u/s. Flew mission to attack Essen in daylight January 23, 1943, slight flak damage. Failed to return from mission to Lorient on 13/14 February 1943, crashed in target area, no survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-14 Failed to Return Failed to return from mission to Lorient, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-February-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Leo Garth Gibson 2024-02-21
1943-February-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Andrew MacDonald 2024-02-21

Wellington BK333

s/n
 BK333

Known Squadron Assignments: ;17

Served with No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded KW*N. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-11 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Keith Gregory Berry 2020-10-11
1944-January-11 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Gordon Elmore Clode 2024-03-05
1944-January-11 KIFA RCAF Sergeant John James Golding 2020-10-11
1944-January-11 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Earl Woodrow Ward 2022-05-23

Wellington BK335

s/n
 BK335

Known Squadron Assignments: ;419

Served with No. 419 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded ZL*V. Crashed on a training flight on 9 October 1942. last update: 2024-May-12

Operational 1942-10-10 to 1942-10-10

419 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Croft
419 Moose Squadron (Moosa Aswayita) RAF Croft. Returning from a cross-country navigation training exercise, Wellington BIII aircraft BK 335 VR-Y suffered a port engine failure in a steep climbing turn after overshooting the landing. The aircraft stalled, crashed and burned at RAF Croft, Yorkshire, England with the loss of the aircraft and three crew

1942-October-10 Survived RCAF Pilot Officer Patrick Campbell 2023-12-14
1942-October-10 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard John Todd Colvin 2024-03-25
1942-October-10 Survived RCAF Warrant Officer Class II Hans D'Aperng 2022-10-22
1942-October-10 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Herbert Ernest Hicks 2022-10-22
1942-October-10 Survived RAFVR Sergeant Griffith Arthur Lloyd 2022-10-22
1942-October-10 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Lewis William Scobie 2022-10-22

Wellington BK336

s/n
 BK336

Known Squadron Assignments: ;115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-17 KIA RAF Sergeant Arthur Douglas Rowsell 2021-08-06

Wellington BK338

s/n
 BK338

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-03 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Albert Morse Borden Johnson 2021-08-11
1942-December-03 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Athol Malver William McCrea 2021-08-17
1942-December-03 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Eugene Simbalist 2022-01-03
1942-December-03 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Cecil Swarbrick 2021-07-21

Wellington BK340

s/n
 BK340

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Served with No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded KW*T. Failed to return from attack on Essen on 12/13 March 1943, shot down by a Ju 88 over Holland while returning, all crew POW. Warrant Officer Joseph Georges Gilles Claude Lamontagne (pilot), Warrant Officer Adrien Walter Brown (navigator) and Warrant Officer Joseph Adrian Vincent Gauthier (bomb aimer) received MID for their efforts to control the aircraft and extinguish fires, providing time for the crew to successfully bail out. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-13 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Essen, shot down by a Nightfighter, All crew POW. 2019-08-20
1943-March-13 PoW RCAF Flight Sergeant Marie Joseph Alfred Jean Aumond 2023-10-09
1943-March-13 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Adrian Walter Brown 2023-11-07
1943-March-13 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Joseph Adrian Vincent Gauthier 2023-11-07
1943-March-13 PoW RCAF Sergeant Joseph Arthur Roland Goulet 2023-11-07

Wellington BK341

s/n
 BK341

Known Squadron Assignments: ;75

Served with No. 426 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded OW*N. Returned to base after enemy fighter attack by single engine aircraft on 16/17 April 1943. No damage, but would have been late over target so returned early. Reported by some sources as returning from raid on Pilsen that night, but more likely was returning from raid on Mannheim. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-11 KIA RCAF Sergeant Roy Harold Scott 2023-08-28

Wellington BK343

s/n
 BK343

Known Squadron Assignments: ;427

Served with No. 427 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded ZL*V. Flew mining operation to the Frisian islands January 09/10, 1943, returned early due to bad weather. Flew operation to Lorient January 15/16, 1943. Bombed St. Nazaire docks on 28 February / 1 March 1943, landed at Tangmere on return due to bad weather. Also reported as crashed at sea on this mission? last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-28 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on the docks at St. Nazaire. 5 crew were killed and 1 POW. 2019-08-20
1943-February-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Alexander Ferguson 2021-08-06
1943-February-28 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Douglas Hartney 2023-12-15
1943-February-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Augustus Kilpatrick 2023-12-15
1943-February-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Langmead Ward 2023-12-15

Wellington BK344

s/n
 BK344

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Served with No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded KW*B. Flew attack at Oldenburg in daylight January 30, 1943, returned early due to lack of cloud cover. Possibly lost on 3/4 March 1943 during attack on Hamburg, see also BK334. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-04 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Hamburg. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-March-03 KIA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Engelbert Audy 2021-07-08
1943-March-03 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Jean Baptiste Albert Dugal 2021-08-04
1943-March-03 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Clyde Forbes 2021-08-06
1943-March-03 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Victor Leo Gauthier 2021-08-07
1943-March-03 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Jack Glassberg 2021-08-07
1943-March-03 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Wilfred Maurice Emond Lanctin 2021-08-13

Wellington BK347

s/n
 BK347

Known Squadron Assignments: 30 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-21 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Gerald Brodie 2022-06-18

Wellington BK348

s/n
 BK348

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Essen Germany 1943-03-12 to 1943-03-12

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Topcliffe

457 aircraft - 158 Wellingtons, 156 Lancasters, 91 Halifaxes, 42 Stirlings, IO Mos-quitoes. 23 aircraft- 8 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes, 6 Wellingtons, 2 Stirlings lost, 5·0 per cent of the force.

This was another very successful Oboe-marked raid. The centre of the bombing area was right across the giant Krupps factory, just west of the city centre, with later bombing drifting back to the north-western outskirts. Photographic interpretation assessed that Krupps received 30 per cent more damage on this night than on the . earlier successful raid of 5/6 March. Nearly 500 houses were also destroyed in the raid. The number of people killed is variously reported between 169 and 322, with 198 probably being the most accurate figure, made up of 64 men, 45 women, 19 children, 4 soldiers, 61 foreign workers and 5 prisoners of war.

German records say that one third of the bombs dropped on this night did not hit Essen and that 39 people were killed in other towns with Bottrop, just north of Essen, being the worst hit, but these towns were all close to Essen and there was often no clear division between overlapping built-up areas.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Served with No. 424 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded QB*J when failed to return from attack at Essen on 12 / 13 March 1943. All crew were killed. Crashed on the north bank of the Waal, 4 kilometres east-north-east of Tiel, near Echteld or Gelderland, Holland.


   1943-March-13 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Essen. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-March-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert George Caldwell 2023-12-03
1943-March-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gordon Johnson Cory 2024-04-24
1943-March-12 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Alfred Perry Larson 2023-01-03
1943-March-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Leslie Alfred Parker 2023-01-03
1943-March-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Frederick Topping 2021-07-15

Wellington BK360

s/n
 BK360

Known Squadron Assignments: 150

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-31 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Albert George Makay 2021-08-14
1942-October-31 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Reginald Patton 2021-08-18

Wellington BK361

s/n
 BK361

Known Squadron Assignments: 166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-09 Evader RCAF Pilot Officer Bernard Hermeneguide Marion 2024-03-20

Wellington BK367

s/n
 BK367

Known Squadron Assignments: 199

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Leonard James Switzer 2021-07-21

Wellington BK368

s/n
 BK368

Known Squadron Assignments: 166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-10 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Patrick Kavanagh 2023-08-28
1943-March-10 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Allen Lewes Weller 2023-08-28

Wellington BK386

s/n
 BK386

Known Squadron Assignments: 156

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Harry Thomas Boyes 2023-12-29
1942-December-21 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Samuel Crawford 2024-05-14
1942-December-21 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Stanley Julian Cybulski DFC 2023-12-29
1942-December-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Lloyd Robertson Mann DFC 2023-12-29
1942-December-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Patrick Sullivan 2023-12-29

Wellington BK387

s/n
 BK387

Known Squadron Assignments: ;82

last update: 2024-February-19

Flying Incident - Court Martial 1944-01-01 to 1944-01-02

82 (B) OTU (RAF) RAF Ossington
Memorial stone near crash site. Image by Colin Dickinson of Haworth UK

The aircraft flew into a hillside at Tewitt Hall Wood above Oakworth. A stone unveiled recently in West Yorkshire was the work of the Oakworth Village Society, helped by a generous donation from an anonymous villager. Under the RCAF badge are the names of the six crew, all Canadians, who were killed in the crash. The memorial at the isolated crash site was dedicated on 4 July 1993 at a service attended by more than 500 people. Keighley Squadron, ATC, personnel from RAF Leeming and officers from The Canadian Armed Forces were present and a BBMF Spitfire made several low passes. Detail provided by David E. Thompson, Middlesborough, England.


1944-January-02 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Norman Willard Crawford 2024-05-13
1944-January-02 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class James Edwin Dalling 2023-11-24
1944-January-02 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Ernest Israel Glass 2023-11-24
1944-January-02 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Jack Henfrey 2023-11-24
1944-January-02 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer James Justin McHenry 2023-11-24
1944-January-02 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Emery Savage 2023-11-24

Wellington BK389

s/n
 BK389

Known Squadron Assignments: ;427

Served with No. 427 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded ZL*L. Flew mining mission January 2/3,1943, hit by flak resulting in a one foot square hole in the starboard wing. This was first squadron operation under 6 Group control. Failed to return from attack at Oldenburg in daylight on 30 January 1943, lost without a trace, no survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-30 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Oldenburg in daylight, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-January-30 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Cecil Joseph Bennett 2023-08-16
1943-January-30 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Hugh Benjamin Kent 2021-08-12
1943-January-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lloyd Watson Phillips 2021-08-14
1943-January-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Joseph Smith 2021-07-28
1943-January-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Willard Warren Wallace 2021-07-12

Wellington BK401

s/n
 BK401

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF at Dishforth, coded KW*B. Served with No. 426 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded OW*M when lost without a trace. Failed to return from attack on Essen on 5/6 March 1943, no survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-06 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Essen, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William John Ross Davies 2024-01-05
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Norman Fraser Paterson 2021-08-18
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Cyril Randolph Trask 2021-07-15
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Walen 2021-07-12
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Earl Williams 2022-01-11

Wellington BK429

s/n
 BK429

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Served with No. 429 (B) Squadron, RCAF at East Moor, coded AL*Q. Bombed Wilhelmshaven on 19 February 1943. Mining operation to Nectarine 2 area on 25 February 1943, and to Nectarine 1 on 27 February 1943. Bombed St. Nazarine on 28 February 1943. Mission to Nectarine 1 on 2 March 1943, brought mines back due to bad weather. Bombed Hamburg on 3 March 1943. Mining to Nectarine 2 on 7 March 1943. Failed to return from mission on 9/10 March 1943, no survivors. Reported as raid on Munich and as mining in Carrot area. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-10 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Munich, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-March-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Neree Andre Maurice Tremblay 2021-07-15

Wellington BK430

s/n
 BK430

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-06 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Mckenzie Arril 2022-02-22
1943-August-06 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Paul Guy Marcel De Bellefeuille 2022-06-23
1943-August-06 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Paul Roland Labbe 2021-08-13
1943-August-06 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Nicholas Solomka 2021-07-25
1943-August-06 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Francis Cecilius Jean Louis Therien 2021-07-20

Wellington BK435

s/n
 BK435

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

Served with No. 424 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded QB*U, in the UK. Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands on 20 / 21 February 1943, shot down by Oblt Rudolf Sigmund of IV/NJG I into the North Sea, all were killed. Reported shot down at 19:46 local, 50 kilometres north of Texel. Crew was one RNZAF, 2 RCAF and 2 RAF. last update: 2024-May-12

Minelaying Frisian Islands Netherlands (Nectarines) 1943-02-20 to 1943-02-20

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Topcliffe

Served with No. 424 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded QB*U, in the UK. Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands on 20 / 21 February 1943, shot down by Oblt Rudolf Sigmund of IV/NJG I into the North Sea, all were killed. Reported shot down at 19:46 local, 50 kilometres north of Texel. Crew was one RNZAF, 2 RCAF and 2 RAF.


   1943-February-21 Failed to Return Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands, shot down by a Nightfighter into the North Sea, all were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-February-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph John Charles Arpin 2023-07-28
1943-February-20 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Walter Norman Pleasance 2023-01-03

Wellington BK438

s/n
 BK438

Known Squadron Assignments: ;150

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-20 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harris Mansel Lisson 2021-08-13
1942-November-20 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Julian Frederic Sweet 2021-07-21

Wellington BK440

s/n
 BK440

Known Squadron Assignments: ;26

Served with No. 426 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded OW*V. Flew attack at Wilhelmshaven February 24/25, 1943. Attacked 5 times by Ju 88, large hole in fuselage. Flew attack at Essen March 12/13, 1943. Attacked by fighter, no damage. Flew attack on Kiel April 4/5, 1943. Attacked by single engine fighter, no damage. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-December-11 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Arthur William Ellis 2022-07-29
1943-December-11 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Edward Martin 2021-08-15

Wellington BK441

s/n
 BK441

Known Squadron Assignments: 29 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-07 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alan Darby 2022-06-17

Wellington BK459

s/n
 BK459

Known Squadron Assignments: 166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thornton Edward Richardson 2023-10-11

Wellington BK463

s/n
 BK463

Known Squadron Assignments: 83 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-20 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Roger Singleton Knapp 2024-02-21

Wellington BK468

s/n
 BK468

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No. 420 (B) Squadron, RCAF at Middleton St. George, coded PT*R. Failed to return from attack at Cologne on 26/27 February 1943. All 5 crew were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-27 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Cologne. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-February-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Burnet Montieth Chamney 2024-01-28
1943-February-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Harry Alvin Hansen 2022-10-10
1943-February-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Royden Martin Jupe 2021-08-11
1943-February-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lorne Edward Kellaway 2021-08-12
1943-February-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Philip Hubert Mitchell 2021-08-16

Wellington BK495

s/n
 BK495

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alfred James Down 2021-09-20

Wellington BK497

s/n
 BK497

Known Squadron Assignments: 29 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-07 KIFA RCAF Sergeant George William James Hopkins 2021-08-10
1943-September-07 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gordon Douglas Scott 2021-10-02

Wellington BK501

s/n
 BK501

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Gilbert Johnson 2022-01-25
1944-January-25 KIA RCAF Sergeant George Donald Mitchell 2023-12-15
1944-January-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Nap King Perry 2023-12-15
1944-January-25 KIA RCAF Sergeant William Kenneth Rodgers 2021-08-08

Wellington BK503

s/n
 BK503

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-29 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Arsene Roch Tancrede Auclair 2022-02-24
1943-January-29 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer George Weston 2022-01-11

Wellington BK506

s/n
 BK506

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-21 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Medrie Peter Proteau 2021-08-11

Wellington BK512

s/n
 BK512

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Andrew McFarlane Harrison Gain 2022-08-26

Wellington BK513

s/n
 BK513

Known Squadron Assignments: 115

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Douglas Rae 2024-01-20

Wellington BK517

s/n
 BK517

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Jack Thompson McDonald 2021-08-17

Wellington BK536

s/n
 BK536

Known Squadron Assignments: 142

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-21 PoW RCAF Flying Officer Thomas Moore Watt 2023-08-17

Wellington BK540

s/n
 BK540

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Served with No. 429 (B) Squadron, RCAF at East Moor, coded AL*C when lost. Bombed Lorient on 26 January 1943. Bombed Wilhelmshaven on 19 February 1943. Bombed Cologne on 26 February 1943. Returned early from mission to St. Nazarine on 28 February 1943, due to electrical fire in bomb bay. Landed at Abington. Bombed Essen on 5 March 1943. Mining operation to Nectarine 1 on 7 March 1943. Mining operation to Trefoil on 22 March 1943. Bombed Duisburg on 26 March 1943. Bombed St. Nazaire on 28 March 1943. Failed to return from attack on Berlin on 29/30 March 1943. Last reported position was 53:33N - 01:40E at 20:43 UK time. All 5 crew were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-30 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Berlin. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class David Lachlin Bain 2023-08-28

Wellington BK549

s/n
 BK549

Known Squadron Assignments: 29 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Lawrence Hunter Ramage 2021-08-11

Wellington BK552

s/n
 BK552

Known Squadron Assignments: 29 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-December-29 Died RCAF Sergeant Wallace Bennett Blakely 2021-07-24

Wellington BK557

s/n
 BK557

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Served with No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF, at Dishforth, coded KW*S. Lost on mission to Hamburg on 9/10 November 1942, possibly brought down by flak west of target. Claimed by 8 Flak Division. Five crew killed, one PoW. Crashed near Bad Zwischenahn, 14 kilometres west-north-west of Oldenburg, Germany, at 21:35 local time. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Stanley Bourke 2022-04-10
1942-November-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Fred Burchell 2021-07-28
1942-November-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Norman Davis 2022-06-22
1942-November-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Norman Raitblat 2021-08-11
1942-November-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Hector Georges Tasse 2021-07-20
1942-November-09 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Norman Joseph Wellwood 2023-08-17

Wellington BK559

s/n
 BK559

Known Squadron Assignments: 30 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Delmar Murray Davis 2023-12-29

Wellington BK564

s/n
 BK564

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

Served with No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF from 2 December 1942, coded NA*R. Bombed Lorient on 4/5 and 7/8 February 1943. Failed to return from attack on Bochum / Berlin on 29/30 March 1943. Crashed near Gelsenkirchen, 4 crew were killed and 1 POW. last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing 1943-03-29 to 1943-03-29

428 () () RAF Dalton

   1943-March-30 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Berlin. Crashed near Gelsenkirchen, 4 crew were killed and 1 POW. 2019-08-20

Bombing Bochum Germany 1943-03-29 to 1943-03-30

428 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Dalton

428 Ghost Squadron (Usque Ad Finem) RAF Dalton. Wellington BIII aircraft BK 564 NR-A was shot down during a raid on targets in Bochum, Germany and crashed near Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Pilot Officer JLRVF Cartier (RCAF) Flight Sergeant PB Gustavsen (RCAF) and Flying Officer JF Spencer (RAFVR) were killed in action. Two crew members were able to bail. One, Sergeant HF Rhodes (RAFVR) was injured and he survived to reach the ground but died from his injuries 1943-04-12 in hospital. Sergeant D King (RCAF) survived and was taken as Prisoner Of War

There were two 428 Squadron Wellington aircraft lost on this operation. Please see aircraft serial HE 175 NA-V for additional information

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1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Louis Raymond Vincent Ferrier Cartier 2024-01-15
1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Preben Brandt Gustavsen 2023-04-28
1943-March-30 PoW RCAF Flying Officer Dale King 2023-05-01
1943-March-30 PoW KIA RAFVR Sergeant Harold Frank Rhodes 2023-04-28
1943-March-30 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer John Frederick Spencer 2023-04-28

Wellington BK361

s/n
 BK361

Known Squadron Assignments:

Plt Offr B M MARION (J/22552) Evader Wellington III BK361 1943-04-08 166 Sqdn

Sgt George Stanley BARCLAY (413369) Wellington III BK361 1943-04-08 166 Sqdn Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug
Sgt Arthur Herbert CONRAD (1263438) Wellington III BK361 1943-04-08 166 Sqdn Stalag 357 Kopernikus
Sgt Robert Wesley HART (1391223) Wellington III BK361 1943-04-08 166 Sqdn Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug
Sgt Ronald Francis LIMAGE (1391336) Wellington III BK361 1943-04-08 166 Sqdn Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe)
last update: 2024-March-26

Wellington DF566

s/n
 DF566

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-30 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Carlin Anthony Bannon 2021-07-10
1944-January-30 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Edward Addy Davis 2021-08-04
1944-January-30 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Allan Hobson 2022-01-27
1944-January-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Lionel Wollaston Matthews DFM 2021-08-16
1944-January-30 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Frederick Arthur Nichols 2021-08-17
1944-January-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Clarence Walter Pearce 2021-08-18
1944-January-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Gordon Henry Schlitt 2021-08-04

Wellington DF595

s/n
 DF595

Known Squadron Assignments: ;20

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-21 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Michael Antifaev 2023-07-28
1943-October-21 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Reginald Milton McEachern 2021-08-17
1943-October-21 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Maurice Edmund O'Donoghue 2021-08-17

Wellington DF615

s/n
 DF615

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No. 420 Squadron, RCAF in the UK, coded "PT*S". Failed to return from attack on the dock area of Lorient on 29/30 January 1943, no survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-30 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on the dock area of Lorient, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-January-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Claude Marcel Desrosiers 2024-01-11
1943-January-29 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Walter Douglas Marks 2021-08-15

Wellington DF626

s/n
 DF626

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No. 420 Squadron, RCAF coded "PT*Y". Dispatched for attack on the dock area of Lorient on 29 / 30 January 1943, crashed near Woodbury Common, near Exeter in Devon outbound, only 2 survived. Marine Sgt. W. West received BEM for rescue efforts at the crash site. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-30 Accident Crash Dispatched for attack on the dock area of Lorient, crashed near Exeter outbound, only 2 survived. 2019-08-20
1943-January-29 KIA RCAF Sergeant John Drake Bittner 2021-07-24
1943-January-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Murray Downton 2021-08-04
1943-January-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Delmer Ray Sanderson 2021-10-01
1943-January-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harold Hogarth Sealy 2020-08-22

Wellington DF635

s/n
 DF635

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

Served with No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF coded "NA*I". Failed to return from attack on Duisberg on 8/9 April 1943, shot down by a night fighter at 18,000 feet over the target. All crew were POW. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-09 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Duisberg, shot down by a night fighter. All crew were POW. 2019-08-20
1943-April-09 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant Robert Marshall Buckham 2021-02-24
1943-April-09 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class J D Fraser 2023-08-23
1943-April-09 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant N W Rodin 2023-09-27

Wellington DF636

s/n
 DF636

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No. 420 Squadron, RCAF coded "PT*S". Lost on 13/14 October 1942, crashed at Leeming at 01:38 local, while attempting go-around after returning from mission to Kiel. All 5 crew killed. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Wesley Bethel Croft 2024-05-18
1942-October-14 KIA RCAF Sergeant Harry Joseph Thomas Gray 2021-08-07
1942-October-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William James Jones 2022-01-25
1942-October-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Alexander McBirnie Wardrop 2021-07-10

Wellington DF637

s/n
 DF637

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No. 420 Squadron, RCAF coded "PT*F". Damaged on 19/20 February 1943 during a raid on Wilhelmshaven, by night fighter and by flak. Port engine quit after night fighter attack, one crew member bailed out. Landed at Coltishall on one engine. last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Wilhelmshaven Germany 1943-02-19 to 1943-02-20

420 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Middleton St George

Aircraft was damaged by flak and then attacked by a Bf 110 night fighter. The rear gunner Warrant Officer 2nd Class Beresford baled out but did not survive. The pilot, Flight Sergeant RE Taylor (RCAF), managed to fly the damaged aircraft on one engine back to a safe landing in Coltishall, England. Taylor was awarded a DFM for this sortie. D Parker, R Koval, FF Years


1943-February-20 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George James Beresford 2022-07-19

Wellington DF639

s/n
 DF639

Known Squadron Assignments: ;75

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Forman 2021-09-20

Wellington DF641

s/n
 DF641

Known Squadron Assignments: ;30

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Clyde Glencoe Archibald 2022-06-18
1944-May-28 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Oliver Douglas Baird 2022-06-18
1944-May-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Raymond George Hills 2022-11-23
1944-May-28 KIFA RCAF Sergeant George Willston Mitchell 2022-11-25
1944-May-28 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Raymond Pollon 2022-11-25

Wellington DF664

s/n
 DF664

Known Squadron Assignments: ;419

Served with No. 419 (B) Squadron, RCAF. Coded "VR*E" when lost on 13/14 October 1942 during raid on Kiel. Crashed in North Sea off Brockeswalde, Germany. All 5 crew killed. last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Kiel Germany 1942-10-13 to 1942-10-13

419 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Croft

288 aircraft - roo Wellingtons, 82 Lancasters, 78 Halifaxes, 28 Stirlings. 8 aircraft- 5 Wellingtons, 1 each of other types - lost, 2·8 per cent of the force.

A decoy fire site was operating and at least half of the bombing was drawn away into open countryside, but the rest of the attack fell on Kiel and its immediate surroundings. The Kiel diarist records a now familiar list of area-bombing damage, the only items of particular interest being that 17 omnibuses were destroyed in their garage or parking area and that much of the bombing fell on the south-eastern suburbs of Elmschenhagen. He also refers to a constantly recurring theme in recent raids, the vast amount of roof damage and glass breakage with the increasing use by Bomber Command of high-capacity blast bombs. 250,000 square metres of roof tiling and 150,000 square metres of glass were blown away in Kiel on this night. Casualties were 41 killed and 101 injured. Finally, Herr Boelck writes: 'Amazingly, the Flak hardly opened fire for some time although the bombers were over the town.* This withholding of fire was a ploy which the German defences developed to hinder the identification of a target by the bombers, particularly when a nearby decoy site was being used. There were often disagreements between local party officials who wanted their people to see the Flak banging away vigorously, and the local Luftwaffe Flak commanders who were attempting this tactical deception.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt


1942-October-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Clarence Edgar Bell 2022-10-22
1942-October-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Everett Stevenson Green 2022-10-22
1942-October-13 KIA RAAF Rex Victor Hall 2023-08-19
1942-October-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Fletcher Streeting 2022-10-22
1942-October-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Arthur Wakeman 2022-10-22

Wellington DF665

s/n
 DF665

Known Squadron Assignments: ;419

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Saarbrucken Germany 1942-08-28 to 1942-08-28

419 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Topcliffe

II3 aircraft - 71 Wellingtons, 24 Halifaxes, 17 Hampdens, I Stirling. This was an experimental raid by a

force of oddments - Halifaxes of 4 Group which were being rested from major operations,

Hampdens of 5 Group and new crews from other groups. There were no Pathfinders. The moon was four fifths full and it was judged that this relatively undefended target, just inside Germany, could be successfully attacked while the main raid on Nuremberg was taking place.

