Squadron Leader Eric Thomas Garrett

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Garrett

Collision after take-off, crashed at Poolspring, near Nun Monkton; buried in England. Probably collided with Hal MZ845/KW “J” from Tholthorpe airfield as the pilots fought to control their aircraft in severe icing.
 

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  1. http://www.6bombergroup.ca/March45/Mar5~645.html

    March 5/6, 1945

    86 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, 429, and 432 Squadrons were joined by 84 Lancasters from 419, 424, 428, 431, 433, and 434 Squadrons on an attack at Chemnitz. The crews were over the target at between 15,000 and 18,000 feet, releasing 1,064,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, severe damage was caused by this attack. There was severe icing over England and this was a factor in most of the crashes.

    F/O K. Blyth from 408 Squadron had 2 engines u/s on return. They landed safely at Mildenhall on 2 engines.
    W/O1 R. Craven was hit by flak, not serious, they landed safely at Honeybourne on return.
    F/Lt H. Bracken landed at Manston on return due to poor weather at base.
    W/Cdr E. Evans and crew, flying Halifax VII RG-474 coded EQ-L, were attacked by an FW-190, there was no claim or damage, although some strikes were seen. They landed at Mildenhall on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O G. Daughters, F/Lt H. Sokoloff, F/Lt E. Heaven, P/O L. Carahan, W/Cdr F. Sharp, F/O G. Gross, F/Lt R. Gall, S/Ldr W. Smith, F/Lt F. Smith, F/Lt W. Austin, F/O R. Hutcheon, and W/O1 R. Herringer landed at Mildenhall on return due to poor weather at base.

    F/O L. Minkler from 415 Squadron landed at Juvincourt on return due to low fuel and poor weather at base.
    P/O J. McKenzie, F/Lt A. Winmill, F/Lt A. Cruikshank, F/O D. Falconer, F/O J. Hechter, and F/Lt J. McQuiston landed at Tangmere on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O B. Cowieson, F/Lt T. Mears, F/O A. Galley, and S/Ldr J. McAllister landed at Thorney Island on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O T. Donnelly landed at Ford on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O J. McGuire landed at Lille on return.
    F/Lt W. Mitchell RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax III NA-204 coded 6U-J, failed to return from this operation.

    F/O R. Barteaux RCAF–POW
    F/Sgt A. Ridley RAF–POW
    F/O R. Loveridge RCAF–POW
    P/O F. Mudry RCAF–POW
    P/O W. Mosey RCAF–POW
    F/Sgt W. Gill RCAF–POW
    P/O J. Gendron RCAF–POW
    All the crew were POWS.

    F/O J. McGregor from 419 Squadron landed at Stradishall on return.
    F/O C. Reitlo RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-845 coded VR-L, crashed on return to base due to severe icing at Drayton Parsloe.

    P/O J. King RCAF
    P/O J. Hanley RCAF
    F/O W. Dewitt RCAF
    P/O F. Leet RCAF
    P/O N. Poole RCAF
    F/O G. Hollinger RCAF
    All were killed.

    P/O E. Clark RCAF and crew from 420 Squadron, flying Halifax III NA-184 coded PT-W, crashed near Dishforth shortly after takeoff due to severe icing.

    Sgt J. Kirby RAF
    F/O D. Freed RCAF
    F/O W. Oakes RCAF
    F/Sgt R. Arnold RCAF
    W/O1 H. O’Connor RCAF
    P/O J. Epoch RCAF
    The navigator, wireless operator, and mid upper gunner bailed out before it crashed to earth.
    P/O R. Sollie RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III NA-190 coded PT-U, crashed near Hazelwood Castle shortly after takeoff due to severe icing.

    Sgt R. Dinnen RAF
    P/O W. Gaba RCAF
    F/O E. Kaechele RCAF
    F/O R. Smith RCAF
    F/Sgt J. Waugh RCAF
    P/O R. Battler RCAF
    The mid upper gunner bailed out before the Halifax crashed to earth.
    F/Lt N. McHolm returned early due to severe icing and using too much fuel. They stalled 3 times due to severe icing.
    P/O L. Callahan was hit by flak, astrodome shot off. They landed at Tangmere on return.
    F/O R. Lepp landed at Juvincourt on return due to a fuel shortage.
    F/O D. Hill landed at Juvincourt on return.
    F/O J. Gillespie, F/O L. Simonson, F/Lt H. Ledingham, P/O R. Bagnell, F/O J. Howard and F/Lt R. Field landed at Tangmere on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O R. MacMillan landed at Manston on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O J. Menary RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III NR-144 coded PT-H, were heading for Juvincourt due to a fuel shortage, on let down to 1,000 feet, they clipped a pole on high ground and crashed.

