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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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05/06.01.1944 467 Squadron Lancaster III LM431 PO-M Plt.Off. Connolly

Operation: Stettin

Date: 5/6th January 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: 467 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: LM431

Code: PO-M

Base: RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire

Location: Unknown

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)

Burial details:

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

RS 15.02.2020 - additional of photograph for Sgt. Turner and reformatting

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 (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', Franek Grabowski, 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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