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Lancaster II LL724 – QO-N

Source: Richard Koval’s Website on Bomber Group 6

On January 21st, 1944, F/O L. Legace RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster II LL724 coded QO-N, failed to return from this operation.

F/O L. Legace

Library and Archives Canada

Sgt W. Atkins RAF

F/O J. Mahoney RCAF

F/O J. Mahoney RCAF

Library and Archives Canada

W/O2 D. McDonald RCAF

No photo

F/O D. Hunter RCAF

F/O D. Hunter RCAF

Library and Archives Canada

F/Sgt W. Peterson RCAF

No photo

P/O W. Douglas RCAF

P/O W. Douglas RCAF

Library and Archives Canada

All were killed.


The above photos were taken from Library and Archives Canada. They are accessible through Ancestry.

These however are not…

They are from Gordon Hill’s private collection. I am sure you can spot my 5th cousin once removed.

Syracuse, New York, July 1942

No. 4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec

 

No. 5 ITS Belleville, Ontario

Gordon Hill is not yet aware that he has reunited two distant cousins. One who never came back from the war and a baby boomer whose passion for history, aviation and World War Two started on his way back from school at lunch hour in 1958.

Type of plane flown by Flying Officer Larry Legace

 

Time Capsule – 75 years ago

Syracuse, New York, July 1942

Gordon Hill made it back from the war. His friend Larry Legace did not. Thanks to Gordon and his pictures I have been reunited with my 5th cousin once removed, his cousin Hector Junior Legace, his uncle Ralph Hector Legace and his aunt Adah Thorne.


Larry

Why is it important to write about Larry Legace who was Gordon’s friend?

I will know come August if he knew how his friend Larry died …

http://www.6bombergroup.ca/Jan44/Jan21~2244.html

January 21/22, 1944

    1. 45 Lancasters from 408, 426 and 432 squadrons were joined by 69 Halifaxes from 419, 427, 428, 429, 431, 433, and 434 squadrons on an attack at Magdeburg. The crews were over the target at between 18,000 and 23,000 feet, releasing 290,000 lbs of high explosives and 454,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, the attack was scattered with little damage.

 

    1. P/O W. Phillips from 408 squadron returned early as the port inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
    1. 2nd/Lt M. Humphrey returned early as some instruments were u/s.

 

F/O F. Brice returned early as the port inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines. 

F/Sgt B. Griep had the port outer go u/s over the target. They landed safely at Coltishall on 3 engines. 

F/Sgt N. Sutherland was hit by flak, not serious. 

P/O J. Mill RCAF–POW and crew, flying Lancaster II DS-790 coded EQ-B, failed to return from this operation.

      1. F/Lt J. Dinning RCAF–POW
      1. Sgt A. Elliott RAF

 

F/O G. Reid RAF 

P/O W. Johnston RAF–POW 

F/Sgt C. Rankin RAF 

P/O G. Currie RCAF 

F/Sgt H. Jones RAF

5 crew were killed and 3 POWs after being shot down by a Nightfighter.

F/O W. Stewart landed at Mildenhall on return. 

Sgt F. Smitton and F/O W. Fulton landed at Tuddenham on return. 

P/O W. Smith, P/O R. Lloyd, F/Lt E. Kearl, S/Ldr H. Miles, and P/O H. Sherlock landed at Newmarket on return. 

F/Lt R. Burns landed at Bury St. Edmonds on return. 

W/O2 J. Harvey landed at Waterbeach on return.

F/Sgt J. McNary from 419 squadron returned early as the port outer caught fire. They landed safely at base on 3 engines. 

S/Ldr E. Hamber and crew, flying Halifax II JN-953 coded VR-T, were attacked by an unidentified twin engine aircraft, there was no claim or damage. They were also hit by flak, there were 80 holes throughout the aircraft. 

F/Sgt J. Quinn and crew, flying Halifax II JD-114 coded VR-V, were attacked by a JU-88, there was no claim or damage. 

F/Sgt F. Palmer was hit by flak, not serious. 

F/Lt A. Hermitage RCAF and crew, flying Halifax II JD-466 coded VR-E, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt J. Wilson RCAF

 

      1. W/O2 R. Walton RCAF

 

W/O2 W. Tobin RCAF 

P/O J. Chess RCAF 

Sgt R. Shields RAF 

Sgt R. Edwards RCAF

All were killed.

F/Sgt V. Hawkes RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax II JD-420 coded VR-D, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt D. Board RAF–POW

 

      1. W/O2 W. Fletcher RCAF

 

F/O F. Hovison RCAF–POW 

W/O2 D. McDevitt RCAF–POW 

Sgt A. Bowman RCAF–POW 

W/O2 W. Barnes RCAF–POW

6 crew were POWs and one killed after being hit by flak and abandoning the aircraft.

S/Ldr A. Avant from 426 Squadron returned early as the stbd inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines. 

1St/Lt J. Smith returned early as the generators were u/s. 

F/Sgt M. McKenzie landed at Hardwick on return due to a fuel shortage. 