    Sgt J. Johnston RCAF
    F/Sgt A. Rich RCAF
    F/Sgt R. Nicol RCAF
    F/Sgt R. Stirling RCAF
    F/Sgt D. Goodwin RCAF
    F/Sgt D. McClellan RCAF
    The crew had a few bumps and bruises.
    F/Lt V. Glover RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax III NP-959 coded PT-N, failed to return from this operation.

    F/O D. Mottrick RCAF–POW
    Sgt H. Skipper RAF–POW
    P/O J. Gordon RCAF–POW
    F/O V. McKinnon RCAF–POW
    W/O2 D. Broadfoot RCAF–POW
    P/O J. Kastner RCAF
    F/Sgt H. MacKenzie RCAF–POW
    7 crew were POWs and 1 was killed.

    F/Lt D. Sillers and crew from 424 Squadron, flying Lancaster I NG-400 coded QB-R, were attacked by a JU-88, they were not damaged, there were some strikes seen on the starboard wing and tail plane. They landed at Waterbeach on return.
    P/O R. McInroy, F/Lt C. Walker, P/O D. Saunders, F/Lt G. MacLean, P/O W. Church, and F/O H. Cowan landed at Waterbeach on return.
    F/Lt D. Ross RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster I NG-458 coded QB-H, failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt A. Rayner RAF
    F/O H. Weaver RCAF
    F/O A. Cash RCAF
    F/O F. Seaby RCAF
    P/O J. Atchison RCAF
    F/Sgt C. Antonek RCAF–POW
    6 crew were killed and 1 POW.

    F/Lt C. Lesesne from 425 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
    F/O A. Lowe RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-454 coded KW-S, encountered severe icing after takeoff. Control was lost and the Halifax crashed at Little Ouseburn.

    Sgt J. Lynch RCAF
    F/O E. Brabbins RCAF
    F/O J. Brownell RCAF
    F/Sgt K. McCuaig RCAF
    F/O P. Hall RCAF
    P/O J. Hyde RCAF
    3 crew members bailed out before the Halifax crashed to earth.
    P/O M. Anderson RCAF and crew, flying Halifax MZ-845 coded KW-J, was involved in a mid air collision over Linton on Ouse with Halifax VII PN-228 coded OW-A, from 426 Squadron.

    P/O J. Roy RCAF
    P/O J. Beaudry RCAF
    F/O R. Charron RCAF
    F/Sgt A. De Cruyenaere RCAF
    F/Sgt J. Seguin RCAF
    P/O J. Pelletier RCAF
    Only the wireless operator was able to bail out before the Halifax crashed to earth.
    P/O J. Giquere landed at Juvincourt on return due to a fuel shortage.
    P/O W. Corbett, F/O R. Lafreniere, F/O G. Chabot, F/Lt J. Laporte, F/O J. Evans, and F/O J. Poirier landed at Thorney Island on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O J. Desbiens RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III PN-173 coded KW-Q, failed to return from this operation.

    P/O A. Minguet RCAF
    F/Sgt G. Tremblay RCAF–POW
    F/O J. Parent RCAF–POW
    F/Sgt H. D’Avrill RCAF
    F/Sgt G. Langevin RCAF–POW
    F/Sgt L. Lamontagne RCAF–POW
    3 crew were killed and 4 were POWs.

    F/Lt I. Emerson RCAF and crew from 426 Squadron, flying Halifax VII LW-210 coded OW-Y, encountered severe icing after takeoff. The Halifax crashed at York.

    Sgt W. Symes RAF
    F/O A. Hutchison RCAF
    F/O T. Campbell RCAF
    P/O J. Low RCAF
    P/O J. MacDougall RCAF
    P/O R. Turner RCAF
    Only the wireless operator was able to bail out before the Halifax crashed to earth. 5 civilians were killed and 18 injured, when parts of the Halifax fell on a school and other surrounding buildings.
    F/O H. Watts RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-793 coded OW-H, encountered severe icing after takeoff and crashed at Kirbymoorside.

