HK568

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 09/07/44 Linzeux AA-K F/S Howell 03:21
2 10/07/44 Nucourt AA-K F/S Mackay 03:20
3 12/07/44 Vaires Hit by flak once AA-K S/L Drummond 03:40
dnc 17/07/44 Vaires AA-K F/S Moriarty 03:30
4 18/07/44 Aulnoye AA-K S/L Drummond 03:15
5 18/07/44 Cagny HK568, took a direct hit which peppered the cockpit area, seriously injuring the captain, F/S Dave Moriarty in the head and eyes, one of which had been totally lost. After being bandaged up around the head and face by the flight engineer, Moriarty decided he would attempt to continue flying the aircraft back, as none of the other crew had any piloting experience. With a sizeable hole in the windscreen letting cold air in, his ‘good’ eye began watering-up during the hour and a half flight back to Mepal and he was unable to see the instruments clearly. He gave the crew the choice of baling out but they all elected not to. With the help of his engineer to call out instrument readings and directions to line up with the runway, he succeeded in making a heavy landing without damaging the aircraft.
F/S Moriarty received a well-earned Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.
AA-K F/S Moriarty 03:00
6 20/07/44 Homberg combat reported AA-K S/L Drummond 03:50
7 23/07/44 Kiel AA-K S/L Drummond 05:10
8 24/07/44 Stuttgart AA-K P/O Whitehouse Missing
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24/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Eighteen aircraft bombed the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared to be scattered. One aircraft returned early with engine trouble. Intense A.A. fire was encountered over the target, and fighters were fairly active, two aircraft having combats. Two aircraft failed to return, these were captained by NZ415216 P/O. J. McRae & NZ428800 P/O. K. Whitehouse.

Lancaster Mk.I HK568 AA-K

P/O Keith Owen Whitehouse, RNZAF NZ428899 – Pilot.
F/S Jack Thomas Miliner, RAAF AUS.426367 – Navigator.
F/S Ray Steele Horsford, RAFVR 1387835 – Air Bomber.
W/O Keat Dudding, RNZAF NZ415522 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Bernard Leighton, RAFVR 2209941 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Charles Baker, RAFVR 1624103 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S George Alfred Badge Taverner, RAAF AUS.429835 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.I HK568 AA-K was brought down at 02.10hrs by an enemy fighter near the French/German border, on the northern outskirts of Strasbourg. All crew members were killed. They are buried in a collective grave in the French National Cemetery, at Chronenbourg.

F/O Keith Owen Whitehouse, RNZAF NZ428800 – Pilot.
Killed age 23.
Son Of Harold Owen Whitehouse And Fanny Whitehouse, Of Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Cronenbourg French National (Mixed) Cemetery, Strasbourg, France..
Grave location – L. 9. Coll. Grave 5-11.

P/O Jack Thomas Milliner, RAAF AUS.426367 – Navigator.
Killed age 22.
Son Of James White Miller And Of Ida Miller (Nee Campbell), Of Broad Bay, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Cronenbourg French National (Mixed) Cemetery, Strasbourg, France..
Grave location – L. 9. Coll. grave 5-11.
‘He gave his life
For us to live
Greater gift
No man can give’

F/S Ray Steele Horsford, RAFVR 1387835 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 28.
Son of Ray Steele Horsford and Lilian Primrose Horsford, of Sittingbourne, Kent; Husband of Doris Ada Horsford, of Sittingbourne.
Buried Cronenbourg French National (Mixed) Cemetery, Strasbourg, France..
Grave location – L. 9. Coll. grave 5-11.
‘Golden memories
Silently kept
Of one we loved’

W/O Keat Dudding, RNZAF NZ415522 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 25.
Son of Charles Henry and Zoe Fanny Dudding, of Whangarei, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Cronenbourg French National (Mixed) Cemetery, Strasbourg, France..
Grave location – L. 9. Coll. grave 5-11.

Sgt. Bernard Leighton, RAFVR 2209941 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 34.
Son Of James And Frances Leighton, Of Manchester; Husband Of Winifred Dorothy Leighton, Of Rusholme, Manchester.
Buried Cronenbourg French National (Mixed) Cemetery, Strasbourg, France..
Grave location – L. 9. Coll. grave 5-11.
‘Till we meet again’

Sgt. Robert Charles Baker, RAFVR 1624103 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Buried Cronenbourg French National (Mixed) Cemetery, Strasbourg, France..
Grave location – L. 9. Coll. grave 5-11.

F/S George Alfred Badge Taverner, RAAF AUS.429835 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of George Alfred and Winifred Bessie Taverner, of Torrens Vale, South Australia.
Buried Cronenbourg French National (Mixed) Cemetery, Strasbourg, France..
Grave location – L. 9. Coll. grave 5-1 1.
‘Duty nobly done.
Fragrent memories.
Longed for always’