LL921

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – LL921

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 19/05/44 Le Mans AA-E P/O Baker 04:45
2 21/05/44 Duisberg AA-E P/O Buckley 03:45
3 22/05/44 Dortmund AA-E P/O Buckley 04:05
4 24/05/44 Boulogne AA-E F/O Stokes 02:16
5 27/05/44 Aachen AA-E F/S Whitehouse 03:14
6 28/05/44 Angers AA-E F/S Whitehouse 07:35
7 31/05/44 Trappes AA-E F/O Baker 04:21
8 02/06/44 Wissant AA-E F/O Stokes 02:30
9 03/06/44 Calais AA-E F/O Baker 01:42
10 05/06/44 Ouistreham AA-E F/O Baker 03:15
11 06/06/44 Lisieux AA-E F/O Baker 03:14
12 08/06/44 Fougeres AA-E F/O Baker 05:05
13 12/06/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-E F/O Baker 03:35
14 14/06/44 Le Havre AA-E F/O Baker 02:00
dnc 17/06/44 Montdidier AA-E F/S Adolph 03:50
15 21/06/44 Domleger AA-E F/O Baker 03:45
16 24/06/44 Rimeux AA-E F/O Baker 02:13
17 27/06/44 Biennais AA-E F/O Stokes 02:57
18 30/06/44 Villers Bocage AA-E F/O Baker 03:00
? 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir  There is a double record for LL921 flying on this Op. The reference to this a/c (Aitken crew) being ‘N’ on this Op strongly suggests that it was the Adolph crew that actually flew this Op in LL921 AA-E F/O Aitken 03:00
19 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir AA-E F/S Adolph 03:10
20 05/07/44 Watten AA-E F/S Mackay 02:34
21 07/07/44 Vaires AA-E F/O Baker 04:17
22 09/07/44 Linzeux AA-E F/O Baker 02:44
23 10/07/44 Nucourt AA-E F/S Howell 03:15
24 15/07/44 Chalons Sur Marne AA-E S/L Drummond 06:06
dnc 17/07/44 Vaires AA-E F/S Howell 03:10
25 18/07/44 Aulnoye AA-E F/L Myers missing
Total Op hours 92:23
? 18/07/44 Cagny  Wrong serial number AA-E F/S Howell 03:05
? 25/07/44 Stuttgart  Wrong serial number AA-E F/S Barker 08:12
? 28/07/44 Stuttgart  Wrong serial number AA-E S/L Drummond 07:24

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 AA-E

F/L John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 AA-E was brought down by a night fighter at Harveng (Hainaut), 3.5 miles South Souht East of Mons. The fighter had collided with the Lancaster during an attack from below, causing severe damage to the starboard wing and an uncontrollable fire in the outer engine. All crew baled out successfully on the captain’s orders while he managed to keep the aircraft relatively stable. It too then plunged into the ground, sadly killing the pilot. The enemy fighter also crashed nearby.
Of the six who landed safely, three were captured as POW’s while the other three successfully evaded capture.

F/L John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
Killed age 25.
Son of Charles Ernest Myers and of Lydia Jane Myers (nee Cunningham), of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Chiervres Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Grave 37. 23

F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
P.o.W.
Prisoner of War Number: 4966
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft. Stalag Luft I. Promoted to F/L whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 17th of May 1945

F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W.
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: St. Giles Prison, Brussels
Put on the ‘Ghost Train’ – after being left by his German captors, made contact with British forces and was returned home.
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator.
Escaper
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W.
Prisoner of War Number: 419
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VIII/357
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W.
Prisoner of War Number: 443
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
Evader
Put on the ‘Ghost Train’ – after being left by his German captors, made contact with British forces and was returned home.
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known