PA967

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – PA967

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 27/05/44 Aachen AA-D P/O McKenzie 03:41
2 28/05/44 Angers AA-D P/O McKenzie 07:20
3 30/05/44 Boulogne AA-D F/O Stokes 01:57
4 31/05/44 Trappes AA-D F/S Whitehouse 04:50
5 02/06/44 Wissant AA-D F/S Whitehouse 02:00
6 03/06/44 Calais AA-D F/O Myers 01:48
7 05/06/44 Ouistreham AA-D F/S Whitehouse 03:08
8 06/06/44 Lisieux AA-D F/S Whitehouse 03:13
9 08/06/44 Fougeres AA-D F/O Stokes 05:00
10 10/06/44 Dreux AA-D F/S Howell 04:15
11 12/06/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-D F/S Howell 03:50
12 14/06/44 Le Havre AA-D F/S Howell 02:55
13 15/06/44 Valenciennes AA-D F/S Howell 02:43
dnc 17/06/44 Montdidier AA-D P/O Whitehouse 03:08
14 21/06/44 Domleger AA-D P/O Whitehouse 03:06
15 23/06/44 L’Hey AA-D P/O Whitehouse 02:20
16 24/06/44 Rimeux AA-D P/O Whitehouse 02:15
17 27/06/44 Biennais AA-D F/S Adolph 02:47
18 30/06/44 Villers Bocage AA-D P/O Whitehouse 03:22
19 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir AA-D P/O Whitehouse 03:10
20 05/07/44 Watten AA-D P/O Whitehouse 02:07
21 09/07/44 Linzeux AA-D P/O Whitehouse 02:47
22 10/07/44 Nucourt AA-D P/O Whitehouse 03:04
23 12/07/44 Vaires AA-D P/O Whitehouse 03:50
24 15/07/44 Chalons Sur Marne AA-D F/S Howell 05:55
25 18/07/44 Aulnoye AA-D F/S Adolph 03:30
26 20/07/44 Homberg AA-D F/S Howell missing
Total Op hours 88:01

 

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 PA967 AA-D

F/S Edward Howell, RNZAF NZ428819 – Pilot.
Sgt. Richard John Wilkinson, RAFVR 1585068 – Navigator.
F/O John Ronald McGeorge, RAFVR 152740 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gerard Henry Redwood, RNZAF NZ425012 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John James Blundell, RAFVR 2205143 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Douglas McAdam, RAFVR 2210689 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Leonard Charles Hickford, RNZAF NZ426886 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed missing
Flight Time Missing

Lancaster Mk.III PA967 AA-D was brought down by a night-fighter at approximately 01:00hrs in the countryside some 2.5 miles North of Nederweert (Lisburg) and 2.5 miles from the centre of Weert, Holland. There were no survivors. All crew are buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery.

P/O Edward Howell, RNZAF NZ428819 – Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of Alexander and Margaret Ann Brewis Howell, of South Shields, Co. Durham.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. H. 2-8. 200

F/S Richard John Wilkinson, RAFVR 1585068 – Navigator.
Killed age 21.
Son of John and Annie Wilkinson, of Kilmington, Devon.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. H. 2-8. 204
‘Into the sunshine
Of Gods love’

F/O John Ronald Mcgeorge, RAFVR 152740 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 22.
Son of Thomas Simpson and Marion Maud McGeorge, of Liverpool.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. H. 2-8. 202
‘In loving remembrance
Of our only son.
“Until we meet again.”
Dad and mum’

F/S Gerald Henry Redwood, RNZAF NZ425012 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 34.
Son of Henry Francis and Johannah Mary Redwood, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. H. 2-8. 203

Sgt. John James Blundell, RAFVR 2205143 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 19.
Son of John Thomas Blundell and Ellen Blundell, of Liverpool.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. H. 2-8. 198

Sgt. Robert Douglas Mcadam, RAFVR 2210689 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. H. 2-8. 201

F/S Leonard Charles Hickford, RNZAF NZ426886 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of Charles and Alice Hickford, of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand; grandson of Violet Hickford, of Wanganui.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. H. 2-8. 199