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Aircraft Information
Aircraft Lancaster II
Serial Number LL672
Markings A2-C2
Memorial information
Burial/Memorial Country Germany
Burial/Memorial Place Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery
Grave Reference 8. K. 2.
IBCC Memorial Information
Phase 2
Panel Number 210
Enlistment information
Service Number 1802314
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 3
Squadron 514
Trade Flight Engineer
Country of origin if different United Kingdom
Fellow Servicemen
Last Operation information
Start Date 21-Jan-1944
End Date 22-Jan-1944
Takeoff Station Waterbeach
Day/Night raid Night
Operation Magdeburg- the first major raid on this target. 648 aircraft, 57 losses (8.8%). The Halifax loss rate was especially high at 15.6%. The German controller tracked the bomber stream across the North Sea and many night-fighters were already in the stream before it reached the German coast (using the newly developed Tame Boar methodology). The controller was slow in identifying Magdeburg as the target but this was of little consequence as the fighters were able to stay in the stream for the duration of the approach. Despite the high loss rate, this was not a successful attack. Stronger tail winds than anticipated placed some of the stream over the target before Zero Hour and dropped their bomb load anyway, making the target marking much less effective. German decoy markers exacerbated the situation. No local report is available but it is thought that most of the bombs fell outside of the city.
Reason for Loss Believed to have been hit by flak at 21000' over Perleberg