25 March, 1944

I should have known better before starting to colorize just for fun black and white pictures from Réal St-Amour’s collection.

Casey Jones Tracey and Collins

A picture is worth a thousand words…

This next information is taken from Richard Koval’s Website.

http://www.6bombergroup.ca/March44/March24~2544.html


March 24/25, 1944

23 Lancasters from 408 and 426 Squadrons were joined by 90 Halifaxes from 420, 424, 425, 427, 429, 432, and 433 Squadrons on an attack at Berlin. The crews were over the target at between 19,000 and 24,000 feet, releasing 48,000 lbs of high explosives and 409,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, there was severely high winds and the attack was scattered. This was another terrible night as 72 crews failed to return due to being blown off course and over heavy flak defenses.


W/O2 W. Kasper from 408 Squadron jettisoned the load and returned early after being hit many times by flak. F/Sgt J. McCaffrey had the mid upper turret u/s on return.
S/Ldr W. Russell and F/Sgt W. Cooke landed at Coltishall on return due to fuel shortages.
S/Ldr H. Miles completed his second tour with this operation, 32 operations on the first tour,19 ½ on the second.


W/O2 R. Leonard from 420 Squadron returned early as the under carriage was u/s.
F/Lt R. Deegan and W/O2 J. Boadway landed at Coltishall on return.
F/O H. Rice RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax III LW-373 coded PT-W, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt F. Bushell RAF–POW
F/O N. Altic RCAF–POW
F/Sgt C. Fraser RCAF–POW
W/O1 G. Renwick RCAF–POW
2Lt J. Thomson USAAF–POW
Sgt J. Boire RCAF–POW
All were POWs.

P/O R. Basson from 424 Squadron returned early as the oxygen system was u/s.
F/O J. Doig was attacked by an enemy aircraft, the stbd flap and wing were damaged. They landed at Chedburgh on return due to a fuel shortage.
F/Sgt H. Kirkby landed at West Raynham on return.
F/Sgt B. Vanier landed at Docking on return.
F/O T. Millman landed at Tuddenham on return.
F/O W. Krampe RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW-435 coded QB-R, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt J. MacKintosh RAF–POW
F/O A. Fleming RCAF–POW
P/O W. Tillmann RCAF
Sgt L. Jewell RCAF–POW
Sgt E. Evans RCAF–POW
Sgt R. Wilson RCAF–POW
5 crew were POWs and 2 killed.


Sgt V. Lacaille and F/Sgt V. Irvine from 425 Squadron returned to base as their port outers were u/s. They both landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O J. Taylor returned early as the rear turret was u/s.
P/O L. Renaud RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW-425 coded KW-V, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt J. Nutman RAF
F/O J. Brazeau RCAF
P/O M. Boyer RCAF
P/O R. Hanks RCAF
P/O C. Turner RCAF
P/O J. Huot RCAF
All were killed after being shot down by a Nightfighter.
P/O N. Jones RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW-428 coded KW-C, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt G. Mabbott RAF
P/O M. Latornell RCAF
P/O M. MacLeod RCAF
P/O J. Laviolette RCAF
P/O J. Bouchard RCAF
P/O J. Tracey RCAF
All were killed.


F/Lt I. McRobie from 426 Squadron returned early as the port outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/Sgt N. Craig returned early as the oxygen system was u/s.
W/O2 D. Robertson landed at Woodbridge on return due to a fuel shortage.
F/Sgt J. Jean was hit by flak, the rear turret was damaged and Sgt J. Favreau RCAF, the rear gunner was injured. they landed at Coltishall for fuel and medical attention.


F/O W. Weicker from 427 Squadron landed at Foulsham on return due to a fuel shortage.
W/O1 W. Magdalinski RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax III LK-752 coded ZL-V, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt P. Guilder RAF–POW
F/O R. Parry RCAF–POW
P/O J. Roberts RCAF killed
P/O L. Glasser RCAF killed
P/O C. Fugere RCAF killed
P/O J. Papineau RCAF killed
3 crew were POWs and 4 were killed.

W/O2 A. Yaworski RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW-574 coded ZL-J, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt T. Rigby RAF killed
W/O2 A. Young RCAF killed
F/Sgt J. Hamel RCAF–POW
W/O1 H. Armstrong RCAF–POW
F/Sgt J. Jette RCAF killed
F/Sgt R. McBeath RCAF killed
5 crew were killed and 2 POWs after being shot down by flak.