The raid was not a success; bombing was scattered over a wide area. 15 houses were destroyed and 51 seriously damaged in Saarbriicken and one woman was killed. 7 aircraft - 4 Hampdens, 2 Halifaxes, I Wellington - lost, 6·2 per cent of the force.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Vickers Wellington B. Mk. III s/n DF665 and code VR*Q, was shot down by a BF 110 night-fighter flown by Oberluetnant Kurt Martinek 9./NJG 4 operating from Laon-Athies airfield in France.

The 'Wimpy' as the Wellington was affectionately known as, crashed at 23:30 hours at Petit-Deische, Namur, Belgium on the border with France and roughly 2 km's north-west of the French town of Givet. Only one crewmember survived and became an evader. R.C.A.F. Sergeant W. H. Ledford made it back to England on the 2nd of November, 1942.

Sadly after returning to ops, Ledford was killed in action on the 23rd of August while a member of No. 434 'Bluenose' (B) Squadron.

Oberleutnant Kurt Martinek and Oberfeldwebel Fritz Gudjons were both killed in crash of Bf 110E-4 w.n.3818 C9+AL of 3/NJG5 at Neudorf 5km's north-west of Stendal, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany on the night of the 3rd/4th of November,1942. It had been a non-operational flight.

source: Chris Charland

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1942-August-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Archie Ernest Caton 2024-01-20
1942-August-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Andrew Holmes 2023-08-09
1942-August-28 Evader RCAF Sergeant W H Ledford 2023-12-19
1942-August-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Robert Morrow 2023-08-09
1942-August-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Peter Karil Zaparynuk 2023-08-09

Wellington DF673

s/n
 DF673

Known Squadron Assignments: ;75

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Horace David Baittle 2023-08-24
1942-August-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lawrence Donald Hiltz 2023-08-25
1942-August-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Daniel Archibald McKay 2023-08-25

Wellington DF683

s/n
 DF683

Known Squadron Assignments: ;21

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-25 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert James Maxwell Frederick Reid 2021-05-22

Wellington DF686

s/n
 DF686

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Used by No. 420 Squadron, RCAF, in North Africa in 1943. last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing Briatico Cape Semero Sicily 1943-08-17 to 1943-08-18

420 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Kairuan Tunisia

Mission: 11 aircraft were bombed up and took of to attack beach targets between Briatico and Capo Suvero Italy. There were no noticeable concentrations of personnel or barges on the beaches. Bombs were seen to burst in the vicinity of the aiming point. It is believed fuel storage supplies were struck, causing flames to reach 400 feet.

DF686 and crew not heard from again. Some sources say targeting Pizzo Italy


1943-August-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Eric Hayden Douglas 2023-07-21
1943-August-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Herbert Joseph Dowds 2023-07-21
1943-August-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Averell Whitman Freeman 2023-07-22
1943-August-18 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Frederick Irvine Hill 2022-07-18
1943-August-18 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Thomas Henry Lazenby 2022-07-18

Wellington DF709

s/n
 DF709

Known Squadron Assignments: ;142

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-15 KIA RCAF Sergeant John Paul Denis Leclerc 2021-08-13

Wellington DF728

s/n
 DF728

Known Squadron Assignments: ;150

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Daniel Boon 2023-07-14

Wellington DF736

s/n
 DF736

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-10 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Albert Edward Nash 2022-01-19
1942-December-10 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer Donald Martin Smardon 2021-07-28
1942-December-10 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Suttill 2021-07-21

Wellington DF737

s/n
 DF737

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-31 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Frederick David Bristow 2023-08-29
1944-August-31 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Murray Gordon Casey 2024-01-16
1944-August-31 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Norman Evan Paul Douglas 2024-01-18
1944-August-31 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Curtis Jutzi 2021-08-11
1944-August-31 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Douglas McLean 2021-08-17
1944-August-31 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William Cosgrove Miller 2021-09-23
1944-August-31 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer James Kennedy Reid 2021-08-10

Wellington DF742

s/n
 DF742

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Carl William Milton 2021-08-16
1942-November-08 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer David Thomas Withington DFM 2021-06-23

Wellington DF743

s/n
 DF743

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-19 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Harry Bertram Elliott 2021-08-06
1943-April-19 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Alvin Ernest Lightheart 2021-08-13
1943-April-19 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Oswald Munro 2021-08-16
1943-April-19 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Charles Scott 2022-01-16

Wellington DV411

s/n
 DV411

Known Squadron Assignments: 37

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Charles Henri Tourville 2023-09-03

Wellington DV434

s/n
 DV434

Known Squadron Assignments: 25 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-02 PoW RCAF Flying Officer William John Clough 2024-03-05
1942-June-02 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Albert Nugent 2023-09-21

Wellington DV439

s/n
 DV439

Known Squadron Assignments: 25 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Francis Penney 2021-08-16
1942-August-01 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Saunders Valensky 2023-08-15
1942-August-01 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Dennis James Veasey 2023-08-15

Wellington DV457

s/n
 DV457

Known Squadron Assignments: 37

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-08 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Thomas Crabb 2024-05-10

Wellington DV458

s/n
 DV458

Known Squadron Assignments: 1 OADU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-February-17 Interned RCAF Pilot Officer J C Hardy 2023-08-24

Wellington DV475

s/n
 DV475

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Keith Crossing 2024-05-20

Wellington DV481

s/n
 DV481

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-January-14 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Gerald Charles Boudreau 2022-04-09
1942-January-14 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Lewis Horning 2021-08-10

Wellington DV483

s/n
 DV483

Known Squadron Assignments: 37

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-March-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Stanley John Kozlowski 2023-07-20

Wellington DV490

s/n
 DV490

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-13 Survived RCAF Sergeant Douglas Oliver Broughton 2021-07-18
1942-October-13 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer Reginald Staynes Elsom DFM 2021-07-18
1942-October-13 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Ernest Page Hunt 2021-08-10
1942-October-13 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Robert Campbell Sinclair 2021-10-02

Wellington DV510

s/n
 DV510

Known Squadron Assignments: 99

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-February-27 PoW Escapee RCAF Sergeant John Leon Turner 2022-05-23

Wellington DV520

s/n
 DV520

Known Squadron Assignments: ;148

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Raymond John Williams 2021-07-08

Wellington DV543

s/n
 DV543

Known Squadron Assignments: 37

last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington DV548

s/n
 DV548

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-22 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ennis Frederick Bramley 2023-08-29
1942-April-22 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arnold William Charles Ernest King 2021-08-12
1942-April-22 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Emerson Hubert Martin 2021-08-15
1942-April-22 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Roland Stanton Oliver 2021-08-18
1942-April-22 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer James Howe Reid 2021-08-10

Wellington DV560

s/n
 DV560

Known Squadron Assignments: 25 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Sergeant James Bertrand Campbell 2023-12-13
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Vernon Le Roy Simonson 2021-06-23
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Henry Treadwell 2021-06-23

Wellington DV564

s/n
 DV564

Known Squadron Assignments: 70

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gordon James Wagner 2023-09-03

Wellington DV569

s/n
 DV569

Known Squadron Assignments: 37

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class James Dickinson Massey 2021-08-16

Wellington DV579

s/n
 DV579

Known Squadron Assignments: 103

last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing Rostock Germany 1942-04-25 to 1942-04-25

(B) Sqn (RAF) Elsham Wolds

ROSTOCK 128 aircraft of 6 types,110 to the town and 18 to the Heinke! factory. No aircraft were lost although crews reported that Rostock's Flak defences had been strengthened. (ORB confirms that DV579 was lost on this raid)

Heavy bombing of the town and many fires were achieved. Some aircraft also hit the Heinke! factory for the first time; the crews achieving this were flying Manchesters from 106 Squadron, which was commanded by Wing Commander Guy Gibson. source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt


1942-April-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Arthur Frank Blencowe 2024-04-03
1942-April-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Lorne Bray DFM 2024-04-03
1942-April-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Harry Bircham Bullen 2024-04-03
1942-April-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Frank O'Kearney Elvers 2024-04-03
1942-April-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Sidney Harold Harle 2024-04-03
1942-April-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Dennis William Musgrove 2024-04-03

Wellington DV600

s/n
 DV600

Known Squadron Assignments: 25 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-04 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Anderson 2021-06-23
1942-September-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Jack Lionel Brovender 2021-07-28
1942-September-04 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Edward Derbyshire 2022-06-27
1942-September-04 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Bruce Sage 2021-08-04

Wellington DV611

s/n
 DV611

Known Squadron Assignments: 103

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-03 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Vincent Chicoine MiD 2024-02-14
1942-July-03 PoW RCAF Pilot Officer David Harold Davidner 2021-06-10

Wellington DV643

s/n
 DV643

Known Squadron Assignments: 37

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-24 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Philip Consterdine Jones 2023-07-19

Wellington DV653

s/n
 DV653

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-24 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Martin Raymond Foran 2021-08-06

Wellington DV663

s/n
 DV663

Known Squadron Assignments: 40

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-07 KIA RCAF Sergeant Douglas Wolstenholme 2021-07-07

Wellington DV674

s/n
 DV674

Known Squadron Assignments: 108

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Allan Arthur Chalmers 2024-01-27

Wellington DV695

s/n
 DV695

Known Squadron Assignments: 105

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-21 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Leonard Norman Fresque 2021-08-06

Wellington DV699

s/n
 DV699

Known Squadron Assignments: ;103

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-06 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant William Lyall Traquair 2021-07-15

Wellington DV700

s/n
 DV700

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Auld 2021-06-25

Wellington DV701

s/n
 DV701

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-31 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ralph Nelson Adams Creswell 2024-05-14
1942-May-31 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Noel Grattan 2021-06-25
1942-May-31 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Donald Stewart Maclean 2021-06-25

Wellington DV703

s/n
 DV703

Known Squadron Assignments: 26 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Blake Higginson 2021-08-10

Wellington DV713

s/n
 DV713

Known Squadron Assignments: 20 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-06 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Herbert James Palmer 2021-09-29
1942-June-06 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur Charles Campbell Peircey 2021-08-16

Wellington DV715

s/n
 DV715

Known Squadron Assignments: 156

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-31 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Leonard Frank Cooke 2024-04-06

Wellington DV726

s/n
 DV726

Known Squadron Assignments: 20 OTU;238

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-08 KIA RAFVR Flight Sergeant Ian Dugald Maclean DFM 2021-06-25

Wellington DV731

s/n
 DV731

Known Squadron Assignments: 28 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Green 2022-01-29
1943-August-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Russell Ross Keeler 2021-08-12

Wellington DV736

s/n
 DV736

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas James Armstrong 2023-08-22
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Rodney David Gibson 2023-08-22

Wellington DV763

s/n
 DV763

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-02 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Elton Taylor Beal 2023-10-15
1942-June-02 Evader RCAF Sergeant H E De Mone 2023-11-28

Wellington DV773

s/n
 DV773

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU;103

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Jean Albert Marc Turner 2021-07-14

Wellington DV775

s/n
 DV775

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-11 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Charles Bonter 2023-10-21
1942-September-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Cecil Daoust 2023-12-19
1942-September-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Douglas Richard Smith 2021-07-28

Wellington DV812

s/n
 DV812

Known Squadron Assignments: 156

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-05 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Stanley Alex Marr 2021-06-25
1942-June-05 KIA RCAF Sergeant William Jr Pereira 2021-06-25

Wellington DV816

s/n
 DV816

Known Squadron Assignments: 57

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-02 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Kormylo 2021-06-10

Wellington DV828

s/n
 DV828

Known Squadron Assignments: 156;16

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-31 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant David Munroe Baird 2023-08-03

Wellington DV831

s/n
 DV831

Known Squadron Assignments: 103

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Charles Evans 2022-01-31

Wellington DV834

s/n
 DV834

Known Squadron Assignments: 29 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Leslie Leathen Jones 2021-08-11
1942-August-28 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Ronald George Walters 2021-07-10

Wellington DV840

s/n
 DV840

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-25 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Douglas Cook 2024-04-03
1942-May-25 RAFAAF Flight Sergeant John Llewellyn Gibby 2022-11-27
1942-May-25 KIFA RNZAF Sergeant Ronald Ernest Herbert 2022-11-27
1942-May-25 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Charles Robert Whitworth 2022-11-27

Wellington DV841

s/n
 DV841

Known Squadron Assignments: 25 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-21 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Robert Melbourne Boates 2021-07-24
1942-May-21 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Neil Reeves 2021-08-10
1942-May-21 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Angus Frederick Roberts 2021-08-08

Wellington DV843

s/n
 DV843

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-30 KIA RCAF Sergeant Robert Alfred Armstrong 2023-04-18
1942-May-30 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer Leonard James Tait 2021-06-27

Wellington DV866

s/n
 DV866

Known Squadron Assignments: 28 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-03 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Kimble Calvin Sanderson 2021-08-04

Wellington DV867

s/n
 DV867

Known Squadron Assignments: 26 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-11 KIA RCAF Sergeant Thomas Peter Allenby 2021-09-02

Wellington DV873

s/n
 DV873

Known Squadron Assignments: 108

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-20 PoW RCAF John Alexander Hutchinson 2021-08-03
1942-October-20 PoW RCAF Flying Officer Edward Rupert (Ed) Patrick MiD 2021-06-10

Wellington DV875

s/n
 DV875

Known Squadron Assignments: 99

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-24 Died RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Douglas MacDonald 2023-07-15

Wellington DV882

s/n
 DV882

Known Squadron Assignments: 20 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-09 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Duncan Comrie Ferguson 2021-08-06
1942-November-09 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William James Pope 2021-08-13
1942-November-09 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Moodie Morris Stewart 2022-01-18

Wellington DV885

s/n
 DV885

Known Squadron Assignments: 26 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-06 KIFA RAF Pilot Officer Hugh Douglas Murray 2023-07-14

Wellington DV931

s/n
 DV931

Known Squadron Assignments: 162

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-18 KIA RCAF Sergeant Arnold Doyle McKim 2021-08-17

Wellington DV932

s/n
 DV932

Known Squadron Assignments: 15 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-09 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Gordon Stewart Miller 2021-08-31
1942-July-09 KIFA RCAF Corporal Donald Vail 2021-07-13

Wellington DV934

s/n
 DV934

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-19 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer John William Morrison Harley 2022-10-13
1942-July-19 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Cuthbert Percy Ralph 2021-08-11

Wellington DV941

s/n
 DV941

Known Squadron Assignments: 26 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Howard Edward Johnson 2021-08-11
1942-September-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Douglas Arthur White 2021-07-09

Wellington DV944

s/n
 DV944

Known Squadron Assignments: 162

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-04 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John James Silcox 2023-09-03

Wellington ES989

s/n
 ES989

Known Squadron Assignments: 37

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Archibald Boyd Cameron 2023-12-04
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Roger Bentley Clements 2024-03-02
1942-September-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Sidney Allan George Turner 2021-07-14

Wellington HD947

s/n
 HD947

Known Squadron Assignments: ;148

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant David Douglas Miller 2021-09-23
1942-September-28 KIA RCAF Sergeant Donald Alex Mitchell 2021-08-16

Wellington HD955

s/n
 HD955

Known Squadron Assignments: ;37

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-31 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Spencer Quentin Schrump 2021-08-04

Wellington HD977

s/n
 HD977

Known Squadron Assignments: ;99

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-24 Died RCAF Flying Officer William Garfield Clark 2024-02-26

Wellington HD984

s/n
 HD984

Known Squadron Assignments: ;21

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-21 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edward William Chessor 2024-02-12

Wellington HD985

s/n
 HD985

Known Squadron Assignments: ;20

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-19 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Russell Frederick Wilkins 2021-07-08

Wellington HD991

s/n
 HD991

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Stanley Bickerton 2022-03-18
1942-September-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Donald Chesley King 2021-10-07
1942-September-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Murray 2022-01-21
1942-September-14 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant William John Shaver 2023-08-06

Wellington HE112

s/n
 HE112

Known Squadron Assignments: ;99

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-15 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Lorne Gerald Dobson 2021-08-04
1943-March-15 KIA RAF Sergeant Colin Finlay Nicholson 2023-07-15

Wellington HE116

s/n
 HE116

Known Squadron Assignments: ;21

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Michael Holub 2022-12-05
1942-September-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Walter Carl Pedersen 2021-08-16

Wellington HE126

s/n
 HE126

Known Squadron Assignments: ;215

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Francis William Holcombe 2023-07-15

Wellington HE132

s/n
 HE132

Known Squadron Assignments: ;37

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-06 KIA RCAF Sergeant Leo Alphonse John Latour 2021-08-13

Wellington HE152

s/n
 HE152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;466

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Herbert William Stewart 2022-01-18

Wellington HE155

s/n
 HE155

Known Squadron Assignments: ;466

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Leo Ralph Crowe 2024-05-21

Wellington HE157

s/n
 HE157

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 420 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "PT*U". Used by No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, coded "OW*N" when lost. Failed to return from attack on Duisberg on 12/13 May 1943. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-13 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Duisberg. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-May-13 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Eric William Betts 2021-07-15
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Howard Ralph Drake 2021-07-15
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Franklin Fighter 2021-09-23
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant David Chester Maxwell 2021-09-23
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George McMillan 2021-07-15

Wellington HE159

s/n
 HE159

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-April-11 Accident Crash Serious engine problems during attack at Frankfurt. 1 bailed out rest killed when a/c crashed near Rolvenden. 2019-08-20

Bombing Frankfurt Germany 1943-04-10 to 1943-04-11

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Leeming

Battle of the Ruhr

502 aircraft- r44 Wellingtons, r36 Lancasters, r24 Halifaxes, 98 Stirlings. 2r aircraft - 8 Wellingtons, 5 Lancasters, 5 Stirlings, 3 Halifaxes - lost, 4·2 per cent of the force.

Complete cloud cover in the target area again led to a failure. The bombing photographs of every aircraft showed nothing but cloud and Bomber Command had no idea where bombs had fallen. Frankfurt reports only a few in the suburbs of the city south of the River Main. The only damage listed was fires in a paper-goods store and in the rafters of a few neighbouring houses. The Frankfurt report says that there were no casualties in the city, but another report says that 18 people died, presumably in country areas.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington aircraft HE 159 had engine failure and crashed at Lambs Ponds, near Tenterden, Kent, England. WO. R.M. Buie, FS A.W. Kimmerly, and P/Os L.K.Taylor, R.W. Thompson (RAF) were killed.


1943-April-11 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Robert Montgomery Buie 2023-01-03
1943-April-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Amos Walter Kimmerly 2023-01-03
1943-April-11 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Leonard Keith Taylor 2023-01-03
1943-April-11 KIA RAFVR Ralph William THOMPSON 2023-01-03

Wellington HE161

s/n
 HE161

Known Squadron Assignments: ;196

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Lowell Benson 2021-08-28

Wellington HE169

s/n
 HE169

Known Squadron Assignments: ;196

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Glenn Greaves Clark 2024-02-24
1943-February-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Morgan David Fox 2021-08-06
1943-February-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Duncan McIntyre 2021-09-17
1943-February-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Thomas Clinton Stuart Wood 2021-10-02

Wellington HE170

s/n
 HE170

Known Squadron Assignments: ;196

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-29 KIA RAF Sergeant Fred Charles Swain 2023-08-30

Wellington HE173

s/n
 HE173

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

With No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF from 8 December 1942. Coded "NA*S", when it crashed 1 mile NW of Dishforth after takeoff on night training flight, 31 January 1943. Caught fire shortly after take off, 3 crew killed and 1 injured. First aircraft lost by this squadron. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-31 Accident Crash Crashed on training flight, see comments. 2019-08-20
1943-January-31 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Wood 2022-01-12

Wellington HE176

s/n
 HE176

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

With No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*F". Bombed Kiel on 4/5 April 1943. Shot down while on a raid to Stuttgart on 14/15 April 1943. Crashed at Freiburg, Germany. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-15 Accident Crash Shot down while on a raid to Stuttgart. Crashed at Freiburg, Germany. 2019-08-20
1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant Denys Haughton Ferry 2022-05-11
1943-April-15 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Scott Harris 2024-05-29
1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Richard Twiss Sutton 2023-08-10
1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class James Lawrence Warren 2023-08-17
1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Theodore Haywood White 2023-08-17

Wellington HE177

s/n
 HE177

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

With No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*G". Bombed Cologne on 26/27 February 1943, attacked by night fighter. Crashed after an overshoot at East Moor on 22 May 1943 after mining operation to the Frisian Islands (Nectarine target area). 1 survivor. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-22 Accident Crash Crashed after an overshoot at East Moor after mining operation to the Frisian Islands (Nectarine target area). 1 survivor. 2019-08-20
1943-May-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Arlie Berton Douglas 2021-08-04
1943-May-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Stanley Douglas Frewen 2022-08-25
1943-May-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alfred Joseph Grenon 2021-08-07
1943-May-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alexander James Simpson 2021-07-30

Wellington HE182

s/n
 HE182

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-March-30 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Berlin, shot down by flak. 4 crew were killed and 1 POW. 2019-08-20

Bombing Berlin Germany 1943-03-29 to 1943-03-30

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Burn

Battle of the Ruhr

329 aircraft - r 62 Lancasters, r 03 Halifaxes, 64 Stirlings. 21aircraft - 11 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes, 3 Stirlings - lost, 6·4 per cent of the force.

,

Weather conditions were difficult, with icing and inaccurately forecast winds. The marking for the raid appeared to be concentrated but in a position which was too far south and the Main Force arrived late. Most of the bombs fell in open country 6 miles south-east of Berlin. German records say that 148 people were killed in Berlin and 148 buildings were totally destroyed but there is some doubt about the accuracy of these figures.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington aircraft HE 182 missing, presumed over the target, presumed enemy action. Sgts E.J. Aspden (RAF), R. Davies (RAF), and J.H. Kinnber (RAF) were also killed. One other member of the crew, not Canadian, missing believed killed.


1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Philip Frank Yellin 2023-03-25

Wellington HE183

s/n
 HE183

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-May-14 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Bochum. No survivors. 2019-08-20

Bombing Bochum Germany 1943-05-13 to 1943-05-14

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Burn

Battle of the Ruhr

442 aircraft - 135 Halifaxes, 104 Wellingtons, 98 Lancasters, 95 Stirlings, IO Mosquitoes; 5 Group did not take part in this raid. 24 aircraft- 13 Halifaxes, 6 Wellingtons, 4 Stirlings, 1 Lancaster - lost, 5·4 per cent of the force.

This raid started well but, after 15 minutes, what were believed to be German decoy markers drew much of the bombing away from the target. The only information available from Germany is that 394 buildings in Bochum were destroyed, 716 were seriously damaged and 302 people were killed.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington aircraft HE 183 missing, presumed over the target, presumed enemy action. S/L T.B. Marshall (RAF), Flying Officer D.J. Macmillan and Sergeant A.E. Quaife (RAF) were killed. F/0.s D. Coales (RAF) and D.S. Gooderham (RAF) were also killed.


1943-May-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer David John Macmillan 2023-03-30

Wellington HE199

s/n
 HE199

Known Squadron Assignments: ;82

Served with No. 431 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "SE*R". last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Leonard Frank Davey 2021-08-04
1944-May-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Donald Blair Machum MiD 2021-08-16
1944-May-29 KIA RCAF Sergeant William Henry McGuigan 2021-08-17

Wellington HE201

s/n
 HE201

Known Squadron Assignments: ;82

Served with No. 431 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "SE*T". Claimed two night fighters shot down during mission to Stuttgart on 14/15 April 1943, one substantiated by German records. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-12 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer John Christie 2024-02-18
1943-October-12 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Harold Gordon Dayman 2023-12-13

Wellington HE213

s/n
 HE213

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-April-11 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Frankfurt, 3 crew were POWs and 2 killed after ditching near the Channel Islands. 2019-08-20

Bombing Frankfurt Germany 1943-04-10 to 1943-04-11

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Burn

Battle of the Ruhr

502 aircraft- 144 Wellingtons, 136 Lancasters, 124 Halifaxes, 98 Stirlings. 21 aircraft - 8 Wellingtons, 5 Lancasters, 5 Stirlings, 3 Halifaxes - lost, 4·2 per cent of the force.

Complete cloud cover in the target area again led to a failure. The bombing photographs of every aircraft showed nothing but cloud and Bomber Command had no idea where bombs had fallen. Frankfurt reports only a few in the suburbs of the city south of the River Main. The only damage listed was fires in a paper-goods store and in the rafters of a few neighbouring houses. The Frankfurt report says that there were no casualties in the city, but another report says that 18 people died, presumably in country areas.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington aircraft HE 213 failed to return from operations. Sergeant A. Holden (RAF) was also killed. Three others of the crew, not Canadians, missing believed killed.


