HK575

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – HK575

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 24/07/44 Stuttgart  lost of 1st Operational flight AA-O P/O McRae Missing
 IWM and Form 78 lists a/c as having 5 hours (approval and pre-flight one assumes)

 

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 HK575 AA-O

P/O James Kenneth McRae, RNZAF NZ415216 – Pilot.
F/O William Lowe, RAFVR 151082 – Navigator.
F/S Thomas Christopher Potts, RNZAF NZ421143 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Clifford Booth, RAFVR 1034046 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Hubert Patten, RAFVR 2211183 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Douglas Archibald Thomas Roffey, RAFVR 1852080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Cunningham, RAFVR 1365361 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:49 – Landed missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.I HK575 AA-O was brought down by a night-fighter at approximately 02:50hrs between Burlioncourt (Moselle) and Château-Salins. There were no survivors. All crew members are buried in a Communal Cemetery at Château-Voué, near where the aircraft crashed.

F/O James Kenneth McRae, RNZAF NZ415216 – Pilot.
Killed age 27.
Son Of Donald McRae And Of Madeline Mcrae (Nee Devery), Of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Chateau-Voue Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-3.

F/O William Lowe, RAFVR 151082 – Navigator.
Killed age 22.
Son Of William And Mary Elizabeth Lowe, Of Knypersley, Staffordshire.
Buried Chateau-Voue Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-3.
‘Not just to-day
But every day
In silence we remember’

F/S Thomas Christopher Potts, RNZAF NZ421143 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 27.
Son Of William Ralph Potts And Of Margaret Potts (Nee Caldwell), Of Lorneville, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Chateau-Voue Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-3.

Sgt. Clifford Booth, RAFVR 1034046 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 23.
Son of Harry and Mary Edith Hinchliffe Booth; Husband of Margaret Booth, of Holmbridge, Yorkshire.
Buried Chateau-Voue Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-3.
‘At the going down
Of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them’

Sgt. Frederick Hubert Patten, RAFVR 2211183 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 22.
Buried Chateau-Voue Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-3.

Sgt. Douglas Archibald Thomas Roffey, RAFVR 1852080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son Of Archibald Francis And Eliza Lillian Maud Roffey, Of Ensbury Park, Bournemouth, Hampshire.
Buried Chateau-Voue Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-3.
‘In everloving memory
Of Douglas
Rest on, dear son,
Until we meet again’

Sgt. George Cunningham, RAFVR 1365361 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 30.
Son of William and Mary Cunningham, of Dundee; Husband of Helen Cunningham, of Dundee.
Buried Chateau-Voue Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-3.
‘Dearly loved Husband’