HK569

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – HK569

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 10/07/44 Nucourt AA-Q F/L Washer 03:15
2 12/07/44 Vaires Hit by flak twice AA-Q F/S Howell 03:40
3 15/07/44 Chalons Sur Marne AA-Q F/S Davidson 06:25
dnc 17/07/44 Vaires AA-Q F/S Davidson 01:10
4 18/07/44 Aulnoye AA-Q F/S Davidson 03:10
5 18/07/44 Cagny AA-Q F/S Davidson 03:20
6 20/07/44 Homberg AA-Q F/S Davidson missing
 Total Op hours 21:00

 

20/07/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty six aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack the oil refinery at Homberg. Nineteen aircraft were successful in bombing the target, with the aid of markers, which seemed well concentrated. Two good explosions were seen and smoke came up from the target area. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate, but fighters were very active, eight combats taking place. Seven aircraft failed to return, the captains were AUS22776 W/O. Gilmour, H., NZ428819 F/S. Howell, E., NZ421829 F/S. Mackay, K., NZ422057 F/S. Davidson, N., NZ42488 W/O. Whittington, H., NZ413219 F/S. Roche, G. & NZ414560 P/O. Burtt, H.

Lancaster Mk.I HK569 AA-Q

F/S Neil Douglas Davidson, RNZAF NZ422057 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Ernest Goddard, RAFVR 1323147 – Navigator.
Sgt. Thomas Gilbert Little , RAFVR 1459875 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas Corris, RAFVR 1501099 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Robert Gerald Sloman, RAFVR 914220 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Stanley Lang, RAFVR 1896528 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Henry John Hiscox, RAFVR 928092 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:28 – Landed missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.I HK569 AA-Q was attacked by a German night-fighter over Heibloem, Limburg, The Netherlands on its way to the target, the Fischer Tropsch oil refinery in Homberg, Germany

Pilot, F/S Neil Douglas Davidson RNZAF flew the badly damaged and blazing aircraft on over the River Maas towards Reuver, but turned and tried to land it in the river, he succeeded but it hit the river bank and exploded. The bomb aimer, Sgt. T.G. Little RAF, had managed to bail out, however his parachute failled to open fully and he was badly injured when he fell into the garden of a house in the village of Kessel. He was taken to a hospital, subsequently made a prisoner of war (POW No. 52469) in Muhlhausen POW camp and survived World War II, passing away in 1990.

The tail of the aircraft fell away from the fuselage into a field just before impact. F/S Hiscox, Rear Gunner, fell with the turret into a corn field. It is thought he died a day or two afterwards and was found two weeks later by a Dutch farmer’s labourer, Sef Willems, who was a member of the Dutch resistance. F/S Hiscox was buried in the Beesel grave yard. The grave digger had a bunch of flowers with him,but the German soldiers threatened to shoot him if he laid them on completion of the burial, He passed the flowers on to local people who in the dark of night threw them over the cemetery wall onto the grave.

P/O Neil Douglas Davidson, RNZAF NZ422057 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of J. D. and Margaret Davidson, of Porangahau, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 263.

Sgt. Arthur Ernest John Goddard, RAFVR 1323147 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Goddard, of North End, Portsmouth.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 230.

Sgt. Thomas Gilbert Little, RAFVR 1459875 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W.
Prisoner of War Number: 52469
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag IXC
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Douglas Corris, RAFVR 1501099 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 21.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 227.

Sgt. Robert Gerald Sloman, RAFVR 914220 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 24.
Son of Frederick George and Edith Emily Sloman, of Snodland, Kent.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 237.

Sgt. Raymond Stanley Lang, RAFVR 1896528 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Lost without trace age 32.
Son of Thomas William and Esther Lang; husband of Edith Lang, of Streatham, London.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 233.

F/S Henry John Hiscox, RAFVR 928092 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 35.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hiscox, of Newport, Monmouthshire; husband of E. I. M. Hiscox, of Newport.
Buried Beesel Roman Catholic Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Row 2. Grave 1.
‘At the going down
Of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember him’