1943-April-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Arnold Booth 2023-08-26

Wellington HE217

s/n
 HE217

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Charles Robert Sayre Blenkhorn 2022-04-06
1943-May-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Kenneth Charles George Bourne 2022-04-10
1943-May-04 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant James William Freeman 2022-01-30
1943-May-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Kenneth Hodgson 2021-08-10
1943-May-04 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Aloysius William Klauer 2021-08-12
1943-May-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Ellis Hamilton Park 2021-08-18

Wellington HE218

s/n
 HE218

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-12 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Harrington Collett 2024-04-29
1943-May-12 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Emil Elliot 2021-08-06
1943-May-12 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Michael Joseph Stewart Kerby 2021-08-12
1943-May-12 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Jacob Piket 2021-08-14

Wellington HE228

s/n
 HE228

Known Squadron Assignments: ;192

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-26 PoW RCAF Flight Sergeant Douglas Gordon Bergey 2023-10-16

Wellington HE231

s/n
 HE231

Known Squadron Assignments: ;192

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-25 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ian Marr Wilson 2021-07-07

Wellington HE238

s/n
 HE238

Known Squadron Assignments: ;30

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-07 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Adrian Beare 2022-06-18
1943-July-07 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Victor Charles Cummins 2024-05-29

Wellington HE243

s/n
 HE243

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK 1943, coded "OW*E". Failed to return from attack on Bochum on 13/14 May 1943, no survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-14 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Bochum, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-May-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer James Bruce Pettigrew 2021-09-29
1943-May-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Eugene Wagner 2021-07-12

Wellington HE244

s/n
 HE244

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Theodore Lafontaine 2021-08-13
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harold Jackson Salisbury 2021-08-04

Wellington HE261

s/n
 HE261

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Used by No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF, in North Africa in 1943, coded "R". Crashed into the sea off Cap Bon, near Hacquarhe, Tunisia on 6 August 1943, while attempting a go-around. All 5 crew killed.

Operations Record Book August 6 1943 Operations Record Book



last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ross Edgerton Clark 2024-02-25
1943-August-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas John Driscoll 2023-07-21
1943-August-06 KIA RCAF Sergeant Charles Andrew Reist 2023-08-06
1943-August-06 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Duncan Andrew Wood 2021-07-07

Wellington HE266

s/n
 HE266

Known Squadron Assignments: ;142

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-16 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Norman Gerhard Schultz 2021-08-04

Wellington HE272

s/n
 HE272

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing Messina Sicily Italy 1943-06-29 to 1943-06-29

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Kairouan/Zina (approx.) N.Africa

Wellington aircraft HE 272 failed to return from operations over Sicily.W/O 1st cl. H.E.Mayer, Flying Officer L.R. Nussbaum, Pilot Officer P.J. McManus, FSs W.R. Roberts, and L.A. Ferguson were killed. There were two 424 Sqdn. aircraft lost on this date. The following RAF personnel were also killed; Sgts J. Canning, S.D. Rollinson, A.C. Whiteman, F/Os W.H.J. Pickard, and K. Marsland.


1943-June-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lawrence Arkwright Ferguson 2023-07-22
1943-June-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Harry Edward Mayer 2023-01-03
1943-June-29 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Patrick Joseph Howard McManus 2023-01-03
1943-June-29 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Lambert Richard Nussbaum 2023-01-03
1943-June-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Walter Raymond Roberts 2023-01-03

Wellington HE276

s/n
 HE276

Known Squadron Assignments: ;17

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-03 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Frederick Percy Smith 2021-07-26

Wellington HE280

s/n
 HE280

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Used by No. 420 Squadron, RCAF, coded "PT*V". Failed to return from attack at Essen on 5/6 March 1943. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-06 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Essen. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Donald Edward Bennett 2021-07-22
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Donald George Culver 2024-05-25
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Graham 2021-02-21
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harry Taylor Adamson Lawson 2021-08-13
1943-March-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Kenneth MacDonald 2021-08-16

Wellington HE281

s/n
 HE281

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, coded "OW*D". Failed to return from attack on Dortmund on 23/24 May 1943. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-24 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dortmund. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-May-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Howard Masterson 2021-08-16
1943-May-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Levie Adrien Rivest 2021-08-08
1943-May-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Leslie Gordon Sutherland 2021-07-21

Wellington HE284

s/n
 HE284

Known Squadron Assignments: ;23

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-17 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Gonzague Andre Gilles Meilleur 2021-06-07

Wellington HE290

s/n
 HE290

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Robert Stewart 2021-07-22

Wellington HE293

s/n
 HE293

Known Squadron Assignments: ;142

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Milan Italy 1944-07-13 to 1944-07-13

142 (B) Sqn (RAF) RAF Regina, Foggia, Italy

142 Squadron (Determination) RAF Regina, Foggia, Italy. Wellington BX aircraft HE 293-D had been struck by flak and was struggling in poor weather conditions when it crashed in the Passo della Portula, near Bergamo, 50 miles north east of the target, the Lambrate Marshalling Yards in Milan, Italy

Pilot Officer E A W Dawson (RCAF), Flight Sergeant G E Smith (RCAF), Flight Sergeant K E Fairclough (RAFVR), Flight Sergeant E Berwick (RAFVR) and Sergeant W Kirkland (RAFVR) were all killed in action and were buried by local partisans near the crash site. They were later exhumed and now rest in the Milan War Cemetery.

General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

General 142 Squadron Wellington losses


1944-July-13 KIA RAFVR Flight Sergeant Edward Berwick 2023-03-31
1944-July-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ernest Albert Wesley Dawson 2023-03-31
1944-July-13 KIA RAFVR Flight Sergeant Kenneth Arthur Fairclough 2023-03-31
1944-July-13 KIA RAFVR Sergeant William Kirkland 2023-03-31
1944-July-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Earl Smith 2023-03-31

Wellington HE294

s/n
 HE294

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-May-28 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Essen, no survivors. 2019-08-20

Bombing Essen Germany 1943-05-27 to 1943-05-28

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Battle of the Ruhr

518 aircraft - 274 Lancasters, 151 Halifaxes, 81 Wellingtons, 12 Mosquitoes. 23 aircraft- I I Halifaxes, 6 Lancasters, 5 Wellingtons, 1 Mosquito -lost, 4·4 per cent of the force.

The weather was cloudy and sky-marking had to be used. The main bombing was scattered, with many aircraft undershooting. The limited damage caused in Essen was mainly in the central and northern districts. 488 buildings were destroyed. 196 people were killed and 547 injured. Bombs fell in 10 surrounding Ruhr towns.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington aircraft HE 294 missing from night operations over Essen, Germany. R.G. Allan, R.M. Murray, J.A. Farnham, R.E Taylor and A.G. Bailey were killed.


1943-May-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ralph Grant Allan 2023-07-26
1943-May-28 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Albert George Bailey 2023-08-02
1943-May-28 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Arlo Farnham 2023-01-14
1943-May-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ross Marshall Murray 2023-01-14
1943-May-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ralph Edgar Taylor DFM 2023-01-14

Wellington HE319

s/n
 HE319

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

With No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*Y". Went missing while on a mission to Wuppertal on 30 May 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-30 KIA RCAF Sergeant Harry Macmillan 2021-08-17
1943-May-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Glenford Alexander Marshall 2021-08-15
1943-May-30 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Frank Lee Shelnutt 2021-07-30

Wellington HE320

s/n
 HE320

Known Squadron Assignments: ;16

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-09 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Louis Grover Martin 2021-09-09

Wellington HE321

s/n
 HE321

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

With No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*Z". Shot down by ObIt August Geiger in a III./NJG 1 night-fighter on 13 May 1943 while on a mission to Duisburg. The aircraft crashed near Deuringen, Holland. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Raymond Lamport Baumgarten 2021-07-16
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alan Edgar Hatch 2021-07-16
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Clifford Hildreth 2021-07-16
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Douglas Ray Horwood 2021-07-16
1943-May-13 KIA RAFVR Sergeant William Leven 2021-07-16

Wellington HE322

s/n
 HE322

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

Served with No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*J". Crashed on takeoff from Dalton on 11 June 1943, for attack on Dusseldorf. 1 survivor. last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Dusseldorf Germany 1943-06-11 to 1943-06-11

428 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Dalton

428 Ghost Squadron (Usque Ad Finem) RAF Dalton. Wellington BX aircraft HE 322 NA-J was carrying a 4,000 lb. bomb when it swung off the runway during take-off for an operation against targets in Dusseldorf Germany. The Wellington hit the ridge at the end of the aerodrome with the bomb exploding on impact

FS JCE Jette (RCAF), FS JER Marchand (RCAF), Sergeant MP Scullion (RCAF) and Sergeant R Askew (RAFVR) were all killed in action

The sole survivor was pilot Sergeant W Lachman (RCAF), who was badly injured

Most of this crew, Jette, Lachman, Askew and Marchand had been rescued at sea 1943-05-28 following the ditching of 428 Squadron Wellington X aircraft MS 481 NA-Q returning from an operation to Essen, Germany. The starboard engine was disabled by flak over Essen and the bomber turned for home, ditching off the coast of England, near Grimsby near the Humber Estuary. Sadly, the tail section had broken away from the aircraft with the loss of the rear air gunner, FS AF O'Rourke (RCAF)

General Wellington X HE322 [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...


   1943-June-12 Accident Crash Crashed on takeoff from Dalton, for attack on Dusseldorf. 1 survivor. 2019-08-20
1943-June-11 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Robert Askew 2022-10-21
1943-June-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Charles Etienne Jette 2022-10-21
1943-June-11 Survived RCAF Sergeant W Lachman 2022-10-21
1943-June-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Eric Ritchie Marchand 2023-11-04
1943-June-11 KIA RCAF Sergeant Maurice Patrick Scullion 2023-11-04

Wellington HE324

s/n
 HE324

Known Squadron Assignments: ;17

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-18 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Hiram Farrer 2021-08-06

Wellington HE334

s/n
 HE334

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ronald Clark East 2021-08-05
1943-July-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ernest Borden McCutcheon 2021-08-17
1943-July-22 KIA RCAF Sergeant Ross Campbell McLellan 2021-08-17
1943-July-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Adam Witherbee Melrose 2021-08-16
1943-July-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Lloyd Henry Walton 2021-07-10

Wellington HE348

s/n
 HE348

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-August-13 Failed to Return Failed to return from mining operation to Brest, no survivors. 2019-08-20

Minelaying Brest France (Jellyfish) 1943-08-13 to 1943-08-13

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Failed to return from mining operation to Brest on 12/13 August 1943, no survivors.


1943-August-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Kenneth Reid Bourne 2023-08-26
1943-August-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Steven Noble 2023-01-15
1943-August-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Mitchell Smith 2023-01-15

Wellington HE353

s/n
 HE353

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-July-14 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Aachen. All were killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Aachen Germany 1943-07-13 to 1943-07-14

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Battle of the Ruhr

374 aircraft - 214 Halifaxes, 76 Wellingtons, 55 Stirlings, 18 Lancasters, 11 Mos-quitoes; 5 Group did not take part in this raid. 20 aircraft-« 15 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters, 2 Wellingtons, 1 Stirling - lost, 5·3 per cent of the force.

A strong tail wind brought the first waves of the Main Force into the target area before Zero Hour with the result that, when the first Pathfinder markers were released, an unusually large number of aircraft bombed in the first minutes of the raid. The visibility was good and large areas of Aachen appeared to burst into flame at once. In the words of the report from Aachen, 'A Terrorangriff of the most severe scale was delivered.I" 2,927 individual buildings were destroyed. These contained 16,828 flats/apartments and there was the familiar list of public and cultural buildings hit. Among those classed as severely damaged were the cathedral, the Rathaus, the town theatre, the police headquarters, the local prison, the main post office, two infantry barracks and an army food depot, and 8 large industrial premises including an aero-engine factory, a rubber factory, a tyre factory and a wagon works. 294 people were killed and 745 injured and 28,500 people appear to have fled the town and were still absent when new ration cards were issued nearly 7 weeks later.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington BX aircraft HK 353 QO-R missing from a trip to Aachen, Germany, cause not determined. The entire crew were killed

General Daily Operations 6bombergroup.ca

General HE353 432 Sqdn Halifax

General Aviation Safety Network

General HE353 432 Sqdn Halifax


1943-July-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Clayton Campbell 2023-12-14
1943-July-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Carson Lyle Dyson 2023-08-26
1943-July-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Howard Osborne Lee 2023-08-26
1943-July-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Wilbur McKendry 2023-08-26
1943-July-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Stewart 2023-08-26

Wellington HE367

s/n
 HE367

Known Squadron Assignments:

With No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*V". Used by No. 424 Squadron, RCAF, coded "QB*F". Piloted by Sergeant R.C. White R128793. Overshot on landing at Topcliffe while with this unit, crashed into a field adjacent to No. 5 Hangar when the landing gear collapsed, early 1943.

On 1943-04-02, S/L A. Ross Dawson, a Technical Officer at Topcliffe, wrote in his diary:

Well, we had another crash, or prang as they say over here, today. A 424 sqdn Wellington came in too hot & overshot the runway. He touched down about 3/4 of the way along , run off the end, ballooned over a ditch, through a wooden fence & ended up on his nose on a farmers field just outside my hanger. Nobody hurt but the aircraft is practically a complete wash out. It appears that the pilot had not checked his a/c carefully enough & the Pitot head cover was left on giving him no instruments and thus no I.A.S. He touched down doing about 135mph.

Museum Diary of A Ross Dawson, courtesy CWM

last update: 2024-March-24

Wellington HE369

s/n
 HE369

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-February-25 Accident Crash On return from attack at Wilhelmshaven, crashed on the perimeter track burst into flames, killing 3 crew. 2019-08-20

Bombing Wilhelmshaven Germany 1943-02-24 to 1943-02-25

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Topcliffe

424 Tiger Squadron (Castigandos Castigamus) RAF Topcliffe, Wellington BX aircraft HE 369 QB-P crashed on the aerodrome at Topcliffe, Yorkshire, returning from an operation to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The cause of the crash was not determined

Pilot Officer RSB Worley (RCAF), FS J Banks (RAFVR) and Sergeant AA Wiles (RAFVR) were killed in action in the crash

FS WA Sparrow (RCAF), Sergeant J Harrison (RCAF) and Sergeant FWN Trowbridge (RAFVR) survived, injured

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1943-February-25 KIA RAFVR Flight Sergeant James Banks 2022-10-31
1943-February-25 Survived RCAF Sergeant J Harrison 2022-10-31
1943-February-25 Survived RCAF Flight Sergeant Willam Albert Sparrow 2022-06-08
1943-February-25 Survived RCAF Flight Sergeant William Albert Sparrow 2022-10-31
1943-February-25 Survived RAFVR Sergeant Frank William Noel Trowbridge 2022-10-31
1943-February-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Alfred Albert Wiles 2022-10-31
1943-February-25 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Stephen Borden Worley 2022-10-31

Wellington HE370

s/n
 HE370

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Albert Charles Collins 2024-03-20
1943-June-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Leslie Charles Foster 2023-07-22
1943-June-27 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Romeo Lionel Leroux 2021-08-13
1943-June-27 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Thomas Ernest Jeffrey Tucker 2021-07-14
1943-June-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Kevin Davies Wilson 2022-01-02

Wellington HE374

s/n
 HE374

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Stuttgart Germany 1943-04-14 to 1943-04-15

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Burn

Battle of the Ruhr

462 aircraft- 146 Wellingtons, 135 Halifaxes, 98 Lancasters, 83 Stirlings. 23 aircraft - 8 Stirlings, 8 Wellingtons, 4 Halifaxes, 3 Lancasters - lost, 5.0 per cent of the force.

The Pathfinders claimed to have marked the centre. of this normally difficult target accurately but the main bombing area developed to the north-east, along the line of approach of the bombing force. This was an example of the 'creepback', a feature of large raids which occurred when Main Force crews- and some Pathfinder backers-up - failed to· press through to the centre of the marking area but bombed - of re-marked - the earliest markers visible. Bomber Command was never able to eliminate the creepback tendency and much bombing fell outside city areas because of it

.

On this night the creepback extended over the suburb of Bad Canstatt, which was of an industrial nature, and some useful damage was caused, particularly in the large railway-repair workshops situated there. The neighbouring districts of Munster and Miihlhausen were also hit and the majority of the 393 buildings destroyed and 942 severely damaged and the 200-plus civilian casualties were in these northern areas.

Only a few bombs fell in the centre of Stuttgart but the old Gedachtnis church was destroyed. In the district of Gaisburg, just east of the centre, 1 bomb scored a direct hit on an air-raid shelter packed with French and Russian prisoners of war. 257 Frenchmen and 143 Russians were killed. This tragedy brought the total death roll in Stuttgart to 619, a new record for raids to Germany.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt


1943-April-15 Interned RCAF Sergeant R A McEwan 2023-03-29

Wellington HE379

s/n
 HE379

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Mannheim Germany 1943-04-16 to 1943-04-16

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Burn

Battle of the Ruhr

271 aircraft - 159 Wellingtons, 95 Stirlings, 17 Halifaxes. 18 aircraft- 9 Wellingtons,7 Stirlings,, 2 Halifaxes - lost, 6·6 per cent of the force.

The Pathfinders marked this target accurately and an effective attack followed. 130 buildings were totally destroyed and nearly 3,000 damaged. Production was stopped or reduced at 41 industrial premises. 130 people were killed, 269 injured and 6,954 bombed out of their homes.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt


   1943-April-17 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Pilsen. 4 crew were POWs and one crew was killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-16 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Edgar Paton 2023-09-23
1943-April-16 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Ralph Gustav Rudd 2023-03-30

Wellington HE381

s/n
 HE381

Known Squadron Assignments: ;24

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-July-14 KIFA RCAF Sergeant John Charles Anderson 2021-07-08
1944-July-14 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant John William Johnston 2022-01-25
1944-July-14 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer John Allen Thompson 2022-01-14

Wellington HE382

s/n
 HE382

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

With No. 429 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*Y". Failed to return from attack on Duisberg on 26/27 April 1943. All 6 crew were killed. Came down at Bornerbroek, Holland, near Almelo. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-27 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Duisberg. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Samuel Hanan 2021-09-21
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frank Sydney Lane 2021-08-13
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Frederick Hugh Purchase 2021-08-11

Wellington HE385

s/n
 HE385

Known Squadron Assignments: ;196

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Leslie Duncan McAllister 2021-09-23

Wellington HE391

s/n
 HE391

Known Squadron Assignments: ;466

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Lorne Hogben 2021-08-10

Wellington HE392

s/n
 HE392

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-June-12 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf, crashed into the sea. All were killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Dusseldorf Germany 1943-06-11 to 1943-06-12

431 (B) Sqn (RAF) RAF Burn

Battle of the Ruhr

783 aircraft - 326 Lancasters, 202 Halifaxes, 143 Wellingtons, 99 Stirlings, 13 Mosquitoes. This was the first night that more than 200 Halifaxes took part in a raid. 38 aircraft- 14 Lancasters, 12 Halifaxes, 10 Wellingtons, 2 Stirlings - lost, 4·9 per cent of the force.

The Pathfinder marking plan proceeded excellently until an Oboe Mosquito inadvertently released a load of target indicators 14 miles north-east of Dusseldorf. This caused part of the Main Force to waste its bombs on open country. But the main bombing caused extensive damage in the centre of Dusseldorf, where 130 acres were claimed as destroyed, and this proved to be the most damaging raid of the war for this city.

Dusseldorf reports that the fire area measured 8· km by 5 km, covering the city centre - both the old and new parts, the Derendorf district and the south of the city. No less than 8,882 separate fire incidents were recorded of which 11,144 were classified as large. 1,292 people were killed. 140,000 people were bombed out of their homes The list of destroyed and seriously damaged industrial and public buildings coven typed pages in the Dusseldorf report! 42 industries connected with the war effort suffered complete stoppages of production and 35 more suffered a partial reduction. 20 military establishments were hit. 8 ships were sunk or damaged. The Gau (province) local government headquarters was destroyed.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington X aircraft HE 392 SE-L shot down by night fighter pilot Leutnant Heinz Grimm of the Stab IV/NJG 1, flying a Bf 110 G-4 from Leeuwarden airfield, Netherlands during bombing operations against targets in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The Wellington crashed at Slikkerdijk, Oudesluis, Noord-Holland, Netherlands, although the wreckage was not located until 1991

FS ES Rheaume (RCAF) was killed in action and the only crew member recovered, identified and buried at the time of the crash

Flying Officer CA MacDougall (RCAF), WO2 JG Breen (RCAF), S/L WE Mulford (RAF) and Sergeant JR Bell (RAFVR) were all missing presumed killed in action and were commemorated on the Runnymede War Memorial

In September 1991, the wreckage of Wellington HE 392 was recovered by the Royal Netherlands Air Force Aircraft Recovery Team along with the remains of four missing members of the crew. The entire crew were laid to rest together in a formal ceremony with Canadian, British and Netherlands military and officials in attendance in the Bergen-op-Zoom Cemetery June 16, 1993

There were three 431 Squadron Wellington aircraft lost on this operation. Please see aircraft serials HF 543 SE-P and HE 184 SE-M for additional information

Addendum: Changes to the crew list. P/O(s) Burrow and McAusland were not part of this crew. Wellington aircraft HE 392 SE-L missing during a night attack against Dusseldorf, Germany. FS ES Rheaume,Warrant Officer JG Breen, Sergeant JR Bell (RAF), and S/L WE Mulford (RAF) were also killed in action

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1943-June-12 KIA RAFVR Sergeant James Richard Bell 2023-03-30
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class James Gerald Breen 2023-03-30
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Colin Angus MacDougall 2023-03-30
1943-June-12 KIA RAF Squadron Leader William Edwin Mulford 2022-09-17
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Earl Stewart Rheaume 2022-09-17

Wellington HE393

s/n
 HE393

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington HE412

s/n
 HE412

Known Squadron Assignments: ;196

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-26 PoW RAF Flying Officer Edward Horace Sandell 2021-07-29

Wellington HE415

s/n
 HE415

Known Squadron Assignments: ;20

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-23 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Sterling Lorne Braaten 2023-08-28
1944-August-23 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Ronald Greavison 2021-08-07
1944-August-23 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Franklin Leonard Maw 2021-08-16
1944-August-23 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Howard Peter Veregin 2021-07-13
1944-August-23 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Frederick Yacko 2020-08-29

Wellington HE419

s/n
 HE419

Known Squadron Assignments: ;104

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Albert Edward Leake 2021-08-13

Wellington HE422

s/n
 HE422

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No. 420 Squadron, RCAF, coded "PT*Q". Became lost after attack at Frankfurt on 10/11 April 1943. Very low on fuel over England on return, crew bailed out. 1 man landed in Carmarthen Bay near Tenby, South Wales and drowned, remainder of crew uninjured. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Charles Warner Jackson 2021-08-11

Wellington HE423

s/n
 HE423

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

With No. 425 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK, coded "KW*A". Bombed Frankfurt on 10/11 April 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Raymond Thomas Crimmins 2024-05-16
1943-May-13 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer Basil Alfred Alexander Geale 2021-07-17
1943-May-13 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Joseph Piggott 2021-07-17
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Howard Allen Tennis 2021-07-17
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class James Samuel Vose 2021-07-17

Wellington HE432

s/n
 HE432

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

With No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, first coded "NA*C". Coded "NA*B" when lost. Failed to return from attack on Kiel on 4/5 April 1943, went down off coast of Holland. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-05 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Kiel, went down off coast of Holland. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-05 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Daylor Heslip 2021-07-14
1943-April-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Howard Clinton Irwin 2022-01-26
1943-April-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Kenneth Willard Rosevear 2021-07-14
1943-April-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lawrence Dennis Ryan 2021-07-14
1943-April-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert George Tighe 2021-07-14

Wellington HE440

s/n
 HE440

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Duisburg Germany 1943-05-12 to 1943-05-13

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Burn

Battle of the Ruhr

572 aircraft - 238 Lancasters, 142 Halifaxes, 112 Wellingtons, 70 Stirling», 10 Mosquitoes. 34 aircraft 10 Lancastcrs, 10 Wellingtons, 9 Halifaxes, 5 Stirlings lost 5·9 per cent of the force.

