Sgt (Obs) Donald R. TILLEN - 745090 - from the 42 Sqn ORB Form 541:
May 9th 1941
P/O PHILPOT, SGT, TILLEN, SGT, GRANT, SGT WEST, in Beaufort N1017. Reached the Norwegian coast at 5,000 ft and by 02.30 had climbed to 7,500 ft. over the target [Kristiansand?]. Dropped a stick of two 250 lb G.P. bombs and one 1,000 lb bomb which were observed to fall between and slightly south of two big hangars and amongst buildings. Very accurate and concentrated flak forming a cone at 7,000 ft. was experienced from the perimeter of the aerodrome. The Navigator, SGT. TILLEN, was killed by a burst of flak which came up through the bottom of the aircraft. SGT. GRANT, the wireless operator was badly wounded in the left arm by another burst and fainted. On recovery, however, is spite of a painful arm injury and loss of blood he continued to operate the radio until half an hour out from the target and radio failed completely. At 05.40 landfall was made at WHITBY and as medical assistance was urgently required for the wireless operator the pilot decided to land at NORTH COATES. As the hydraulics had been shot away and the flap and undercarriage emergency systems failed to work aircraft made a belly landing at 06.30 at NORTH COATES.
Philpot was Oliver Lawrence Spurling Philpot, R.C.A.F., awarded the D.F.C. for this action, and later was famously part of 'The Wooden Horse' escape from Stalag Luft III. Grant and West were awarded the D.F.M. - West would lose his life on August 13th 1941 in Halifax I L9562 of 76 Sqn.