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FAIRLESS, ALAN

Aircraft Information
Aircraft Halifax III
Serial Number MZ520
Markings SE-O
Memorial information
Burial/Memorial Country Netherlands
Burial/Memorial Place Udenhout (Biezenmortel) RC Cemetery
Grave Reference Grave 3.
IBCC Memorial Information
Phase 2
Panel Number 162
Enlistment information
Service Number J/87070
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 6
Squadron 431 (Iroqois)
Trade Pilot
Country of origin if different Canada
Last Operation information
Start Date 16-Jun-1944
End Date 17-Jun-1944
Takeoff Station Croft
Day/Night raid Night
Operation Sterkrade to bomb a synthetic oil plant, despite a poor local weather forecast The target was indeed covered in thick cloud and the PFF markers were not easily visible. Bombing was scattered as a result and there was little impact on production. The bomber stream passed within 30 miles of the Tame Boar night-fighter beacon that was being used that night, resulting in large bomber losses on the approach. Total losses for the night were 31 aircraft (13.6%) although losses among certain squadrons were higher still- notably 77 Sqn which Lost 7 of its 23 aircraft (30.3%).
Reason for Loss Shot about by a night-fighter and exploded, throwing clear the wireless operator, Sgt L Ellis. The debris fell approximately 9km NE of Tilburg, Holland