ND911

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – ND911

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 24/04/44 Karlsruhe JN-V F/L Warren 05:20
2 26/04/44 Essen JN-V F/L Clark 04:15
3 27/04/44 Friedrichshafen JN-V F/L Warren 07:20
4 01/05/44 Chambly JN-V P/O Stott 03:35
5 07/05/44 Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome JN-V F/S MacKenzie 05:25
6 11/05/44 Louvain JN-V F/O Fox 03:10
7 19/05/44 Le Mans JN-V F/O Fox 04:50
1 21/05/44 Duisberg JN-V F/L Fox 01:40
8 22/05/44 Dortmund JN-V F/L Fox 04:20
9 24/05/44 Aachen JN-V F/L Fox 03:45
10 27/05/44 Aachen JN-V F/L Fox 03:30
11 28/05/44 Angers JN-V F/L Fox 00:45
12 31/05/44 Trappes JN-V F/L Fox 05:05
13 02/06/44 Wissant JN-V F/S Gray 02:05
14 03/06/44 Calais JN-V F/S Wisker 02:00
15 05/06/44 Ouistreham JN-V P/O Crawford 03:20
16 08/06/44 Fougeres JN-V P/O Crawford 04:15
17 10/06/44 Dreux JN-V P/O Megson 04:35
18 11/06/44 Nantes JN-V F/L Fox 05:35
19 14/06/44 Le Havre JN-V F/L Fox 03:30
20 15/06/44 Valenciennes JN-V F/L Fox 03:50
21 23/06/44 L’Hey JN-V P/O Stott 02:35
22 23/06/44 L’Hey JN-V F/L Fox 02:50
23 24/06/44 Rimeux JN-V F/L Fox 02:45
24 30/06/44 Villers Bocage JN-V F/L Fox 03:05
25 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir JN-V P/O Stott 03:17
26 05/07/44 Watten JN-V F/L Fox 01:50
27 07/07/44 Vaires JN-V F/L Fox 04:25
28 09/07/44 Linzeux JN-V F/S Nairne 02:52
29 10/07/44 Nucourt JN-V F/S Wisker 03:30
30 12/07/44 Vaires JN-V P/O Timms 03:47
31 15/07/44 Bois Des Jardine JN-V P/O Timms 02:53
32 18/07/44 Aulnoye JN-V F/L Fox 04:21
33 24/07/44 Stuttgart JN-V F/L Fox 07:52
34 25/07/44 Stuttgart JN-V F/L Fox 08:02
35 28/07/44 Stuttgart JN-V F/O Timms 07:37
36 30/07/44 Amaye Sur Seulles JN-V P/O Hubbard 03:26
37 01/08/44 Le Nieppe JN-V F/O Timms 02:36
38 03/08/44 L’Isle Adam JN-V F/O Timms 03:31
39 04/08/44 Bec D’Ambes JN-V F/O Timms 07:39
40 05/08/44 Bassens JN-V F/O Waugh 07:56
41 09/08/44 Fort D’Anglos JN-V F/O Timms 02:26
42 11/08/44 Lens JN-V F/O Andrew 03:09
43 12/08/44 Mining in the Gironde Estuary JN-V F/O Wisker 07:05
44 14/08/44 Hamel JN-V F/O Timms 03:42
45 15/08/44 The Aerodrome at St. Trond JN-V F/O Timms 03:41
46 16/08/44 Stettin JN-V F/O Timms 07:59
47 18/08/44 Bremen JN-V F/O Timms 05:58
48 25/08/44 Russelsheim JN-V F/O Scott 08:13
49 31/08/44 Pont Reny JN-V F/O Timms 03:19
50 03/09/44 The Aerodrom At Eindhoven Hit by flak 3 times JN-V F/O Wilson 03:24
51 05/09/44 Le Havre JN-V F/O Timms 03:19
52 06/09/44 Harqueboc Le Havre JN-V F/O Timms 03:46
53 08/09/44 Doudenville JN-V F/S Boyer 03:12
54 10/09/44 Montivilliers JN-V F/O Timms 03:54
55 11/09/44 Kamen JN-V F/O Timms 04:46
56 12/09/44 Frankfurt JN-V F/O Scott 07:03
57 20/09/44 Calais JN-V F/O Timms 03:21
58 23/09/44 Neuss JN-V F/O Timms 03:46
59 25/09/44 Calais JN-V F/O Timms 02:52
60 26/09/44 Cap Gris Nez JN-V F/O McIntosh 02:07
61 28/09/44 Calais JN-V F/S Boyer 02:59
62 05/10/44 Saarbrucken JN-V F/O Timms 05:06
63 06/10/44 Dortmund JN-V F/O Timms 05:55
64 07/10/44 Emmerich JN-V F/O McIntosh 03:46
65 14/10/44 Duisburg Hit by flak 3 times (AC) JN-V F/S McCartin 04:22
66 04/11/44 Solingen JN-V F/O Cuming 04:45
67 05/11/44 Solingen JN-V F/S McCartin 05:01
68 06/11/44 Coblenz JN-V P/O McCartin 04:57
69 08/11/44 Homberg Hit by flak once (AIR14/3463 Damage Reports) JN-V F/O Simpson 04:20
70 15/11/44 Dortmund JN-V F/O McCartin 05:02
71 16/11/44 Heinsberg JN-V F/O McCartin 03:13
72 20/11/44 Homberg MISSING JN-V F/O McCartin Missing
Total Op hours 300:25