This was the fourth raid on Duisburg so far during the Battle of the Ruhr, the first 3 raids having been only partially successful. The Pathfinder marking on this night however, was near perfect and the Main Force bombing was particularly well concentrated. The centre of Duisburg and the port area just off the River Rhine, the larges inland port in Germany, suffered severe damage. I ,596 buildings were totally destroyer and 273 people were killed. 4 of the August Thyssen steel factories were damaged Nearly 2,000 prisoners of war and forced workers were drafted into Duisburg to repair windows, roofs and other bomb damage. In the port area, 21 barges and 13 other ship totalling 18,921 tons were sunk and 60 further ships of 41,000 tons were damaged. lt was not deemed necessary to attack Duisburg again during this period.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington BX aircraft HE 440 SE-Y was lost over Holland, shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Manfred Meurer of the 3/NJG 1, flying a Bf 110 G-4 from Venlo airfield, Netherlands, while on an operation against the port area, industrial targets and the Thyssen steel works at Duisburg, Germany

The Wellington crashed at Huppel F20, northeast of Winterswijk, Gelderland with the loss of the entire crew

Sergeant GRY Wood (RAF), Sergeant S Cresswell (RAFVR), Sergeant EL Gummer (RAFVR), Sergeant IE Mobley (RAF) and Sergeant TH Smith (RAFVR) were all killed in action

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1943-May-13 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Andrew Cresswell 2024-05-14
1943-May-13 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Edward Leo Gummer 2023-03-30
1943-May-13 KIA RAF Sergeant Innis Edward Mobley 2023-03-30
1943-May-13 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Thomas Haig Smith 2023-03-30
1943-May-13 KIA RAF Sergeant George Robert Yorkston Wood 2023-03-30

Wellington HE462

s/n
 HE462

Known Squadron Assignments: ;20

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-24 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Robert Paul Cummins 2024-05-27
1944-May-24 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William Burton Ernst 2022-08-01
1944-May-24 KIFA RCAF Sergeant John Michael Logelin 2021-08-13
1944-May-24 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Roy Spencer Piers 2021-08-14
1944-May-24 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Edward Henry Widdess 2021-07-08

Wellington HE464

s/n
 HE464

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-03 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gerald William Fitzgerald 2022-08-13

Wellington HE466

s/n
 HE466

Known Squadron Assignments: ;30

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-13 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edward Gerrard Frezell 2022-10-31

Wellington HE475

s/n
 HE475

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Used by No. 425 Squadron, RCAF, at Disforth, UK. Coded "KW*E". Failed to return from attack on Pilsen on 16/17 April 1943. 3 crew were POWs and 2 were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-17 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Pilsen. 3 crew were POWs and 2 were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-17 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Paul Laurent Bujold 2021-03-20
1943-April-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Maurice Leblanc 2024-05-06

Wellington HE480

s/n
 HE480

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-19 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Carl Grose 2021-08-09
1943-July-19 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Kenneth Lyle Richmond 2021-08-08

Wellington HE485

s/n
 HE485

Known Squadron Assignments: ;86

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Lloyd Edwin Chapman 2024-02-01
1944-August-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer George Walker Davidson 2022-06-20
1944-August-30 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Meryn Kram 2021-08-12
1944-August-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Peter Loszchuk 2023-12-13
1944-August-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William Stewart Ross 2023-12-13

Wellington HE491

s/n
 HE491

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Served with No.425 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "KW*U". Failed to return from mining operation to Texel on 11/12 April 1943. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April Failed to Return Failed to return from mining operation to Texel. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Earl Randolph Carvajal 2024-01-16
1943-April-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gordon William Elliott 2022-01-31
1943-April-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert John Howard 2022-12-12
1943-April-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Elliott Kitt 2023-08-28

Wellington HE492

s/n
 HE492

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Battipaglia Italy 1943-09-06 to 1943-09-06

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Kairouan

Wellington aircraft HE 492 missing during an operation to Battipaglia, Italy. Flying Officer A. Pitkethly,Warrant Officer J.A. Langlois, Flight Sergeant J.L.Sills; Sgts W.J. Ingram, and L. Allen (RAF) were killed.


1943-September-06 KIA RCAF Sergeant William John Bowser Ingram 2023-01-05
1943-September-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Joseph Albert Roger Langlois 2023-01-05
1943-September-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Alexander Pitkethly 2023-01-05
1943-September-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Loring Sills 2023-01-05

Wellington HE495

s/n
 HE495

Known Squadron Assignments: ;199

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-09 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Hector Paquin 2021-08-18
1943-April-09 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Leslie Robert Townsend 2021-07-15

Wellington HE501

s/n
 HE501

Known Squadron Assignments: ;466

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-16 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Gordon Kenneth Young 2024-03-14

Wellington HE503

s/n
 HE503

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-March-27 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Duisberg, no survivors. 2019-08-20

Bombing Duisburg Germany 1943-03-26 to 1943-03-27

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Burn

Battle of the Ruhr

455 aircraft- 173 Wellingtons, 157 Lancasters, 114 Halifaxes, 9 Mosquitoes, 2 Stirl-: ings. 6 aircraft - 3 Wellingtons, I Halifax, 1 Lancaster, 1 Mosquito - lost, 1·3 per cent of the force. The Mosquito lost was the first Oboe Mosquito casualty. A message. was received from the pilot, Flight Lieutenant L. J. Ackland, that he was having to ditch in the North Sea. His body was never found but his navigator, Warrant Officer F. S. Sprouts, is believed to have survived.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

This raid was one of the few failures of this series of attacks on Ruhr targets. It was a cloudy night and, for once, accurate Oboe sky-marking was lacking because 5 Oboe Mosquitoes were forced to return early with technical difficulties and a sixth was lost. The result was a widely scattered raid. The only details reported from Duisburg were 15 houses destroyed and 70 damaged, with II people killed and 36 injured.

Failed to return from attack on Duisberg on 26 / 27 March 1943, no survivors. Believed to have crashed in the North Sea. The 5 fatalities included pilot F/L G. Eades, RAFVR, a published poet and playwright, on the first mission of his second tour. One crew member washed ashore in Sweden. May have been shot down by Halifax of 51 Squadron, but this is not confirmed.


1943-March-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Victor Lloyd Ducker 2023-08-05
1943-March-27 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Allan Myrick Hill 2023-03-25
1943-March-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Michael Rogal 2023-03-25

Wellington HE514

s/n
 HE514

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Essen Germany 1943-07-25 to 1943-07-26

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Battle of Hamburg

705 aircraft - 294 Lancasters, 221 Halifaxes, 104 Stirlings, 67 Wellingtons, 19 Mosquitoes. 26 aircraft - I0 Halifaxes, 7 Stirlings, 5 Lancasters, 4 Wellingtons - lost, 3·7 per cent of the force. The commander of the American VIII Bomber Command, Brigadier-General Fred Anderson, observed this raid as a passenger in an 83 Squadron Lancaster.

This was an attempt to achieve a good raid on this major target while the effects of Window were still fresh. The raid was successful, with particular damage being recorded In Essen's industrial areas in the eastern half of the city. The Krupps works suffered what was probably it's most damaging raid of the war. The next morning, Doktor Gustav Krupp had a stroke from which he never recovered; this saved him from being charged with war crimes after the war. 51 other industrial buildings were destroyed and 83 seriously damaged. 2,852 houses were destroyed, 500 people were killed, 12 were missing and 1,208 were injured. The 500 dead are recorded as follows: 165 civilian men, II8 women, 22 children, 22 servicemen, 131 foreign workers and 42 prisoners of war.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington BX aircraft HE 514 QO-K, flak damaged, was ditched into the English Channel off Cromer, Norfolk, England returning from a raid to Essen, Germany

S/L CB Sinton (RCAF)(UK), Sergeant GW Sharpe (RAF), Pilot Officer SA Sinclair (RAF), Sergeant RE Pearce (RAF) and Pilot Officer KR Patterson (RAF) all survived the ditching at sea and were rescued

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1943-July-26 Rescued RAF K R Patterson 2023-01-15
1943-July-26 Rescued RAF R E Pearce 2023-01-15
1943-July-26 Rescued RAF G W Sharpe 2023-01-15
1943-July-26 Rescued RAF S A Sinclair 2023-01-15
1943-July-26 Rescued RCAF Clive Baldwin Sinton DFC 2023-01-15

Wellington HE515

s/n
 HE515

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Taranto Italy 1943-08-26 to 1943-08-26

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Kairouan

Wellington aircraft HE 515 was seen to go down in the target area, Taranto, Italy. Flying Officer F.P. Wilson, FS s A.C. McLenahan, J.G. Brislan and Sergeant E. Munstemian were killed. One member of the crew, not Canadian, missing believed killed.


1943-August-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Glen Brislan 2023-01-03
1943-August-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur Cedric McLenahan 2023-01-03
1943-August-26 KIA RCAF Sergeant Ernest Munsterman 2023-01-03
1943-August-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Frank Porter Wilson 2023-01-03

Wellington HE519

s/n
 HE519

Known Squadron Assignments: ;199

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-12 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Jack Graydon Richardson 2021-08-09

Wellington HE522

s/n
 HE522

Known Squadron Assignments: 425

Used by No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF, in North Africa in 1943, coded "KW*B". last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington HE524

s/n
 HE524

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

With No. 420 Squadron, RCAF in North Africa when lost on raid to Messina, Italy on 15 August 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Arthur Brown 2023-07-21
1943-August-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Earl Willard Dickinson 2023-07-21
1943-August-15 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Edgar Lloyd Fairweather 2023-07-22
1943-August-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Harrison Garbutt 2020-10-27
1943-August-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Arthur Bebbington Long 2021-01-23

Wellington HE536

s/n
 HE536

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-February-19

Unspecified 1943-07-10 to 1943-07-10

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Kairouan/Zina (approx.) N.Africa

Wellington X aircraft HE 536 QB-E was taking off on an operational flight when the tire blew out on the port wheel causing the aircraft to crash on the runway. The bomb load exploded on impact completely disintegrating the aircraft,

Flying Officer JC Kennedy (RCAF), Flying Officer JFXJ Bittner (RCAF), FS W Trofanenko (RCAF), FS GWA Patterson (RCAF) and FS J McGrogan (RCAF) were killed.


1943-July-10 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Francois Xavier Jean Bittner 2023-08-06
1943-July-10 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer James Carlyle Kennedy 2023-08-06
1943-July-10 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Edward McGrogan 2023-08-06
1943-July-10 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant George William Alex Patterson 2023-08-06
1943-July-10 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Trofanenko 2023-08-06

Wellington HE543

s/n
 HE543

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

Served with No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*D". Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands on 28/29 April 1943. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-29 Failed to Return Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Cyril Rene Balcer 2022-02-27
1943-April-29 KIA RAFVR Sergeant William Collier 2024-03-20
1943-April-29 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Kenneth Peter Garnett 2021-06-03
1943-April-29 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer Geoffrey Meakins 2021-06-03
1943-April-29 KIA RAFVR Pilot Officer Ronald Albert Parkinson 2021-06-03

Wellington HE545

s/n
 HE545

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-29 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Frederick Louis Edward Dupre 2021-08-04
1943-March-29 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Allen Weese 2021-07-10

Wellington HE547

s/n
 HE547

Known Squadron Assignments: ;427

Served with No.427 (B) Squadron, RCAF at Croft, UK, coded "ZL*D". Failed to return from attack on Pilsen on 16 / 17 April 1943, 4 crew were POWs and one was killed. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-17 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Ostaficiuk 2023-09-22
1943-April-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Steve Tomyn 2021-10-02

Wellington HE548

s/n
 HE548

Known Squadron Assignments: ;196

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Hugh Garfield Allen 2023-07-26

Wellington HE550

s/n
 HE550

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No.420 Squadron, RCAF, coded "PT*C". Failed to return from attack on Stuttgart on 14 / 15 April 1943, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-15 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Stuttgart, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed.. 2019-08-20
1943-April-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Sydney Brown 2024-01-20
1943-April-15 Evader RCAF Pilot Officer Eric Gordon Charles Crowther 2024-05-22
1943-April-15 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Alexander Simpson 2024-01-20
1943-April-15 Evader RCAF Squadron Leader Fletcher Vaughan Taylor 2022-06-02

Wellington HE553

s/n
 HE553

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-May-30 Accident Crash crashed into a hill on return from attack on Wuppertal, near Richmond in Yorkshire, 2 killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Wuppertal Germany 1943-05-29 to 1943-05-30

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Battle of the Ruhr

719 aircraft- 292 Lancasters, 185 Halifaxes, 118 Stirlings, 113 Wellingtons, 11 Mosquitoes. 33 aircraft - IO Halifaxes, 8 Stirlings, 8 Wellingtons, 7 Lancasters - lost, 4·6 per cent of the force.

This attack was aimed at the Barmen half of the long and narrow town of /uppertal and was the outstanding success of the Battle of the Ruhr. Both Pathfinder marking and Main Force bombing was particularly accurate and a large fire area developed in the narrow streets of the old centre of the town, It is probable that this fire was so severe that the first small form of what would later become known as a 'firestorm' developed. Because it was a Saturday night, many of the town's fire and air-raid officials were not present, having gone to their country homes for the weekend, and the fire services of the town - in their first raid - were not able to control the fires.

Approximately 1,000 acres - possibly 80 per cent of Barmen's built-up area - was destroyed by fire. 5 out of the town's 6 largest factories, 2II other industrial premises and nearly 4,000 houses were completely destroyed. The number of buildings classed as seriously damaged - 71 industrial and 1,800 domestic - indicates the high proportion of complete destruction. Various figures were given for the number of people killed but our expert on Ruhr raids, Norbert Kruger, advises that the figure of 'approximately 3,400' is the nearest reasonable estimate.

The above figures indicate that the property damage in this raid was about twice as severe as any previous raid on a German city, while the number of people killed in this comparatively unprepared backwater of the Ruhr was about 5 times greater than any previous city raid.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt


1943-May-30 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Leslie Edwin Blight 2023-01-14
1943-May-30 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Fred Thompson Dingwall 2021-09-18

Wellington HE568

s/n
 HE568

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No. 432 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "QO*Y". last update: 2024-February-19

Ferry Flight 1943-06-01 to 1943-06-01

420 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Middleton St George

420 Snowy Owl Squadron (Pugnamus Finitum), RAF Middleton St George. 420 Squadron RCAF was detached from Bomber Command from 1943-05-15 until 1943-11-06 and sent to the Middle East. Wellington X aircraft HE 568 lost in a daylight transit flight from RAF Portreath in Cornwall to Ras El Ma, North Africa, when the Wellington was intercepted and shot down over the Bay of Biscay by Oblt Hermann Horstmann of 13/KG 40

Aircrew: Flight Sergeant AT Sodero (RCAF), Flying Officer GH Hubbell (RCAF), Pilot Officer WR King (RCAF), Pilot Officer RS Hollowell (RCAF), Warrant Officer 2nd Class HL Davis (RCAF) as well as Ground Crew: Corporal JF MacKenzie (RCAF) and Leading Aircraftman TA Brookes (RCAF), were all missing, presumed killed in action

The missing have no known graves and are all commemorated on the Runnymede War Memorial

Wellington X HE 568 was one of a group of 20 aircraft transferring air and ground crew to North Africa and one of two aircraft shot down within minutes of each other by German fighters during the transit flight. Please see serial HE 961 for casualty list on that aircraft

Addendum: - FS Sodero was 23 years old at the time of death, not 21 Detail provided by DA Stallard, Trenton, Nova Scotia

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1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Thomas Robert Brookes 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Harry Llewellyn Davis 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Spencer Hollowell 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Henry Hubbell 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Robert King 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Corporal James Foster MacKenzie 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alexander Theodore Sodero 2023-01-16

Wellington HE580

s/n
 HE580

Known Squadron Assignments: ;142

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Donald Beattie Surrette 2021-07-21

Wellington HE590

s/n
 HE590

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, coded "OW*P". Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf on 25 / 26 May 1943, shot down Oblt W. Telge II/NJG 1 at 02:40 near Zemst. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-26 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf, shot down Oblt W. Telge II/NJG 1 at 02:40 near Zemst. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-May-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Donald Lyall Beatty 2023-08-08
1943-May-26 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Stuart Pennington DFM 2023-08-08
1943-May-26 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Norman Cecil Swan 2023-08-08
1943-May-26 KIA RCAF Sergeant Richard Ellwood Talman 2023-08-08
1943-May-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Kaye Watson 2023-08-09

Wellington HE591

s/n
 HE591

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 426 Squadron, RCAF at Dushforth, UK, coded "OW*R". Failed to return from attack on Pilsen on 16 / 17 April 1943, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-17 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Pilsen, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-17 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Clayton Kennedy 2021-08-12
1943-April-17 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Edward Ambrose Whalen 2021-07-09

Wellington HE592

s/n
 HE592

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Used by No. 425 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK, mid 1943. Coded "KW*Q". Failed to return from attack on Duisberg 8 / 9 April 1943. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-09 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Duisberg. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Cuthbert Worcester Graham Burke 2021-09-06
1943-April-08 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Russel Gordon Cook 2024-04-03
1943-April-08 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Olivier Edouard Emile Schulz 2021-08-04
1943-April-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class James Francis Smith 2021-07-26

Wellington HE593

s/n
 HE593

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Used by No. 429 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*Z". Bombed Duisberg on 26/27 April 1943. Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf on 11 / 12 June 1943, shot down by a night fighter. 4 crew killed and one evaded. last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-June-12 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf, shot down by a night fighter. 4 crew killed and one evaded. 2019-08-20

Bombing Dusseldorf Germany 1943-06-11 to 1943-06-12

429 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF East Moor

429 Bison Squadron (Fortunae Nihil) RAF East Moor. Wellington BX aircraft HE 593 AL-Z was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberfeldwebel Bruno Eikmeier of the 2/NJG 1, flying a Bf 110 G-4 from Gilze-Rijen airfield, Netherlands during an operation against targets in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Wellington crashed near Zijtaart, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Warrant Officer Class 1 GA Leitch (RCAF), Pilot Officer GR Densmore (RCAF), FS GA Nelson (RCAF), and Sergeant JNG Burns (RCAF)(USA) were all killed in action

FS RF Conroy (RCAF) was lone survivor from his crew and became an Evader. FS Conroy was aided by various people in the Bourgogne Escape Line and eventually made it to Gibraltar from where he returned to the UK and his unit 1943-10-02

There were three 429 Squadron Wellington aircraft lost on this operation. Please see aircraft serials HF 542 AL-O and HZ 355 AL-G for additional information

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1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer Class II James Nicholas Gerard Burns 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 Evader RCAF Flying Officer Robert Fitzgerald Conroy 2024-03-28
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George Robert Densmore 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer Class I Glenn Arthur Leitch 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Gordon Arthur Nelson 2022-10-21

Wellington HE600

s/n
 HE600

Known Squadron Assignments: ;17

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-29 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Arnold Blane Shanks 2021-08-01

Wellington HE630

s/n
 HE630

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-July-04 Accident Crash After attack on Cologne, directed to West Malling on return due to poor weather. With fog and low fuel, crashed into a house near Gravesend, 3 killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Cologne Germany 1943-07-03 to 1943-07-04

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Battle of the Ruhr

53 aircraft - 293 Lancasters, 182 Halifaxes, 89 Wellingtons, 76 Stirlings, 13 Mos¬uitoes. 30 aircraft - 9,Halifaxes, 8 Lancasters, 8 Wellingtons, 5 Stirlings - lost, 4·6 per cent of the force.

The aiming point for this raid was that part of Cologne situated on the east bank f the Rhine. Much industry was located there. Pathfinder ground marking was accurately maintained by both the Mosquito Oboe aircraft and the backers-up, allowing the Main Force to carry out another heavy attack on Cologne. 20 industrial remises and 2,200 houses were completely destroyed. 588 people were killed, approximately 1,000 were injured and 72,000 bombed out.

'l'hls night saw the first operations of' a new German unit, .Jagdgeschwader 300, equipped with single-engined fighters using the Wilde Sau (Wild Boar) technique. In this, a German pilot used any form of illumination available over a city being bombed - searchlights, target indicators, the glow of fires on the ground - to pick out a bomber for attack. Liaison with the local Flak defences was supposed to ensure that the Flak was limited to a certain height above which the Wild Boar fighter was free to operate. R.A.F. crews were not used to meeting German fighters over a target city and it was some time before the presence of the new danger was realized. The reports on this night from 4 bombers that they had been fired on over the target by other bombers were almost certainly the result of Wild Boar attacks. The new German unit claimed 12 bombers shot down over Cologne but had to share the 12 available aircraft found to have crashed with the local Flak, who also claimed 12 successes.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

After attack on Cologne on 3/4 July 1943 directed to West Malling on return due to poor weather. With fog and low fuel, crashed into a house near Gravesend, 3 killed.


1943-July-04 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Johial William Baker 2023-01-15
1943-July-04 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Glen Edwin Lewis 2023-01-15

Wellington HE650

s/n
 HE650

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-29 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Allan Boundy 2021-07-27
1943-January-29 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Ewart Douglass 2021-08-04
1943-January-29 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Langley Hall 2022-09-30
1943-January-29 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Lawrence McConnell 2021-08-17
1943-January-29 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Edmond McLeod Tew 2021-07-20

Wellington HE652

s/n
 HE652

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Used by No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, coded "OW*H". Failed to return from attack at Frankfurt on 10 / 11 April 1943, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-11 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Frankfurt, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-10 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Jack Gale Budreau 2023-08-26
1943-April-10 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Hehir 2023-08-26
1943-April-10 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Henry Sammet 2023-08-26

Wellington HE656

s/n
 HE656

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

With No. 424 Squadron, RCAF, coded "QB*L", when it bombed Kiel on 4/5 April 1943. Later served with No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*A". Crashed into the sea off Gravelines after a raid to Duisburg on 13 May 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-13 Accident Crash Crashed into the sea off Gravelines after a raid to Duisburg. 2019-08-20
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Linwood Alton Dingley 2023-10-26
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Paul Grant Kelly 2023-10-26
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Sergeant Ernest Edward Lundy 2023-10-26
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Walter Edward Mann 2023-10-26
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Wallace Wesley O'Brien 2023-10-26

Wellington HE658

s/n
 HE658

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Edward Hardy 2021-08-09

Wellington HE682

s/n
 HE682

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Used by No. 420 Squadron, RCAF at Middleton St. George, UK, coded "PT*T". Failed to return from attack on Pilsen on 16 / 17 April 1943, exploded over Luxembourg after being attacked by a night fighter of I / NJG 4 en route to target. 4 crew were killed and one POW, Sgt. K.T.P. Allan. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-17 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Pilsen, shot down by a night fighter. 4 crew were killed and one POW. 2019-08-20
1943-April-17 PoW RCAF Flight Sergeant Kenneth Thomas Peter Allan 2023-10-05
1943-April-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lawrence Melville Horahan 2023-10-30
1943-April-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Earl Isaacs 2023-10-30
1943-April-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lester Kenneth Plank 2023-11-09

Wellington HE690

s/n
 HE690

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Operated by No. 420 Squadron, RCAF, coded "PT*U". Failed to return from attack at Essen on 12 / 13 March 1943. Hit by flak and crashed 22:26 local time at Brielle (Zuid Holland), 21 km WSW from the centre of Rotterdam. 4 POW 1 killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-13 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack at Essen, shot down by flak. 4 POW 1 killed. 2019-08-20
1943-March-13 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George Henry Cooke 2024-04-06
1943-March-13 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Thomas Steele McKinnon 2023-11-12

Wellington HE692

s/n
 HE692

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-February-19

Operational 1943-05-02 to 1943-05-02

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Leeming

Served with No. 424 (B) Squadron, RCAF. Overshot on landing and crashed into a stand of trees at Penrhos while on a cross country flight on 2 May 1943.


1943-May-02 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Paul Piotrofsky 2023-01-03

Wellington HE693

s/n
 HE693

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Operated by No. 420 Squadron, RCAF, coded "PT*W". Failed to return from attack on Duisberg on 26 / 27 April 1943, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-27 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Duisberg, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Francis John Duffy 2021-08-04
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Orval Kenneth Glasock 2021-02-01
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant Roy Mucklow 2021-08-16
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Earl Lloyd Newburg 2021-08-17

Wellington HE696

s/n
 HE696

Known Squadron Assignments: ;30

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alfred Barish Levene 2022-11-01

Wellington HE697

s/n
 HE697

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Operated by No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, coded "OW*M". Failed to return from attack on Bochum on 13 / 14 May 1943, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-14 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Bochum, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-May-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Paul Olivier Ethier 2021-08-06
1943-May-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Albert Frederick Hopley 2022-12-06
1943-May-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Ferguson How 2021-08-10
1943-May-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Austin Thomson 2021-10-02

Wellington HE714

s/n
 HE714

Known Squadron Assignments: ;99

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class George Hamilton Cockburn 2024-03-09
1943-October-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Victor Emile Cook 2024-04-04
1943-October-08 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Garnet Henry Hamilton 2023-07-15

Wellington HE727

s/n
 HE727

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

Used by No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*K". Failed to return from attack on Dortmund on 4 / 5 May 1943. Crashed NW of Utrecht, Holland. 3 crew killed and 2 were POW. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-05 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dortmund. Crashed NW of Utrecht, Holland. 3 crew killed and 2 were POW. 2019-08-20
1943-May-05 PoW RCAF Sergeant Gordon Charles Carter 2024-01-11
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Robert Benjamin Moulton 2021-09-23
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Evariste Adrien Thibaudeau 2021-07-20
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph White 2022-01-11

Wellington HE728

s/n
 HE728

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

Used by No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*B". Coded "NA*D" when lost. Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands on 28/29 April 1943. All were killed. One of two squadron aircraft lost on this mission. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-29 Failed to Return Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Victor Agate 2023-07-17
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Mackenzie Manson 2021-06-02
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Edward Radcliff 2022-01-18
1943-April-29 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Ian Peter Douglas Rushton 2021-06-09
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Henry Vaynor Smith-Jones 2021-10-02

Wellington HE729

s/n
 HE729

Known Squadron Assignments: ;434;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-June-12 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf, no survivors. 2019-08-20

Bombing Dusseldorf Germany 1943-06-11 to 1943-06-12

434 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Skipton-on-Swale

783 aircraft - 326 Lancasters, 202 Halifaxes, 143 Wellingtons, 99 Stirlings, 13 Mos¬quitoes. This was the first night that more than 200 Halifaxes took part in a raid. 38 aircraft- 14 Lancasters, 12 Halifaxes, IO Wellingtons, 2 Stirlings - lost, 4·9 per cent of the force.

The Pathfinder marking plan proceeded excellently until an Oboe Mosquito inadvertently released a load of target indicators 14 miles north-east of Diisseldorf. This caused part of the Main Force to waste its bombs on open country. But the main bombing caused extensive damage in the centre ofDiisseldorf, where 130 acres were claimed as destroyed, and this proved to be the most damaging raid of the war for this city.

