ME689

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 09/04/44 Villeneuve St. George AA-Y F/L Fauvel 04:20
2 10/04/44 Laon AA-Y W/O Horgan 04:10
3 18/04/44 Rouen AA-Y P/O Humphreys 03:10
4 20/04/44 Cologne AA-Y P/O Hunt 04:05
5 22/04/44 Dusseldorf AA-Y P/O Willis 04:00
6 24/04/44 Karlsruhe AA-Y P/O Hunt 06:25
7 27/04/44 Friedrichshafen AA-Y F/L Sachtler 08:00
8 01/05/44 Chambly AA-Y F/L Sachtler Missing
Total Op hours 34:10

 

01/05/1944 – Attack Against Chambly
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Chambly. Fifteen of these successfully attacked in clear weather, bombing being accurate. Two brief encounters with enemy aircraft took place and resulted in one being possibly damaged. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ41362 F/L. A/S/L. E.W. Sachtler) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME689 AA-Y

F/L Euan Wilfred Sachtler, RNZAF NZ41362 – Pilot.
F/O Allan Cleave Heron, RAFVR 133094 – Navigator.
P/O Michael Ferdinand Lombard, RAFVR 171913 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas John Mckenzie, RAAF AUS.417211 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Piers Trevor Stevens, RAFVR 1813627 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Alexander Peevers, RNZAF NZ417232 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Gilbert Pettifer, RAFVR 1247027 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:44 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

ME689 was shot down over France, crashing at St Arnault, 12miles South West of Poix-de-la- Somme. There were no survivors and all seven crew were buried in a collective grave.

S/Ldr. Euan Wilfred Sachtler, RNZAF NZ41362 – Pilot.
Killed age 24.
Son of Wilfred Sachtler, and of Janet Louisa Sachtler (Nee Brown), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard, France..
Grave location – Row A. Coll. grave 15-17.

F/O Allan Gleave Heron, RAFVR 133094 – Navigator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Frank Reginald and Nellie Heron, of Leeds, Yorkshire; Husband of F. R. Heron.
Buried Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard, France..
Grave location – Row A. Coll. grave 15-17.

P/O Michael Ferdinand Lombard, RAFVR 171913 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 29.
Son of Borisfield Swan Lombard and Marian Alice Lombard, of Markyate, Hertfordshire; Husband of Sybil Agnes Lombard.
Buried Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard, France..
Grave location – Row A. Coll. grave 15-17.

F/S Douglas John Mackenzie, RAAF AUS.417211 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 27.
Son of Walter James Mackenzie and Vera Mackenzie; Husband of Mary Elizabeth Mackenzie, of Hackney, South Australia.
Buried Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard, France..
Grave location – Row A. Coll. grave 15-17.

Sgt. Piers Trevor Stevens, RAFVR 1813627 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 23.
Son of Charles James Henry and Lilian Mary Stevens, of Welling, Kent.
Buried Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard, France..
Grave location – Row A. Coll. grave 15-17.

F/S Thomas Alexander Peevers, RNZAF NZ417232 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 29.
Buried Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard, France..
Grave location – Row A. Coll. grave 15-17.

Sgt. John Gilbert Pettifer, RAFVR 1247027 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 38.
Son of Ernest Gilbert and Florence Margret Pettifer; Husband of Eveleyn Dorothy Pettifer, of West Dulwich, London.
Buried Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard, France..
Grave location – Row A. Coll. grave 15-17.