PB689

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – PB689

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 28/10/44 Cologne Hit by flak 5 times AA-X F/O Kilpatrick 04:35
2 15/11/44 Dortmund AA-X F/O Gordon 04:55
3 16/11/44 Heinsberg AA-X F/O Gordon 04:02
4 20/11/44 Homberg Missing – Heavy Flak AA-X F/O Gordon Missing
Total Op hours 13:32

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.I PB689 AA-X
Missing – Heavy Flak

F/O Ronald Gordon, RAFVR 1580245/ 185116 – Pilot.
P/O John Robson Bell, RAFVR 173943 – Navigator.
F/S Albert John ‘Mick’ Weston, RAFVR 1115103 – Air Bomber.
F/O Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Carl Robert Freeman, RAFVR 189608 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Sidney George Hone, RAFVR 2221190 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. James Leonard Forrester, RAFVR 3010665 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:48 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

PB689 encountered heavy flak after bombing, when approximately 8mls NE of Moers and the aircraft was seen to explode and crash. There were no survivors. All the crew were buried in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery

F/O Ronald Gordon, RAFVR 185116 – Pilot.
Killed age 22.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 29. B. 1-16.

F/O John Robson Bell, RAFVR 173943 – Navigator.
Killed age 34.
Son of Harry and Mary Bell, of Newcastle-On-Tyne; Husband of Jean Doreen Bell, of Jesmond, Newcastle-On-Tyne.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 29. B. 1-16.
‘Always in our thoughts,
Darling.
Your loving wife Jean,
The twins and Alan’

F/S Albert John Weston, RAFVR 1115103 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 29.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 29. B. 1-16.

P/O Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 28.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 29. C. 2.

Sgt. Carl Robert Freeman, RAFVR 1896087 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 33.
Son of Charles Lewis Freeman and Anne Freeman; Husband of Rosa May Freeman. of Streatham, London.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. G. 5.
‘In loving memory
Rest in peace’

Sgt. Sidney George Hone, RAFVR 2221190 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 35.
Husband of Ivy Bessie Hone, of Ward End, Birmingham.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. G. 14.
‘There’s much in life
That’s altered
But one thing just the same,
Our love for you’

Sgt. James Leonard Forrester, RAFVR 3010665 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son of James Edward and Gladys Forrester, of Bootle, Lancashire.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. G. 3.
‘Safe in the arms of Jesus’