16/17.06.1944 No. 434 Squadron Halifax III MZ297 WL-Z F/O. Earl S. Dwyer
Date: 16/17th June 1944
Unit: No. 434 Squadron (RCAF)
Type: Halifax III
Base: RAF Croft, Yorkshire
Location: Alphen-aan-den-rijn, Southern Holland
Pilot: F/O. Earl Stewart Dwyer J/19788 RCAF Age 22. Killed
Fl/Eng: P/O. John Henry Bolton 178848 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
Nav: P/O. Stanley Keith Kaiser J/87268 RCAF Age 25. Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. James Cornwallis Lummis J/28211 RCAF Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Arthur Robert Moorby J/89868 RCAF Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr: P/O. Thomas Duncan Turner J/87128 RCAF Age 29. Killed
Air/Gnr: P/O. Norman Erick Moore J/87131 RCAF Age 31. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 22.4 hrs from Croft, Yorkshire to attack the synthetic oil plant. The total aircraft taking part on this raid being 321 aircraft. Heavy cloud covered the target and most of the bombing was scattered over a large area. Very little damage was done to the oil plant but 21 Germans and 6 foreigners were killed with 18 houses destroyed in the vicinity.
The bomber stream passed near a German night-fighter beacon at Hocholt and they were attacked with disastrous effect. 21 were shot down by the night-fighters and a further 10 by the flak defences.
4 Halifaxes from 434 Squadron were lost this night.
LK792 WL-N flown by F/O. McQueen RCAF With all 7 crew members killed.
LK801 WL-D flown by WO.1 Laffin RCAF With 1 crew member killed, 5 made PoW and another evading capture.
LW433 WL-W flown by Fl/Sgt. Haldenby RCAF With 3 crew members killed, 3 made PoW and another evading capture.
L-R. Lt. Rumpelhardt, Hptm Schnaufer, Ofw. Gänzier (courtesy of Fritz Rumpelhardt)
MZ297 WL-Z was shot down by Hptm. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer of Stab IV./NJG1 with combat taking place at 4,000 mtrs at 01.54 hrs. Hptm. Schnaufer (already an ace at this time with an incredible 79 kills) survived the war but was killed in a car accident in France in 1945. (Total of 121 night kills)
A poem, written by F/O. Lummis, was sent into Aircrew Remembered by Marian McKiernon (cousin), now in our Poetry Section.
F/O. Earl Stewart Dwyer. Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery Plot 13. Row 1. Grave 10. Son of James William and Elizabeth Marguerite Dwyer, of Trail, British Columbia, Canada.
P/O. John Henry Bolton. Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery Plot 13. Row 1. Grave 4. Son of Alfred Harold and Kate Ann Bolton, of Stanmore, Middlesex, England.
P/O. Stanley Keith Kaiser. Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery Plot 13. Row 1. Grave 5. Son of Garfield J. and Lena Kaiser, of Lambeth, Ontario, Canada.
F/O. James Cornwallis Lummis. Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery Plot 13. Row 1. Grave 2. From Montreal, Canada. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
P/O. Arthur Robert Moorby. Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery Plot 13. Row 1. Grave 13. Son of Arthur H. and Ellen Moorby, of Camrose, Alberta, Canada.
P/O. Thomas Duncan Turner. Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery Plot 13. Row 9. Grave 191. Son of Thomas James Turner and Jessie Jane Turner, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
P/O. Norman Erick Moore. Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery Plot 13. Row 9. Grave 193. Son of Frank L. and Fannie E. Moore; husband of Madeleine M. A. Moore, of Verdun, Province of Quebec, Canada.
For further details our thanks to the following, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries (Updated 2014 version), Commonwealth War Graves Commission.