433 Squadron (RCAF) 6 Group Skipton-on-Swale
Walter Henry Powell Flight Book Log March, 1945Previous | Home | Next (Scroll down to read daily ops log)
March 20, 1945 - oil refinery at Hemmingstedt
"110 Lancasters from 419, 424, 427, 428, 431, 433, and 434 Squadrons were ordered to attack the oil refinery at Hemmingstedt. The crews were over the target at between 8,000 and 10,000 feet, releasing 1,169,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, this target was accurately bombed with severe damage.
F/O R. Millar RCAF and crew from 419 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-786 coded VR-P, failed to return from this operation.
F/Lt H. Rubin RCAF
F/O A. Palanek RCAF
F/Sgt C. Elliott RCAF
F/O L. Croucher RCAF
F/Sgt J. Aitken RCAF–POW
6 crew were killed and 1 POW after being shot down by a Nightfighter."
March 22, 1945 Hildesheim, railyards
80 Lancasters from 419, 424, 427, 428, 431, 433, and 434 Squadrons were ordered on an attack of the rail yards at Hildesheim. The crews were over the target at between 14,000 and 15,000 feet, releasing 260,000 lbs of high explosives and 524,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, the rail yards and most of the town was severely damaged.
F/O B. Nichols and F/O R. Chambers from 419 Squadron were hit by flak, not serious.
All crews from 424 Squadron reported on the exceptional fighter escort to and from the target.
F/O R. Wall from 427 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
F/O D. Walsh, F/O D. Brown and F/O E. Lewis from 428 Squadron were hit by flak, not serious.
F/O W. Spence RCAF–POW
F/O C. Goodier RCAF–POW
P/O J. MacKenzie RCAF
F/O D. Frame RCAF
F/Sgt J. Bellamy RCAF–POW
F/Lt J. Duggan RCAF and crew from 431 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-808 coded SE-Y, failed to return from this operation.
Sgt J. Bentley RAF
F/O G. Zuback RCAF
F/O G. McLean RCAF
F/O J. Dorrell RCAF
F/Sgt C. Root RCAF
P/O J. Ketchen RCAF
All were killed after their Lancaster was hit by flak and blew up over the target, this was to be their last op.