ME691

Whittingham crew stones p2

ME691 crash site, with the Vissers family and their damaged farm house, 1944. A partial panel from the front of the aircraft can be seen with what is thought to be the name of the aircraft – ‘The Organ Grinders Swing'<br> Photo from Mr H.F. du Maine, via his Daughter Mrs Willie Bloks-du Maine and Adrian van Zantvoort.

, 1944. Piece of Lancaster wreckage at left.
Photo from Mr H.F.du Maine, via his Daughter Mrs Willie Bloks-du Maine, and Adrian van Zantvoort.

ME691 crash site, with the Vissers family and their damaged farmhouse, 1944. Piece of Lancaster wreckage at left.
Photo from Mr H.F.du Maine, via his Daughter Mrs Willie Bloks-du Maine, and Adrian van Zantvoort.

 

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – ME691

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 18/04/44 Rouen AA-R W/O Horgan 03:50
2 20/04/44 Cologne AA-R W/O Horgan 03:40
3 22/04/44 Dusseldorf AA-R W/O Horgan 03:45
4 24/04/44 Karlsruhe AA-R W/O Horgan 05:45
5 26/04/44 Essen AA-R W/O Horgan 03:55
6 27/04/44 Friedrichshafen AA-R F/L Witting 07:25
7 01/05/44 Chambly AA-R W/O Horgan 03:00
8 09/05/44 Cap Gris Nez AA-R P/O Burke 02:05
9 10/05/44 Courtrai AA-R P/O Burke 02:35
10 11/05/44 Louvain AA-R F/O Berney 03:20
11 11/05/44 Louvain AA-R P/O Bateman 02:45
12 19/05/44 Le Mans AA-R W/O Horgan 04:20
13 21/05/44 Duisberg AA-R F/S Burtt 04:20
14 22/05/44 Dortmund AA-R P/O Millar 04:00
15 24/05/44 Aachen AA-R P/O McCardle 03:30
16 24/05/44 Aachen AA-R P/O Millar 03:30
dnc 27/05/44 Aachen AA-R F/S Brown 02:00
17 28/05/44 Angers AA-R W/C Leslie 07:25
18 31/05/44 Trappes AA-R F/S Perfrement 05:45
19 05/06/44 Ouistreham AA-R P/O Millar 03:00
20 06/06/44 Lisieux AA-R F/S Perfrement 04:05
21 06/06/44 Lisieux AA-R F/S Hubbard 02:08
22 07/06/44 Massy Palaiseau AA-R P/O Millar 05:15
23 10/06/44 Dreux AA-R P/O Millar 03:55
24 14/06/44 Le Havre AA-R F/S Barker 02:35
25 15/06/44 Valenciennes AA-R F/O Fleming 03:45
26 21/06/44 Domleger AA-R F/S Bateson 02:50
27 27/06/44 Biennais AA-R F/S Whittington 02:30
28 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir AA-R W/O Whittington 03:20
29 05/07/44 Watten AA-R P/O McRae 02:20
30 07/07/44 Vaires AA-R P/O Burtt 03:30
31 09/07/44 Linzeux AA-R P/O Burtt 03:25
32 10/07/44 Nucourt AA-R P/O Burtt 03:40
33 15/07/44 Chalons Sur Marne AA-R P/O Burtt 06:30
dnc 17/07/44 Vaires AA-R P/O Perfrement 02:40
34 18/07/44 Aulnoye AA-R P/O Blance 03:35
35 18/07/44 Cagny AA-R P/O Perfrement 03:05
36 20/07/44 Homberg AA-R W/O Whittington missing
Total Op hours 141:01

 

20/07/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty six aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack the oil refinery at Homberg. Nineteen aircraft were successful in bombing the target, with the aid of markers, which seemed well concentrated. Two good explosions were seen and smoke came up from the target area. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate, but fighters were very active, eight combats taking place. Seven aircraft failed to return, the captains were AUS22776 W/O. Gilmour, H., NZ428819 F/S. Howell, E., NZ421829 F/S. Mackay, K., NZ422057 F/S. Davidson, N., NZ42488 W/O. Whittington, H., NZ413219 F/S. Roche, G. & NZ414560 P/O. Burtt, H.

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

W/O Harold Whittington, RNZAF NZ42488 – Pilot.
F/O Joseph Stevens, RAFVR 125607 – Navigator.
Sgt. Alfred Alexander Simpson, RNZAF NZ425112 – Air Bomber.
P/O Phillip Edwin Tompkins, RAFVR 157922 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D. W. Gore, RAFVR 1624691 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ronald John Morton Batty*, RAFVR 548542 – Mid Upper Gunner.
* ORB for this Op lists Sgt. Leslie De’Lungo, RAFVR as Mid Upper Gunner, however the recorded loss of Sgt. Batty clearly identifies this as an error.
F/S Andrew Crawford Fletcher, RNZAF NZ42675 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed missing
Flight Time Missing

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R was brought down by an enemy aircraft at 01:33hrs beside a road near Veghel (Noord Brabant), 4 miles South West of Uden. All but the flight engineer perished in the crash and were buried in the local War Cemetery, Uden. Sgt Gore, the Fight Engineer, survived but was taken as a P.o.W.

P/O Harold Whittington, RNZAF NZ42488 – Pilot.
Killed age 26.
Son of John Richard and Minnie Whittington, of Hamilton, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Uden War Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – 3. I. 2. 203

F/L Joseph Stevens, RAFVR 125607 – Navigator.
Killed age 32.
Son of Joseph and Hilda Stevens, of Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire. M.Sc.
Buried Uden War Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – 5. A. 8. 103
‘Greater love Hath no man than this,
That a man lay down
His life for his friends’

F/S Alfred Alexander Simpson, RNZAF NZ425212 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 28.
Son of Frederick John and Jessie Ann Simpson, of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Gladys Simpson, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Buried Uden War Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – 3. I. 4. 205

F/O Phillip Edwin Tompkins, RAFVR 157922 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of Edwin George and Gladys Elizabeth Tompkins; of Merton Park, Surrey; husband of Joan Grace Tompkins, of Merton Park.
Buried Uden War Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – 5. A. 10. 105
‘Father, In Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now
Thy servant sleeping’

Sgt. D.W. Gore, RAFVR 1624691 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 455
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Ronald John Morton Batty, RAF 549542 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 26.
Buried Uden War Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – 5. A. 9. 104

F/S Andrew Crawford Fletcher, RNZAF NZ42675 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 24.
Son of Daniel Fletcher and of Jeanie Fletcher (nee McNeill), of Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Dorothy May Fletcher, of Devonport, Auckland.
Buried Uden War Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – 5. A. 1. 101