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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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425 Squadron Crest
11.02.1944 No. 425 Squadron Halifax III LW395 KW-O P/O. Joseph G.D. Aubin

Operation: Training

Date: 11th February 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 425 Squadron (RCAF)

Type: Halifax III

Serial: LW395

Code: KW-O

Base: RAF Tholthorpe, North Yorkshire 

Location: Callow Hill, Worcestershire

Pilot: P/O. Joseph Gilbert Dollard Aubin J/85928 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. John James Shanahan 1801992 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Nav: Fl/Sgt. Harold Bertram Mitton 1319639 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Air/Bmr: P/O. Joseph Henry Yvon Albert J/88332 RCAF Age 23. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. William Edmond Dubroy J/85409 RCAF Age 26. Killed

Air/Gnr: P/O. Joseph Oscar Rolland Fleury J/89447 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Joseph Fernard Mayville R/141896 RCAF Age 23. Killed

PAX: Sig. Joseph Leonard Dubroy C/100506 RCCS. Age 21. Killed


We welcome any contact from relative who maybe able to provide further information/photographs for their page of remembrance.


REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking of on a ‘Bulleye’ training operation over the Midlands. See 'abbreviations.'

It is thought that the port outer engine failed. The pilot is believed to have tried to recover the aircraft prior to it crashing at a Callows Hill near Hanbury at 21.07 hrs. All the crew were killed instantly.

No reason is available as to why the brother of the wireless operator was also on board at the time. 

Some reports on the internet state that a third brother, a rear gunner was also killed during the war - we can find no evidence of this. 

There were two others of similar names killed and both from Ottawa, Canada, a Fl/Sgt. Joseph William Du Broy R/82074 RCAF of 10 Squadron (air gunner) and a Fl/Lt. Thomas Edmund Du Broy J/5212 RCAF of 418 Squadron (pilot) - these two were brothers.

In 2011 Wychavon District Council, Bloor and Bellway Homes commemorated the loss of some Canadian serviceman, named some of the streets in a new development off Three Springs Road in Pershore. 


Burial details:

P/O. Joseph Gilbert Dollard Aubin. Pershore Cemetery. Plot R. Grave 117. From Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, Canada. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?.

Sgt. John James Shanahan. Cromer No.2 Burial Ground. Sec.X. Grave 54. Son of John and Julia Shanahan, of Mundesley, Norfolk, England.

Fl/Sgt. Harold Bertram Mitton. Nottingham Crematorium. Panel 4. Son of Dr. James Bertram Mitton and Alys Mary Mitton, of Littleover, Derby, England. Sadly the family also lost his younger brother just 5 months later on the 16th July 1944. At the time of his death, 19 year old Kenneth Peter Mitton 14415183 was serving with the South Staffordshire Regiment 1/16th Battalion. Buried at Fontenay-Le-Pesnel War Cemetery in Tessel, France.

P/O. Joseph Henry Yvon Albert. Pershore Cemetery. Plot R. Grave 109. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Albert, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Enlisted in November 1941, graduated aas an Air Bomber in January 1942.

P/O. William Edmond Dubroy. Pershore Cemetery. Plot R. Grave 115. Son of Louis and Mary Bridget Dubroy, of 140 LeBreton Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

P/O. Joseph Oscar Rolland Fleury. Pershore Cemetery. Plot R. Grave 98. Son of Evariste and Henriette Fleury, of Drummondville, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Sgt. Joseph Fernard Mayville. Pershore Cemetery. Plot R. Grave 101. Son of Joseph Albert and Marie Alfreda Mayville, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Sig. Joseph Leonard Dubroy. Pershore Cemetery. Plot R. Grave 107. Son of Louis and Mary Bridget Dubroy, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

For further details our thanks to the following, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Julian Tansell for some of the grave photographs. ‘Bomber Command Database’,  'Paradie Archive'. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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