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6th Group Bomber Command

No 6 (R.C.A.F) Group Bomber Command
Causalities of the Moonlite Raid March 31, 1944.
93 Halifaxes and 25 Lancasters dispatched, 76 Halifaxes and 22 Lancasters bombed, 11 Halifaxes and 3 Lancasters missing, 5 Halifaxes damaged. 67 men killed, 26 pow's, 3 evaded capture, 1 injured in crash.

RCAF 408 Squadron, Linton-on-Ouse.
12 Lancasters dispatched, 11 Bombed, 1 missing. 3 men killed, 5 pow.
LL633 Lancaster, Pilot : White, J G F/O pow. 75th shot down by fighter attack,crashed at Gerolzhofen, 17 km SE of Schweinfurt. Crew on 20th operation.

420 Squadron, Tholthorpe.
14 Halifaxes dispatched, 12 Bombed, 1 damaged on landing. No aircrew casualties.

RCAF 424 Squadron, Skipton-on-Swale.
12 Halifaxes dispatched, 8 Bombed, 2 missing, 1 damaged. 13 men killed, 1 pow.
LV879 Halifax, Pilot : Doig, J F/O RCAF. 43th shot down by fighter attack, exploded in mid-air and was scattered in an area of 1 km around Altenbusek, near Giessen. Crew on 2nd operation; 6 men killed 1 pow
PILOT: Canadian- F/O Doig,John NAV: Canadian- F/O Mason,John Ross,Bailed out & Taken Prisioner Air Bomber: Canadian- F/O Crosland,Alfred Hirst W.Op/AG: RAF - SGT Stewart,Donald Flt. Engr.: RAF - SGT Bolton,John Stanley Air Gnr.: Canadian- SGT Atkins,Robert James Air Gnr.: RAF - SGT Rogers,Thomas James
LW944 Halifax, Pilot : Metzler, H W S/L. 74th shot down by Schweinfurt flak & crashed at Falkenstein, 15 km SE of Scheinfurt. Crew on 23rd operation; 7 men killed.


RCAF 425 Squadron, Skipton-on-Swale.
12 Halifaxes dispatched, 10 Bombed, 1 missing. 7 men killed.
LW429 Halifax Sq . Pilot : Taylor, J R F/L. 83th shot down by fighter attack & crashed at Tauchersreuth, 10 km NE of Nuremburg. Crew on 7th operation. This aircraft is believed to have shot down the Me109 which was attacking it.

RCAF 426 Squadron, Linton-on-Ouse. 13 Lancaster dispatched, 11 Bombed, 2 missing. 9 men killed, 5 pows.
DS852 Lancaster, Pilot : Douglass, R G F/S pow. 64th shot down by fighter attack & crashed at Brotterode, 15 km SE of Eisenach. Crew on 2nd operation; 2 men killed 5 PoW.

RCAF 427 Squadron, Leeming.
13 Lancaster dispatched, 11 Bombed, 2 missing. 9 men killed, 5 pows.
LV898 Halifax 427 Sq RCAF. Pilot : Bissett, J M S/L DFM. Shot down by night fighter & crashed at Herhahn, 65 km SW of Euskirchen. Crew on 4th operation of 2nd tour; 8 men killed.

LW618 Halifax 427 Sq RCAF. Pilot : McPhee, W N F/O. Shot down by night fighter & crashed at Hohenroth, near Bad Neustadt. Crew on 1st operation; 7 men killed.
LV923 Halifax I 427 Sq RCAF. Pilot : Laird, G J S/L. Take-off from Leeming. & crashed, after a mid air collision with 622 Sqdn Lancaster ND767, at Rachecourt, 13 km SW of Arlon, Belgium. Crew on an average of 15th operation, 7 men killed, 1 evaded.


RCAF 429 Squadron, Leeming
13 Lancaster dispatched, 11 Bombed, 2 missing. 9 men killed, 5 pows.
LK800 Halifax 429 Sq RCAF. Pilot : Bowly, K H P/O pow. Take-off from . Shot down by night fighter & crashed at Weiler-la-Tour, 8 km SE of Luxemburg City. Crew on 17th operation; 2 evaded, 5 PoW.

LK804 Halifax 429 Sq RCAF. Pilot : Wilson, J H F/O. Take-off from Leeming. Attacked by night fighter & crashed into the English Channel after running out of fuel. Remainder of crew rescued and returned to England.

RCAF 432 Squadron, East Moor.
13 Lancaster dispatched, 11 Bombed, 2 missing. 9 men killed, 5 pows.
LW682 Halifax 432 Sq RCAF. Pilot : Narum, C R F/O. Shot down by night fighter & crashed at Grossmaidscheid, 10 km NW of Coblenz. Crew on 5th operation; 4 men killed 3 PoW.
LK754 Halifax 432 Sq RCAF. Pilot : Reid, E K F/O. Shot down by night fighter & crashed on a railway line south of Freidburg, 7 km N of Frankfurt. Crew on 10th operation; 3 men killed 4 Pow.

RCAF 433 Squadron, Skipton-on-Swale.
13 Halifax dispatched, 11 Bombed, 2 missing. 9 men killed, 5 pows.
HX272 Halifax, Pilot : Nielson, C P/O pow. Shot down by night fighter & crashed at Friessen, 10 km SE of Bamberg. Crew on 27th operation.




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Bibliography
THE NUREMBURG RAID Penguin Books 0-14-014668-7 & THE BOMBER COMMAND WAR DIARIES Midland Publishing 1-85780-033-8 both Martin Middlebrook

Sites on Nuremburg, Germany

The CBC Video "VALOUR and the HORROR"



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