DOUGHTY JC
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DOUGHTY, JAMES

Aircraft Information
Aircraft Halifax III
Serial Number MZ647
Markings DY-R
Memorial information
Burial/Memorial Country Germany
Burial/Memorial Place Rheinberg War Cemetery
Grave Reference Coll. grave 8. E. 7-11.
IBCC Memorial Information
Phase 2
Panel Number 156
Enlistment information
Service Number 1386802
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 4
Squadron 102 (Ceylon)
Trade Flight Engineer
Country of origin if different United Kingdom
Last Operation information
Start Date 12-Aug-1944
End Date 13-Aug-1944
Takeoff Station Pocklington
Day/Night raid Night
Operation Russelsheim to bomb the Opel motor factory, with normal PFF marking (unlike the concurrent Braunschweig raid). 297 aircraft, 20 losses (6.7%). Only slight damage was inflicted with may of the bombs falling in open countryside.
Reason for Loss Shot down by a night fighter (possibly by Lt. Kurt Matzak of 12/NJG1 at 00:31 hours- his 8th 'kill') and crashed 300m north of Rehborn Railway Station at about 0100 hours on 13 August 1944. All of the crew were initially buried in Rehborn cemetery and subsequently moved to Reheinberg War Cemetery. It was unfortunately not possible to identify each of the bodies individually, hence they are buried in a collective grave.