What happened on the night of February 14, 1945?

The war wasn’t yet won by no means for Bomber Group 6…



Not for Flight Lieutenant Brittain it wasn’t.


And for some it was their last night on this Earth.

February 14/15 1945
66 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, 427, 429, and 432 Squadrons were joined by 52 Lancasters from 419, 424, 428, 431, and 434 Squadrons on an attack at Chemnitz. The crews were over the target at between 18,000 and 20,000 feet, releasing 431,000 lbs on incendiaries and 291,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, the target was cloud covered with some damage caused.

P/O A. Brown from 408 Squadron was attacked by an enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage.
W/O1 R. Craven and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-495 coded EQ-V, were attacked by an FW-190 and an ME-110, there were strikes seen on the FW-190.
P/O L. Clarahan and crew, flying Halifax VII PN-223 coded EQ-X, were attacked by a rocket, it was fired upon and went vertically to the ground and exploded, claimed destroyed.

P/O J. McKenzie from 415 Squadron returned early as they were unable to raise the under carriage.
F/O L. Minkler landed at Brussels on return due to a fuel shortage.
F/Lt C. Piper and F/O R. Evans landed at Hardwick on return.

F/O C. Widdecombe and crew from 419 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-814 coded VR-N, were attacked by an unidentified twin engine enemy aircraft, strikes were seen and shortly after a aircraft was seen to crash to the ground, it was claimed as a probable.

F/O W. Anderson RCAF and crew from 420 squadron flying Halifax III NA-179 coded PT-B had the stbd outer engine fail shortly after takeoff. On return while turning on final approach the Halifax stalled and spun to earth.

Sgt H. Evans RAF
F/O J. Sinden RCAF
F/O L. Jones RCAF
F/Sgt W. Giles RCAF
P/O E. Sills RCAF
All the crew was killed except the mid upper gunner.
P/O E. Cole and crew, flying Halifax III NP-951 coded PT-Y, were hit by flak, stbd inner was damaged and u/s. They were also attacked by an FW-190, there was no additional damage or claim. The landed at Juvincourt, France on 3 engines due to a fuel shortage.
F/Lt H. Ledingham landed at Molesworth on return.

F/O V. Roy RCAF and crew from 427 Squadron flying Halifax III MZ-422 coded ZL-N failed to return from this operation.

Sgt H. Mayer RCAF–POW
F/Sgt A. Williams RCAF–POW
Sgt A. Morrison RCAF–POW
F/Sgt A. Scorah RCAF
F/Sgt A. Cybulskie RCAF
F/Sgt H. Gallagher RCAF
4 crew were killed and 3 POWs on their 1st operation.

F/O D. Payne and crew from 428 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-757 coded NA-C, were attacked by a JU-88, there was no claim or damage.

F/O D. Murray from 431 Squadron returned early as 3 engines were running poorly.
F/O J. Patterson and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-872 coded SE-N, were attacked by an unidentified enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage.

P/O J. Durand from 432 Squadron landed at Halesworth on return.
P/O R. Bradley landed at Hardwick on return.
F/Lt W. Miller and P/O J. Daly landed at Hardwick on return.
S/Ldr J. Thompson RCAF–POW and crew flying Halifax VII RG-449 coded QO-S failed to return from this operation.

Sgt G. Sorrell RAF
F/O A. Borland RCAF–POW
F/O S. Harrison RCAF–POW
F/Sgt R. Stringer RCAF–POW
P/O R. Thomson RCAF–POW
6 crew were POWs and 1 was killed after being shot down by a JU-88 on return.

F/Lt R. Fern and crew from 434 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-824 coded WL-E, were attacked by an unidentified enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage.
F/O D. Magrath RCAF and crew flying Lancaster X KB-741 coded SE-C failed to return from this operation. This crew borrowed this aircraft from 431, their sister Squadron.

P/O B. Granka RCAF
F/O G. Barlow RCAF
F/O J. McElhone RCAF
F/O L. Medynski RCAF
P/O G. Robertson RCAF
Sgt G. McLarty RCAF–POW
6 crew were killed and 1 POW.

While some crews were attacking Chemnitz, 10 Lancasters from 424 and 433 Squadrons were joined by 10 Halifaxes from 427 and 429 Squadrons on a mining operation to the Kattegat. The crews were over the garden at 15,000 feet, sowing 90@1500 lb mines.

F/Lt C. Lundeen from 424 Squadron returned early as the navigation aids were u/s.
F/Lt F. Aldworth RCAF and crew flying Lancaster I PB-899 coded QB-A failed to return from this operation.

P/O L. Davis RAF
F/O E. Reaney RCAF
F/Sgt K. Miller RCAF
P/O G. Guthrie RCAF
P/O V. Smith RCAF
F/Sgt K. McMurchy RCAF
All were lost without a trace.

F/O J. Mulholland from 427 Squadron returned early as the navigation aids were u/s.
S/Ldr W. Brittain RCAF–POW and crew flying Halifax III MZ-355 coded ZL-W failed to return from this operation.


Sgt P. De Metz RAF–POW
F/O C. Driscoll RCAF–POW
F/O R. Dallin RCAF–POW
P/O E. Ford RCAF
P/O J. Peak RCAF
5 crew were POWs and 2 killed after being shot down by flak.

F/Lt R. Charlton RCAF and crew from 429 Squadron, flying Halifax III MZ-865 coded AL-V, failed to return from this operation.

P/O W. Fedorchuk RCAF
F/O R. Thorne RCAF
P/O R. McCallum RCAF
F/O K. Rainford RCAF
F/Sgt G. Barnes RCAF
F/Sgt S. Bostwick RCAF
All were killed after going into Swedish airspace and being shot down by anti-aircraft fire.

Source of the above

Richard Koval’s Website

More on 427 Squadrons operation on that day.

Shooting Up the Canadiana

Part of No. 6 SFTS Dunnville

Forgotten Warbirds

The Last Flight of Harvard 2963

Written by Shawn Wylie

It is the early summer of 1943 and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan is well into its fourth year of existence.  Potential air crews from across the Commonwealth are gathered and training is in high gear producing well-trained crews capable of contributing to the war effort.  Across Canada the skies are filled with the droning sounds of training aircraft of many types. Those aboard the aircraft are hoping to become the next pilots, gunners, navigators, wireless operators or bombardiers that are needed to ensure that victory will come to the Allied powers.  Unfortunately not all of the potential air crew will live long enough to complete their training and join their comrades in a theatre of war.  This is an account of one young man whose tragic actions prevented him from making it back to England to defend his…

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Victor George De Havilland

course 44 section 2 recruits***

In memory of 
Victor George De Havilland 
September 15, 1942

Military Service:

Service Number: R/108294
Age: 22
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information:

Son of Cecil George and Helen De Havilland, of Toronto.


Victor is no more just a name.

De HavillandVictor George De Havilland

But wait…

Found on eBay!

Rare opportunity to obtain an original WW2 Royal Canadian Air Force Boxed Casualty Medal and Memorial Cross to R-108924 Victor George De Havilland who was first cousin to Geoffrey De Havilland the famous test pilot. Victor De Haviland died on active service as a Sgt Pilot in 1942 and is buried in Toronto, Canada. The group consists of his Canadian Volunteer medal in its original box and condolence slip, Silver Memorial Cross engraved with name and number complete with box and card, and lastly an original framed Roll of Honour memorial scroll issued to his family from the City of Toronto. Rare to find such a grouping to a family member of one of the most famous families in aviation history. There is also included some family tree research from the internet to show the relationship.