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Lancaster III ND763 LS-W

Hi John, from Chorleys BCL : 1944

15 Sqn           Lancaster III ND763 LS-W            Op: Dusseldorph

T/o 2249 Mildenhall. Crash-landed 0355 at Woodbridge airfield, Suffolk after being hit and very severely damaged by flak.  F/S Barnes is buried in Sunbury New Cemetery; P/O Gerrard was taken to Brookwood Military Cemetery, both having been mortally wounded by shrapnel.  For their outstanding actions during this sortie. P/O Brooks, F/L Fabian RNZAF and F/S Pincott all received gallantry awards, duly published in the London Gazette on 19 May 1944.

P/O   O V Brooks 

Sgt   C Chandler

F/S    K M Pincott

P/O   R A Gerrard     +

F/L    J C K Fabian  DFC   RNZAF

F/S    R E Barnes      +

Sgt    R Wilson

F/S    R Marr



info below regarding the DFC award and an account of events that night:-




Mike H

-- Edited by MikeH on Tuesday 12th of November 2013 12:55:32 PM

-- Edited by MikeH on Tuesday 12th of November 2013 01:07:14 PM

john holland


I am researching the crash landing of the above aircraft in April 1944. My fathers friend F/S R E Barnes was mortally wounded by flak during a raid on Dussedorf.

If anyone has any information especially re surviving aircrew I would be very gratefull.


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