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Source: reconstructed according to http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers
Lost Bomber Report
Serial MZ807. 45 Halifax Mk.111. Part of a batch of 360 HP61 Halifax Mk.B.111. Delivered by English Electric Co. (Salmesbury & Preston) between 23Jun44 and 14Jul44. MZ807 was initially issued to No.422 Sqdn. Airborne 1749 Dec. 02, 1944 from Skipton-on-Swale... Those killed are buried in Choloy War Cemetery. See below for images of the gravesite and headstone. F/S Mallory was treated for his injuries in a French Hospital.
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Choloy War Cemetery was created as the last resting place of military personnel recovered from isolated sites and small churchyards in north-eastern France where permanent maintenance of the graves was not possible. It is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The land was a gift from the people of France as shown in the plaque below.
In Memory of
Flying Officer John Benjamin Pittman was born in Douglastown, New Brunswick, Canada.. He crewed up with the W.H. Cook crew of 433 Squadron. The crew departed at 17:00 hours for an operation near Hagen Germany, crashing in France at 23:00 hours on Dec 2/3, 1944. It was the first flight of the W.H. Cook crew in Halifax MZ 807. F/O John Benjamin Pittman is the son of William James Pittman and Estella Pitman of Douglastown, New Brunswick, Canada.
Ops Report December 2/3, 1944
31 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 squadrons were joined by 48 Lancasters from 419, 428 and 431 squadron on an attack at Hagen. The crews were over the target at between 16,000 and 18,000 feet, releasing 1,424,000 lbs of high explosives and 262,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, bombing was accurate with severe damage being caused. A factory making batteries for U-Boats was completely destroyed. All crews commented on the severe icing to and from the target on this night.
Source: http://www.6grouprcaf.com/ courtesy of Richard Koval
F/Lt W. Cook RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-807 coded BM-C, failed to return from this operation.
Sgt R. Ainsworth RAF
F/O J. Grant RCAF
F/O R. Shiells RCAF
F/O J. Pittman RCAF
F/Sgt L. Mallory RCAF– injured
P/O J. Ash RCAF
6 crew were killed and one injured.
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Click here to see the "They Shall Not grow Old" entry for F/O John Benjamin Pittman
Canada's Bomber Memorial contains the names of 10,063 brave Canadian members of Bomber Command who died during World War II. To see images of the beautiful Memorial at Nanton, Alberta, click here. Toward the bottom of the second column of this panel one can see the name of John Benjamin Pittman.This image above from Canada's Bomber Command Memorial was taken by Lloyd and Susan Campbell.