PB741

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – PB741

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 16/11/44 Heinsberg AA-E F/O Glossop 03:39
2 20/11/44 Homberg AA-E F/O Glossop 04:25
3 21/11/44 Homberg AA-E F/O Glossop 03:56
4 23/11/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-E F/O Glossop 04:21
5 27/11/44 Cologne Marshalling Yard AA-E F/O Abraham 04:37
6 28/11/44 Neuss AA-E F/O Abraham 04:19
7 30/11/44 Osterfeld AA-E F/O Abraham 03:48
8 02/12/44 Dortmund AA-E F/O Glossop 04:18
9 04/12/44 Oberhausen AA-E F/O O’Malley 03:51
10 06/12/44 Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery AA-E P/O Glossop 07:27
11 08/12/44 Duisburg AA-E F/S Davies 04:04
12 11/12/44 Osterfeld AA-E F/S Davies 03:58
13 12/12/44 Witten AA-E F/S Davies 04:59
14 16/12/44 Siegen AA-E F/S Davies 05:57
15 23/12/44 Trier AA-E F/O Glossop 04:23
16 27/12/44 Rheydt AA-E F/O Abraham 04:22
17 31/12/44 Vohwinkel Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 8 x 500 ANM, 2 x 500 M.C. 4 x 250 G.P. Primary target Vohwinkel. Generally good but some scattered bombing. AA-E F/O Leadley 04:39
18 01/01/45 Vohwinkel AA-E F/O Parsons 05:33
19 05/01/45 Ludwigshafen AA-E F/O Abraham 06:03
20 06/01/45 Mining off Pilau AA-? F/O Davies 09:05
21 11/01/45 Krefeld AA-E F/O Abraham 05:20
22 13/01/45 Saarbrucken AA-E F/O Abraham 07:11
23 15/01/45 Langendreer AA-E F/O Abraham 05:27
24 15/01/45 Langendreer Hit by flak once AA-E F/S O’Malley 05:13
25 16/01/45 Wanne Eickel AA-E F/L Abraham 05:32
26 22/01/45 Duisburg AA-E F/L Abraham 04:35
27 28/01/45 Cologne (Gremberg) AA-E F/O Pearson 05:28
28 29/01/45 Krefeld M/Y AA-E F/O Pearson 05:11
29 03/02/45 Dortmund AA-E F/O Rothwell 05:33
30 09/02/45 Hohenbudburg AA-E F/L Abraham 04:22
31 14/02/45 Chemnitz AA-E F/L Abraham 08:34
32 16/02/45 Wesel AA-E F/L Abraham 05:13
33 19/02/45 Wesel AA-E F/L Abraham 04:58
dnc 20/02/45 Dortmund AA-E F/L Abraham 04:35
34 24/02/45 Sea Mining in Oslo Fjord AA-E F/L McKenna 07:24
35 26/02/45 Dortmund AA-E F/L Abraham 05:38
36 27/02/45 Gelsenkirchen AA-E F/L Abraham 04:48
37 28/02/45 Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) AA-E F/S Lukins 04:51
38 01/03/45 Kamen AA-E F/O Adamson 05:24
dnc 02/03/45 Cologne AA-E F/O Adamson 05:17
39 11/03/45 Essen AA-E F/L Abraham 05:01
40 12/03/45 Dortmund AA-E F/L Abraham 05:21
41 14/03/45 Heinrich Hutte At 16.35hrs on the run up to the target PB741, F/L Parsons & crew, was seen to have been hit by flak in the port-inner engine, which was then feathered. It also appeared to have been hit in the port-outer engine, which was feathered as the aircraft began descending quickly. Part of the wing caught fire and soon after, the complete wing broke off just as the Lancaster was diving through cloud. AA-E F/L Parsons missing
Total Op hours 218:40

 

14/03/1945 – Attack Against Heinrich Hutte
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Crews found the target covered with 10/10ths cloud. Formation was good though the target and bombs fell away together. Very accurate moderate H/F was met on the run in and over the target. F/Lt. E. Parsons in AA”E” failed to return. His aircraft was seen to be hit causing it to spiral into cloud. F/S McLernon landed at Woodbridge but returned to base the following day.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E
At 16.35hrs on the run up to the target PB741, F/L Parsons & crew, was seen to have been hit by flak in the port-inner engine, which was then feathered. It also appeared to have been hit in the port-outer engine, which was feathered as the aircraft began descending quickly. Part of the wing caught fire and soon after, the complete wing broke off just as the Lancaster was diving through cloud.

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
F/S Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:48 – Landed –
Flight Time MISSING

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E was struck by heavy flak over the target at Heinrich-Hutte, Hattingen, causing catastrophic damage to the port engines and wing, which broke off as the aircraft descended out of control through cloud. All on board were killed in the resultant crash. The flight engineer and air bomber have no known graves. The other five crew members are buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Killed age 23.
Son of Ernest Edward James Parsons and of Ellen Elizabeth Parsons (Nee andrews), of Norwich.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 4.
‘Loved and remembered always.
Mum, dad and Syb’

F/S William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Peter and Mary Ann Phinn, of Denton Holme, Carlisle.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 2.
‘He lived for those he loved,
And those he loved remembered.
Rest in peace’

F/S Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Henry and Mabel Florence Ebbage, of Whinburgh, Norfolk.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 270.

F/S Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 20.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 3.
‘Down the road of memories
The light is never dim
‘Til stars cease to shine
We will remember them’

Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1 595982 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 31.
Son of Charles Henry and Mary Longstaff, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 275.

Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son of Arthur Lawrence Beard and Lilian Ethel Florence Beard, of East Dulwich, London.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 1.
‘God gave thy soul
Brave Wings’

Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 28.
Son of John Albert and Louie Nichol, of Gosforth, Newcastle-On-Tyne.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 5.
‘When day is done and shadows fall’