05/06.08.1944 No 298 Squadron Halifax V LL334 8A-Q F/O. Charles E. Anderson
Operation: SOE (Special Operations Executive)
Date: 05/06th August 1944 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: No. 298 Squadron
Type: Halifax V
Base: RAF Tarrant Rushton, Dorset, England
Location: Essoyes, France
Pilot: F/O. Charles Edward Anderson J/13450 RCAF Age 21. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. C. Muskin RAFVR Evaded capture
Nav: P/O. Elliot Annon 178837 RAFVR Evaded capture
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Jack Threlkeld 1508714 RAFVR Evaded capture
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. D.E. Lewis 1294559 RNZAF Evaded capture
Air/Gnr: P/O. R.F. Reader RAFVR PoW - no further details
REASON FOR LOSS:
Several variations exist on the loss of this aircraft / crew members and details - we decided to publish the story to the crew and wait for further evidence from readers of this site.
Taking off at 23:42 hrs as part of ‘Operation Diplomat 9’, understood to have been the supply drops to the Special Air Service.
Attacked by Uffz. Heinz G. Siebert of 2/.NJG5 at 01:01 hrs South West of Chaumont with the aircraft making a forced landing at Essoyes. This had been his10th abschusse of the war, injured returning from an operation on the 16th March 1945 during a landing at Bayreuth airfield - understood to have survived the war.
The pilot was killed, 4 other crew evaded with one taken PoW. Mr. David Pugh (shown below) is conducting further research into this and hope to add more once he has visited the Mayor and other locals who may recall the crash.
Mr. David Pugh visited the grave of the pilot on Remembrance Sunday 2015 - placing a British Legion cross.
F/O. Charles Edward Anderson. Essays Communal Cemetery. Next of kin details not available but understood to be from Garrick, Saskatchewan, Canada.
With thanks to David Pugh who visited the grave of the pilot in November 2015 and sent in the photographs. Also to Colin Cummings “Though Without Anger’ - which describes transport and special duties aircraft losses 1940 - 1945.