05/06.01.1944 467 Squadron Lancaster III LM431 PO-M Plt.Off. Connolly
Date: 5/6th January 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: 467 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Base: RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Pilot: Plt,Off. Frank Andrew Connolly 409666 RAAF Age 30. Missing
Flt.Eng: Sgt. David Abel Briggs 1590037 RAFVR Age 19. Missing
Nav: Flt.Sgt. Leonard Arthur Jeffries 1436258 RAFVR Age 25. Missing
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Maurice Turner 1389695 RAFVR Age 38. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Robert William John Evans 1426660 RAFVR Age 23. Missing
Air/Gnr: WO2. Leonard Maccallum Jackson R/128258 RCAF Age 23. Missing (1)
Air/Gnr: Flt.Sgt. Herbert Spencer Reid R/157645 RCAF Age 27. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 00.35 hrs and lost without trace. No records have been found for a claim from the Luftwaffe Night fighters for LM431.
Of the number of bombers lost on the Stettin raid all bar three Lancasters can be accounted for as recorded by Nachtjagd Combat Archive (1 January - 15 March 1944) Part 1 - Theo Boiten. The Night fighter claims for this mission record an unidentified Lancaster at an unknown location claimed by Hptm. Ernst Zechlin from 4./NJG4 at 03:31 hrs. The victory was confirmed on the 17th June 1944
Left: Flt.Sgt. Leonard Arthur Jeffries (courtesy Prof. Donald Jeffries C.B.E.); Right: WO2 Leonard Maccallum Jackson (courtesy RAF Museum)
Above: Sgt. Maurice Turner (Courtesy Richard Maurice Turner, son of Sgt. Turner)
None - all are regarded as missing.
Plt.Off. Frank Andrew Connolly. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 258. Son of William and Emma Connolly, of Northcote, Victoria, Australia.
Sgt. David Abel Briggs. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 225. Son of David Abel and Margaret Briggs, of Dumfries, Scotland.
Flt.Sgt. Leonard Arthur Jeffries. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 219. Son of Walter Ernest and Alice Elizabeth Jeffries of Barlby, Nr. Selby, Yorkshire, England.
Sgt. Maurice Turner. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 239. Son of Herbert John and Eunice Mary Turner; husband of Rosetta Florence Clara Turner, of Margate, England.
Sgt. Robert William John Evans. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 229. Son of Robert W. and Gertrude R. Evans, of Bideford, Devon, England.
WO2. Leonard Maccallum Jackson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 254. Son of Alfred Jackson and of Ethel Mabel Jackson (nee MacCallum), of Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Flt.Sgt. Herbert Spencer Reid. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 255. Son of James and Alice Reid, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Researched by Colin Bamford for the relatives of the crew in particular to the nephew of Fl/Sgt. Leonard Jeffries, Prof. Donald J. Jeffries CBE has contacted us and supplied his photo for which we are grateful. With thanks to the following Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses Vol. 5", Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - "Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2", Les Allison and Harry Hayward - "They Shall Grow Not Old", Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
(1) Jackson Islands in Saskatchewan is named after W/O. Jackson