Diusseldorf reports that the fire area measured 8· km by 5 km, covering the city centre - both the old and new parts, the Dcrcndorf district and the south of the city. No less than 8,882 separate fire incidents were recorded of which 1,444 were classified as large. 1,292 people were killed. 140,000 people were bombed out of their homes. The list of destroyed and seriously damaged industrial and public buildings coven typed pages in the Diisseldorf report! 42 industries connected with the war effort suffered complete stoppages of production and 35 more suffered a partial reduction 20 military establishments were hit. 8 ships were sunk or damaged. The Gau (province) local government headquarters was destroyed.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington BX aircraft HE 729 QO-U failed to return from operations over Dusseldorf, Germany, lost without a trace

The Wellington crashed into the North Sea or possibly IJsselmeer, Noord-Holland. There are multiple night fighter claims for the loss of this aircraft, but neither the actual crash location or correct night fighter pilot has been absolutely identified to date

Pilot Officer HD Warner (RCAF), FS JAM Philpott (RCAF), FS DS McRae (RCAF), Flying Officer GA McClintock, (RCAF) and F/L LA Bourgeois (RCAF) were all missing, presumed killed in action

The missing have no known grave and are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

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1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Laurie Alban Bourgeois 2022-10-17
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Austin McClintock 2022-10-17
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Daniel Sinclair McRae 2022-10-17
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Albert Mason Philpott 2022-10-17
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Harry Dale Warner 2022-10-17

Wellington HE733

s/n
 HE733

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

With No. 425 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK, coded "KW*S". last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Robert Branscombe Dingman 2021-01-23
1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant Harold Ernest Garland 2021-01-23
1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant Thomas Robert Clifford Irwin 2021-01-23

Wellington HE737

s/n
 HE737

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Used by No. 424 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "QB*V". Used by No. 429 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*B" when it failed to return from attack on Duisberg on 26 / 27 April 1943, shot down by a night fighter. 3 crew were killed and 3 POW. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-27 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Duisberg, shot down by a night fighter. 3 crew were killed and 3 POW. 2019-08-20
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Charles Mohamed Slyman Awad 2021-09-01
1943-April-27 PoW RCAF Flying Officer Sidney Melbourne Nevanas Pozer 2023-09-25

Wellington HE739

s/n
 HE739

Known Squadron Assignments: ;82

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Kenneth Scott Johnson 2021-08-11
1944-May-15 KIA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Andre Lanouette 2023-12-13
1944-May-15 KIA RCAF Sergeant Gordon Keith McLellan 2023-12-13
1944-May-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Scott Oliphant 2023-12-13
1944-May-15 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Jack Tass 2023-12-13

Wellington HE743

s/n
 HE743

Known Squadron Assignments: ;427

With No. 427 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded X. Returned early from raid on Duisberg on 26 March 1943, after port engine failed. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-06 KIA RCAF Sergeant Albert Charles Ash 2021-05-06

Wellington HE744

s/n
 HE744

Known Squadron Assignments: ;427

Used by No. 427 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "ZL*J". Failed to return from attack on Berlin on 29 / 30 March 1943, no survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-30 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Berlin, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Mcmanus Bisset 2023-08-20
1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Sergeant Charles Arthur Boyd 2023-08-26
1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Franklin McFadden 2021-08-17
1943-March-30 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Lawrence Thomas Edwin Sweet 2021-07-21

Wellington HE746

s/n
 HE746

Known Squadron Assignments: ;26

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-04 KIA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Charles Kent 2021-08-12

Wellington HE749

s/n
 HE749

Known Squadron Assignments: ;84

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-03 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Howard Leighton Mein 2021-08-16

Wellington HE751

s/n
 HE751

Known Squadron Assignments: ;20

Used by No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*S". last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-23 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Robert William Burton 2021-01-12
1944-January-23 KIFA RCAF Sergeant George Fitzgerald Couse 2024-05-05

Wellington HE756

s/n
 HE756

Known Squadron Assignments: ;37

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-10 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Charles Milton Tweedle 2021-07-14

Wellington HE760

s/n
 HE760

Known Squadron Assignments: ;142

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Charles Halbert Pratt 2024-06-16

Wellington HE771

s/n
 HE771

Known Squadron Assignments: ;427

Used by No. 420 Squadron, RCAF, coded "PT*F". Crashed near Leiston, on appraoch to Darlington, while returning from attack on Duisberg on 26 / 27 April 1943. 1 killed, Sgt. C.D. Alder. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-27 Accident Crash Crashed near Leiston while returning from attack on Duisberg. 1 killed. 2019-08-20
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant Clarence David Alder 2021-05-06

Wellington HE793

s/n
 HE793

Known Squadron Assignments: ;40

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-05 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Mathew George Petz 2021-08-14

Wellington HE795

s/n
 HE795

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing 1943-10-02 to 1943-10-02

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Hani East, Tunisia

Hani East Landing Ground, Tunisia. Wellington X aircraft HE 795 QB-F failed to return, lost over Mediterranean on a sortie to Formia, Italy, cause unknown

FS HD Dauk (RCAF), FS JR Cote (RCAF), FS IA Martin (RCAF), FS EF Warr (RCAF) and Sergeant GD Dodson (RAF) were missing, presumed killed

They have no known graves and are commemorated on the Malta War Memorial


1943-October-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Richard Cote 2024-04-28
1943-October-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Heronimus Dominick Alouise Dauk 2023-01-05
1943-October-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Irwin Andrew Martin 2023-01-05
1943-October-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edward Francis Warr 2023-01-05

Wellington HE802

s/n
 HE802

Known Squadron Assignments: ;20

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frank Edward Adams 2021-07-07
1943-August-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Basil Elliott Clark 2024-02-23
1943-August-26 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Kenneth Gordon Soutar 2021-07-23
1943-August-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edward Howard Weeks 2021-07-10

Wellington HE803

s/n
 HE803

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Served with No. 429 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*W". Failed to return from attack on Essen on 25 / 26 July 1943, shot down by a night fighter. 1 crew was killed and 4 POWs. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-26 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Essen, shot down by a night fighter. 1 crew was killed and 4 POWs. 2019-08-20
1943-July-26 PoW RCAF Flight Sergeant Howard William Clarke 2024-02-27
1943-July-26 PoW USAAF Lieutenant J C Elliott 2023-08-21
1943-July-26 PoW RAF Sergeant Frank William Robert Frost 2021-06-28
1943-July-26 PoW Died RCAF Flying Officer Keith Mclean Johnston 2022-04-27
1943-July-26 PoW RCAF Sergeant Joseph Arthur Marcel Lortie 2021-06-28

Wellington HE810

s/n
 HE810

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-30 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Glyn James Lawrence 2021-08-13

Wellington HE817

s/n
 HE817

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Hanover Germany 1943-09-27 to 1943-09-27

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Eastmoor

Battle of Berlin

678 aircraft - 312 Lancasters, 231 Halifaxes, 111 Stirlings, 24 Wellingtons. 5 B.17s also took .part, 38 Bomber Command aircraft - 17 Halifaxes, I0 Lancasters, I0 Stirlings, 1 Wellington - lost, s-6 per cent of the force, and l B-I7 also lost.

The use by the Pathfinders of faulty forecast winds again saved the centre of Hannover. The bombing was very concentrated but fell on an area 5 miles north of the city centre. No details are available from Germany but R.A.F. photographic evidence showed that most of the bombs fell in open country or villages north of the city.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington X aircraft HE 817 QO-K failed to return from night operations over Hanover, Germany. The aircraft was coned by searchlights over the target and possibly hit by flak. The Wellington was attacked by a night fighter which collided with the bomber during the attack and it crashed at Schulenburger, Landstrasse, Hanover, Germany

Only two crew members survived

FS LF Cook (RCAF), Pilot Officer SK Atkinson (RCAF), FS ICR Bowden (RAF), and Pilot Officer AW Chubb (RAFVR) were missing, presumed killed in action

The missing have no known graves and are all commemorated on the Runnymede War Memorial

Sergeant WA Grant (RCAF), and M/Sergeant SC Bybee (USAAF) survived and were taken as Prisoners of War

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General 432 Squadron Wellington X HE817 QO-K P/O. Atkinson, Hanover...


   1943-September-28 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Hannover. 4 crew were killed and 2 POW. 2019-08-20
1943-September-27 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Stanley Kyle Atkinson 2023-07-28
1943-September-27 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant Irvine Charles Randolph Bowden 2023-08-26
1943-September-27 PoW USAAF Master Sergeant Shelton Colvin Bybee 2023-04-12
1943-September-27 KIA RAFVR Pilot Officer Alfred Willliam Chubb 2024-02-20
1943-September-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Leo Frederick Cook 2024-04-02
1943-September-27 PoW RCAF Flying Officer William Alexander Grant 2023-01-23

Wellington HE821

s/n
 HE821

Known Squadron Assignments: ;86

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-05 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Lowell Milton Brehaut 2021-07-28
1944-August-05 KIFA RCAF Sergeant James Robb Clarke 2024-02-27
1944-August-05 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Walter William Cooper 2024-04-11
1944-August-05 KIFA RCAF Sergeant John Joseph Lee 2023-12-13
1944-August-05 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Willis Don Murdie 2023-12-13

Wellington HE824

s/n
 HE824

Known Squadron Assignments: ;23

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-17 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Andrew Jean Duhamel 2022-07-05
1943-October-17 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Jean Marie Paul Marchessault 2021-08-14
1943-October-17 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Arthur Lucien Morissette 2021-08-16
1943-October-17 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George Smith 2021-02-01

Wellington HE855

s/n
 HE855

Known Squadron Assignments: ;26

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-25 KIFA RCAF Sergeant George Baker Mould 2021-08-16

Wellington HE862

s/n
 HE862

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-17 KIA RCAF Sergeant John Paul Merton 2021-09-23

Wellington HE863

s/n
 HE863

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

Served with No. 420 Squadron, RCAF, coded "PT*G". Failed to return from attack on Stuttgart on 14 / 15 April 1943, shot down by a night fighter. 2 crew were killed, 2 evaded capture, and 1 was a POW. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-15 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Stuttgart, shot down by a night fighter. 2 crew were killed, 2 evaded capture, and 1 was a POW. 2019-08-20
1943-April-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Gerald Blight 2024-02-15
1943-April-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Paul Joseph Cozens 2024-05-09
1943-April-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Leonard Dutton 2024-02-15
1943-April-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Stephen Graham Giffin 2024-02-15
1943-April-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Paplowski 2024-02-15

Wellington HE864

s/n
 HE864

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

Used by No. 424 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "QB*W". Served with No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*D" when it failed to return from attack on Dortmund on 4 / 5 May 1943, shot down by Uffz Emil Heinzelmann in a IV./NJG 1 night-fighter. 3 were POWs and 2 killed. Crashed near Zwolle, Holland. last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-May-05 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dortmund, shot down by Uffz Emil Heinzelmann in a IV./NJG 1 night-fighter. 3 were POWs and 2 killed. Crashed near Zwolle, Holland. 2019-08-20

Bombing Dortmund Germany 1943-05-04 to 1943-05-05

428 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Dalton UK

Aircraft shot down by a night fighter 2 miles southeast of Zwolle during a raid on Dortmund. Three of the crew survived and were captured. Prosnyck and Johnson killed. Three Canadians: Boyd, Thomson, and Levasseur were taken Prisoners of War.


1943-May-05 PoW RCAF Sergeant James Lennox Boyd 2023-10-23
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Dennis Wilbert Johnson 2022-07-27
1943-May-05 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Jean Joseph Levasseur 2023-07-15
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Prosnyck 2022-07-27
1943-May-05 PoW RCAF Sergeant Donald Edward Thomson 2023-08-13

Wellington HE871

s/n
 HE871

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-May-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Edwin Algar 2023-07-26
1945-May-28 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class John William Duncan 2024-01-26
1945-May-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Fred Theodore Gidilevich 2021-08-07
1945-May-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Albert Harry Handley 2021-08-09
1945-May-28 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Rene Isabelle 2021-03-08

Wellington HE899

s/n
 HE899

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

Used by No. 424 (B) Squadron, RCAF. Served with No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*B", when it failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands on 21 / 22 May 1943, no survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-22 Failed to Return Failed to return from mining operation to the Frisian Islands, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-May-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Peter Healey Brand 2023-08-29
1943-May-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Emery Kenneth Edwards 2021-08-06
1943-May-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Edward Hagan 2021-08-09
1943-May-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Clarence Norris Magnusson 2021-09-23
1943-May-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Walter Charles Sutton 2021-07-21

Wellington HE904

s/n
 HE904

Known Squadron Assignments: ;16

Served with No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK 1943. Coded "OW*C". Bombed Duisberg on 12/13 May 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas James Arneil 2022-02-22
1943-November-28 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Donald Glendon MacNeil 2021-08-17
1943-November-28 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Horton Sayres 2021-08-04
1943-November-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer George Alfred Harding Stevens DFC 2021-07-22

Wellington HE905

s/n
 HE905

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK 1943. Coded "OW*V". Failed to return from attack on Duisberg on 12 / 13 May 1943, shot down by flak. 4 crew were POWs, one killed, and one evaded capture. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-13 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Duisberg, shot down by flak. 4 crew were POWs, one killed, and one evaded capture. 2019-08-20
1943-May-13 Evader RCAF Flight Sergeant Olaf William Forland 2021-07-16
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas Gordon Fraser 2023-08-22
1943-May-13 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant Dallas Laskey DFC 2021-07-16
1943-May-13 PoW RCAF Flying Officer Gordon Miller 2021-07-16
1943-May-13 PoW RAF Sergeant Douglas Hill Pennock 2021-07-16
1943-May-13 PoW RCAF Flying Officer Ian Ralph Andrew Runciman 2021-07-16

Wellington HE906

s/n
 HE906

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-August-03 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Hamburg. All were killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Hamburg Germany 1943-08-02 to 1943-08-03

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Battle of Hamburg

740 aircraft - 329 Lancasters, 235 Halifaxes, 105 Stirlings, 66 Wellingtons, 5 Mos-quitoes. 30 aircraft- 13 Lancasters, IO Halifaxes, 4 Wellingtons, 3 Stirlings - lost, 4·1 per cent of the force.

The bombing force encountered a large thunderstorm area over Germany and the raid was a failure. Many crews turned back early or bombed alternative targets. At least 4 aircraft, probably more, were lost because of icing, turbulence or were struck by lightning. No Pathfinder marking was possible at Hamburg and only scattered bombing took place there. Many other towns in a 100-mile area of Northern Germany received a few bombs. A sizeable raid developed on the small town of Elmshorn, 12 miles from Hamburg. It is believed that a flash of lightning set a house on fire here and bomber crews saw this through a gap in the storm clouds and started to bomb the fire. 254 houses were destroyed in Elmshorn and 57 people were killed, some of them refugees from recent raids on Hamburg.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington aircraft HE 906 failed to return from a night operation over Hamburg, Germany. All were killed.


1943-August-03 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Marshall Edwin Balkam 2023-08-03
1943-August-03 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harold Prentiss Gaudry 2023-01-15
1943-August-03 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Yarwood Kirkham 2023-01-15
1943-August-03 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Devereux Richard Cecil McDonald 2024-04-09

Wellington HE913

s/n
 HE913

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-13 KIA RCAF Sergeant Douglas Oliver Broughton 2021-07-18
1943-May-13 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer Peter John Dunger 2021-07-18
1943-May-13 KIA RAFVR Flight Sergeant Arthur Fitzgerald Halsted 2021-07-18
1943-May-13 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Cyril Taylor 2021-07-18
1943-May-13 KIA RAF Flying Officer Stephan Alan Willoughby 2021-07-18

Wellington HE923

s/n
 HE923

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Ernest Armstrong 2021-08-21
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Sergeant John Theo Macksimchuk 2021-08-17
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ernest Nixon Moore 2021-08-16
1943-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Andrew Peter Uditsky 2021-07-14

Wellington HE929

s/n
 HE929

Known Squadron Assignments: ;142

Served with No. 424 Squadron, RCAF, in North Africa, late 1943. Coded "QB*V". last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Perry Armstrong 2022-02-20
1943-November-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Charles Maxwell Mair 2021-08-14
1943-November-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Stanley Joseph Ouellette 2021-08-18

Wellington HE952

s/n
 HE952

Known Squadron Assignments: ;150

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-05 KIA RAF Squadron Leader Gordon Keith Fison Garrad 2021-05-18

Wellington HE961

s/n
 HE961

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

With No. 420 (B) Squadron, RCAF, when shot down on 1 July 1943. last update: 2024-February-19

Ferry Flight 1943-06-01 to 1943-06-01

420 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Middleton St George

420 Snowy Owl Squadron (Pugnamus Finitum), RAF Middleton St George. 420 Squadron RCAF was detached from Bomber Command from 1943-05-15 until 1943-11-06 and sent to the Middle East. Wellington X aircraft HE 568 lost in a daylight transit flight from RAF Portreath in Cornwall to Ras El Ma, North Africa was intercepted and shot down over the Bay of Biscay by Uffz Heinz Hommel of 13/KG 40

Aircrew: Flight Sergeant JC Nichol (RCAF), Flying Officer GS McCulloch (RCAF), Flying Officer PJM Greig (RCAF), Flight Sergeant GD McDougall (RCAF), Flight Sergeant KM Gillies (RCAF) as well as Ground Crew: Corporal ACJ Coates (RCAF), and Leading Aircraftman JB Leitch (RCAF) were all missing, presumed killed in action

The missing have no known graves and are all commemorated on the Runnymede War Memorial

Wellington X HE 961 was one of a group of 20 aircraft transferring air and ground crew to North Africa and one of two aircraft shot down by German fighters within minutes of each other during the transit flight. Please see aircraft HE 568 for additional information

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1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Corporal Allan Cyrenius James Coates 2024-03-06
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Kenneth Malcolmson Gillies 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Patrick Joseph McCrohan Greig 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman John Bruce Leitch 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gordon Saunders McCulloch 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gerard Daniel McDougall 2023-01-16
1943-June-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Charles Nicol 2023-01-16

Wellington HE962

s/n
 HE962

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing 1943-07-17 to 1943-07-17

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Kairouan/Zina (approx.) N.Africa

Wellington HE 962 developed trouble immediately it was airborne. The temperature started to go up the oil at 75 degrees and the engine started to cut out. As soon as this was noticed the Pilot jettisoned this bombs over the mountains. At this time the A/C was losing height rapidly. The starboard motor was in flames and the temperature needle was off the clock. The Captain ordered the crew to get ready to bail out. The B/A stated that all the crew repeated the instructions and answered ready and that the Captain bailed out last, eight minutes after giving the order to bail. The Captain jumped from 500 feet. Unfortunately the Navigator and the A/G did not jump and were killed.

CAPT.(RCAF) Sergeant A.R La Farge (R130741), broken ankle; NAV (RCAF) R F Thayer, killed; B/A (RCAF) Sergeant Sinclair (R 167646) , Bruises; W/O (RAF) 1332301, Sergeant J.C. Waltoin bruises; A/G RAF) 64462,, Sergeant L W Norton killed.

source: 424 Squadron ORB-540


1943-July-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Francis Thayer 2023-08-06

Wellington HE963

s/n
 HE963

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Messina Sicily Italy 1943-07-13 to 1943-07-13

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Kairouan/Zina (approx.) N.Africa

Wellington X aircraft HE963 missing on bombing mission to Messina Italy. Flying Officer W.C. Davidson,Warrant Officer RE. Vanderbeck, Pilot Officer R.F.Mang, FS D. Campbell (RAF), and Sergeant J.P.M. Garland (RAF) were killed. Flight Sergeant K.M. Gillies, Flying Officer P.J.M. Greig, electrician Cpl A.C.J. Coates, aero engine mechanic LAC J.B. Leitch, Flying Officer G.S. McCulloch, Flight Sergeant G.D. McDougall and Flight Sergeant J.C. Nicol missing.


1943-July-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Cameron Davidson 2023-07-21
1943-July-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ronald Franz Mang 2023-01-05
1943-July-13 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Roger Edwin Vanderbeck 2022-05-23

Wellington HE967

s/n
 HE967

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

SOn the morning of 2nd August 1943, Wellington HE967 took off at 0035 hours to carry
out a bombing operation over Randazzo, Italy. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after
take off, and it failed to return to base.
Crew:
RAAF 420435 Flt Flight Sergeant S C Bowker, Captain (Pilot)
RAF Flight Sergeant T A Hallam, (Navigator)
RAF Flight Sergeant R C Dixon, (Bomb Aimer)
RAF Flight Sergeant F C Daniels, (Wireless Air Gunner)
RAF Flight Sergeant H G Shoobert, (Air Gunner)
The aircraft crashed and exploded on impact in the vicinity of Mt Etna, Sicily,
presumably as a result of enemy aircraft. All the crew were killed and they are buried in
the Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy. last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington HE971

s/n
 HE971

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12

Unspecified 1943-07-06 to 1943-07-06

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Kairouan/Zina (approx.) N.Africa

Wellington X HE971 QB-G aircraft which had just been bombed up and fuelled for an operation suddenly burst into flames and had it's bomb load explode at it's dispersal in Tunisia. A second Wellington HZ371 QB-E was caught in the rain of debris and also caught fire.

Squadron personnel rushed to put out the flames and aero engine mechanic LAC Snelling started a third undamaged Wellington and taxied it clear of the area, while flight engineer Flying Officer Doehler and air frame mechanic Sergeant Campbell brought out a fourth.

The second aircraft also blew up before the fire was brought under control, aero engine mechanic LAC N.L. Bardgett killed, LAC H.J. Allen and LAC D.A. Whyte and two others seriously injured (424 SH). research by Paul Squires


1943-July-06 KIFLA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Herbert John Allen 2023-08-06
1943-July-06 KIFLA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Nelson Lemar Bardgett 2023-08-06
1943-July-06 KIFLA RCAF Leading Aircraftman David Allan Whyte 2023-08-06

Wellington HE977

s/n
 HE977

Known Squadron Assignments: ;425

Used by No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF, in North Africa in 1943, coded "KW*I". last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Ronald Dunphy 2023-07-21
1943-June-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ernest Robert Ferris 2023-07-22
1943-June-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Thomas Frederick Hall 2022-09-30
1943-June-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Carroll Telfer Hele 2021-08-09
1943-June-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Robert Victor Millar 2021-08-16

Wellington HE979

s/n
 HE979

Known Squadron Assignments: 425

Used by No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF, in North Africa in 1943, coded "KW*Y". last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington HE983

s/n
 HE983

Known Squadron Assignments: ;18

Served with No. 431 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "SE*A". last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-27 KIFA RCAF Sergeant John Alan Jefferson 2021-08-11

Wellington HE995

s/n
 HE995

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Served with No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, coded "OW*R". Hit by flak attack on Dortmund on 23/24 May 1943, severe damage to the fuselage and caught fire. 2 crew bailed out, crash-landed at Martlesham Heath. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-24 Accident Crash Hit by flak attack on Dortmund, severe damage to the fuselage and caught fire. 2 crew bailed out, crash-landed at Martlesham Heath. 2019-08-20
1943-May-24 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Lloyd Rufus Fadden 2023-09-12
1943-May-24 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class L C McCraken 2023-09-12

Wellington HF119

s/n
 HF119

Known Squadron Assignments: ;36

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Clarence Elmer Brandt 2021-05-10

Wellington HF124

s/n
 HF124

Known Squadron Assignments: ;407

Served with No. 407 (GR) Squadron, RCAF c.1943, coded "C1*Q". Disappeared on 27 September 1943, while searching for MP593 which had disappeared the day before. 6 crew missing, including the Squadron commander W/C J.C. Chilton, RAF. Only one body recovered. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Donald Sutherland Bier 2023-08-20
1943-September-27 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant John Craig 2024-05-11
1943-September-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Erwin Godwin 2021-08-07
1943-September-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas Roger Parker 2021-08-18
1943-September-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Byron Emerson Alwyn Vye 2020-08-22

Wellington HF131

s/n
 HF131

Known Squadron Assignments: ;407

Served with No. 407 (GR) Squadron, RCAF c.1943/45, coded "C1*P". Ditched off Orkney Islands on 24 March 1944 during a night navigation exercise, all crew killed or missing. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Edmund Sydney Jacquest 2021-08-11
1944-March-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George Kitchener Jarvis 2023-01-02
1944-March-24 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Norbert Gerald Leclerc 2021-08-13
1944-March-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Hubert John McLean 2021-08-17
1944-March-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Arthur David Morton 2021-08-16
1944-March-24 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Robert Riley Perry 2021-08-16

Wellington HF142

s/n
 HF142

Known Squadron Assignments: ;407

Served with No. 407 (GR) Squadron, RCAF c.1943/44, coded "C1*H". Stalled and crashed on takeoff from Limavady on the morning of 15 February 1944, killing pilot Lt. D.B. Bleser, USAAF and one RCAF and three RAF crew. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ronald Hepburn Matthews 2023-07-19

Wellington HF143

s/n
 HF143

Known Squadron Assignments: ;179

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-24 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Frederick Ollett 2021-09-29

Wellington HF144

s/n
 HF144

Known Squadron Assignments: ;407

Served with No. 407 (GR) Squadron, RCAF c.1943/45, coded "C1*G". last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-22 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Robert Bigham 2023-08-20
1944-June-22 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Austin Cauthers 2024-01-21
1944-June-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Samuel James McGrath 2021-08-17
1944-June-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gordon Howard McLaren 2021-08-17
1944-June-22 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Arthur Robert Mumford 2021-08-16
1944-June-22 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer James Sibbald 2022-01-16

Wellington HF149

s/n
 HF149

Known Squadron Assignments: ;407

Served with No. 407 (GR) Squadron, RCAF c.1943/44, coded "C1*C". Joined with No. 224 Squadron Liberator to badly damage U-989 in the English Channel on 6 June 1944. Failed to return to base, pilot S/L D.W. Farrell and crew lost. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Wallace Hilton Brown DFC 2023-09-03
1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Alexander Donaldson Callander 2023-12-04
1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Squadron Leader Desmond William Farrell 2020-10-31
1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Clarence John Hall 2020-10-31
1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Phoenix Johnston 2023-01-08
1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Eric Charles Noel Kent 2020-10-31

Wellington HF168

s/n
 HF168

Known Squadron Assignments: ;172

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Lloyd Remington Joseph Meech 2021-08-16
1944-February-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Arthur Frankland Moore 2021-08-16
1944-February-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Wendelin Torscher 2021-07-15

Wellington HF172

s/n
 HF172

Known Squadron Assignments: ;612

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gerald Victor Bartle 2023-08-05

Wellington HF177

s/n
 HF177

Known Squadron Assignments: ;612

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-December-24 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Donald Ian Smith 2021-07-28

Wellington HF182

s/n
 HF182

Known Squadron Assignments: ;407

Served with No. 407 (GR) Squadron, RCAF c.1943/45, coded "C1*T". last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-10 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Joseph Edmund Gustave Girouard 2021-08-07
1943-November-10 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Donald Jesse Haug 2021-08-09
1943-November-10 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Joseph Jean-Paul Gerard Huard 2021-02-20
1943-November-10 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Noel Gerard Milot 2021-08-16
1943-November-10 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Arthur Raven 2021-08-11
1943-November-10 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Louis Joseph Leo Thibault 2021-10-02

Wellington HF187

s/n
 HF187

Known Squadron Assignments: ;612

Served with No. 407 (GR) Squadron, RCAF c.1943/45, coded "C1*S". last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Kenneth Harry Davies 2024-01-05
1944-May-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class James Alexander Rooney 2021-08-06
1944-May-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Edward Scott 2021-08-04

Wellington HF194

s/n
 HF194

Known Squadron Assignments: ;179

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Peter William Crickmay 2024-05-15
1944-January-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Yule McNeil 2021-08-17

Wellington HF199

s/n
 HF199

Known Squadron Assignments: ;6

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-December-06 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Orval George Backes 2021-07-08
1944-December-06 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Jack Douglas Baird 2021-07-10
1944-December-06 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Cecil Henry Baldwin 2021-07-10
1944-December-06 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Hugh Joseph McArthur 2021-08-17
1944-December-06 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Albert Volny 2021-07-12

Wellington HF246

s/n
 HF246

Known Squadron Assignments: ;172

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-17 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Gordon Van Allan Butchart 2022-04-22

Wellington HF284

s/n
 HF284

Known Squadron Assignments: ;172

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Thomas William Pearson 2021-08-18

Wellington HF296

s/n
 HF296

Known Squadron Assignments: ;36

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-04 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Michael Quinlan 2023-07-14

Wellington HF307

s/n
 HF307

Known Squadron Assignments: ;179

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Orie Frank Hyndman 2021-07-06
1944-February-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Peter McDonald MacIntyre 2023-07-20

Wellington HF309

s/n
 HF309

Known Squadron Assignments: ;179

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Clothier Leaming 2021-08-13
1944-June-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Lloyd Stephen Nairn 2021-08-17

Wellington HF311

s/n
 HF311

Known Squadron Assignments: ;407

last update: 2024-February-19

Reconnaissance 1944-03-11 to 1944-03-11

(GR) Sqn (RCAF)

With No. 407 (GR) Squadron, RCAF, coded "H", when it was lost on 11 March 1944 during an attack on U-256. Conflicting reports if U-boat flak downed aircraft, or if it crashed for some other reason. Pilot was Flying Officer E. OConnell, DFC. Pilot Officer I.E.Smithson's body washed up in Derrygimbla, near Clifden, Ireland some months later and is buried there.

