|Details for these casualties, Duke's School, Alnwick?||Hi Simon
FERGUSON, James Scott - Tempest V, EJ741 'O' crashed near Enschede
FORSTER, Thomas Alan - Beaufighter, R2083 or R2127 of No 219 Sqn, which collided with each other near Brighton, although the aircraft was abandoned he did not survive.
JOBSON, George Trueman - Stirling I, BF399 AA-O crashed near Oakington whilst trying to avoid a head-on collision with another Stirling during a training flight
RIDDELL, Norman Grey - Hudson I, N7333 of No 206 Sqn, crashed shortly after take off from Bircham Newton. TROTTER, Alexander Denholm - Wellington III, BJ967 'F' ditched on its way home from a raid on an ammunition dump near St Omer
Malcolm ....Read More.||malcolm_raf on 15th October 2011 07:04:41|
|Passing of sole survivor of Lancaster PB 848||I regret to inform you of the death of former Flight Sergeant Donald F Clement RCAF on 17th January 2013 at St Catherines, Ontario, Canada. Donald was the sole survivor of Lancaster CA-Q (PB 848), shot down on the night of 2/3 Feb 1945 over Karlsruhe. Donald was one of four rear gunners who were the sole survivors of 189 Sqn Lancasters that night.
Donald was born at St Catharines, Ontario on 21st November 1923. He enlisted into the RCAF on 8th Dec 1942 and trained in Canada at Trenton, Guelph, London and MacDonald. He gained his Air Gunner wing on 26th Nov 1943, and was sent to UK on the troopship ANDES, recalling sea-sickness en route. In UK he joined his future crew and they carried out further training at 17 OTU (Silverstone/Turweston), 1654 HCU (Wigsley) and 5 LFS (Syerston).
His crew were:
J89570 F/Lt N P Blain RCAF Pilot
R183745 WO2 R E Fulcher RCAF Navigator
74675 F/Sgt F T J Nicholls RAF Flight Engineer
153892 F/O K S Porter RAFVR Bomb Aimer
1399114 Sgt K C R Alder RAF Wireless Op
1595042 F/Sgt A E Smith Mid Upper Gunner
R208368 F/Sgt D F Clement RCAF Rear Gunner (sole survivor)
Their tour of duty began with 61 Sqn RAF in Sep 44. Their first operational mission was on 10th Sep against Le Havre with a bomb load of eleven 1000 lb and four 500 lb GP bombs. Further missions were flown against Le Havre (again), Stuttgart, Boulogne, Bremerhaven, Munchen Gladbach, Munster, Karlsruhe, Kaiserslautern, Flushing and Brunswick. Their 12th and last operational mission with 61 Sqn was on 19th Oct 44 against Nurnberg carrying a bomb load of one 4000 lb HC bomb and 12 canisters of incendiaries. Their aircraft that night was QR-G, an aircraft they had not flown before (the previous 8 flights had been with QR-F), a fact that the superstitious might link to their attack by a JU 88 during the mission.
In late Oct 44 they were transferred to the newly-formed 189 Sqn, first at Bardney and then at Fulbeck. Winter 44/45 was very cold and a temperature of -23 deg C was recorded at Fulbeck! Missions continued against Homberg, Gravenhorst, Duren, Heilbronn, Giessen, Munich, Gdynia, Munich, Poliz, Merseburg and Brux. On 1st Feb they conducted a test flight aboard CA-S. Their 24th and final mission was to Karlsruhe on the night 2/3 Feb 45 on CA-Q (PB 848), an aircraft that they had flown since its arrival from A.V. Roe in Oct/Nov 44. Stronger than expected SW winds, together with heavy cloud, resulted in most of that nights bombing falling on the unfortunate town of Bruchsal to the N of Karlsruhe. According to the Investigation Report compiled by No 8 Missing Research & Enquiry Unit in Feb 47 (exactly 2 years later) PB 848s loss was attributed to a hit by flak at an altitude of 26,000 feet, based on the memory of a gamekeeper. This is what the NOK were told and accepted. Subsequent access to Luftwaffe records show that pilots of NJG 6 claimed all 7 Lancasters shot down that night. This ties in with Donalds recollection ....Read More.||Penumbra 123 on 25th January 2013 04:17:06|