NG449

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – NG449

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 11/01/45 Krefeld recorded as NG447 – a typo for NG449 AA-T F/O Crawford 05:12
2 13/01/45 Saarbrucken landed at Port Reath AA-T F/S Thorpe 06:55
3 15/01/45 Langendreer Hit by flak once – ORB lists as NG447 – though both T AA-T F/O Crawford 05:23
4 16/01/45 Wanne Eickel AA-T F/O Crawford 04:43
5 28/01/45 Cologne (Gremberg) AA-T F/O Crawford 23:41
6 01/02/45 Munchen Gladbach AA-T F/O Crawford 05:50
7 02/02/45 Wiesbaden AA-T F/O Crawford 05:50
8 09/02/45 Hohenbudburg Recorded as ME449, but probably a typo 0-T F/O O’Malley 04:13
9 13/02/45 Dresden AA-T F/L Plummer 08:56
10 18/02/45 Wesel AA-T F/L Plummer 05:27
11 19/02/45 Wesel AA-T F/L Plummer 05:27
12 23/02/45 Gelsenkirchen AA-T F/L Plummer 05:24
13 25/02/45 Kamen AA-T F/L Plummer 05:24
14 26/02/45 Dortmund AA-T F/L Spillman 05:35
15 27/02/45 Gelsenkirchen AA-T F/L Plummer 05:10
16 28/02/45 Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) AA-T F/L Plummer 04:56
17 01/03/45 Kamen AA-T F/L Spillman 05:32
dnc 02/03/45 Cologne AA-T P/O Zinzan 05:33
18 04/03/45 Wanne Eickel AA-T F/L Spillman 05:02
19 05/03/45 Gelsenkirchen AA-T F/O Stevens 04:32
20 06/03/45 Salzbergen AA-T P/O Zinzan 05:45
21 11/03/45 Essen AA-T F/L Spillman 05:29
22 12/03/45 Dortmund F/L Plummer & crew, was detailed as G-H leader of the leading Vic formations at 16.47hrs but lost the tracking pulse. AA-T F/L Plummer 05:46
23 14/03/45 Heinrich Hutte AA-T F/L Plummer 04:57
24 18/03/45 Bruchstrasse AA-T F/S Scott 05:14
25 20/03/45 Hamm AA-T F/S Clarkson 05:31
26 21/03/45 Munster Viaduct AA-T F/L Plummer missing
Total Op hours 161:27

 

21/03/1945 – Attack Against Munster Viaduct
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Muster Viaduct. There was hardly any cloud over the target. It is thought that the concentration was good although the formation was broken up just prior to bombing. Three aircraft failed to return from this operation – AA”T”, NZ42451 F/L J. Plummer, AA”R” NZ429139 P/O A. Brown and JN”P” 190947 P/O D.S. Barr. All three aircraft were seen to be hit in the target area. Considerable H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NG449 AA-T

F/L Jack Plummer, RNZAF NZ42451 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur Leonard ‘Tiny’ Humphries, RNZAF NZ428244 – Navigator.
P/O Edgar John Holloway, RNZAF NZ429923 – Air Bomber.
F/O Joseph James ‘Joe’ Wakerley, RAFVR 1325219/169159 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Maurice O. Fell, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Russell James Scott, RNZAF NZ428984 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Alexander Malcolm McDonald, RNZAF NZ426070 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:45 – Landed –
Flight Time – missing

Lancaster Mk.I NG449 AA-T came under heavy AA fire over the target area and received hits in two engines, then began breaking up. Four of the crew were virtually thrown from the disintegrating aircraft and parachuted to safety, however all were captured as prisoners of war. Both Sgt Fell and F/S McDonald were badly injured. P/O Humphries implored the Germans to arrange medical treatment for them. They were sent to a semi-medical centre where they remained for a short period until the arrival of allied forces.

F/L Jack Plummer, RNZAF NZ42451 – Pilot.
Killed age 29.
Son of Horace Howell Plummer and Ethel Plummer, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 12. G. 10.

F/O Arthur Leonard ‘Tiny’ Humphries, RNZAF NZ428244 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 65026
Prison Camps: Stalag VIF and XIB
Date of return to United Kingdom: 11th of May 1945

F/O Edgar John Holloway, RNZAF NZ429923 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 29.
Son of John and Beatrice Holloway, of Hokitika, Westland, New Zealand; Husband of Margaret Catherine Holloway, of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 12. G. 12.

F/O Joseph James ‘Joe’ Wakerley, RAFVR 1325219/ 169159 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Maurice Fell, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: Stalag XIB

Survived break up of aircraft. Having baled out and landed in the Reichswald Forest he was set upon and beaten by German civilians, until being rescued by German Soldiers. Having been captured he was taken to Fallingbostel where his face was stitched by a Serbian Major – 16 stitches being given without anaesthetic. A gash to his hand, a broken ankle and jaw were not treated. It is not clear whether or which of these injuries were a result of his escape from the aircraft or his assault by the German civilians. Maurice was then interned in Stalag XIB and was liberated by the American Army. He was treated by Sir Archibald McIndoe subsequently on return to the UK, from the 25th of April 1945, firstly at RAF Hospital Wroughton and then to Cosford, Halton.

Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/O Russell James Scott, RNZAF NZ428984 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of Edward Russell Scott and of Gladys Victoria Scott (Nee Mcdowell), of Morington, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 12. G. 11.

F/S Alexander Malcolm Macdonald, RNZAF NZ426070 – Rear Gunner.
Evader
Survived break up of aircraft, but suffered facial burns.
Date of return to United Kingdom: 7th of April 1945