LM733

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – LM733

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 16/12/44 Siegen Hit by flak once AA-R F/O Atkin 06:03
2 21/12/44 Trier AA-R F/S Zinzan 05:15
3 29/12/44 Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard) AA-R F/O Crawford 05:10
4 31/12/44 Vohwinkel AA-R P/O Zinzan 05:12
5 02/01/45 Nurnburg AA-R F/L Wakelin 07:56
6 05/01/45 Ludwigshafen AA-R P/O Zinzan 06:10
7 06/01/45 Mining off Pilau AA-R F/O Kilpatrick 09:40
8 11/01/45 Krefeld AA-R F/L Spillman 05:16
9 13/01/45 Saarbrucken Landed at Port Reath AA-R F/S Egglestone 06:41
10 15/01/45 Langendreer Hit by flak once AA-R F/L Spillman 05:26
11 22/01/45 Duisburg AA-R F/L Spillman 04:34
12 28/01/45 Cologne (Gremberg) AA-R F/L Spillman 05:47
13 29/01/45 Krefeld M/Y AA-R F/L Spillman 05:30
14 02/02/45 Wiesbaden AA-R F/O Watson 05:54
15 14/02/45 Chemnitz AA-R P/O Layton 08:25
16 16/02/45 Wesel AA-R F/S Scott 05:23
dnc 18/02/45 Wesel AA-R F/S Scott 05:18
17 19/02/45 Wesel AA-R F/L Banks 05:26
18 20/02/45 Dortmund AA-R F/O Pearson 05:46
19 22/02/45 Osterfeld AA-R F/O Watson 05:11
20 23/02/45 Gelsenkirchen AA-R F/O Thorpe 05:28
21 25/02/45 Kamen AA-R W/O Ohlson 05:15
22 27/02/45 Gelsenkirchen AA-R F/O Rangiuaia 05:09
23 01/03/45 Kamen AA-R F/L Parsons 05:38
dnc 02/03/45 Cologne AA-R F/L Taylor 05:27
24 04/03/45 Wanne Eickel AA-R F/L Taylor 04:54
25 05/03/45 Gelsenkirchen AA-R F/O Egglestone 05:31
26 17/03/45 Auguste Viktoria AA-R P/O Cook 05:15
27 18/03/45 Bruchstrasse AA-R F/O Layton 05:20
28 20/03/45 Hamm AA-R P/O Brown 05:36
29 21/03/45 Munster Viaduct AA-R P/O Brown missing
Total Op hours 173:36

21/03/1945 – Attack Against Munster Viaduct
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Muster Viaduct. There was hardly any cloud over the target. It is thought that the concentration was good although the formation was broken up just prior to bombing. Three aircraft failed to return from this operation – AA”T”, NZ42451 F/L J. Plummer, AA”R” NZ429139 P/O A. Brown and JN”P” 190947 P/O D.S. Barr. All three aircraft were seen to hit in the target area. Considerable H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III LM733 AA-R

P/O Alfred Errol Brown, RNZAF NZ429139 – Pilot.
F/S Arthur Donald Baker, RNZAF NZ4214043 – Navigator.
F/S James Haswell Wood, RNZAF NZ425811 – Air Bomber.
F/S Arthur Elliott Robson, RNZAF NZ4210853 – Wireless Operator.
F/S R.H. Lawrence, RAFVR 1607264 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Grierson, RAFVR 1593931 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H. Barraclough, RAFVR 1590144 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:01 – Landed –
Flight Time MISSING

LM733 was bombing the target at Munster when it was seen to break into two sections and enter a downward spiral before crashing in flames among trees near Coesfeld at 13.30hrs. The cause of the catastrophic damage was thought to be a combination of flak damage and being struck by a bomb from another 3 Group aircraft flying above. Two crew, the pilot and air bomber, were killed and later buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. The other five crew parachuted to safety and were captured as P.o.W’s.

F/O Alfred Errol Brown, RNZAF NZ429139 – Pilot.
Killed age 25.
Son of Alfred and Laura Matilda Brown, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 12. D. 18.

F/S Arthur Donald Baker, RNZAF NZ4214043 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S James Haswell Wood, RNZAF NZ425811 – Air bomber.
Killed age 29.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wood, of Cassilis, Victoria, Australia.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 4. G. 1.

W/O Arthur Elliot Robson, RNZAF NZ4210853 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: Stalag XIB
Date of return to United Kingdom: 21st of April 1945

F/S R.H. Lawrence, RAFVR 1607264 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. J. Grierson, RAFVR 1593931 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. H. Barraclough, RAFVR 1590144 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known