Frank Allison, Eric Samuel Monaghan, James Cooney Reynolds, Thomas Willam Elder, Norman Douglas John Vincent, William Woodward, Arthur Reginald Edward West
LANCASTER - JB712 OF-U
28/29 January 1944. Lost without trace.
Pilot: F/O Frank Allison
Flight Engineer: Sgt Eric Samuel Monaghan
Navigator: Sgt James Cooney Reynolds
Bomb Aimer: F/S Thomas Willam Elder
W/Op: Sgt Norman Douglas John Vincent
Mid-Upper Gunner: Sgt William Woodward
Rear gunner: Sgt Arthur Reginald Edward West
NIGHT OF 28/29 JANUARY 1944
This was a very bad night for the squadron. Van Raalte's rear gunner was killed by heavy flak, though the aircraft limped home to Bourn. Two crews were lost without trace, Allison's crew and that of Wilson.
Bomber Command Losses
Lancaster III JB712 OF - U. Op Berlin. T/O 0020 Bourn. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. F/O Allison, who is credited as having flown 48 sorties, gained his DFM for service in the Middle East where he flew Wellingtons with 70 Squadron. Details of his award appeared in the London Gazette on 6 October 1942.
F/O F.Allison DFM(+), Sgt E.S.Monaghan(+), Sgt J.C.Reynolds(+), F/S T.W.Elder(+), Sgt N.D.J.Vincent(+), W.Woodward(+), Sgt A.R.E.West(+).
Battle of Berlin - November 1943-March 1944
Below: Eric Samuel Monaghan, the Flight Engineer.
With thanks to Christine Sandbach.