LL888

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – LL888

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 24/04/44 Karlsruhe JN-X P/O Young 05:00
2 26/04/44 Essen JN-X P/O Young 04:25
3 27/04/44 Friedrichshafen JN-X P/O Young 07:30
4 01/05/44 Chambly JN-X P/O Young 03:25
5 09/05/44 Cap Gris Nez JN-X P/O Young 02:00
6 10/05/44 Courtrai JN-X F/O Fox 03:10
7 11/05/44 Louvain JN-X P/O Stott 02:50
8 19/05/44 Le Mans JN-X P/O Young 04:50
9 21/05/44 Duisberg JN-X P/O Young 03:55
10 22/05/44 Dortmund JN-X P/O Young 04:30
11 24/05/44 Aachen JN-X P/O Young 03:45
12 27/05/44 Aachen JN-X P/O Young 03:45
13 28/05/44 Angers JN-X P/O Young 06:50
14 30/05/44 Boulogne JN-X F/S Wisker 02:00
15 31/05/44 Trappes JN-X P/O Young 04:55
16 02/06/44 Wissant JN-X P/O Crawford 02:00
17 03/06/44 Calais JN-X F/S Nairne 02:05
18 08/06/44 Fougeres JN-X P/O Young 04:20
19 10/06/44 Dreux JN-X P/O Young 04:45
20 11/06/44 Nantes JN-X P/O Young 05:32
21 14/06/44 Le Havre JN-X P/O Crawford 03:20
22 15/06/44 Valenciennes JN-X F/S Betley missing
Total Op hours 84:52
23 21/06/44 Domleger Wrong serial ??-? F/L Fox 03:05
24 24/06/44 Rimeux Wrong serial ??-? F/S O’Callaghan 02:40
25 27/06/44 Biennais Wrong serial ??-? F/O Andrew 02:26
26 30/06/44 Villers Bocage Wrong serial ??-? F/O Andrew 03:35

 

15/06/1944 – Attack Against Valenciennes
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Valenciennes. Twenty three aircraft attacked the primary target with the aid of markers. A.A. Fire was very slight, but fighters were active, two of our aircraft having combats with enemy aircraft. The aircraft captained by 175311 P/O. C. Crawford claimed hits on an enemy fighter, but sustained serious damage itself, the pilot, however, was able to land safely at Manstone. The aircraft captained by NZ421495 F/S. Betley, R. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

F/S Roland Desmond Ernest Betley, RNZAF NZ421495 – Pilot.
Sgt. Edward George Gilliat, RAFVR 648452 – Navigator.
F/S Lawrence Eastmure Hale, RNZAF NZ42395 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Wallace Toohey, RNZAF NZ416672 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Basil Griffiths, RAFVR 1578754 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ronald Howe, RAFVR 993314 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Peter Jackson Cook, RNZAF NZ42708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:09 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

LL888 was brought down by a night-fighter SW of the target, crashing near Rieux, just NE of Cambrai. There were no survivors, six of the seven crew members were located in or near the wreckage and later buried at Rieux, The body of the seventh crew member was found some distance away indicating he probably had attempted to bale out, without success.

F/S Roland Desmond Ernest Betley, RNZAF NZ421495 – Pilot.
Killed age 22.
Son of John Ernest Betley and of Amy Violet Betley (nee Shaw), of Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand; husband of Barbara Isobel May Betley, of Oroua Downs, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Rieux Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8-10. 9

Sgt. Edward George Gilliatt, RAF 648452 – Navigator.
Killed age 22.
Son of John and Ellen Orrell Gilliatt; husband of Monica Julia Gilliatt, of Cheetham Hill, Manchester.
Buried Rieux Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8-10. 10
‘Greater love
Hath no man than this,
That a man lay down
His life for his friends’

F/S Lawrence Eastmure Hale, RNZAF NZ42395 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 26.
Son of Sylvester Gresham Hale and Violet Francis Kate Hale, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Rieux Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Grave 7. 8

W/O Edward Wallace Toohey, RNZAF NZ416672 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Edward Cornelius Toohey and of Alexandra Toohey (nee Wallace), of Hokitika, Westland, New Zealand.
Buried Rieux Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Grave 5. 6

Sgt. Basil Griffiths, RAFVR 1578754 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 22.
Buried Rieux Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8-10. 11

Sgt. Ronald Howe, RAFVR 993314 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 28.
Buried Rieux Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Grave 6. 7

F/S Peter Jackson Cook, RNZAF NZ42708 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of Henry Cook and of Ellen Mary Cook (nee Hewson), of Huinga, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Buried Rieux Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Grave 11. 12