20/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery Plant at Homberg. Twenty two aircraft in daylight attacked the target in ten tenths cloud with tops at 23,000 ft. which made formation flying very difficult. They carried 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Results of bombing could not be observed, but it is considered that the raid was unsatisfactory. One aircraft AA/J returned early owing to icing trouble and two aircraft bombed last resort targets at Duisburg and Hamborn. Three aircraft failed to return. These were captained by 185116 F/O R. Gordon, AUS419328 F/O P. McCartin and 152402 F/O H. Rees.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/O Patrick Leo McCartin, RAAF AUS.419328 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Miles, RAFVR 845847/ 187426 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard ‘Len’ Arthur Martin, RAFVR 153528 – Air Bomber.
F/S Phillip Francis Smith, RAAF AUS. 427206 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William John Warlow, RAFVR 1653307 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Dennis George Albert Bryer, RAFVR 1874880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Gray, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:43 – Landed Missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster ND911 took off from Mepal, Cambridgeshire at 12:47 hrs, as part of 3 Group with a force of 183 Lancaster’s, to bomb Homberg (Oil Refinery Plant).   Weather was stormy and many of the bomber stream were not able to maintain formation with the G-H (Radar aided aircraft) on the bombing run and the bombing was believed to have been scattered.   The force met little resistance from Luftwaffe fighters, but suffered very heavy flak.

On the bomb run at about 15:00 hrs, the pilot was forced to lose height as the starboard outer engine failed and he decided to feather it.   The aircraft was forced to leave the formation, however at 15:15 hrs they bombed the target.   At 15:17 hrs they then received a direct hit in the port wing area from flak and is thought that the fuel tanks exploded.   The Lancaster broke up in mid-air and a very violent spin developed.   Flt Sgt Gray, the rear gunner, was knocked unconscious. When he came to the entire tail unit had broken away during the mid-air explosion and he was able to rotate the turret to enable him to bail out at 10,000 ft.   He stated that he saw no other parachutes during his descent. During his parachute drop at around 2,000 ft. he was shot at by German ground troops but was not hit.

F/O Patrick Leo Mccartin, RAAF AUS.419328 – Pilot.
Killed age 28.
Son of Michael Albert James McCartin and Anastatia Clare McCartin, of Brunswick, Victoria, Australia.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 25. G. 4.
‘Born at Geelong,
Victoria December 7th 1916.
Requiescent in peace’

P/O John Miles, RAFVR 187426 – Navigator.
Killed age 35.
Son of William and Elizabeth Miles; Husband of Olive Manwell Miles, of Buckhurst Hill, Essex.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. B. 5-7.

F/O Leonard Arthur Martin, RAFVR 153528 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 31.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 25. G. 10.

F/S Phillip Francis Smith, RAAF AUS.427206 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 20.
Son of Arthur Joseph and Ireen Elizabeth Smith, of Maylands, Western Australia.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. B. 5-7.

Sgt. William John Warlow, RAFVR 1653307 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 30.
Son of William Charles and Elizabeth Warlow, of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. B. 5-7.
‘Peace, perfect peace’

Sgt. Dennis George Albert Bryer, RAFVR 1874880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son of Albert Edward Bryer, and of Dorothy Beatrice Bryer, of Grays, Essex.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. B. 5-7.
‘As long as life
And memory last
We will remember thee’

Sgt. John Gray, RAFVR  – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 1241
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known