On 31st August 1941, Wellington W5577 of No.12 Squadron RAF failed to return from a raid on Bologne. Two of the crew members are known to be in the montage above, but trying to identify them exactly is turning out to be difficult.
There is plenty of information in this thread about the loss of the Wellington. http://www.canadaatwar.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=3541
The crew Wellington W5577 PH-U included
Pilot Officer C.P.Khosla RIAF (Pilot)
Pilot Officer R.N.Dastur RIAF (Co-Pilot) DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, H. 6.
Sergeant W.B.Clark RCAF R/68182 DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, H. 7.
Sergeant P.J.Lewis RAF VR
Sergeant J.J.Wolff RCAF
Sergeant R.B.Russell RAF VR DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, H. 5.
Ten aircraft operated against ESSEN, and two againts BOULOGNE. Pilots in the ESSEN sortie were S/Ldr. Roberts, S/Ldr. Fielden, P/O. Heyworth, P/O. Faint, Sgt. Finnis, Sgt Elseon, Sgt Duder, Sgt Tothill, S/Ldr Edinger, P/O Geary. The Pilots in the BOULOGE sortie were Sgt. Voller and P/O Khosla. One aircraft abandon mission – P/O Faint – due to electrical shortage and intercommunication failure. From the BOULOGEN raid, one aircraft is missing – P/O Khosla and crew (P/O Dastur, Sgt Clark, Sgt Lewis, Sgt Wolff, Sgt Russell). 93 airmen carried out Rifle practice on the 25 yards Range
Target: Bombing at BOULOGNE
Takeoff: 2120 hrs
Bomb Load: Fourteen 250 lb GP. (GP = General Purpose)
Target Info: Target Boulougne. Bombs aimed at centre of target area (this info from the other aircraft in the mission that returned to base)
Now my question. I have been trying to identify photos of Khosla and Dastur. Infact I have a photo with six possibilities – but do not know who is who. Does anyone have a photo of Indian Aircrew from 12 Squadron dating from this time?
From my end I am sure Khosla and Dastur are atleast two of the faces numbered 1 to 6. But i dont know who is who.. There are three photos of each of the six . Perhaps one day we will know who is who?