Discussion in 'Veterans' Histories/Stories' started by Kyt, May 3, 2008.
Scrap a touching monument to a special marriage
Lancaster LL633 EQ-L
Mission to Nuremburg
T/O 2204 from Linton-on-Ouse. Shot down during the leg into the target by the dual efforts of a ME210 and a Fw190, crashing at Gerolzhofen, a small town some 18 km SE of Schweinfurt. Those killed are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery. Apart from F/Sgt Hughes, who had joined the crew as P2 for operational experience, this appears to have been a scratch crew with a great variation in sorties flown, ranging from 14 credited to Sgt Bates to a minimum of 25 flown by F/O Labow. This scratch-crew would have been the direct result of an early return of the aircraft from 115 Squadron
F/O J G White RCAF PoW
F/Sgt J R Hughes RCAF PoW
Sgt J E Bates PoW
F/O G Schacter RCAF PoW
F/O G L Wood RCAF PoW
F/Sgt F G.Leahy RCAF Killed
P/O A A Patton RCAF Killed
P/O J I Labow Killed (also spelled Lablow)
Canadian crews based at Linton-on-Ouse (still an RAF airfield today) were billeted at Benningborough Hall (now owned by The National Trust). Visitors can read tales from the Canadian airmen during their tours - including getting a chastised by (IIRC) a certain Leonard Cheshire!
Thanks Roxy. Just had a look around and found this:
Archie - A Pilot in RAF Bomber Command - 35 Squadron
The wonders of the modern age where talking to someone on the other side of the world leads to a memento from 64 years ago. Amazing.
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