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    Default Lancaster PB357 7 SQN

    Does anyone have information on the above aircraft - shot down near Duisberg 15/19/1944. F/E Sgt A H Frost was my mother's husband.

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    Hello,

    From various published sources I can offer a little information.

    Lancaster MkIII PB357 squadron code MG-S of No7 Squadron took off from RAF Oakington at 23:30 on 14th October 1944 on a bombing mission to Duisburg. It was one of 1005 aircraft dispatched by Bomber Command that night in two waves. This mission was the second phase of Operation Hurricane which had been launched with a massive daylight raid which left the UK shortly after first light on the 14th. The daylight raid involved 1013 RAF bombers attacking Duisburg with a further 1251 American bombers targeting the Cologne area.

    PB357 appears to have been in the second wave of the night follow up raid on Duisburg and was lost over Germany. All the crew are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. They were :

    F/O C.N.C. Crawford – Pilot (Age 20)
    Sgt A.H. Frost – Flight Engineer
    P/O E.T. Rivers (RCAF) – Navigator
    F/S T.D.L. Mason – Air Bomber (Age 23 from Westoe Co Durham)
    F/S T.E. Feaver – Wireless Operator
    F/S N. Heslop – Air Gunner
    F/S R. Phillips – Air Gunner (Age 35 from South Shields Co Durham)

    The crew had flown about 32 operational sorties.

    (Above info from RAF Bomber Command Losses 1944 by W.R.Chorley, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The Bomber Command War Diaries by M.Middlebrook & C.Everitt)

    Regarding the loss of PB357, in The Nachtjagd War Diaries Vol2 by Dr T.E.W. Boiten & R.J.Mackenzie, it is related that a four engine bomber believed to be PB357 was claimed shot down in the Venlo-Goch area of Germany at around 03.43. The claim was made by Lt Arnold Doring of 7./NJG2 who was flying a JU88. Doring was an experienced fighter pilot who ultimately claimed 13 aircraft shot down by night and a further 8 by day. However Doring’s unit also suffered losses on the night of 14/15 October 1944. While returning to base in the early hours of the 15th the JU88’s were themselves attacked and two aircraft shot down by a Mosquito of No 85 Squadron flown by S/Ldr Branse Burbridge DFC from RAF Swannington in Norfolk.

    I hope the above is of some interest and assistance
    All the best. J

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    Hello ,

    I have the nightfighters losses for that night :

    14-10-44/15-10-44
    Werknumber 712236
    4R+NS Ju88G-1
    8/NJG2
    Near Gütersloh Germany
    Piwarz Walter Stfw. KIA 10/07/1919 Dresden buried Gutersloh cemetery
    Bauermeister Harald Gefr. Wounded in action-bailed out
    Dönninghaus Werner Uffz. Wounded in action-bailed out Shot down by S/Ldr B.A.Burbank (85 Sqn RAF), Mosquito


    14-10-44/15-10-44
    Werknumber 712323
    4R+BD Ju88G-1
    Stab III NJG2
    Avenwedde near Gutersloh
    Hövermann Ernst Lt. KIA
    Stenzel Werner Uffz. Wounded in action-bailed out
    Müller Fritz Fw. +

    Regards
    Alain12

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    The name of the No.85 Sqn pilot who made the two claims on 14/15-10-1944, was: 100067 S/L Bransome Arthur BURBRIDGE DFC RAFVR (not BURBANK).

    Col.

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