ND915

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – ND915

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 10/05/44 Courtrai AA-A F/S Gilmour 02:45
2 11/05/44 Louvain AA-A F/S Gilmour 03:26
3 19/05/44 Le Mans AA-A F/S Gilmour 04:40
4 21/05/44 Duisberg AA-A F/S Gilmour 04:40
5 22/05/44 Dortmund AA-A F/S Gilmour 04:20
6 24/05/44 Aachen Combat reported AA-A F/L Berney 03:15
7 27/05/44 Aachen AA-A F/L Berney 03:48
8 28/05/44 Angers AA-A F/L Berney 07:40
9 31/05/44 Trappes AA-A F/S Gilmour 04:26
10 02/06/44 Wissant AA-A F/S Howell 02:10
11 03/06/44 Calais AA-A F/S Howell 02:35
12 05/06/44 Ouistreham AA-A W/O Gilmour 03:23
13 06/06/44 Lisieux AA-A W/O Gilmour 03:23
14 10/06/44 Dreux AA-A W/O Gilmour 04:00
15 11/06/44 Nantes AA-A W/O Gilmour 05:20
16 12/06/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-A P/O McKenzie 03:50
17 14/06/44 Le Havre AA-A W/O Gilmour 02:05
18 15/06/44 Valenciennes AA-A W/O Gilmour 02:56
19 23/06/44 L’Hey AA-A W/O Gilmour 02:05
20 24/06/44 Rimeux AA-A W/O Gilmour 02:17
21 30/06/44 Villers Bocage AA-A F/S Moriarty 03:26
22 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir AA-A F/S Moore 03:05
23 05/07/44 Watten AA-A W/O Gilmour 02:45
24 07/07/44 Vaires AA-A W/O Gilmour 04:28
25 09/07/44 Linzeux AA-A W/O Gilmour 02:55
26 12/07/44 Vaires AA-A W/O Gilmour 03:20
27 15/07/44 Chalons Sur Marne AA-A W/O Gilmour 06:13
dnc 17/07/44 Vaires AA-A W/O Gilmour 02:45
28 18/07/44 Aulnoye AA-A F/S Moore 04:35
29 18/07/44 Cagny AA-A W/O Gilmour 03:15
30 20/07/44 Homberg AA-A W/O Gilmour missing
Total Op hours 109:51

 

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.III ND915 AA-A

W/O Hugh Edward Gilmour, RAAF AUS.22776 – Pilot.
W/O Lindsay Arthur Woodward, RAAF AUS.417257 – Navigator.
F/S Samuel Mills, RAAF AUS.425036 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Edward Osborne, RAAF AUS.417877 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Reginald Ernest Buzza, RAFVR 2203174 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W.J.S. Ballard, RAFVR 1853215 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Leonard Stephenson, RAFVR 2202048 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed missing
Flight Time Missing

Lancaster Mk.III ND915 AA-A was brought down by an enemy night-fighter at 01:35hrs between Keldost (Noord-Brabant) and Erp, 3 miles South East of Veghel. Five of the seven crew died and two, the Navigator and Mid Upper Gunner, escaped uninjured  to be taken as Prisoners of War.

The RAF Rear Gunner, Sgt Stevenson, at 18 years of age was one of the youngest airmen killed while flying with Bomber Command during 1944.

W/O Hugh Edward Gilmour, RAAF AUS.422667 – Pilot.
Killed age 24.
Son of Hugh Edward and Otillio Mary Gilmour, of Southport, Queensland, Australia.
Buried Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot KK. Grave 113. 96
‘His duty fearlessly
And nobly done.
Ever remembered’

W/O Lindsay Arthur Woodward, RAAF AUS.417257 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 726
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII.
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S Samuel Mills, RAAF AUS.425036 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 32.
Son of Thomas and Alice Mills, of Southport, Queensland, Australia.
Buried Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot KK. Grave 114. 97
‘His duty nobly
And fearlessly done.
Ever remembered’

F/S John Edward Osborne, RAAF AUS.417877 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 23.
Son of John and Margaret Ellen Osborne, of Allenby Gardens, South Australia.
Buried Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot KK. Grave 111. 94
‘”Jack”
Gone till morning dawns
Into God’s care.
Loved and remembered’

Sgt. Reginald Ernest Buzza, RAFVR 2203174 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 24.
Son of Ernest and Margaret Buzza; husband of Dorothy Joan Buzza, of Hale, Cheshire.
Buried Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot KK. Grave 112. 95
‘Rest in Peace’

Sgt. W.J.S. Ballard, RAFVR 1853215 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 602
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII.
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. John Leonard Stephenson, RAFVR 2202048 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 18.
Son of Herbert Tate Stephenson and Winifred Annie Stephenson, of East Newton, Yorkshire.
Buried Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot KK. Grave 115. 98
‘Of East Newton, Yorkshire.
One of England’s heroes
In the watchful care of God
R.I.P’