P/O S. Dowdell RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW-577 coded ZL-K, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt J. Nesom RAF–POW
F/O G. MacKay RCAF killed
F/O O. Jackson RCAF killed
Sgt H. Webb RAF killed
P/O E. Halbert RCAF killed
Sgt L. Lozo RCAF–POW
5 crew were killed and 2 were POWs after being shot down by flak.


W/O2 E. Baker from 429 Squadron returned early with a technical problem.
F/Sgt N. Thompson was hit by flak, not serious. They were also attacked 3 times by enemy aircraft, there was no claims or damage. During these attacks, the wireless operator bailed out over Berlin.
F/O A. Macdonald was attacked by a JU-88, it was claimed damaged.
P/O T. Rawlinson was coned by 30-40 searchlights for 5 minutes. They were able to get away.
P/O S. Wick RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LK-805 coded AL-H, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt H. Hull RAF killed
W/O2 R. Clendenning RCAF–POW
F/O J. Warkentin RCAF killed
W/O S. Boustead RAF–POW
Sgt R. Kift RCAF–POW
P/O L. Keely RCAF killed
4 crew were killed and 3 POWs.

P/O E. Giles RAAF and crew flying Halifax III LW-688 coded AL-J failed to return from this operation.

Sgt R. Byrne RAF killed
F/Sgt H. Nicholls RAF–POW
F/O C. Rousseau RAF killed
F/Sgt W. Peckham RAF killed
P/O W. Hampton RCAF killed
F/Sgt A. Larochelle RCAF–POW
5 crew were killed and 2 POWs.

F/O R. Conroy RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LV-914 coded AL-V, failed to return from this operation.

F/Lt G. McIntyre RCAF–POW
S/Ldr J. Bell RCAF–POW
W/O2 O. McLean RCAF–POW
F/Lt A. Smith RCAF–POW
Sgt L. Spencer RCAF–POW
Sgt G. Wilton RCAF–POW
The pilot was killed and 6 crew were POWs.


F/Sgt J. McElheran from 432 Squadron returned early as the compasses were u/s.
P/O J. McIntosh RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax III LW-593 coded QO-O, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt W. King RAF killed
F/O A. Small RCAF–POW
P/O R. Elvin RCAF–POW
P/O C. Schell RCAF–POW
P/O L. Bandle RCAF killed
P/O A. De Dauw RCAF killed
3 crew were killed and 4 POWs after being shot down over Berlin.


P/O J. Smith from 433 Squadron returned early as they could not climb.
F/Sgt J. Monahan returned early as some instruments were u/s.
F/Lt G. Edmonds returned early as the stbd inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
P/O J. Major landed at Snetterton Heath on return.
F/O W. Canter landed at Woodbridge on return.
F/Sgt F. Edmondson had the port inner go u/s after bombing, they jettisoned the I.B containers to maintain height. They landed at Woodbridge on return due to a fuel shortage.
F/O E. Van Slyck was hit by flak, both wings and the port outer and fuselage were damaged. Sgt A. Phillips RAF, the navigator, was injured and F/Sgt R. Pontentier RCAF, the rear gunner bailed out over enemy territory. They landed safely at West Malling.

P/O W. Russell RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III HX-284 coded BM-B, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt P. McLuskie RAF–POW
F/O M. Topplin RCAF–POW
F/O J. Shea RCAF–POW
Sgt W. Walmsley RCAF killed
P/O D. Howell RCAF killed
Sgt R. Cossar RCAF–POW
3 crew were killed and 4 POWs.

P/O H. Lossing RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LV-841 coded BM-H, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt O. Sporne RAF killed
F/O D. Robinson RCAF killed
F/Sgt G. Dancey RCAF killed
F/Sgt L. Davey RCAF killed
Sgt E. Osborne RAF killed
Sgt F. Simons RAF killed
All were killed after being shot down by flak.


 

This is from the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/1802354?Norval%20Hodges%20Jones


 

All this because I was mesmerized by this picture from Réal St-Amour’s collection…

debriefing-3

Casey Jones is on the right.

Next time, what about these airmen?

P/O J. Bouchard RCAF

Latornel color

P/O M. Latornell RCAF

Tracey color

P/O J. Tracey RCAF

Laviolette color

P/O J. Laviolette RCAF

 

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