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15.03.1945 No. 1664 H.C.U. Halifax III MZ481 Fl/Lt. Connors

Operation: Training

Date: 15th March 1945 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 1664 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit)

Type: Halifax III

Serial: MZ481

Base: RAF Dishforth, Yorkshire

Location: Unknown - lost without trace, almost certainly Irish Sea

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Frank Earl Connors J/21847 RCAF Age 27. Missing

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Kenneth James Parrish 1801881 RAFVR Age 21. Missing

Nav: F/O. James Charles Pearson J/42664 RCAF Age 21. Missing

Air/Bmr: Fl/Lt. John Mackintosh Fowlie J/13989 RCAF Age 24. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Arthur Henry Jones R/218186 RCAF Age 19. Missing (1)

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. James Graham 12168A RCAF Age 25. Missing (2)

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. John Howard James Grahame R/106461 RCAF Age 24. Missing (3)

We would appreciate contact from relatives of Sgt. Parrish as his is the only photo missing from the crew line up.


Taking off at 19:10 hrs from RAF Dishforth in Yorkshire on a night cross country exercise.

At 03:30 hrs (the absolute limit of flying time) a search was commenced for the aircraft and no trace could be found, the crew had not transmitted any message that they had a problem. One of the theories is that the crew may have become incapacitated via carbon dioxide fumes entering their oxygen supply.

Shown above the six Canadian members of the crew: L-R: Fl/Lt. Frank Earl Connors, Fl/Lt. John Mackintosh Fowlie, Fl/Sgt. Arthur Henry Jones, F/O. James Charles Pearson. Seated: Fl/Sgt. John Howard James Grahame, Fl/Sgt. James Graham, (courtesy Ken Greenaway)

We are indebted to Norma Wilkinson-Wills and the family of F/O. James Charles Pearson for records and photographs used in this page of remembrance. Also to Ken Greenaway, nephew of the navigator, who also contacted us in October 2014 with the crew photographs, finally to Ann Cullen friend of the family of Fl/Lt. John Mackintosh Fowlie who contacted us in October 2016.

Above: Pilot: Fl/Lt. Frank Earl Connors (courtesy Ken Greenaway)

Wireless Operator: Fl/Sgt. Arthur Henry Jones (courtesy Ken Greenaway)

Air Gunner: Fl/Sgt. James Graham (courtesy Ken Greenaway)

Above left: Fl/Lt. John Mackintosh Fowlie (courtesy Ken Greenaway) Right: F/O. James Charles Pearson

Above: Runnymede Memorial with inserts L-R: Fl/Lt. Connors, F/O. Pearson, Fl/Sgt. Jones, Fl/Lt. Fowlie and Fl/Sgt. Grahame.

(1) Jones Bay, Saskatchewan is named after Fl/Sgt. Arthur Henry Jones
(2) Graham Lake, Saskatchewan is named after Fl/Sgt. James Graham
(3) Grahame Point on Blevins Lake, Manitoba is named after Fl/Sgt. Grahame

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Frank Earl Connors. Runnymede Memorial Panel 278. Son of Thomas John and Jessie Connors, of Fort William, Ontario, Canada, husband of Louise Connors, of 205 Shuniah Road, Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt. Kenneth James Parrish. Runnymede Memorial Panel 276. Son of James Albert and Christiana Lilian Parrish, of Welling, Kent, England. Also of, The Bungalow, Westleigh Lane, Leigh, Lancashire, England.

F/O. James Charles Pearson. Runnymede Memorial Panel 279. Son of James and Clara Loretta Pearson, of 88 Kenilworth Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. James enlisted on the 6th May 1942, he was enrolled in Delta Collegiate in the Accountancy program.

Fl/Lt. John Mackintosh Fowlie. Runnymede Memorial Panel 278. Born on the 3rd May 1920, the only son of Melville Mackay Fowlie and Margaret Rose Fowlie (née Mackintosh), of 144 Forythe Street, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. (John’s mother Margaret, died the day after a difficult childbirth while delivering John. His father married his second wife Catherine Clark (née Ferguson) and they both raised John. They had two children together of their own, Janet and Don. Enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. He received training at Prince Albert, graduated at Rivers, Manitoba.

Jack Fowlie’s family also had a stone laid in tribute to him at Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia.

Fl/Sgt. Arthur Henry Jones. Runnymede Memorial Panel 282. Son of Henry J. and Florence E. Jones, of Somme, Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to enlisting on the 31st March 1943 he was a farmer.

Fl/Sgt. James Graham. Runnymede Memorial Panel 281. Son of Joseph and Christina Graham (nee Reid) of 76 Connaught Crescent, Regina Saskatchewan, Canada. Joined 22nd May 1939 - prior to that he was a mechanic

Fl/Sgt. John Howard James Grahame. Runnymede Memorial Panel 281. Son of John E. and Elizabeth Grahame, of Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada. Uncle, Mr George Brown of 7 Sunnybank Road, Droylsden, Manchester, England.

Researched for relatives of the crew with thanks for additional information to Norma Wilkinson-Wills, Library and Archives Canada, Ken Greenaway, nephew of the navigator, Robert Sinclair, relative of Fl/Sgt. Grahame, Ann Cullen friend of the family of Fl/Lt. John Mackintosh Fowlie - his family, Ann Hawley and Bill Harper. Other sources as quoted below:

KTY - 19.10.2016 New information, map, photo's added.

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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), 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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