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society

Wellington aircraft HF 311 did not return from an anti-sub patrol. F/Os E.M. O'Donnell, H.C. Sorley, P/Os I. E.Smithson, C. Grant, R.C. Gaudet, and F.L. Travers were killed. On September 7, 1943 this crew sank German U-boat U 669 in the Bay of Biscay.


1944-March-11 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Reginald Carl Gaudet 2023-05-03
1944-March-11 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Charles Grant 2023-05-03
1944-March-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Edmund Michael O'Donnell 2023-05-03
1944-March-11 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ivor Ernest Smithson 2024-06-11
1944-March-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Hugh Campbell Sorley 2023-05-03
1944-March-11 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Franklyn Leroy Travers 2023-05-03

Wellington HF359

s/n
 HF359

Known Squadron Assignments: ;215

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-27 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Cecil Stuart McGee 2023-07-15

Wellington HF361

s/n
 HF361

Known Squadron Assignments: ;524

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-March-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Bjorn Ramsey Nelson 2021-08-17

Wellington HF396

s/n
 HF396

Known Squadron Assignments: ;172

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-November-14 KIA RAF Sergeant William Earle Pike 2021-08-14

Wellington HF412

s/n
 HF412

Known Squadron Assignments: ;407

Served with No. 407 (GR) Squadron, RCAF c.1943/45, coded "C1*P". last update: 2024-February-19
1944-July-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Albert David Telford 2021-07-20

Wellington HF446

s/n
 HF446

Known Squadron Assignments: ;172

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-15 KIA RAFVR Flight Sergeant George Samuel Holland 2022-01-25
1944-June-15 KIA RAFVR Flight Lieutenant Arthur Harold Evans Kahn 2022-01-25
1944-June-15 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer George Reginald Manley-Tucker 2022-01-25
1944-June-15 KIA RAFVR Wing Commander Kenneth Petrie 2022-01-25
1944-June-15 KIA RAF Flying Officer Sisson Ede Rotheram 2022-01-25
1944-June-15 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Donald Wallace 2022-01-25

Wellington HF450

s/n
 HF450

Known Squadron Assignments: ;172

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-October-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Stanley David Gaudin 2023-07-19

Wellington HF457

s/n
 HF457

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

With No. 429 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*H". Failed to return from attack on Mulheim on 22/23 June 1943, shot down by a night fighter. 3 were killed and 2 POW. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-June-23 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Mulheim, shot down by a night fighter. 3 were killed and 2 POW. 2019-08-20
1943-June-23 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant Robert Gordon Clarke 2024-02-28
1943-June-23 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant Athol Bury Drummond-Hay 2021-01-30
1943-June-23 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Oliver Hills 2023-08-22
1943-June-23 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Alfred Sneath 2021-07-25

Wellington HF459

s/n
 HF459

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Charles Arthur Tindall 2021-07-17

Wellington HF460

s/n
 HF460

Known Squadron Assignments: ;70

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Bruce Henry Webb Stevens 2021-07-22

Wellington HF461

s/n
 HF461

Known Squadron Assignments: ;420

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-24 KIA RCAF Sergeant Reginald Newman Barlow 2023-07-21
1943-July-24 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Adam Sidney Bellingham 2023-07-21
1943-July-24 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Frederick Coulson 2024-05-04
1943-July-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Stewart Harrison 2021-08-09
1943-July-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur Stanley Hopping 2022-12-06

Wellington HF471

s/n
 HF471

Known Squadron Assignments: ;30

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-02 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Dudley Sydney Champion 2024-01-28

Wellington HF485

s/n
 HF485

Known Squadron Assignments: ;82

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-July-05 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Frank Lorne Burston 2022-04-22
1944-July-05 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Glen Richard Burston 2022-04-22
1944-July-05 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas Gordon Bush DFC 2021-10-23
1944-July-05 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Richard Vernon Doupe 2020-09-18
1944-July-05 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Neil Scott Hurder 2022-12-20
1944-July-05 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Owen Miller 2022-01-21

Wellington HF518

s/n
 HF518

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-June-22 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Krefeld, no survivors. 2019-08-20

Bombing Krefeld Germany 1943-06-21 to 1943-06-22

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Burn

Battle of the Ruhr

705 aircraft - 262 Lancasters, 209 Halifaxes, I 17 Stirlings, I05 Wellingtons, 12 Mosquitoes. 44 aircraft - 17 Halifaxes, 9 Lancasters, 9 Wellingtons, 9 Stirlings - were lost, 6·2 per cent of the force.

This raid was carried out before the moon period was over and the heavy casualties were mostly caused by night fighters .. 12 of the aircraft lost were from the Pathfinders; 35 Squadron lost 6 out of its 19 Halifaxes taking part in the raid.

The raid took place in good visibility and the Pathfinders produced an almost perfect marking effort, ground-markers dropped by Oboe Mosquitoes being well backed up by the Pathfinder heavies. 619 aircraft bombed these markers, more than three quarters of them achieving bombing photographs within 3 miles of the centre of Krefeld. 2,306 tons of bombs were dropped. A large area of fire became established and this raged, out of control, for several hours. The whole centre of the city - approximately 47 per cent of the build-up area - was burnt out. The total of 5,517 houses destroyed, quoted in Krefeld's records, was the largest figure so far in the war. 1,056 people were killed and 4,550 were injured. 72,000 people lost their homes; 20,000 of these were billeted upon families in suburbs, 30,000 moved in with relatives or friends and 20,000 were evacuated to other towns.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington aircraft HF 518 failed to return from operations. Flying Officer B.S. Fudge. Flying Officer J.B.G. Bailey D.F.C. (RAF), W/O2ndCl Fawns, H.S., Pilot Officer G.C.W. Parslow D.F.M. (RAF), and W/C. J. Coverdale were killed.


1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Herman Stanley Fawns 2023-03-31
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Bruce Samuel Fudge 2023-03-31

Wellington HF519

s/n
 HF519

Known Squadron Assignments: ;26

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-16 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Ralph William Bartlett 2022-03-06
1944-May-16 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Donald David Bidwell 2021-07-23
1944-May-16 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Roy Walter Hare 2021-08-09
1944-May-16 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Harry William Ingleson 2022-12-28
1944-May-16 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Arthur Andrew Tilton 2021-07-17

Wellington HF533

s/n
 HF533

Known Squadron Assignments: ;36

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-05 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class John Walczak 2023-07-14

Wellington HF534

s/n
 HF534

Known Squadron Assignments: ;40

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-17 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Bruce Martin Berven DFM 2023-07-21
1943-September-17 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Paul Eaton Nichols 2021-09-23
1943-September-17 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Harry Allen Pennell 2021-08-16

Wellington HF535

s/n
 HF535

Known Squadron Assignments: ;150

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Chester Coburn Darling 2023-07-21

Wellington HF542

s/n
 HF542

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

With No. 429 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*O". Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf on 11 / 12 June 1943, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-June-12 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Dusseldorf Germany 1943-06-11 to 1943-06-12

429 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF East Moor

429 Bison Squadron (Fortunae Nihil) RAF East Moor. Wellington BX aircraft HF 542 AL-O was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Manfred Meurer of the 3/NJG 1, flying a Bf 110 G-4 from Venlo airfield, Netherlands during an operation on targets in Dusseldorf, Germany

The Wellington crashed and blew up at Westendorp near Wisch, Gelderland, Netherlands

Flying Officer RP Davies (RCAF), FS DE Campbell (RCAF), and FS AJ MacLachlan (RCAF) were all killed in action

FS R Zeidel (RCAF) and WO2 LPR Taillefer (RCAF) were missing, presumed killed in action. The missing have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

There were three 429 squadron Wellington aircraft lost on this operation. Please see aircraft serials HE 593 AL-Z and HZ 355 AL-G for additional information

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1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Duncan Eric Campbell 2023-12-11
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ralph Perry Davies 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Albert James MacLachlan 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Louis Philippe Roma Taillefer 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Rudolph Zeidel 2022-10-21

Wellington HF568

s/n
 HF568

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-June-27 Failed to Return Failed to return from mining operation to Lorient and Brest, no survivors. 2019-08-20

Minelaying Brest France (Jellyfish) 1943-06-26 to 1943-06-27

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Battle of the Ruhr

Wellington aircraft HF 568 failed to return from a night mine-laying operation


1943-June-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Lyall James Davidson 2023-12-19
1943-June-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Walter Wilfred Horn 2023-01-15
1943-June-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant Lloyd George McKenzie 2023-01-15
1943-June-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frederick Harold Schull 2023-01-15
1943-June-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Douglas Watson Tate 2023-01-15

Wellington HF572

s/n
 HF572

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-June-25 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Wuppertal. All were killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Wuppertal Germany 1943-06-24 to 1943-06-25

432 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Skipton-on-Swale

630 aircraft - 251 Lancasters, 171 Halifaxes, IOI Wellingtons, 98 Stirlings, 9 Mos-quitoes. 34 aircraft- IO Halifaxes, IO Stirlings, 8 Lancasters, 6 Wellingtons- lost, 5'4 per cent of the force.

This attack was aimed at the Elberfeld half of Wuppertal, the Barmen half of the town having been devastated at the end of May. The Pathfinder marking was accurate and the Main Force bombing started well but the creep back became more pronounced than usual. 30 aircraft bombed targets in more western parts of the Ruhr; Wuppertal was at the eastern end of the area. These bombing failures were probably a result of the recent run of intensive operations incurring casualties at a high level: However, much serious damage was again caused to this medium-sized Ruhr town. The post-war British survey estimated that 94 per cent of the Elberfeld part of Wuppertal was destroyed on this night and Wuppertal's own records show that more bombs fell in Elberfeld than had fallen in Barmen on the last raid. 171 industrial premises and approximately J;OOO houses were destroyed; 53 industrial premises and 2,500 houses were severely damaged. Approximately ·1,800 people were killed and 2,400 injured.

There was a dramatic incident in Gelsenkirchen, 20 miles north of Wuppertal, when an R.A.F. 4-engined bomber crashed into the hall of a building which had been taken over by the Wehrmacht. The bomber blew up 'with a terrific explosion'. A German officer, 13 soldiers, the caretaker of the building and 5 Dutch trainee postal workers were killed and 2 more soldiers died later.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington BX aircraft HF 572 QO-J missing from operations over Wuppertal, Germany, shot down by night fighter pilot Leutnant Werner Baake of the 1/NJG 1, flying a Bf 110 G-4 from Gilze-Rijen airfield, Netherlands

The bomber crashed at 'Kleine Ipperakker' Kerkdriel, Gelderland, Netherlands. The entire crew was lost

FS WA Sparrow (RCAF), Sergeant N Goldie (RAFVR), Sergeant CK Killick (RAFVR), Sergeant G Liddle (RAFVR) and Sergeant FWN Trowbridge (RAFVR) were all killed in action

The air crew were initially buried at a Cemetery at Breda, later exhumed and reburied at the Canadian War Cemetery, Bergen-op-Zoom, Netherlands

There was a second 432 Squadron Wellington X aircraft lost on this operation. Please see aircraft serial HF 572 QO-J for additional information

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1943-June-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Neil Goldie 2022-10-30
1943-June-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Charles Kingston Killick 2022-10-30
1943-June-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant George Liddle 2022-10-30
1943-June-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Albert Sparrow 2022-10-31
1943-June-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Frank William Noel Trowbridge 2022-10-30

Wellington HF594

s/n
 HF594

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-25 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Eldyrn Currie 2024-06-04

Wellington HF595

s/n
 HF595

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Harold Pym 2021-08-11

Wellington HF596

s/n
 HF596

Known Squadron Assignments: ;166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-16 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Philpot Swallow 2024-02-21

Wellington HF601

s/n
 HF601

Known Squadron Assignments: ;196

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-06 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Albert Morgan Long 2023-11-17

Wellington HF612

s/n
 HF612

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-07 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Patrick Michael Hetherington 2022-11-14
1943-August-07 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Grant Hill 2021-08-10
1943-August-07 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Daniel Montgomery Martin 2021-08-15

Wellington HF613

s/n
 HF613

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-15 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Richard Foote Cairns 2023-12-02
1943-February-15 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William James Hackett 2022-09-27
1943-February-15 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Douglas John Kester 2021-06-27
1943-February-15 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Bernard Elliott Wilkinson 2021-07-08

Wellington HF628

s/n
 HF628

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-26 KIA RCAF Sergeant Norman Conway Brown 2023-12-15
1943-August-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Frederick Terrance Cooper 2024-04-09
1943-August-26 PoW RCAF Flying Officer W H Mitchell 2023-09-17
1943-August-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Clarence Frank Pick 2021-08-14

Wellington HF630

s/n
 HF630

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-05 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Emile Leo Burgess 2021-07-28
1943-May-05 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Cherkinsky 2024-02-12
1943-May-05 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Allan Avard Fisher Hall 2022-09-28
1943-May-05 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Frank Robert Santo 2021-08-04

Wellington HF632

s/n
 HF632

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-14 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Russell George Causier 2024-01-21
1942-December-14 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Frederick James 2023-01-01
1942-December-14 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Lawrence Edly Lasby 2021-06-28

Wellington HF633

s/n
 HF633

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-30 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Edward Ian Ross Davidson 2021-08-04
1942-November-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Ronald Frederick Mallett 2021-08-14
1942-November-30 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Victor Meanwell 2021-08-16

Wellington HF641

s/n
 HF641

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-29 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Robert John Andrews 2021-11-17
1944-June-29 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Howard Clark 2024-02-26
1944-June-29 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Allan Hustead MacKimmie 2021-11-17
1944-June-29 KIFA RCAF Sergeant John Berge Sollie 2021-11-17
1944-June-29 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Charles Edward Stephen 2021-11-17
1944-June-29 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Paul William Tokar 2021-11-17

Wellington HF643

s/n
 HF643

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-28 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Richmond Barclay 2022-03-04
1943-June-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Francis Edmund Gladwin 2022-05-24
1943-June-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Perry Desmond Lidster 2021-08-13
1943-June-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William George Mitchell 2021-08-16

Wellington HF645

s/n
 HF645

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-03 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Walter Howden Allan 2022-02-12
1943-September-03 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer William Ivan St Johns 2022-04-24
1943-September-03 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Richard Warren Wolfe 2021-07-07

Wellington HF648

s/n
 HF648

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-09 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Carl Stirling Boomer 2022-04-09
1942-November-09 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Desmond Bracken Clements 2024-03-02
1942-November-09 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Leonard Doray 2022-07-01
1942-November-09 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Anthony Albert Hebert 2021-10-01
1942-November-09 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Garnet Willard Wilken 2021-07-08

Wellington HF675

s/n
 HF675

Known Squadron Assignments: 70

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edward Dewar Brokenshire 2021-07-28

Wellington HF690

s/n
 HF690

Known Squadron Assignments: 150

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Douglas Baird 2023-07-14

Wellington HF697

s/n
 HF697

Known Squadron Assignments: 40

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-11 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Neil Kennedy 2023-08-06

Wellington HF700

s/n
 HF700

Known Squadron Assignments: 150

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-30 KIA RCAF Sergeant John Campbell Leckie DFM 2023-07-14

Wellington HF732

s/n
 HF732

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-23 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Thomas William Dimma 2022-06-30
1944-March-23 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Gerald Bernard Leddy DFC 2021-08-13
1944-March-23 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Walter Mansell Rawbone 2021-08-11

Wellington HF752

s/n
 HF752

Known Squadron Assignments: 70

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Leroy McGill 2022-01-05

Wellington HF759

s/n
 HF759

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-13 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Spencer Hewitt Amys 2022-02-15
1943-February-13 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Russell Charles Heath Boulton 2022-04-10
1943-February-13 KIFA RCAF Sergeant John Gilbert Campbell 2023-12-13
1943-February-13 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Leonard Stanley Carpenter 2024-01-06
1943-February-13 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Michael Stein Jacobs 2021-08-11
1943-February-13 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Roy Kennedy 2021-08-12
1943-February-13 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George Andrew Molozzi 2021-08-16

Wellington HF763

s/n
 HF763

Known Squadron Assignments: ;142

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-07 KIA RAF Squadron Leader Allan Edward Thompson MiD 2022-01-14

Wellington HF800

s/n
 HF800

Known Squadron Assignments: 142

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Adrian James Burwell 2021-07-28

Wellington HF811

s/n
 HF811

Known Squadron Assignments: 37

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Grant Depew Cline 2024-03-05

Wellington HF813

s/n
 HF813

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-11 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Eugene Joffre Kenneth Leclaire 2021-06-28

Wellington HF831

s/n
 HF831

Known Squadron Assignments: 162

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-16 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class William Walter Duncan 2023-07-16

Wellington HF835

s/n
 HF835

Known Squadron Assignments: 162

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-30 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Ivor James Burkitt 2021-09-02

Wellington HF838

s/n
 HF838

Known Squadron Assignments: 7 (C) OTU

last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington HF838

s/n
 HF838

Known Squadron Assignments: 7 (C) OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-13 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Frederick Dick Butland 2023-07-19

Wellington HF847

s/n
 HF847

Known Squadron Assignments: 37

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-21 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Edward Francis Fournier 2021-06-29

Wellington HF848

s/n
 HF848

Known Squadron Assignments: ;148

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Leo John LaBarge 2023-07-19

Wellington HF852

s/n
 HF852

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-01 KIA RAF Sergeant Horatio Leslie Cox 2024-05-08
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lloyd Gordon Harvie 2021-06-29
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Elden Francis Hueston 2021-06-29
1942-August-01 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Eugene Garland Robertson 2021-08-08

Wellington HF856

s/n
 HF856

Known Squadron Assignments: 214

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-11 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harry Alyn Neal 2021-09-29

Wellington HF865

s/n
 HF865

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-07 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Frederick Henry Dowland 2021-08-04
1942-September-07 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Ronald Adey Jackson 2021-08-11
1942-September-07 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Barclay Robb 2021-08-08
1942-September-07 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Albert John Temple 2021-07-20
1942-September-07 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Pat Neff Templeton 2021-07-20

Wellington HF868

s/n
 HF868

Known Squadron Assignments: ;38

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Franklin Benedict Morgan 2023-09-07

Wellington HF881

s/n
 HF881

Known Squadron Assignments: 38

last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington HF883

s/n
 HF883

Known Squadron Assignments: 69

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-10 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Allison Burnett Burgess 2023-07-21
1942-November-10 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Francis Gerald James 2023-01-01
1942-November-10 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Hooker Mathews DFC 2021-08-16
1942-November-10 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Bernard Joy Moffatt 2021-08-16
1942-November-10 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Verdun Blake Ray 2021-08-10

Wellington HF907

s/n
 HF907

Known Squadron Assignments: 1443 Flt

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-05 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Ronald Douglas Jeffrey MacDonald 2021-08-16

Wellington HF918

s/n
 HF918

Known Squadron Assignments: 156

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Meldram Terris 2021-07-20

Wellington HF981

s/n
 HF981

Known Squadron Assignments: 429

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Henry Calder 2023-12-03
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Lionel Frederick Lown 2021-08-14
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alfred Spencer Rhodes 2021-08-09
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur James Sieffert 2021-07-30
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Kenneth Wood 2021-07-07

Wellington HP868

s/n
 HP868

Known Squadron Assignments: ;38

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Walter William Burns 2023-09-07

Wellington HX365

s/n
 HX365

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Frederick Irvine 2021-08-11

Wellington HX370

s/n
 HX370

Known Squadron Assignments: 40

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-28 KIA RCAF Sergeant Harold Gordon Graham 2021-08-07
1942-July-28 KIA RCAF Sergeant Joseph James Thompson 2021-07-20

Wellington HX375

s/n
 HX375

Known Squadron Assignments: 26 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Ironmonger Derry 2023-08-26
1942-June-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Keith Barkley Utman 2023-08-27

Wellington HX398

s/n
 HX398

Known Squadron Assignments: 221

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-02 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Frederick Cameron Anderson 2023-07-21
1943-February-02 KIA RCAF Squadron Leader Ross Herbert Bertran DFC 2023-07-21

Wellington HX400

s/n
 HX400

Known Squadron Assignments: 148

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-16 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Murray Arthur Bennetto 2023-07-19

Wellington HX424

s/n
 HX424

Known Squadron Assignments: 7 (C) OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harold William Gregory 2021-08-07

Wellington HX427

s/n
 HX427

Known Squadron Assignments: 70

last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington HX430

s/n
 HX430

Known Squadron Assignments: 7 (C) OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-31 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Bernard Edwin Samuels 2023-07-19

Wellington HX431

s/n
 HX431

Known Squadron Assignments: 40

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-08 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Charles Elfred Dauphin 2021-08-03

Wellington HX433

s/n
 HX433

Known Squadron Assignments: 1443 Flt

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Henry Lawrence Davis 2022-06-21
1942-May-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William John Peter Grant 2021-09-26

Wellington HX444

s/n
 HX444

Known Squadron Assignments: 3 (C) OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-14 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert George Jacobs 2023-02-08

Wellington HX448

s/n
 HX448

Known Squadron Assignments: 7 (C) OTU

Failed to return from non operational night training flight

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harry Walter Hughes Adams 2023-07-19
1942-September-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Leon Triffle Chartier 2024-02-08
1942-September-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Robert Coffey 2024-03-12
1942-September-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edsel Raymond Hutton 2021-08-10
1942-September-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Evered Oatway 2021-08-18

Wellington HX473

s/n
 HX473

Known Squadron Assignments: 221

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-03 KIA RCAF Sergeant Denis Charles MacDonald 2022-01-20
1943-March-03 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Russell Mark Tooze 2021-07-15

Wellington HX482

s/n
 HX482

Known Squadron Assignments: ;172

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-19 KIA RAF Sergeant Harold Edgar Dawe 2021-08-04
1942-August-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ross Pringle Fahrni 2021-08-06
1942-August-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Stewart Haynes 2021-08-09

Wellington HX484

s/n
 HX484

Known Squadron Assignments: 108

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Jack Lloyd Roach 2021-08-08

Wellington HX489

s/n
 HX489

Known Squadron Assignments: 1 OADU;15

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Richard Kennedy 2021-08-12

Wellington HX512

s/n
 HX512

Known Squadron Assignments: 3 (C) OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-10 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Thomas Reid Jones DFC 2023-02-08

Wellington HX527

s/n
 HX527

Known Squadron Assignments: 148

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-31 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Raymond Ernest Vaupel 2021-07-13

Wellington HX559

s/n
 HX559

Known Squadron Assignments: ;69

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-10 KIA RCAF Sergeant Byard Fisher 2023-07-22
1942-November-10 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Hugh Frances Locke 2021-08-13
1942-November-10 KIA RCAF Sergeant Burchester Chester McNall 2021-02-12
1942-November-10 KIA RCAF Sergeant Frank Levi Olsen 2021-08-18

