PB520

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
2 06/09/44 Harqueboc Le Havre AA-G F/O Friedrich 03:53
3 08/09/44 Doudenville AA-G F/O Adolph 02:40
4 10/09/44 Montivilliers AA-G F/O Adolph 03:44
5 11/09/44 Kamen AA-G F/O Adolph 04:28
6 12/09/44 Frankfurt AA-G F/O Adolph 06:42
7 20/09/44 Calais AA-G F/S McRitchie 02:46
8 23/09/44 Neuss AA-G F/O Adolph 04:05
9 25/09/44 Calais AA-G F/O Adolph 03:20
10 27/09/44 Calais AA-G F/O Adolph 02:20
11 28/09/44 Calais AA-G F/O Friedrich 02:55
12 05/10/44 Saarbrucken AA-G F/O Friedrich 05:50
13 07/10/44 Emmerich Hit by flak 7 times AA-G F/O Friedrich 03:56
14 14/10/44 Duisburg AA-G F/O Friedrich 04:15
15 14/10/44 Duisburg(2) AA-G F/O Friedrich 04:40
16 21/10/44 Flushing AA-G F/S Leadley 02:48
17 25/10/44 Essen AA-G F/S Leadley 04:18
18 26/10/44 Leverkusen AA-G F/S Leadley 04:16
19 28/10/44 Flushing AA-G F/L Baxter 02:28
20 29/10/44 West Kapelle AA-G F/S Leadley 02:27
21 30/10/44 Cologne AA-G F/O Friedrich 05:17
22 31/10/44 Cologne AA-G F/O Friedrich 04:26
23 02/11/44 Homberg Hit by flak 20 times (AC) AA-G F/O Friedrich 04:17
24 16/11/44 Heinsberg AA-G F/O Cumberpatch 03:49
25 20/11/44 Homberg Missing – Heavy Flak AA-G F/O Rees Missing
Total Op hours 99:01

 

20/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery Plant at Homberg. Twenty two aircraft in daylight attacked the target in ten tenths cloud with tops at 23,000 ft. which made formation flying very difficult. They carried 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Results of bombing could not be observed, but it is considered that the raid was unsatisfactory. One aircraft AA/J returned early owing to icing trouble and two aircraft bombed last resort targets at Duisburg and Hamborn. Three aircraft failed to return. These were captained by 185116 F/O R. Gordon, AUS419328 F/O P. McCartin and 152402 F/O H. Rees.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G
Missing – Heavy Flak

F/O Hubert ‘Hugh’ Rees, RAFVR 152402 – Pilot.
F/O Raymond Charles Preston, RAFVR 1494143/ 153457 – Navigator.
F/O Douglas Cooper ‘Westy’ Westwood, RNZAF NZ427483 – Air Bomber.
F/L William French Morison Naismith, RAFVR 47714 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. James Edward Mulhall, RAFVR 2202223 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Alderson, RAFVR 2221636 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Charles ‘Chaz’ Allen, RAFVR 1898556 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:55 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

The circumstances of the loss of PB520 are unclear, existing conjecture suggesting that all seven crew either abandoned the aircraft in flight or escaped unhurt after a crash landing.

A meeting with Jim Mulhall some years ago clarified that the crew baled out, evidenced by the Caterpillar Club membership card that Jim showed me.

They were all simply recorded as being captured as Prisoners of War.

F/O Hubert Rees, RAFVR 152402 – Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft I
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/O Raymond Charles Preston, RAFVR 1494143/ 153457 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft I
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/O Douglas Cooper ‘Westy’ Westwood, RNZAF NZ427483 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 6799
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft I
Date of return to United Kingdom: 13th of May 1945

F/L Willaim French Morrison Naismith, RAFVR 47714 – Wireless Operator .
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft I
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. James Edward ‘Jim’ Mulhall, RAFVR 2202223 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 1252
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft III
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Robert Alderson, RAFVR 2221636 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 1317
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VI
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Charles ‘Chaz’ Allen, RAFVR 1898556 – Rear Gunner .
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 1218
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known