    P/O W. Togwell RAF
    F/O F. Myers RCAF
    P/O W. May RCAF
    P/O B. McCarthy RCAF
    P/O M. Coones RCAF
    P/O R. Biggerstaff RCAF
    All were killed.
    S/Ldr E. Garrett RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII PN-228 coded OW-A, was involved in a mid air collision. They crashed near Nun Monkton.

    Sgt E. Jerome RAF
    F/O J. Atkinson RCAF
    F/O K. Parker RCAF
    P/O W. Miller RCAF
    P/O J. Linstead RCAF
    P/O H. McLeod RCAF
    All were killed after colliding with Halifax III MZ-845 coded KW-J from 425 Squadron.
    F/Lt J. Baillie and F/O D. Weicker landed at Mildenhall on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt A. Jones, P/O A. Hutchins, F/Lt A. Davies, F/O W. McLeod, P/O R. Reith, P/O D. Black, F/O D. Hamilton, and F/Lt G. Fidler landed at Tuddenham on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O J. Whipple and crew, flying Halifax VII LW-201 coded OW-D, had the stbd inner propellor fly off. Over the target they were hit by flak, the mid upper turret was damaged. They were also attacked by an ME-163, was seen to descend in flames. They landed safely at Marston Moor on return.
    F/Lt J. Kirkpatrick RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-799 coded OW-J, failed to return from this operation.
    Sgt I. Giles RAF
    F/O R. Fennell RCAF
    F/O R. Stillinger RCAF
    P/O J. Larson RCAF
    F/Sgt W. Denison RCAF–POW
    P/O R. Gunderson RCAF
    6 crew were killed and 1 POW after being shot down by a Nightfighter.

    F/Lt J. Craton and crew from 428 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-846 coded NA-I, were attacked by a JU-88, there was no damage or claim.
    F/Lt C. Pratt and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-838 coded NA-O, were attacked by an ME-262, both gunners opened fire and the ME-262 was seen to catch fire and explode in mid air.
    S/Ldr J. Goldie landed at Chedburgh on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt A. Googe and W/O2 B. Campbell landed Chedington on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/O W. Mytruk RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-778 coded NA-Y, encountered severe icing on return. They were flying low on return and crashed in the Ardennes.

    Sgt C. Hazelby RAF
    F/O W. Ashdown RCAF
    F/O D. Wade RCAF
    P/O E. Snell RCAF
    F/Sgt T. Chevrier RCAF
    F/Sgt E. Schofield RCAF
    The navigator, Flt engineer and bomb aimer were killed.

    F/O L. Morrison from 429 Squadron landed at Ford on return due to a fuel shortage.
    W/O2 K. Weld and F/Lt E. Warrington landed at Juvincourt on return due to fuel shortages.
    F/Lt D. Magee and S/Ldr H. Hogarth landed at Tangmere on return due to fuel shortages.
    F/O W. Thomas, P/O D. Williams, F/Lt J. Rowe, F/O R. James, F/Lt J. Creeper, F/O A. Cook, F/O H. Humphries and F/Lt R. Mitchell landed at Tarrant Rushton on return due to a fuel shortage.
    F/Lt M. Sanderson RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LV-996 coded AL-K, crashed near Kent on return due to running out of fuel.

    P/O W. Strand RCAF
    P/O J. Nault RCAF
    P/O H. Prince RCAF
    P/O A. Leroux RCAF
    F/Sgt A. Caldwell RCAF
    F/Sgt Gonroski RCAF
    All the crew were killed.

    F/Lt D. Gonyea and crew from 431 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-741 coded SE-C, were attacked by an unidentified enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage, they were also hit by flak, the pilot was slightly injured.
    F/O H. Granger and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-774 coded SE-D, were attacked by an HE-219 and an ME-109, there was no claim or damage.
    F/O S. Reid RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-858 coded SE-G, failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt W. Salisbury RAF
    F/O H. Feldhans RCAF
    F/O H. Beaton RCAF
    P/O C. MacDonald RCAF
    P/O H. Harris RCAF
    P/O H. Guttormson RCAF
    All were killed.

    P/O J. Bain and crew from 432 Squadron, flying Halifax VII RG-450 coded QO-Q, were attacked twice by unidentified twin engine enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage. On landing at Manston they were hit by another landing Halifax damaging their rudders and elevators.
    F/O G. Sherlock, P/O R. Proud, F/Lt D. Wylie, and F/Lt J. Wallace landed at Mildenhall on return.
    P/O J. Daly landed at Tuddenham on return.
    F/Sgt W. Gelineau landed at Manston on return.
    S/Ldr E. Hayes RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII RG-475 coded QO-L, were shot down by friendly anti-aircraft fire over England.

