PB430

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – PB430

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 25/08/44 Russelsheim AA-P F/L Gunn 07:46
2 26/08/44 Kiel AA-P W/C Leslie 05:39
3 29/08/44 Stettin AA-P S/L Gunn 09:35
4 31/08/44 Pont Reny AA-P S/L Gunn 03:31
5 03/09/44 The Aerodrom At Eindhoven AA-P F/O Winter 03:30
6 05/09/44 Le Havre AA-P F/O Winter 03:25
7 06/09/44 Harqueboc Le Havre AA-P F/O Winter 03:40
8 06/09/44 Harqueboc Le Havre AA-P F/O Wood 03:48
9 12/09/44 Frankfurt AA-P F/O Ford 06:30
10 14/09/44 Waasenaar AA-P F/O Johnson 02:45
11 17/09/44 Boulogne Hit by flak(E) – 30mm shell S/L Gunn and crew, received a direct hit, which severely damaged the aircraft necessitating both starboard engines being shut down. The captain and flight engineer had difficulty in maintaining control of the aircraft returning
across the Channel. A decision was made to carry out an emergency landing at RAF Hawkinge, an airfield with a short runway. The Lancaster overshot the runway and crashed. The Captain, Navigator and Air Bomber were injured, two seriously. The Flight Engineer was killed in the crash. The other three crew escaped uninjured.The pilot, S/L L G Gunn (‘B’ Flight Commander) died three days later from his injuries.
AA-P S/L Gunn 01:40
Total Op hours 51:49

 

17/09/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
In the morning fourteen aircraft took off to attack Boulogne. Crews were able to identify landmarks and bombing was accurate, although much smoke hid results. The aircraft captained by NZ411397 A/S/L. G. Gunn was severely damaged by light flak, but he managed to fly back across the Channel even though both starboard engines were feathered. On landing at Hawkinge, however, the aircraft overshot the small runway and crashed. The Captain received injuries and was placed on the Dangerously Ill List, the Navigator 153453 F/O F. Smith was slightly injured, the Air Bomber NZ428249 F/O A Millar was placed on the Seriously Ill List, the Flight Engineer 1566967 Sgt Bruce, J was killed, but the remainder of the crew were uninjured, they were WO/AIR 47714 F/L W Naismith, MU/Gnr NZ411708 F/O C. Robertson and R/Gnr NZ402519 F/O S. Haynes. All of those injured were admitted to Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury and the body of Sgt Bruce was sent to his next of kin for burial.

Lancaster Mk.III PB430 AA-P
Hit by flak(E) – 30mm shell S/L Gunn and crew, received a direct hit, which severely damaged the aircraft necessitating both starboard engines being shut down. The captain and flight engineer had difficulty in maintaining control of the aircraft returning across the Channel. A decision was made to carry out an emergency landing at RAF Hawkinge, an airfield with a short runway. The Lancaster overshot the runway and crashed. The Captain, Navigator and Air Bomber were injured, two seriously. The Flight Engineer was killed in the crash. The other three crew escaped uninjured.The pilot, S/L L G Gunn (‘B’ Flight Commander) died three days later from his injuries.

S/L Garth Reginald Gunn, RNZAF NZ411397 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Robert Smith, RAFVR 1457442/ 153453 – Navigator.
F/O Angus Moorcroft Millar, RNZAF NZ428249 – Air Bomber.
F/L William French Morison Naismith, RAFVR 47714 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Henry Bruce, RAFVR 1566967 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:05 – Landed 11:45
Flight Time 01:40

S/Ldr. Garth Reginald Gunn, RNZAF NZ411397 – Pilot.
Died of injuries 3 days later, age 26.
Son of Reginald William and Olive Millicent Gunn, of Stokes Valley, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England..
Grave location – 8. AA. 10

Sgt. John Henry Bruce, RAFVR 1566967 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 23.
Son of Robert Alexander and Edith Eleanor Bruce, of Primrose, Jarrow.
Buried Jarrow Cemetery, County Durham, England..
Grave location – Sec. 17. Grave 61.
‘In God’s own garden
Now at rest
Peacefully sleeping
Lies one of the best’