ND802 – ‘The Flying Scotsman’

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – ND802

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 09/04/44 Attack against Villeneuve St. George JN-D F/O Murray 04:20
2 18/04/44 Rouen JN-D F/S Gray 04:30
3 24/04/44 Karlsruhe JN-D P/O Burke 06:05
4 27/04/44 Friedrichshafen JN-D P/O Burke 08:25
5 01/05/44 Chambly JN-D Sgt. Scott 03:20
6 09/05/44 Cap Gris Nez JN-D Sgt. Scott 02:15
7 10/05/44 Courtrai JN-D F/S Megson 02:40
8 11/05/44 Louvain JN-D Sgt. Scott 02:45
9 19/05/44 Le Mans JN-D Sgt. Scott 04:25
dnc 21/05/44 Duisberg JN-D Sgt. Scott 03:00
10 24/05/44 Aachen JN-D Sgt. Scott 03:50
11 27/05/44 Aachen JN-D Sgt. Scott Missing
 Total Op hours 45:35

 

27/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen, one of which returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ414971 F/L. S. Fauvel and NZ421105 Sgt. Scott, F.). The remaining fifteen successfully bombed the target in clear weather, one aircraft (Captain NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney) had five successive inconclusive combats with an ME 410 in the Courtrai area.

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
W/O Ronald Thomas Clark, RNZAF NZ422369 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’ was attacked by a night-fighter 25 miles North West of Eindhoven, Netherlands, causing the aircraft to break up in flight then crashing near Gilze, 6 miles West of Tilsburg. The Captain, Air-bomber and W/Op did not survive the crash and were buried at Gilze.

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
Killed age 28.
Son of Alexander Anderson Scott and Margaret Grace Scott, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Gilze-En-Rijen (Gilze) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Grave 3.

F/S Stephen Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 21.
Son of David and Lillias McGregor Cook, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Gilze-En-Rijen (Gilze) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Grave 2.

F/S Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of David and Lillias McGregor Cook, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Gilze-En-Rijen (Gilze) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Grave 1.
‘For life and liberty theirs was a great sacrifice.
Some day we shall understand ‘

W/O Ronald Thomas Clark, RNZAF NZ422369 – 2nd Pilot.
Evaded for approximately 3 months before being captured.
Prisoner of War Number: 770
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: 14th of May 1945

W/O Clark’s debrief by MI.9 read as follows:
“We were shot down on 29th of May 1944 on our way to bomb Aachen. I baled out and landed in a tree on the Dutch-Belgian border somewhere near Wasssau. I was wounded in my leg so I decided to rest awhile and then head West. When I started walking I found I was cut-off by barbed-wire so I turned North with the same result. I turned East and came to more barbed-wire, and then North from there and met a road going North-West. I decided to take cover here so walked about half a mile from the barbed-wire and lay down in a wheat field. Two hours later I heard lots of Germans shouting. I kept well covered and stayed there until midnight that night. I then headed West again and deciding to hunt for water came across a group of houses. Outside one of them I found a milk can with milk in it. I drank this and started out North again, ending up somewhere near Breda two night later. On the 31st of May I was seen by a civilian who spoke to me and took me to his house giving me food and drink and some wooden soled shoes. He tolf me to go down the Breda-Oostmalle road. So at about midnight that night I started off and reached the road next night. The following day I walked again and that night came to the border at crossed it quite easily at Strijbeck. I spent a day hiding in a ditch by the road where I was seen by school children coming home from school. They all started shouting and pointing at me and then a little boy came up and pulled me by the hand and started running with me across a field and men came along shortly afterwards and gave me something to eat, telling me that they would go in search of someone in the Underground for me. They left the little boy and I crawled out of the ditch and hid behind some trees close-by as I was unsure of their intentions. However, half an hour later a man and a woman came back to the ditch. The woman spoke to me in English telling me that this man would hide me for one or two days and then put me in contact with the Underground. She said that she herself knew nothing about the Underground. I went along with them. The old man took me to his house where he and his wife hid me in the fowl house for two days.On the 4th of June 1944 he took me and hid me in a barn quite near his house. I slept there that morning and later the man returned with cycles and we cycled through some woods where we meet a woman who led us to her house. I stayed there for seven weeks trying all the time to make contact with the Underground through these people but every time something was arranged at the last moment plans had to be cancelled. Finally I decided that I must move and the next day a young man came and said he would take me to Antwerp. He took to a house of the man who was a member of the Underground and a Lieutenant in the Belgian artillery. I stayed there one week but had to leave in a hurry because the Germans were approaching. We started wandering around Antwerp and went into a shop where I stayed that night and the next day. At about 1800 hours that evening two German soldiers and a Gestapo agent came into the shop to hunt for me but I managed to hide in the cellars whilst they were upstairs.and then sneak out the back way. My guide was still with me and we started walking around Antwerp again for two hours when he took me back to the shop again as the Germans had disappeared by this time. I was then taken by my guide to the damaged hospital at Asheertogen where I stayed for three weeks. He then took me into Antwerp again to a shop where there were three old ladies in charge. Next day another man came and told me that I should get over the border into France and join up with the British troops. He told me exactly how it was going to be done and that we would have to go to the park in Antwerp where we would meet a man who would make arrangements for crossing the border. We walked along to the park in Antwerp and met this man who spoke English with an American accent. He took me to an apartment house in Antwerp where I was interrogated about people who had helped me. I thought that this suspicious and later my suspicions were confirmed as I was led into an office by this English speaking man and confronted by the Gestapo. I was taken to Antwerp Civil Prison by a couple of S.S. men where I stayed from the 23rd of August to the 4th of September 1944. Then we were marched out of Antwerp to Rotterdam, and left there the next morning for Bocholt. I was imprisoned at Bocholt to the 6th of September ’44; Dulag Luft (Frankfurt)8th to the 14th of September ’44; Bankau 20th of  September  ’44 to the 19th of January  1945; March to Luckenwalds 20th of September 1944 to19th of January 1945. I was liberated by Russian forces on the 22nd of April 1945.”

F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 170
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 25th of May 1945

Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Evaded for a month before being betrayed then P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 300
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 469
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 111
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known