P/O R. Countess and crew, flying Lancaster II LL-688 coded OW-R, were attacked by an ME-210, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Downham Market on return. 

F/O S. McDonald and crew, flying Lancaster II LL-700 coded OW-X, were attacked by an FW-190, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Downham Market on return. 

F/Lt M. Wilson and crew, flying Lancaster II LL-721 coded OW-U, were attacked by a JU-88, many strikes were seen and it was thought this aircraft crashed as a explosion on the ground was seen shortly after. 

P/O A. Olsson, F/O B. Patterson, F/Lt A. Martens, and F/Sgt R. Jarman landed at Downham Market on return.

Sgt A. King from 427 Squadron returned early as the navigator’s oxygen mask was u/s. 

P/O T. Cooper returned early as the stbd inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines. 

F/Sgt C. Coathup and crew, flying Halifax V EB-248 coded ZL-U, were attacked by an ME-109, there were cannon shell holes in the stbd inner and outer engines. They were also hit by flak, there were holes in the tail plane and fuselage. They landed safely at Wratting Common on 3 engines. 

F/Sgt A. Clibbery and crew, flying Halifax V LK-735 coded ZL-Z, were attacked by an ME-110, there were cannon shell holes in the fuselage and port inner. The mid upper turret, hydraulics, and oxygen system were damaged. The astro hatch was shot off and instrument panel shattered, propellor blades on both inner engines were shattered. They landed safely at Wratting Common on return. 

F/O J. Milton and F/O C. Shannon landed at Wratting Common on return. 

P/O W. Stephen landed at Newmarket on return. 

F/Sgt A. Nicol landed at Chedburgh on return.

W/O2 G. Toal RCAF and crew, flying Halifax V LK-923 coded ZL-B, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt R. Richards RAF

 

      1. F/O R. Carson RCAF–POW

 

F/Sgt R. Fuller RCAF–POW 

W/O2 W. Ogilvie RCAF 

Sgt F. Spence RAF–POW 

Sgt N. Smith RCAF

3 crew were killed and 4 POWs after being attacked by a Nightfighter.

S/Ldr D. Arnot RCAF and crew, flying Halifax V LL-139 coded ZL-D, failed to return from this operation.

      1. W/Cdr A. Martin RCAF

 

      1. P/O R. Rondelet RCAF

 

P/O L. Jones RCAF 

F/O W. Thom RCAF–POW 

P/O R. Dawson RAF 

P/O L. Gray RCAF 

P/O R. Nickerson RCAF

7 crew were killed and 1 POW after being shot down by a night fighter.

F/O J. Dickinson RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax V LL-169 coded ZL-L, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt W. Blake RAF–POW

 

      1. Sgt A. Deane RAF–POW

 

F/O C. Lambert RAF–POW 

Sgt J. Pratt RAF–POW 

Sgt N. Martin RCAF–POW 

Sgt R. Bechtold RAF–POW

All the crew were POWs after being shot down by a night fighter.

F/Sgt P. Weir RCAF and crew, flying Halifax V LL-176 coded ZL-Q, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt J. Jones RAF

 

      1. F/O V. Warwick RCAF

 

F/O E. MacKeigan RCAF 

Sgt W. Morgan RAF 

Sgt C. Ryan RAF 

Sgt R. Lehman RCAF–POW

6 crew were killed and 1 POW.

F/Lt C. Ford from 428 squadron returned early as P/O N. Pearson RAF, the navigator was sick. 

F/Sgt R. Terry RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax V DK-237 coded NA-L, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt I. Roberts RAF–POW

 

      1. F/Sgt H. Allen RCAF–POW

 

Sgt A. Murdoch RCAF–POW 

W/O2 O. Yarnold RCAF–POW 

Sgt S. Smith RCAF 

Sgt N. Gregor RCAF–POW

6 crew were POWs and 1 killed after being shot down by a Nightfighter.

F/Sgt W. Stewart from 429 Squadron landed at Waterbeach on return. 

P/O G. Clark, P/O E. Willey, F/Sgt E. Giles, F/O J. Keenan, and F/Sgt J. Wilkinson landed at  Wratting Common on return. 

F/O T. Siltala, P/O K. Bowly, and F/Sgt W. Byers landed at Stradishall on return. 

P/O H. Mitchell and crew, flying Halifax V LL-171 coded AL-U, were attacked by a JU-88, there was no claim but they were hit in the port wing. They landed at Chedburgh on return. 

F/Sgt L. Mitchell landed at Woodbridge on return. 

F/Lt J. Stephen and F/Sgt N. Thompson landed at Little Snoring on return.

F/O F. Guillivan from 431 squadron returned early as their Halifax would not climb. 

P/O W. Hewetson returned early as they were involved in a mid air collision. There was a large hole in the nose from the fin of a Halifax. 

F/Sgt H. Krentz RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax V LK-680 coded SE-R, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt C. Gilroy RAF

 

      1. F/O J. Linde RCAF

 

P/O W. Louth RCAF 

W/O2 J. McLeod RCAF 

Sgt W. Kingham RAF 

Sgt J. Di Pinto RCAF

6 crew were killed and 1 POW after being shot down by flak.

