LM104 “Jock’s Box”

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – LM104

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 28/05/44 Angers JN-K Sgt. MacKenzie 07:00
2 31/05/44 Trappes JN-K F/S MacKenzie 04:45
3 02/06/44 Wissant JN-K F/S MacKenzie 02:00
4 05/06/44 Ouistreham JN-K F/S MacKenzie 03:45
5 06/06/44 Lisieux JN-K F/S MacKenzie 03:25
6 08/06/44 Fougeres JN-K F/S MacKenzie 04:20
7 10/06/44 Dreux JN-K F/S Wisker 04:45
8 11/06/44 Nantes JN-K F/S Wisker 04:45
9 14/06/44 Le Havre JN-K F/S Wisker 03:10
dnc 17/06/44 Montdidier JN-K F/S MacKenzie 03:10
10 21/06/44 Domleger JN-K F/S MacKenzie 02:50
11 23/06/44 L’Hey JN-K F/S MacKenzie 02:40
12 24/06/44 Rimeux JN-K F/S MacKenzie 02:35
13 30/06/44 Villers Bocage JN-K F/S MacKenzie 03:00
14 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir JN-K S/L Berney 03:10
15 05/07/44 Watten JN-K F/S Timms 01:58
16 09/07/44 Linzeux JN-K F/S Roche 03:11
17 10/07/44 Nucourt JN-K F/S Roche 03:30
18 12/07/44 Vaires JN-K F/S Roche 03:42
19 15/07/44 Bois Des Jardine JN-K F/O Andrew 03:01
dnc 17/07/44 Vaires JN-K F/O Andrew 01:10
20 18/07/44 Aulnoye JN-K F/O Andrew 03:38
21 18/07/44 Cagny JN-K F/O Andrew 03:25
22 20/07/44 Homberg JN-K F/O Andrew 03:08
23 23/07/44 Kiel JN-K F/S MacKenzie 05:03
24 24/07/44 Stuttgart JN-K F/S MacKenzie 07:41
25 28/07/44 Stuttgart JN-K F/S MacKenzie 07:46
26 30/07/44 Amaye Sur Seulles JN-K F/S MacKenzie 03:28
27 18/08/44 Bremen JN-K S/L Williamson 06:01
28 25/08/44 Russelsheim JN-K F/S Smith 08:43
29 03/09/44 The Aerodrom At Eindhoven Hit by flak 18 times (AC) JN-K F/S McCartin 03:30
30 08/09/44 Doudenville JN-K F/S Smith 03:35
31 03/10/44 the West Kapelle Dyke JN-K F/O McIntosh 03:09
32 05/10/44 Saarbrucken JN-Z F/S McCartin 06:03
33 06/10/44 Dortmund JN-K F/O Southward missing
Total Op hours 137:02

06/10/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund, but one of these was withdrawn owing to a technical failure. Twenty six aircraft attacked the target in good weather and a very accurate and concentrated raid was reported, large fires being left burning. A.A. Fire was moderate but fighters were active and the aircraft captained by NZ427798 F/S Farr, W. had a series of combats during which the enemy aircraft was claimed as being destroyed. One aircraft returned early and landed at Woodbridge owing to a technical failure and another (Captain NZ411048 F/O K. Southward) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K

F/O Keith Southward, RNZAF NZ411048 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4212803 – Navigator.
F/O Baden Gordon Clare, RNZAF NZ429590 – Air Bomber.
Sgt E.W. Vero, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.J. Roberts, RAFVR 2220435 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Cooper, RAFVR 1585673 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Burnett, RAFVR 1823259 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K was at 22,000ft, probably en route to the target, when it was brought down by an enemy night-fighter South West of Monchengladbach, 50 miles South West of Dortmund, crashing near Willich. The Captain was able to control the aircraft long enough to enable his crew to bale out successfully, but was unable to do so himself and he bravely died in the crash. He was buried at Willich but later reinterred at the Rheinberg War Cemetery. All of Southward’s crew were captured as prisoners of war.

F/O Keith Southward, RNZAF NZ411048 – Pilot.
Killed age 28.
Son of William Henry and Janet Sneddon Southward, of Runanga, Westland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 11. B. 10.

F/O Arthur Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4212803 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 8244
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft III
Date of return to United Kingdom: 7th of May 1945

F/L Baden Gordon Clare, RNZAF NZ429590 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 8227
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft III
Date of return to United Kingdom: 10th of May 1945

Sgt. E.W. Vero, RAFVR –  Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 1086
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft III
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. D.J. Roberts, RAFVR 2220435 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 1040
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. L. Cooper, RAFVR 1585673 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 1060
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII. Promoted to F/Sgt whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. T. Burnett, RAFVR 1823259 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 1059
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stag Luft VII. Promoted to F/Sgt whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known