From the ORB
18.3.44 21 aircraft detailed for operations - crews briefed, take off approx 21.15 hours. The attack was made in clear sky - visibility poor, hazy. Defemces negligible - searchlights numerous to south of town, Frankfurt - fighter activity below average and only in target area. 18 photos attempted. Attack made from 12,800' to 21,500'. Attack on Frankfurt opened early and the timing was good, but poor visibility over target prevented identification by the visual marker and TIs were only occasionally seen glowing thinly through haze. In consequence most crews brought their TIs back. Some flashes from large bombs were seen in built up area and glow of incendiary bombs seen but no other results were generally seen. F/O Callan (NZ) and crew failed to return, no news has since been heard.
JB300B F/O N.J.Callan, Sgt J.Scholey, F/Sgt H.S.Tait, F/Sgt J.Gomersall, F/Sgt W.A.Davies, F/Sgt D.Tunbridge, F/Sgr R.A.Read. Up 1940. 4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 720 x 4lb incs. Aircraft missing.
Extract from Bomber Command Losses - 18/19.3.44
Lancaster III JB300 OF - B. Op Frankfurt. T/O 1940 Bourn. Crashed in the general area of Kaiserslautern, to where a critically injured F/O Callan was taken. He died here on 25 March, and was buried locally. Since 1945 his body has been exhumed and re-interred in Choloy War Cemetery, France. His crew, however, rest in Rheinberg War Cemetery.
F/O N.J.Callan RNZAF(inj - +), Sgt J.W.Scholey(+), F/S H.S.Tait(+), F/S J.Gomersall(+), F/S W.G.Davies(+), F/S D.O.Tunbridge(+), F/S R.A.Read(+).