F/Lt D. Von Laufer from 432 Squadron returned early as the rear turret was u/s. They landed safely at Linton on Ouse. 

F/Lt C. Barrett was hit by flak, there were holes in the fuselage.

P/O E. Logan RCAF, the mid upper gunner was injured. They landed safely at Wratting Common. 

P/O J. Esdale landed at Horham on return. 

F/Sgt W. Pay landed at Hethel on return. 

F/Sgt C. De Maria, P/O T. Spink, F/O W. Smith, P/O H. Whaley, F/Sgt P. Dennis, F/O A. Mercer, and F/Sgt J. Sieben landed at Mepal on return due to a crashed Halifax on the runway. 

F/Sgt J. Poole RAF and crew, flying Lancaster II DS-843 coded QO-O, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt J. Williams RAF–POW

 

      1. F/Sgt W. Thomson RAF–POW

 

P/O M. Bailhache RAF–POW 

F/Sgt E. Myer RAF 

Sgt D. Pocock RCAF 

F/Sgt W. O’Donnell RAAF

4 crew were killed and 3 POWs after being shot down by a Nightfighter.

F/O L. Legace RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster II LL-724 coded QO-N, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt W. Atkins RAF

 

      1. F/O J. Mahoney RCAF

 

W/O2 D. McDonald RCAF 

F/O D. Hunter RCAF 

F/Sgt W. Peterson RCAF 

P/O W. Douglas RCAF 

All were killed.

F/Sgt R. Reinelt, W/O2 D. James and F/Sgt J. Mitchell from 433 squadron landed at Coltishall on return due to fuel shortages. 

F/Lt G. Wolton and F/Sgt W. Stiles landed at Feltwell on return. 

W/O2 J. Wilson RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III HX-289 coded BM-T, radioed from 50 miles over the North Sea that the stbd outer was u/s.

      1. Sgt J. Townsend RAF

 

      1. F/O R. McClellan RCAF

 

F/O J. Seymour RCAF 

P/O C. Depper RCAF 

F/O W. Reed RCAF 

P/O R. Megainey RAF

All were lost without a trace.F/Lt A. Gira RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III HX-283 coded BM-R, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt S. Swain RCAF

 

      1. F/O R. McMehen RCAF

 

F/O B. Russell RCAF 

Sgt F. Seeley RAF 

P/O J. Couture RCAF 

Sgt J. Webber RAF

All were killed.

F/Sgt A. Hegseth, S/Ldr L. Linnell, F/O D. Evans, P/O M. Flewelling, and F/Sgt W. McQueen from 434 Squadron landed at Feltwell on return. 

P/O R. Kerr RCAF and crew, flying Halifax V LK-699 coded WL-Z, failed to return from this operation.

      1. Sgt T. Lee RAF

 

      1. W/O2 F. Crossley RCAF

 

P/O W. Glover RCAF 

W/O1 S. Stephenson RCAF 

Sgt J. Galloway RCAF 

P/O M. Donoghue RCAF

All were killed. 

Monuments to Lost Libraries

One of the reasons I will never stop writing…

Moore Genealogy

Authors photograph 2017, Charles H Moore

“Whenever an elder dies, a library burns down.”

 

Most of us have heard the above saying in one form or another. If there is any truth to this saying (I believe it holds much truth) then perhaps the above picture is of monuments to these lost libraries. If you are the family historian, genealogist, archivist, or family story teller, some responsibility falls on you to try and preserve some of the knowledge held in these libraries. Far too many people will only be known as a name and two dates on a gravestone, with their life story soon forgotten. Most family historians believe that family lore, if not preserved, will be lost within three generations. In the case of my family as my research has shown it happens much sooner.

We have many ways to save and pass on our family’s history. We…

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Will I ever stop?

Will I ever stop writing on Our Ancestors? 

I would not bet on it. There is so much out there on cyberspace that’s it’s mind-boggling. 

Some people have been addicted to genealogy for years… 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years and more. I have been addicted only since 2007 starting with old pictures.

My addiction for my ancestors grew and grew with each picture I found or family members shared… Then I began to get addicted to your ancestors like Charlotte M. Campbell who was lost in time.


Her story is on this blog for her descendants to find as well as her photo album saved by Earl Campbell who cared about preserving the past. 

Caring is what’s it’s all about on Our Ancestors. Caring but mostly sharing my research and other people’s research like Jeffrey Campbell did last week. 

Will I ever stop? Not in the near future because someone found my message in her spam folder and wrote me about it. 

Hello Pierre, 

I am so sorry I did not see your email until now. My email was inundated with spam and advertisements. I was clearing it out when I came across your message. 

What can you share about William Alexander Campbell? I am very interested to learn more. I am actually travelling to Scotland in August, it would be amazing to learn more about his life, where he lived, and my Scottish Heritage. 

Thank you! 

To be continued…