Wellington HX566

s/n
 HX566

Known Squadron Assignments: 1 OADU;15

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Wesley Buchner 2023-07-15

Wellington HX576

s/n
 HX576

Known Squadron Assignments: 221

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Cephas Joseph Phelps 2021-08-14

Wellington HX580

s/n
 HX580

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-30 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Richard Arthur Greene 2021-07-18

Wellington HX594

s/n
 HX594

Known Squadron Assignments: 221

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-04 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Freeman Campbell 2023-12-15
1944-January-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Harold Gordon Reid 2021-08-10

Wellington HX596

s/n
 HX596

Known Squadron Assignments: 547

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-03 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Raymond Donald Hann 2022-01-06

Wellington HX603

s/n
 HX603

Known Squadron Assignments: Ferry Command

last update: 2024-February-19

Ferry Flight 1942-08-15 to 1942-08-15

1446 (T) FTU (RAF) RAF Hastings, Sierra Leone

1446 (Ferry Training) Flight, RAF Hastings, Sierra Leone, West Africa. Wellington Ic aircraft HX603, bound for Lagos, Nigeria, crashed on take-off when the undercarriage was retracted too early. The aircraft skidded on it's belly into trees and caught fire

Flight Sergeant GB Simpson (RCAF) was killed in the crash. Sergeant HG Lawrence (RAFVR) initially survived but succumbed to his injuries later that day. Flight Sergeant JW Cullen (RCAF) and Sergeant JD Nelson (RAAF) were severely injured and died the following day in the General Hospital at Freetown, Sierra Leone

Sergeant F Browning (RCAF), survived, safe

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1942-August-15 Survived RCAF Sergeant F Browning 2023-01-27
1942-August-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Warren Cullen 2023-01-27
1942-August-15 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Geoffrey Hugh Lawrence 2023-01-10
1942-August-15 KIFA RAAF Sergeant John De Medici Nelson 2023-01-10
1942-August-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Bruce Simpson 2023-01-10

Wellington HX626

s/n
 HX626

Known Squadron Assignments: 221

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant Carl Elwood Jamieson 2022-01-06
1943-February-27 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Clifford Austin McArdle 2022-01-05

Wellington HX627

s/n
 HX627

Known Squadron Assignments: ;38

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-04 KIA RCAF Sergeant Earl James Haid 2021-08-09

Wellington HX638

s/n
 HX638

Known Squadron Assignments: 179

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant Robert Caldwell Little 2021-08-13
1942-December-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant William Raymond MacCosham 2021-08-16
1942-December-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant Lawrence Raymond Tunney 2021-07-14
1942-December-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant Wilbur James Wilson 2022-01-02

Wellington HX645

s/n
 HX645

Known Squadron Assignments: 221;28

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Frederick Osborne 2021-08-18

Wellington HX646

s/n
 HX646

Known Squadron Assignments: 221

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Sam Chester Shusterove 2021-07-30

Wellington HX677

s/n
 HX677

Known Squadron Assignments: 458

RAAF Sqn last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing 1943-04-27 to 1943-04-27

458 () ()
458 Australia Squadron (We Find and Destroy). The No. 458 Squadron Operations Record Book recorded the following: “On the night of 27/28th April 1943 one special Wellington took off at 2015 hours to search for enemy shipping off the west coast of Italy. At 2325 hours two medium size merchant vessels escorted by a destroyer were sighted in position 39.10N 13.22E, course 270 deg, speed 8 knots. A sighting report was sent to base. The aircraft acknowledged a signal from base at 0124 hours but it failed to return from the mission.” Casualties from Wellington HX677 included: RCAF Pilot Officer R.W.J. Hudson (navigator); RAFVR Flying Officer M. Tuckwell (pilot); and RAFVR Sgt's. J.R. Hunter (special equipment (radar) operator), W.S. Lees (air gunner), T.E. Musto (second pilot), and K.T. Bates (wireless operator).

1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert William Joseph Hudson 2022-09-26

Wellington HX681

s/n
 HX681

Known Squadron Assignments: 3 (O) AFU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-13 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Gordon Macleod Dunn 2022-01-08
1942-December-13 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Wynn Edmund Foster 2021-08-06
1942-December-13 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Leroy Verdun Johnston 2021-08-11
1942-December-13 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Seth Mark Thomas 2021-07-20

Wellington HX688

s/n
 HX688

Known Squadron Assignments: 104

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-16 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Albert Roy Twiss 2023-08-06
1943-April-16 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William John Watters 2023-08-06

Wellington HX689

s/n
 HX689

Known Squadron Assignments: ;38

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-01 KIA RAF Sergeant Robert Holmes 2023-07-19

Wellington HX690

s/n
 HX690

Known Squadron Assignments: 179

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Brian Withers Carmichael 2024-01-05

Wellington HX703

s/n
 HX703

Known Squadron Assignments: 8

last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington HX726

s/n
 HX726

Known Squadron Assignments: 458

last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing 1943-02-13 to 1943-02-13

458 (B) Sqn (RAAF) RAF Luqa, Malta
458 Australian Squadron (We Find and Destroy). The pilot of Wellington aircraft HX 726 turned back from an operation because of engine trouble and overshot the landing. The aircraft crashed and caught fire in a quarry near the Luqa aerodrome, Malta. Casualties included RCAF W/O H.E. Stanley (wireless operator / air gunner), W/O II P.E.E. Brown (wireless operator / air gunner), Pilot Officer L.H. Gleason (pilot), Pilot Officer M.M. Kempton (observer); and RAFVR Sgt. E.A. Brown (second pilot).

1943-February-13 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Peter Edwin Elkford Brown 2023-07-19
1943-February-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Lawrence Harry Gleason 2023-07-20
1943-February-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Maurice Mcallister Kempton 2023-07-20
1943-February-13 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Harold Ernest Stanley 2023-07-20

Wellington HX727

s/n
 HX727

Known Squadron Assignments: 221

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-10 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Donald Clement Fennah 2023-07-22
1943-April-10 KIA RCAF Sergeant Ronald Maxford Mayberry 2021-08-16

Wellington HX732

s/n
 HX732

Known Squadron Assignments: ;179

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class James Patrick McGrath 2022-01-20

Wellington HX735

s/n
 HX735

Known Squadron Assignments: 7 (C) OTU

Failed to Return last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-18 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Peter Bryson Code 2024-03-10

Wellington HX743

s/n
 HX743

Known Squadron Assignments: 547

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Donald Bruce Henderson 2023-12-15
1943-April-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Arthur Esmond Prime 2021-08-12

Wellington HX779

s/n
 HX779

Known Squadron Assignments: 7 (C) OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-27 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Noble Mitton 2021-08-16
1943-February-27 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Frank Sutterby 2021-07-21

Wellington HZ104

s/n
 HZ104

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-14 Died RCAF Pilot Officer Ernest Edward Fisher 2021-08-06

Wellington HZ110

s/n
 HZ110

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-14 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Michael Joseph Craig 2024-05-11
1944-February-14 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Arthur Henry Goodman 2021-07-05
1944-February-14 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Tony John Karaim 2021-07-05
1944-February-14 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Robert William Shields 2021-07-05

Wellington HZ128

s/n
 HZ128

Known Squadron Assignments: 20 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer James Lloyd Bell 2021-07-22
1944-March-30 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Robert Siderfin Davis 2024-01-05
1944-March-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Roy Walton Ledger 2021-08-13

Wellington HZ207

s/n
 HZ207

Known Squadron Assignments: ;40

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Abe Ittkin 2021-08-11

Wellington HZ247

s/n
 HZ247

Known Squadron Assignments: 70

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Ira Irvin Kliman 2023-07-19

Wellington HZ253

s/n
 HZ253

Known Squadron Assignments: 142

last update: 2024-February-19

Wellington HZ260

s/n
 HZ260

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Used by No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*K". Lost on mining operation to the Frisian Islands, shot down over the sea, 1 survivor, date unknown. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-03 KIA RCAF Sergeant John Hannah Black 2020-11-09
1943-March-03 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Colin Summers Campbell DFC 2023-12-11

Wellington HZ261

s/n
 HZ261

Known Squadron Assignments: ;426

Used by No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, coded "OW*L". Bombed Dusseldorf on 25/26 May 1943. Failed to return from raid on Dusseldorf on 11/12 June 1943, no survivors. last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-June-12 Failed to Return Failed to return from raid on dusseldorf, no survivors. 2019-08-20

Bombing Dusseldorf Germany 1943-06-11 to 1943-06-12

426 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Dishforth

426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire) RAF Dishforth. Wellington BX aircraft HZ 261 OW-L did not return from a night attack against targets in Dusseldorf, Germany, lost without a trace

There are multiple possible night fighter claims for this aircraft on this night, none definite and the Wellington may have crashed into the North Sea or near IJsselmeer, Netherlands

FS CE Schamehorn (RCAF), Pilot Officer ND Hayes (RCAF), Flying Officer JL Rawson (RCAF), FS DG Richardson (RCAF) and FS DA MacKenzie (RCAF) were all missing, presumed killed in action

The missing have no known grave and all are commemorated on the Runnymede War Memorial

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1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Norman Dennis Hayes 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Andrew MacKenzie 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Leslie Rawson 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Desmond Gerald Richardson 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Clifford Earl Schamehorn 2022-10-21

Wellington HZ263

s/n
 HZ263

Known Squadron Assignments: 199

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Russell Irwin Edwards 2021-08-06

Wellington HZ273

s/n
 HZ273

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Stuttgart Germany 1943-04-14 to 1943-04-15

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Leeming

Battle of the Ruhr

462 aircraft- 146 Wellingtons, 135 Halifaxes, 98 Lancasters, 83 Stirlings. 23 aircraft - 8 Stirlings, 8 Wellingtons, 4 Halifaxes, 3 Lancasters - lost, 5.0 per cent of the force.

The Pathfinders claimed to have marked the centre. of this normally difficult target accurately but the main bombing area developed to the north-east, along the line of approach of the bombing force. This was an example of the 'creep back', a feature of large raids which occurred when. Main Force crews- and some Pathfinder backers-up - failed to· press through to the centre of the marking area but bombed - of re-marked - the earliest markers visible. Bomber Command was never able to eliminate the creep back tendency and much bombing fell outside city areas because of it

On this night the creep back extended over the suburb of Bad Canstatt, which was of an industrial nature, and some useful damage was caused, particularly in the large railway-repair workshops situated there. The neighbouring districts of Munster and Miihlhausen were also hit and the majority of the 393 buildings destroyed and 942 severely damaged and the 200-plus civilian casualties were in these northern areas.

Only a few bombs fell in the centre of Stuttgart but the old Gedachtnis church was destroyed. In the district of Gaisburg, just east of the centre, 1 bomb scored a direct hit on an air-raid shelter packed with French and Russian prisoners of war. 257 Frenchmen and 143 Russians were killed. This tragedy brought the total death roll in Stuttgart to 619, a new record for raids to Germany

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Used by No. 424 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK, mid 1943, coded "QB*G". Shot down while on a mission to Stuttgart on 15 April 1943. All crew baled and were captured POW.


1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Sergeant Arthur John Cockaday 2024-03-09
1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Arthur Robert Harrison 2023-01-03
1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Edward Alexander McQuarrie 2023-09-16
1943-April-15 PoW RCAF Flying Officer Frank Rath 2023-09-26

Wellington HZ277

s/n
 HZ277

Known Squadron Assignments: ;199

Used by No. 425 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK mid 1943. Coded "KW*F". last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Clifford Raymond Andrews 2023-07-28

Wellington HZ278

s/n
 HZ278

Known Squadron Assignments: 166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Laurence Maurice Clark 2024-02-25
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Anthony Dalton 2023-08-28
1943-April-29 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Horace Reginald Fisher 2021-06-10
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant David Edward Giles 2023-08-28
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Hugh Archibald Maceachen 2023-08-28

Wellington HZ280

s/n
 HZ280

Known Squadron Assignments: 166

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-14 PoW RCAF Sergeant Stuart Arthur Hamilton Davis 2024-06-06
1943-May-14 PoW RCAF Flying Officer Harry Wilson Newby 2023-07-30
1943-May-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Norman Partridge 2021-08-18
1943-May-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Wahl 2021-07-12
1943-May-14 PoW RCAF Sergeant Joe Austin Wright 2023-08-19

Wellington HZ303

s/n
 HZ303

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Used by No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK mid 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Ernest Clark 2024-02-25

Wellington HZ304

s/n
 HZ304

Known Squadron Assignments: ;424

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Naples Italy 1943-07-29 to 1943-07-29

424 (B) Sqn (RCAF) Kairouan
Wellington HZ304 exploded and disintegrated on take off. All crew were killed

1943-July-29 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Colin Muir Binnie 2023-08-06
1943-July-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Albert Lloyd Bjarnason 2023-08-06
1943-July-29 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Phillip Gustave Heden 2023-08-06
1943-July-29 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Allan Souch DFC 2023-08-06
1943-July-29 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Finlay Russell Taylor 2023-08-06
1943-July-29 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert James Wilson 2023-08-06

Wellington HZ312

s/n
 HZ312

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Used by No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK mid 1943, coded "AL*F". Failed to return from attack on Mulheim on 22/23 June 1943. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-June-23 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Mulheim. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-June-23 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Oscar Rosario Bonenfant 2021-07-27
1943-June-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Joseph Claude Albert Laberge 2021-08-13
1943-June-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Scott MacIntyre 2021-08-16
1943-June-23 KIA RCAF Wing Commander Joseph Logan Savard DFC 2021-08-04

Wellington HZ353

s/n
 HZ353

Known Squadron Assignments: 142

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Bayne Buckley 2021-08-29

Wellington HZ355

s/n
 HZ355

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Used by No. 425 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK mid 1943. Coded "KW*D". With No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*G", when lost. Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf on 11/12 June 1943, shot down by a night fighter, 3 crew were POWs, one evaded and one killed. last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-June-12 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf, shot down by a night fighter, 3 crew were POWs, one evaded and one killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Dusseldorf Germany 1943-06-11 to 1943-06-12

429 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF East Moor

429 Bison Squadron (Fortunae Nihil) RAF East Moor. Wellington BX aircraft HZ 355 AL-G was shot down by night fighter pilot Leutnant Werner Baake of the 1/NJG 1, flying a Bf 110 G-4 from Gilze-Rijen airfield, the Netherlands during an operation against targets in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Wellington crashed near Ophoven, Limburg, Belgium

Pilot Pilot Officer RC Ellison (RAF) maintained control of the bomber until his crew were able to bail but was himself, killed in action

Sergeant WG Bailey (RCAF), FS WJ Mullaney Jr (RCAF), Sergeant EC Nicholson (RAF) and Sergeant HEJ Horton (RAF) survived and initially became Evaders. Sergeant Bailey escaped with the assistance of the Comet Escape Line but Mullaney , Horton and Nicholson were betrayed and arrested and became Prisoners of War. Three Belgians assisting the airmen to escape were arrested and executed

There were three 429 Squadron Wellington aircraft lost on this operation. Please see aircraft serials HF 542 AL-O and HE 593 AL-Z for additional information

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1943-June-12 Evader RCAF Sergeant William G Bailey 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 KIA RAF Pilot Officer Richard Campbell Ellison 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 PoW RAF Flight Sergeant Horace Edwin John Horton 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer Class II Jr Mullaney 2022-10-21
1943-June-12 PoW RAF Flight Sergeant Edward Clowes Nicholson 2022-10-21

Wellington HZ365

s/n
 HZ365

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

Used by No. 428 Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*U". Failed to return from attack on Duisberg on 26/27 April 1943, 4 crew were killed and 1 POW. Crashed near Dulmen. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-27 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Duisberg, 4 crew were killed and 1 POW. Crashed near Dulmen. 2019-08-20
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lorne Ronald Coutts 2024-05-05
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Werner Charles Jr Hencke 2021-01-12
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Allan Smith 2022-01-18

Wellington HZ407

s/n
 HZ407

Known Squadron Assignments: 547

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-18 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Ross Byers 2023-09-16

Wellington HZ437

s/n
 HZ437

Known Squadron Assignments: 310 FTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-19 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Raymond Kenneth Van Cleaf 2022-01-14

Wellington HZ471

s/n
 HZ471

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

With No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*M". Failed to return from attack on Wuppertal on 29/30 May 1943, no survivors. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-30 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Wuppertal, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-May-30 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Sherron Anglin 2023-07-28
1943-May-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Gordon Bailey 2023-08-03
1943-May-30 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Isadore Samuel Levitt 2021-08-13
1943-May-30 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Bruce Andrew Richmond 2021-08-09

Wellington HZ476

s/n
 HZ476

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

With No. 428 Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*A". Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf on 25/26 May 1943. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-26 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-May-26 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Frank Greenaway Baker 2023-08-22
1943-May-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Ernest Douglas 2023-08-22
1943-May-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Roy Gibson Madge 2023-08-22
1943-May-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William George Pepper 2021-08-16
1943-May-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Norman James Waters 2021-07-10

Wellington HZ481

s/n
 HZ481

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-July-04 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Cologne. All were killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Cologne Germany 1943-07-03 to 1943-07-04

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Battle of the Ruhr

53 aircraft - 293 Lancasters, 182 Halifaxes, 89 Wellingtons, 76 Stirlings, 13 Mos¬uitoes. 30 aircraft - 9,Halifaxes, 8 Lancasters, 8 Wellingtons, 5 Stirlings - lost, 4·6 per cent of the force.

The aiming point for this raid was that part of Cologne situated on the east bank f the Rhine. Much industry was located there. Pathfinder ground marking was accurately maintained by both the Mosquito Oboe aircraft and the backers-up, allowing the Main Force to carry out another heavy attack on Cologne. 20 industrial remises and 2,200 houses were completely destroyed. 588 people were killed, approximately 1,000 were injured and 72,000 bombed out.

'l'hls night saw the first operations of' a new German unit, .Jagdgeschwader 300, equipped with single-engined fighters using the Wilde Sau (Wild Boar) technique. In this, a German pilot used any form of illumination available over a city being bombed - searchlights, target indicators, the glow of fires on the ground - to pick out a bomber for attack. Liaison with the local Flak defences was supposed to ensure that the Flak was limited to a certain height above which the Wild Boar fighter was free to operate. R.A.F. crews were not used to meeting German fighters over a target city and it was some time before the presence of the new danger was realized. The reports on this night from 4 bombers that they had been fired on over the target by other bombers were almost certainly the result of Wild Boar attacks. The new German unit claimed 12 bombers shot down over Cologne but had to share the 12 available aircraft found to have crashed with the local Flak, who also claimed 12 successes.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington aircraft HZ 481 was shot down at St Puond, Belgium during a night trip to Cologne, Germany. L.H.A. McCormick P.K. Chambers, B.L. Owen, B.H. Garoutte, and R.F. Moore were killed. These airmen had all been slightly injured on April 16, 1943 when their 427 Squadron Wellington aircraft had engine failure and made a forced landing at Clear Hill, Bedford, England.


1943-July-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelly Chambers 2024-01-28
1943-July-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Byron Homer Garoutte 2023-08-22
1943-July-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Lee Henry Alexander McCormick 2023-08-22
1943-July-04 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Roy Frederick Moore 2023-01-15
1943-July-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Brock Laverne Owen 2023-01-15

Wellington HZ485

s/n
 HZ485

Known Squadron Assignments: ;428

Used by No. 428 Squadron, RCAF, coded "NA*G". Failed to return from attack on Essen on 27/28 May 1943, no survivors. May have been shot down on way to target, coming down at Haps-Rijkevoort, SE Noord-Brabant province, Holland at 01:30 on 28 May 1943. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-28 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Essen, no survivors. 2019-08-20
1943-May-28 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Alexander Farquhar Beaton 2023-08-15
1943-May-28 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Kenneth Graham Chilver 2024-02-14
1943-May-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gordon Gerald Hart 2021-08-09
1943-May-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gerald Churchill Patrick O'Hara 2021-06-11
1943-May-28 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Denison Hilton Thompson 2021-07-20

Wellington HZ517

s/n
 HZ517

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

With No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*M". Failed to return from attack on Krefeld on 21 / 22 June 1943, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-June-22 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Krefeld, shot down by a night fighter. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George Demetrius Coe 2024-03-11
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George Henri De Bussac 2022-02-01
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Arthur Follows 2021-09-20
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class David Edwin Palmatier 2021-08-18
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Malcolm Burgess Spence 2021-07-23

Wellington HZ518

s/n
 HZ518

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-June-25 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Wuppertal. All were killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Wuppertal Germany 1943-06-24 to 1943-06-25

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Battle of the Ruhr

630 aircraft - 251 Lancasters, 171 Halifaxes, IOI Wellingtons, 98 Stirlings, 9 Mos-quitoes. 34 aircraft- IO Halifaxes, IO Stirlings, 8 Lancasters, 6 Wellingtons- lost, 5'4 per cent of the force.

This attack was aimed at the Elberfeld half of Wuppertal, the Barmen half of the town having been devastated at the end of May. The Pathfinder marking was accurate and the Main Force bombing started well but the creep back became more pronounced than usual. 30 aircraft bombed targets in more western parts of the Ruhr; Wuppertal was at the eastern end of the area. These bombing failures were probably a result of the recent run of intensive operations incurring casualties at a high level: However, much serious damage was again caused to this medium-sized Ruhr town. The post-war British survey estimated that 94 per cent of the Elberfeld part of Wuppertal was destroyed on this night and Wuppertal's own records show that more bombs fell in Elberfeld than had fallen in Barmen on the last raid. 171 industrial premises and approximately J;OOO houses were destroyed; 53 industrial premises and 2,500 houses were severely damaged. Approximately ·1,800 people were killed and 2,400 injured.

There was a dramatic incident in Gelsenkirchen, 20 miles north of Wuppertal, when an R.A.F. 4-engined bomber crashed into the hall of a building which had been taken over by the Wehrmacht. The bomber blew up 'with a terrific explosion'. A German officer, 13 soldiers, the caretaker of the building and 5 Dutch trainee postal workers were killed and 2 more soldiers died later.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington X aircraft HZ 518 QO-O crashed into the North Sea 10 km west of Den Haag, Zuid-Holland during an operation to Wuppertal, Germany. The Wellington was shot down by night fighter pilot Hauptmann Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein of the Stab IV/NJG 5 (detached to 1/NJG 1), flying a Ju 88 C-6 from Gilze-Rijen airfield., Netherlands

FS JMC Lagace (RCAF), FS MR Deverell (RCAF), FS JJ.Mercier (RCAF), Flying Officer JR Gingras (RCAF), and Sgt. MP Tobin (RAFVR) were initially missing presumed killed

FS Lagace's body washed ashore 1943-07-10

Flying Officer Gingras's body washed ashore 1943-08-29

FS Deverell's body washed ashore near Ouddorp, Netherlands, date unknown

All three are buried in cemeteries in the Netherlands

FS Mercier and Sergeant Tobin remain missing and are commemorated on the Runnymede War Memorial

There was a second 432 Squadron Wellington aircraft lost on this operation. Please see Sparrow, W for information on Wellington HF 572 QO-J

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1943-June-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Mansell Ramsay Deverell 2023-01-14
1943-June-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Rene Guy Gingras 2023-01-14
1943-June-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Maurice Conrad Lagace 2023-01-14
1943-June-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Jacques Charles Mercier 2023-01-14
1943-June-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Martin Patrick Tobin 2023-01-14

Wellington HZ519

s/n
 HZ519

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Used by No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK mid 1943, coded "AL*L". Failed to return from attack on Krefeld on 21/22 June 1943, shot down by a night fighter, into the sea. All were killed. At least two bodies found in life raft washed ashore some days later. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-June-22 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Krefeld, shot down by a night fighter, into the sea. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Kopchuk 2021-08-12
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Patrick Gallery O'Reilly 2021-08-18
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Casimer Frank Orlinski 2021-08-18
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William George Parkinson 2021-08-18
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ernest Alexander Star 2022-01-03

Wellington HZ520

s/n
 HZ520

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Used by No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK mid 1943, coded "AL*Z". Failed to return from attack on Krefeld on 21/22 June 1943, shot down by a night fighter. 2 crew killed and 3 POW. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-June-22 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Krefeld, shot down by a night fighter. 2 crew killed and 3 POW. 2019-08-20
1943-June-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas Stewart Milne 2024-06-06

Wellington HZ521

s/n
 HZ521

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Used by No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK mid 1943, coded "AL*W". Failed to return from attack on Wuppertal on 24 / 25 June 1943. All were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-June-25 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Wuppertal. All were killed. 2019-08-20
1943-June-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harold Stanley Hicks 2023-08-22
1943-June-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles William Keay 2023-08-22
1943-June-25 KIA RAFVR Sergeant James Matthew Meech 2021-06-07
1943-June-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Leo Frederick O'Leary 2021-05-29
1943-June-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edward Burdess Peart 2021-08-16

Wellington HZ531

s/n
 HZ531

Known Squadron Assignments: 466

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-31 KIA RCAF Sergeant Thomas Daniel McCann 2021-08-17

Wellington HZ582

s/n
 HZ582

Known Squadron Assignments: 199

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Ralph Matthew Costello 2024-04-26

Wellington HZ594

s/n
 HZ594

Known Squadron Assignments: 458

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing 1943-07-22 to 1943-07-22

458 (B) Sqn (RAAF) RAF Protville, Tunisia
458 Australia Squadron (We Find and Destroy) Wellington XIII aircraft HZ 594 was on an anti-shipping strike operation over the Mediterranean, west of Sardinia and from Corsica to Toulon. At 0135, the crew broadcast a sighting report. At 0320 hours, the aircraft sent a message to base requesting instructions, and was directed to return to base. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft which did not return to base. It is believed to have been shot down by flak near Bastia, Corsica. Casualties included RCAF F/L G.L. Baker (pilot); RAAF Flt. Sgt. I. Kippenberger (navigator); RAFVR Sgt's. L.S. Hill (wireless operator / air gunner), L.H. Johnson (wireless operator / air gunner), F.C. Kingston (pilot), and R. Wilkinson (pilot).

