ND919

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – ND919

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 10/05/44 Courtrai JN-V F/S Whitehouse 03:20
2 11/05/44 Louvain AA-D F/L Warren Missing
Total Op hours 3:20

 

11/05/1944 – Attack Against Louvain
Twenty-four aircraft, representing the largest number of Lancaster aircraft so far detailed by this Squadron, were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Louvain. Twenty-three aircraft successfully attacked in good weather. One aircraft (Captain NZ414591 A/F/L. S. Clark) claimed a JU 88 destroyed in combat over the North Sea. Another aircraft (Captain 151118 A/F/L. D. Warren) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND919 AA-D

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:56 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

ND919 exploded in flight and crashed at Castle Elderschans, about 1 mile West of Aardenburg, (Zeeland), Holland. The very brief circumstances suggest the fully armed aircraft probably came under attack by a night-fighter during the early stages of its outbound flight. There were no survivors. All seven crew were buried in Aardenburg General Cemetery.

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
Killed age 20.
Son of James William and Amelia Warren, of Chadwell Heath, Essex.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

F/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF 19819 – Navigator.
Killed age 23.
Son of The Revd. Joseph Irving and Marjorie Elfreda Irving, of St. Lambert, Chambly Co., Province of Quebec, Canada.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF 19996 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 24.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

F/S David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of Vina M. Clough, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1 584169 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 21.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of Henry and Mary Ellen Dewhurst, of Little Hoole, Lancashire.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.