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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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463 Squadron Crest
30/31.01.1944 No. 463 Squadron Lancaster III ED949 JO-A P/O. Douglas C. Dunn

Opration: Berlin

Date: 30/31st January 1944 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 463 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: ED949

Code: JO-A

Base: RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire 

Location: Near Neuruppin, Brandenburg, Germany

Pilot: P/O. Douglas Chapman Dunn AUS/416418 RAAF Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Frederick Thomas Henry Adams 629232 RAF Age 23. Killed

Nav: F/O. Frederick George Fidler 135040 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Marshall Y. Smith 9652759 RAFVR PoW No: 1161 Camp: Stalag Luft Heydekrug (1)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Andrew Leslie McConnell 1137800 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harry Deakin 1590148 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Edward Fitzgibbon Gloster AUS/425641 RAAF Age 20. Killed


534 aircraft took part in yet another concentrated raid on the German capital the third in as many days. 

ED949 taking off from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire at 17.17 hrs. The bomber stream were not intercepted until they were well into the run to the target when they faced fierce opposition from the night fighters. Many were shot down over the target but also they suffered attacks after leaving the target area.

Members of 463 Squadron gather round the table at the home of Sgt Adams with his father and mother  (photo on the table) Sent to Aircrew Remembered by David Copper. If anyone can assist with anything further on this photograph or the remembrance page, we would like to hear from them.

The above photograph has been digitally enhanced from the original photo - shown left.

Bombing on the cloud covered City was described as another concentrated attack with over 1000 civilians being killed and a few industrial premises including Goebbels Propaganda Ministry.

The loss rate from Bomber Command amounted to some 35 aircraft lost. 189 aircrew killed with a further 56 made PoW.

Lancaster ED949 is understood to have been shot down by a night fighter on the night of the 30th January, although no claims can be identified to this aircraft. It is understood that the rear gunner reported that his turret was out of action when it left the base, but that the crew decided that they would continue on the operation. 

In a letter sent by the survivor to relatives Marshall Smith described that they had been attacked by a night fighter and could only defend with the guns of the mid upper gunner Harry Deakin. Fire broke out in the bomb bay and the pilot gave the order to bale out - he was convinced that all the crew had managed to leave the aircraft as it was in a shallow dive but assumed that ED949 must have entered into a spin or blew up in the air.

463 Squadron Lancaster 'Bombing-Up' at RAF Waddington

(1) Fl/Sgt Marshall Y. Smith lived at 58 South College St, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland and served out the rest of the war at Stalag Luft Heydekrug.

Burial details:

The crew were initially buried at the local cemetery in Neuruppin prior to being moved after the end of the war to Berlin.

P/O. Douglas Chapman Dunn. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Coll. grave 7. Z. 23-27. Son of Alexander and Leila Dunn, of Evendale, Adelaide, South Australia.

Sgt. Frederick Thomas Henry Adams. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Coll. grave 7. Z. 23-27. Son of Frederick Charles and Deborah Adams, of Pembroke House, Main Road, Gedling, Nottingham, England.

F/O. Frederick George Fidler. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Coll. grave 7. Z. 23-27. Son of Mr. H. Fidler 23 Cherry Down Road, Sidcup, Kent, England.

Sgt. Andrew Leslie McConnell. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Coll. grave 7. Z. 23-27. Son of John A. McConnell and Jenny McConnell, of  2 Ozone Avenue, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Sgt. Harry Deakin. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave 7. Z. 22. Husband of Mrs. H. Deakin of 53 York Road, Darnall, Sheffield, England.

Fl/Sgt. Edward Fitzgibbon Gloster. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Coll. grave 7. Z. 23-27. Son of Richard William Vere Gloster and Kathleen Genevieve Gloster, of 17 Bayview Terrace, Clayfield, Brisbane, Australia.

Researched for David Cooper who's brothers wife is the niece of the flight engineer Sgt. Frederick Thomas Henry Adams. With thanks to Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - "Nightfighter War Diaries Vol. 1/2", Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses Vol. 5", Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - "Bomber Command War Diaries", Oliver Clutton-Brock - "Footprints On The Sands Of Time", Commonwealth Graves Commission. Australian 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 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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