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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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07/08.09.1944 No 75 Squadron Lancaster I HK567 AA-C F/O. Brunton

Operation: Mare de Magne

Date: 07/08th August 1944 

Unit: No. 75 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: HK567

Code: AA-C

Base: R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

Location: North East Le Havre, Mare de Magne (target area)

Pilot: F/O. G.A. Brunton R.A.F.V.R. Evaded capture.

Fl/Eng: Sgt. K.B. Board R.A.F.V.R. Evaded capture.

Nav: F/O. Wilkindon R.N.Z.A.F. Evaded capture.

Air/Bmr: F/O. Bernard Baker R.N.Z.A.F. P.o.W. No: 86437 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth and Vogelsang.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/O. J. Mcg Elliotts R.N.Z.A.F. Evaded capture.

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas John Hall 1895157 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edwin John Hayler 1892380 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed


Taking off from R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire at 22.02 hrs to bomb targets in the Normandy battle area ahead of Allied ground troops. With 1,019 aircraft taking part in carefully controlled bombing points. 660 aircraft actually bombed causing damage to German strong points and roads.

Shot down at 2,00 mts by Hptm. Heinz Rokker (1) of 2./nJG2 at 23.35 hrs

(1) Hptm. Heinz Rokker – this was his 39th abschüsse of the war. He was to survive the war with a total of 65 confirmed victories. 

Pictured left (courtesyTom Kracker)


Left and above: St.Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery as photographed by our Kate Tame during her visit in 2012. 

Any relative who would like a higher resolution image of any of these photographs Kate will be only to happy to send it to you.

Burial details:

Sgt. Thomas John Hall. St.Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery. Joint Grave B.23-24. Son of Thomas Patrick and Ada Alice Hall, of Ilford, Essex, England.

Sgt. Edwin John Hayler. St.Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery. Joint Grave B.23-24. Son of Frank and Alice Rose Hayler, of Burpham, Sussex, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Bill Chorley – ‘Bomber Command Losses’ Vol. 4, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie – ‘Nightfighter War Diaries Vol’s. 1 and  2’, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt – ‘Bomber Command War Diaries’, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tom Kracker – ‘Kracker Luftwaffe Archives’

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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 CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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