1943-July-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gerald Louis Barker 2023-07-21

Wellington HZ598

s/n
 HZ598

Known Squadron Assignments: 38

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-09 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Carl Delbert Theodore Holmberg 2023-07-16

Wellington HZ633

s/n
 HZ633

Known Squadron Assignments: 38

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-July-03 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Chester Dwane Knox 2023-07-16
1944-July-03 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Kenneth Joseph Andrew Moderwell 2023-07-16

Wellington HZ642

s/n
 HZ642

Known Squadron Assignments: ;415

Used by No. 415 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK 1944. Lost over North Sea on 8 February 1944. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-08 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Arthur Robson Armitage 2023-07-28
1944-February-08 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Lucien Antole Champoux 2024-01-29
1944-February-08 KIA RCAF Squadron Leader Maurice Weir Gibson 2021-09-21
1944-February-08 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Edward Hanson 2021-08-09
1944-February-08 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert MacGillivray 2021-08-16
1944-February-08 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Russell Urban 2021-07-14

Wellington HZ659

s/n
 HZ659

Known Squadron Assignments: ;415

Used by No. 415 Squadron, RCAF, in the UK 1944. Lost on operations near Holland, on 13 June 1944. Crashed near Westerschelde, Holland. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Robert Dryden 2024-01-26
1944-June-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George Arthur Henson 2021-08-09
1944-June-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George Cornelius Krahn 2021-08-12
1944-June-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Mervin Lacombe 2021-08-13
1944-June-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Frederick Llewellyn Ladd 2021-08-13
1944-June-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Douglas Ian Alexander Laurie 2021-08-13
1944-June-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Gerald Errol Robertson 2021-08-08

Wellington HZ703

s/n
 HZ703

Known Squadron Assignments: 8

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-28 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gordon William Ferguson 2021-08-06

Wellington HZ715

s/n
 HZ715

Known Squadron Assignments: 22 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-16 KIFA RCAF Sergeant George Mccrimmon Anderson 2021-07-07
1944-June-16 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class George Richard Coathup 2024-03-07
1944-June-16 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Albert Digby Cooper 2024-04-09
1944-June-16 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Frederick Allen Dixon 2021-08-04
1944-June-16 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Campbell Mcrae Hodges 2022-11-26
1944-June-16 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Roy Edward Simonson 2021-07-30
1944-June-16 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Daniel Titleman 2021-07-17
1944-June-16 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Emil Unterseher 2021-07-14

Wellington HZ726

s/n
 HZ726

Known Squadron Assignments: 38

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Thomas Hartley Dibb 2023-07-19

Wellington HZ814

s/n
 HZ814

Known Squadron Assignments: ;37

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-06 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant Ronald M Cairns 2023-12-02
1944-May-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas Millen Margison 2021-08-14

Wellington HZ963

s/n
 HZ963

Known Squadron Assignments: 221

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Howard William Shaver 2021-08-01

Wellington JA114

s/n
 JA114

Known Squadron Assignments: ;429

Used by No. 429 Squadron, RCAF, coded "AL*A". Failed to return from attack on Hamburg on 27 / 28 July 1943, shot down by a night fighter. 3 crew were killed and 2 POW. last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-July-28 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Hamburg, shot down by a night fighter. 3 crew were killed and 2 POW. 2019-08-20

Bombing Hamburg Germany 1943-07-27 to 1943-07-28

(B) Sqn (RCAF) East Moor

For this Hamburg op of the 9 crews dispatched including the CO and his crew, W/C Piddington and B Flight Commander, S/L French and his crew. There were 2 early returns, Sergeant Tighe with his Gee becoming US and F/L Pentony because the starboard engine became US. The crews returned from 0357 to 0423.

The squadron waiting, to no avail, W/C Piddington and his crew failed to return on this op. According to his tail gunner, Reg Scarth, they were flying a brand new kite that night and it was developing too much power. W/C Piddington couldn't throttle back enough because it would cause the engines to overheat. Because of the excessive power their kite was about two minutes ahead of the bomber stream and a sitting duck for the enemy radar and night fighters. They were attacked by Ofw. Karl Kades at 0049 hrs. The aircraft was on fire from the attack and the crew were attempting to exit the plane when it broke apart from an explosion. Sergeant L. Reineck was catapulted through the side of the fuselage. He didn’t know what happened to the rest of the crew. He was told by the German interrogation officer, in Frankfurt on 6 Aug 1943 that W/C Piddington was found at the controls of the wrecked aircraft. Sergeant Reineck doesn’t know what happened to the rest of the crew. Sergeant L Reineck (WAG) RAF and Sergeant R Scarth (AG) RAF would spend the rest of the war as POWs. Many recalled W/C Piddington as a very popular and well-liked officer. He was quiet, he had a sense of humour and he earned the respect of both his crew and the squadron. W/C Piddington’s grave marker is at Hamburg Cemetery.

The story finally comes to life again when Ellen Renton, the wife of Flying Officer Paul Renton (BA) RAFVR age 27 typed a letter to the RAF on 6 July 1945 saying that a soldier friend of hers had made enquires for her in Germany and found that a plane was brought down at Rensdburg on July 27th, 1943. She goes on to describe that there were three airmen in the plane, 2 were identified as W/C Piddington, the other as DO NOT Remove 14805, this is Flying Officer Farquhar number, but the third in someway has been recorded as an American in the book and on the gravestone, yet my friend found a certificate confirming their death and on this they were down as English. She asked that if this unidentified airmen is her husband she would rather know and have his name on the cross, rather than being in the state of mind of not knowing anything for the past two years. She closed the letter by saying If my husband has made the supreme sacrifice, I would rather know where his body lies. She enclosed a photograph of the cross her friend found.

The MREU section, under F/L S.G. Uerdal, takes up the story in May 1946. Herr Oehme, the local policeman at the time of the crash, was looking skyward on the night of 26/27 July 1943. He said he saw a Dornier 217 attack a British aircraft. The Dornier crashed at the same time, presumably shot down by the British aircraft. Herr Oehme arrived at the scene of the crash about one and a half hours later, finding pieces of the aircraft scattered over a wide area and burning fiercely. He identified it as a twin engine aircraft. He placed a guard on the aircraft and reported it to the Landraft at Rendsburg and to the Luftwaffe airfield at Neumunster. The Luftwaffe came out and took charge of the crash scene. Herr Oehme stated that he was told by Hauptman Vollert, from Neumunster that the aircraft was identified as a Wellington. He stated that three bodies were recovered from the crash site with one badly burned. Two of the bodies were identified as Piddington rectly identifies Stovell,not Renton}}and Farquhar. The third body couldn’t be identified. They were buried with full military honours on 30 Jul 1943 at Neumunster. The original graves, in 1946, showing Stovell on the marker.

Uerdal reports that the graves were extremely well cared for with flowers on them and a grass verge around them with two crosses of pine with the names of W/C Piddington and Flying Officer Allan Ronald Armitage Farquhar’s (N) RCAF age 21 names on the crosses in white lettering. The third cross is marked at F/L C. Stovel 16835. The bodies were exhumed to confirm identities. The first body was badly burned and decapitated. Because of this there was no possible means of positively identifying it. The next body exhumed had false upper dentures and a dark moustache. Obviously W/C Piddington. Since Farquhar and Piddington were positively identified and the third body was part of the same crash. They came to the conclusion the grave was incorrectly labelled at F/L Stovel and was in fact Pilot Officer Paul Renton. (J16835 F/L C.C Stovel RCAF, of 408 sqn was also killed that night. He is buried at the Hamburg Cemetery). Based on their findings they considered the matter was closed and the graves registered.

source: Greg Kopchuck, Bomber Command Museum of Canada


1943-July-28 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Allan Ronald Armitage Farquhar 2023-08-01
1943-July-28 KIA RAF Wing Commander James Arthur Piddington DFC 2023-08-01
1943-July-28 PoW RAF Sergeant Leonard Reineck 2023-08-01
1943-July-28 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer Paul Renton 2023-08-01
1943-July-28 PoW RAF Flight Sergeant Reginald Scarth 2023-07-31

Wellington JA118

s/n
 JA118

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-August-31 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Munchen. All were killed. 2019-08-20

Bombing Monchengladbach Germany 1943-08-31 to 1943-08-31

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Battle of Berlin

660 aircraft - 297 Lancasters, l 85 Halifaxes, 107 Stirlings, 57 Wellingtons, 14 Mosquitoes. 25 aircraft - 8 Halifaxes, 7 Lancasters, 6 Stirlings, 4 Wellingtons - lost, 3·8 per cent of the force.

This was a 'double' attack, with a z-minute pause after the first phase while the Pathfinders transferred the marking from Monchengladbach to the neighbouring town of Rheydt. It was the first serious attack on both towns. The visibility was good and the Oboe-assisted marking of both targets was described in Bomber Command's records as 'a model' of good Pathfinder marking. The bombing was very concentrated with little creepback. Approximately half of the built-up area in each town was destroyed.

Only short reports are available from Germany. Mdnchengladbach recorded 1,059 buildings destroyed - 171 industrial, 19 military and 869 domestic, with II7 people killed. The town's telegraph office is the only building mentioned by name.

The number of buildings destroyed in Rheydt is given as 1,280 with damage to the main railway station and many rail facilities being stressed, and with 253 people being killed. A further 2,152 people were injured and 12 were missing but these last figures are combined ones for the two towns.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt

Wellington aircraft JA 118 missing during night operations to Monchengladbach, Germany.Warrant Officer B.J. Pierce, P/Os D. Collins (RAF), R.C. White (RAF), Flying Officer G. Jarvis (RAF), FS J.E. Pendelton and FS Jacob Jensky (RAF) were killed.


1943-August-31 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Jacob Jensky 2023-01-22
1943-August-31 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class R Bland Joseph Pierce 2023-01-22

Wellington JA119

s/n
 JA119

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-February-19

Operational 1943-07-16 to 1943-07-16

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Skipton-on-Swale

Aircraft disintegrated in flight during a test flight and crashed at 11:50 on 16 July 1943. Came down 2 miles west of Malton, Yorkshire. All 6 crew killed.


1943-July-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph William Campbell 2023-12-13
1943-July-16 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Thomas Melville Kearns 2023-01-15
1943-July-16 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Elmer Morris 2023-01-15
1943-July-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gordon Brydon Nesbitt 2023-01-15
1943-July-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Vernon Francis Rector 2023-01-15

Wellington JA142

s/n
 JA142

Known Squadron Assignments: 458

last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing Mediterranean Sea 1943-11-27 to 1943-11-27

458 () Sqn (RAAF) Tahir
458 Australia Squadron (We Find and Destroy). Wellington aircraft JA 142 crashed in hill country off Cape Bougaroun, Algeria, while engaged in a search and rescue mission for a downed long-range Beaufighter aircraft doing anti-submarine convoy patrol. Casualties included RCAF W/O I A. Aikman (navigator); RAFVR Sgt. M.V. Angier (pilot); and RAAF Sgt's. R.T.A. Freeman (wireless air gunner), L.J. Muschialli (special equipment / radar operator), G.K. Reid (wireless operator), and J. Richards (2nd pilot).

1943-November-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Andrew Aikman 2023-07-15

Wellington JA192

s/n
 JA192

Known Squadron Assignments: 104

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-01 KIA RAF Flight Lieutenant Irving Francis McDermott DFC 2023-09-21

Wellington JA296

s/n
 JA296

Known Squadron Assignments: 38

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-03 KIA RNZAF Warrant Officer John A Ashdown 2023-07-16

Wellington JA343

s/n
 JA343

Known Squadron Assignments: 27 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-November-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Drozdiak 2021-08-04
1944-November-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Harold Lawson Fernstrom 2021-08-06
1944-November-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant James Frederick Gazzard 2021-08-07
1944-November-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant John Spurgeon Hood 2022-12-06

Wellington JA415

s/n
 JA415

Known Squadron Assignments: 303 FTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-December-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George Finlayson 2023-01-16

Wellington JA450

s/n
 JA450

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Bruno Vianney Chevalier 2024-02-12
1943-November-26 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Jean Cyriaque Joseph Emilien Dubord 2021-07-05
1943-November-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Raymond Florent Morand 2021-08-16
1943-November-26 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Jules Jean Jacques Vennes 2021-07-13

Wellington JA455

s/n
 JA455

Known Squadron Assignments: 26 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-05 KIFA RCAF Sergeant James Scott Duguid 2022-07-05

Wellington JA535

s/n
 JA535

Known Squadron Assignments: 21

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class John Keith Brown 2023-08-06
1944-August-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer David Charles Towyn Jones 2023-08-06
1944-August-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Marie Joseph Claude Hamel Leduc 2023-08-06
1944-August-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Mervin Edwin Millar 2023-08-06

Wellington JA563

s/n
 JA563

Known Squadron Assignments: 78 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-November-16 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Lloyd John Adams 2023-07-15

Wellington JA572

s/n
 JA572

Known Squadron Assignments: 78 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Wallace Murray 2022-01-21

Wellington JA580

s/n
 JA580

Known Squadron Assignments: 78 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-28 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant James Wilson Mathers DFC 2021-08-16

Wellington L4265

s/n
 L4265

Known Squadron Assignments: 15 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-March-18 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Harvey Riedy 2021-08-08
1942-March-18 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Gordon Wiley 2021-07-08

Wellington L4323

s/n
 L4323

Known Squadron Assignments: 15 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-October-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Benjamin Ross Stevenson 2021-07-22

Wellington L4348

s/n
 L4348

Known Squadron Assignments: 20 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-December-05 KIFA RAF Sergeant Anthony Richard McCoy 2021-07-08

Wellington L4355

s/n
 L4355

Known Squadron Assignments: 11 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-July-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Niall Hope Burnett 2023-01-24
1941-July-08 KIFA RCAF Sergeant James Gordon 2022-01-29

Wellington L4387

s/n
 L4387

Known Squadron Assignments: ;11

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-August-13 KIA RAF Flying Officer Frederick Arthur Henry Lambart 2022-11-24

Wellington L7795

s/n
 L7795

Known Squadron Assignments: 9

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-July-20 KIA RAF Flight Lieutenant Douglas Davidson Middleton 2021-08-16

Wellington L7803

s/n
 L7803

Known Squadron Assignments: ;99

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-May-21 KIA RAF Flying Officer John Phillip Dyer DFC 2023-09-24

Wellington L7805

s/n
 L7805

Known Squadron Assignments: ;149

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-July-12 KIA RAF Pilot Officer Joseph Simon Torgalson 2021-10-02

Wellington L7810

s/n
 L7810

Known Squadron Assignments: ;115

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-February-24 KIA RAF Pilot Officer Ken Norman Arthurs 2023-09-12

Wellington L7845

s/n
 L7845

Known Squadron Assignments: 20 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-09 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Oscar Knud Lerche Jensen 2021-10-02
1942-August-09 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur George Wilson Keene 2021-08-12
1942-August-09 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Alfred Kirby 2022-01-24

Wellington L7873

s/n
 L7873

Known Squadron Assignments: 99

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-November-15 KIA RCAF Sergeant Bernard John Dermody 2024-01-09

Wellington L7891

s/n
 L7891

Known Squadron Assignments: 23 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-June-24 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles George MacDonald 2021-07-08
1942-June-24 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Lloyd George Morrison 2021-07-08

Wellington L7894

s/n
 L7894

Known Squadron Assignments: 16 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Prentis Blair Andrew 2021-07-08
1942-July-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Edward Fahey 2021-08-06
1942-July-28 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Cecil Charles David Hinks 2021-08-10
1942-July-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Elmer Stageman 2022-01-03

Wellington LA970

s/n
 LA970

Known Squadron Assignments: OADU;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Francis Anthony De Gruchy 2022-05-19
1942-December-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Charles Benson Hodges 2022-11-26
1942-December-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Ovila Maurice Le Bel 2022-05-19
1942-December-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Richards 2022-05-19
1942-December-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Alfred Rollings 2022-05-19
1942-December-26 KIA RAFVR Sergeant John George Wyatt 2022-05-19

Wellington LA971

s/n
 LA971

Known Squadron Assignments: 179

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-12 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Richard Clare Smith 2023-07-15

Wellington LA993

s/n
 LA993

Known Squadron Assignments: 458

last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing 1943-06-28 to 1943-06-28

458 () ()
458 Australia Squadron (We Find and Destroy). Wellington aircraft LA 993 was flying at 300 feet when the starboard engine caught fire. The aircraft crashed six miles south-west of Landing Ground 106. All crew members were killed and buried in the El Alamein Cemetery, Egypt. Casualties included: RCAF W/O II D.J. Somers (pilot); RAFVR Flying Officer D.J. Carter; and RAFVR Sgt's. H.J. Ferrier, F.W. Machin (wireless operator), F. O'Neill, J. Shutt, and H. Taylor (wireless operator).

1943-June-28 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Daniel Joseph Somers 2023-09-03

Wellington LA995

s/n
 LA995

Known Squadron Assignments: 303 FTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-23 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Vincent Harold Knutson 2021-11-09

Wellington LB114

s/n
 LB114

Known Squadron Assignments: 172

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Robert Hawthorne 2022-10-30
1942-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Douglas Gordon Ide 2022-12-28
1942-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Richard Graham McFarland 2021-08-17
1942-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur James Skirten 2021-07-28

Wellington LB115

s/n
 LB115

Known Squadron Assignments: 221

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-18 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Raymond Gaudet 2021-08-07
1943-April-18 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Cornelius Robert Donovan Hurley 2022-01-06
1943-April-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas May Swanson 2021-07-21

Wellington LB120

s/n
 LB120

Known Squadron Assignments: 1446 Flt

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-29 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Eric Martin 2022-01-21
1942-November-29 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas Young McIntosh 2021-08-17

Wellington LB134

s/n
 LB134

Known Squadron Assignments: 458

last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing 1943-02-25 to 1943-02-25

458 (B) () RAF Luqa Malta
458 Australia Squadron (We Find and Destroy). Wellington aircraft LB 134 went down in the sea off Italy. All Canadian members of the RCAF crew died: W/O II R.A. Sheffield (pilot), W/O II L.M. Clark (observer), Sgt. F.S. Jenkins (wireless air gunner), Sgt. J.F. Kirk (wireless air gunner), Sgt. A.F.W. McLeod (wireless air gunner), and Flt. Sgt. P. King (second pilot).

1943-February-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Lloyd William Clark 2024-02-25
1943-February-25 KIA RCAF Sergeant Francis Surrage Jenkins 2022-09-23
1943-February-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Perry King 2022-09-23
1943-February-25 KIA RCAF Sergeant James Frederick Kirk 2022-09-23
1943-February-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Allison Frederick Weeks Macleod 2022-09-23
1943-February-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer Robert Alfred Philip Sheffield 2022-09-23

Wellington LB169

s/n
 LB169

Known Squadron Assignments: 458

last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing 1943-04-29 to 1943-04-29

458 (B) Sqn (RAAF) RAF Luqa, Malta
458 Australia Squadron (We Find and Destroy). Wellington LB169 took off from RAF Luqa at 2018 hours on the night of 29/30 April 1943 to carry out a shipping search off western Sicily. At 0223 hours a weather report was received at base from the aircraft. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft and it failed to return from the mission. Casualties of the entire crew included: RAAF Flt. Sgt. R.D. Armour (gunner); and RCAF W/O II's G.J. Banks (special equipment (radar) operator), J.R. Grasley (wireless operator), N.A. Stelter (second pilot), and R.M. Westman (pilot); and RCAF Sgt. G.A.D. Cameron (navigator).

1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Gordon John Banks 2022-09-26
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Sergeant George Alexander Duncan Cameron 2023-12-06
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Robert Grasley 2022-09-26
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Norman Albert Stelter 2022-09-26
1943-April-29 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Robert Morris Westman 2022-09-26

Wellington LB172

s/n
 LB172

Known Squadron Assignments: 458

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing Naples Italy 1943-03-25 to 1943-03-25

458 (B) Sqn (RAAF) RAF Luqa, Malta
458 Australia Squadron (We Find and Destroy). Wellington LB172 was equipped with torpedoes to carry out an armed shipping search covering an area East of Sardinia, Maritime, Palermo, and Naples. The aircraft requested a bearing back to Base while it was between Palermo and Naples. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft and the aircraft failed to return. The cause of the crash was unknown. All crew members were taken Prisoners of War: RCAF Sgt. T.J. Crouch; RNZAF W.P. Hermann; RAAF Pilot Officer H.T. Lambie; RAAF Sgt. R.W. Mellor; RAAF Sgt. F.O. Raymond; and RAAF W/O J.G. Shierlaw. W/O Shierlaw was subsequently killed during a mistaken allied air attack on Prisoners of War near the German village of Gresse in 1945.

1943-March-25 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Thomas John Crouch 2024-05-21

Wellington LB195

s/n
 LB195

Known Squadron Assignments: 458

last update: 2024-May-12

Bombing 1943-06-16 to 1943-06-16

458 (B) Sqn (RAAF) RAF Protville, Tunisia
458 Australia Squadron (We Find and Destroy). Wellington LB195 was on an anti-submarine patrol escorting a convoy. It sent suddenly off the RDF plot and did not return to base. Casualties included: RCAF W/O II T.P. Scandiffio (navigator); RAAF Flt. Sgt. J.E. Flecknoe (air gunner); RAF Sgt. E.B. Bottomley (pilot); RAFVR Flt. Sgt. J.D. Reynolds (air gunner); RAFVR Sgt's. J.R. Cousines (wireless operator / air gunner), and B.L. Pottage (second pilot).

1943-June-16 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Thomas Peter Scandiffio 2022-09-26

Wellington LM293

s/n
 LM293

Known Squadron Assignments: 12 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-26 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Donald Montague Paterson 2021-08-18

Wellington LN167

s/n
 LN167

Known Squadron Assignments: 82 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-November-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Rodolphe Gaston Farlette 2021-08-06
1944-November-30 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Samuel Lorne Wilfred McCron 2021-08-17
1944-November-30 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Gladstone Clifford Morris 2021-08-16
1944-November-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer John George Mccaffery Rowe 2021-08-06
1944-November-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Jack Alfred Smallwood 2021-07-28

Wellington LN181

s/n
 LN181

Known Squadron Assignments: 82 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-20 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Ronald Frank Calnan 2023-12-04
1944-March-20 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Charles Richard Floyd 2022-08-15
1944-March-20 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Melville Lloyd Fullerton 2022-08-25
1944-March-20 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Daniel Lewis Jacobs 2022-12-31
1944-March-20 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Lorne Herbert Johnston 2021-08-11
1944-March-20 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Ralph Northcliff MacGillivray 2021-09-02
1944-March-20 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Harry Charles Millen 2021-08-16
1944-March-20 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William James Mohring 2021-08-16

Wellington LN185

s/n
 LN185

Known Squadron Assignments: 18 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-08 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer John Riddell 2022-01-18

Wellington LN238

s/n
 LN238

Known Squadron Assignments: 84 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-21 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Courtney Leroy Spooner 2021-07-23

Wellington LN263

s/n
 LN263

Known Squadron Assignments: 99

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-January-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Clarence Floyd Larson 2023-07-18

Wellington LN284

s/n
 LN284

Known Squadron Assignments: ;431

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-July-04 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Cologne, shot down by a night fighter. 4 crew were killed and 1 POW. 2019-08-20

Bombing Cologne Germany 1943-07-03 to 1943-07-04

(B) Sqn (RCAF) Burn

Battle of the Ruhr

653 aircraft - 293 Lancasters, 182 Halifaxes, 89 Wellingtons, 76 Stirlings, 13 Mosquitoes. 30 aircraft - 9.Halifaxes, 8 Lancasters, 8 Wellingtons, 5 Stirlings - lost, 4·6 per cent of the force.

The aiming point for this raid was that part of Cologne situated on the east bank of the Rhine. Much industry was .located there. Pathfinder ground marking was accurately maintained by both the Mosquito Oboe aircraft and the backers-up, allowing the Main Force to carry out another heavy attack on Cologne. 20 industrial premises and 2,200 houses were completely destroyed, 588 people were killed, approximately 1,000were injured and 72,000 bombed out.

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This night saw the first operations of a new German unit, Jagdgeschwader 300 equipped with single-engined fighters using the Wilde Sau (Wild Boar) technique. Ii this, a German pilot used any form of illumination available over a city being bomber - searchlights, target indicators, the glow of fires on the ground - to pick out : bomber for attack. Liaison with the local Flak defenses was supposed to ensure tha the Flak was limited to a certain height above which the Wild Boar fighter was free t, operate. R.A.F. crews were not used to meeting German fighters over a target city and it was some time before the presence of the new danger was realized. The report on this night from 4 bombers that they had been fired on over the target by ot he bombers were almost certainly the result of Wild Boar attacks. The new German unit claimed 12 bombers shot down over Cologne but had to share the 12 available aircraft found to have crashed with the local Flak, who also claimed 12 successes.

source: The Bomber Command War Diaries, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt


1943-July-04 PoW RCAF Flight Lieutenant Robert Cecil Sutherland 2023-03-31

Wellington LN285

s/n
 LN285

Known Squadron Assignments: ;432

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-July-04 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Cologne. All were killed. 2019-08-20