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05/06.01.1944 No 467 Squadron Lancaster III LM431 PO-M P/O. Connolly Crew loss

Operation: Stettin

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

Unit: No. 467 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: LM431

Code: PO-M

Base: RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire

Location: Unknown

Pilot: P/O. Frank Andrew Connolly 409666 RAAF Age 30. Missing

Fl/Eng: Sgt. David Abel Briggs 1590037 RAFVR Age 19. Missing

Nav: Fl/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: W/O II. Leonard Maccallum Jackson R/128258 RCAF Age 23. Missing (1)

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Herbert Spencer Reid R/157645 RCAF Age 27. Missing


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. We would be interested in hearing from anyone regarding this loss and full credits will be provided for the information received.


Left: Fl/Sgt. Leonard Arthur Jeffries (courtesy Prof. Donald Jeffries C.B.E.) 

Right: W/O II. Leonard Maccallum Jackson (courtesy RAF Museum) 

Burial details:

None - all are regarded as missing.

P/O. 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.

Fl/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.

W/O II. Leonard Maccallum Jackson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 254. Son of Alfred Jackson and of Ethel Mabel Jackson (nee MacCallum), of Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Fl/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 Vol's. 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

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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