    F/Lt J. Clothier RCAF
    P/O D. Cooke RAF
    F/O C. Hay RCAF
    P/O D. Ringrose RCAF
    F/Lt G. Harris RCAF
    P/O M. Neilsen RCAF
    P/O G. Orser RCAF
    All the crew were killed.

    F/O R. Johnstone, F/O A. Heathcote, and F/Lt J. Vallance from 433 Squadron landed at Waterbeach on return.
    P/O J. Kitchen RCAF and crew from 434 Squadron, flying Lancaster KB-842 coded WL-L, were hit by a Halifax that had just been shot down, the rear turret was severely damaged. The JU-88 which had shot down the Halifax now turned its attention to their Lancaster. Both gunners fired and hits were seen on the JU-88 which fell away. The Lancaster was seriously damaged, the stbd elevator, wing, stbd inner nacelle, fuel tanks, tire and hydraulics were hit.

    Sgt C. Corbett RAF
    F/Sgt F. Reid RCAF
    F/O G. Fiori RCAF
    P/O J. Rebman RCAF
    F/Sgt G. Heisler RCAF
    F/Sgt R. Higgs RCAF
    They crash landed at Carnaby with no injuries to the crew.

  2. http://426sqdn.ca/remembrances/honour_roll_iii.html

    5 Mar 45
    Chemnitz Hal VII PN228 OW “A”

    J10741
    S/L E.T. Garrett
    P
    Killed
    J35829
    F/O J.L. Atkinson
    N
    Killed
    J36081
    F/O K.G. Parker
    BA
    Killed
    R182678
    WO2 W.G. Miller
    WAG
    Killed
    1892159
    Sgt E.S. Jerome
    FE
    Killed
    R222288
    WO2 J.B. Linstead
    MU
    Killed
    K195971
    WO2 H.D. McLeod
    RG
    Killed
    Collision after take-off, crashed at Poolspring, near Nun Monkton; buried in England. Probably collided with Hal MZ845/KW “J” from Tholthorpe airfield as the pilots fought to control their aircraft in severe icing.

  3. Found on Prezi

    Eric Thomas Garrett
    by Liam Campbell

    Eric Thomas Garrett
    Date of birth: November 29th, 1920
    Place of birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Citizenship: Canadian Father: Charles Edward Cecil Garrett
    Born in: Mandeville, Jamacia, B.W.T.
    Occupation: Civil Servant Mother: Sheila Garrett
    Born in: Liverpool, England Education Primary edu: Broadway public school
    Date: 1925-1933
    Course: Entrance High school: Lisgar Collegiate
    Date: 1933-1938
    Course: General Technical School: Glebe Collegiate
    Date: 1938-1939
    Course: Sr. Math, Calculations University: University of Michigan
    Date: 1939-1941
    Course: Aeronautical engineering Hobbies: 1 year gliding Sports: Skiing, football, hockey,
    sofball, handball, tennis, swiming Recomendation Character references from four civil servants indicated that Eric Thomas Garrett was well liked, and a capable student. Recommended for flight duties as pilot. Appearance Height: 5;8
    Weight: 145
    Build: athletic Eric Garrett, was healthy, conservatively dress
    , and all around liked by others. Air force Regimental number: R.111745 Became Squadron leader of the 426 RCAF bomber group Flew bomber missions over Germany. By: Liam Campbell Incident Date: 5/3/45
    Time: 1700h March 5th, SL. Eric Garrett with a combination of other squadrons, bombed Chemnitz, Germany. On return after suffering sever casualties, was involved in a friendly aircraft collision over England, due to the icy/cloudy conditions. All members of his plane died, as well as the plane he collided with. The plane crashed near Yorkshire, England Casualty SL. Eric Garrett was buried with honors at the RAF Regional Cemetery, Harrogate, Yorks. Remaining members of his squadron attended. He was awarded; the 1939-1945 star, France and Germany star, Defense medal, General Service medal, CVSM, all post mortemly. Casualty Eric Thomas Garrett was buried at the RAF Regional Cemetery, Harrogate, Yorks. Remaining members of squadron attended funeral. Eric Thomas Garrett was buried at the RAF Regional Cemetery, Harrogate, Yorks. Remaining members of squadron attended funeral. Was awarded; the 1939-1945 star, France and Germany star, Defense medal, General service medal, CVSM.

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