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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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No. 426 Squadron Crest
05.03.1945 No. 426 Squadron RCAF Halifax VII LW210 OW-Y F/Lt Ivor Emerson

Operation: Chemnitz

Date: March 5 1945 (Monday)

Unit: No. 426 Squadron RCAF - Motto: On Wings of Fire

Squadron Badge: A Thunderbird

Type: Handley Page Halifax VII

Serial: LW210

Code: OW-Y

Base: RAF Linton on Ouse, North Riding of Yorkshire

Location: No. 28 Nunthorpe Grove, York

Pilot: F/Lt Ivor Emerson J11482 RCAF Age 29* - Killed (1)

Fl/Eng: P/O Walter Thomas Symes 195926 RAFVR Age 21 - Killed (2)

Nav: F/O Alick Matheson Hutchinson J39872 RCAF Age 25 - Killed (3)

Air/Bmr: Thomas Marnoch Campbell J39018 RCAF Age 21 - Killed (4)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O John Low J91020 RCAF Age? Injured - Survived (5)

Air/Gnr: P/O John Neil MacDougall J94554 RCAF Age 22 - Killed (6)

Air/Gnr: P/O Raymond Hilton Turner J94478 RCAF Age 20 - Killed (7)


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REASON FOR LOSS:

Severe airframe icing. For further details see JB122 ADDENDUM: AIRFRAME ICING - Loss 5






BURIAL DETAILS, MEMORIALS AND EPITAPHS


(1) F/Lt Ivor Emerson was buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery - Sec. H. Row P. Grave 7.

His epitaph reads:

Dearly beloved husband

Of Ruth Lamb Emerson

And father of Mariclaire

Son of Harold and Clara A. Emerson; husband of Ruth Lamb Emerson, of Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.A. *DOB- April 3 1915, Cambuslang, Scotland, British Subject. Information from LAC/ancestry.ca, Attestation form signed by Ivor Emerson on June 18, 1940. Electrical engineer.



(2) P/O Walter Thomas Symes was buried at Thorncombe (St. Mary) Churchyard and Extension - Extension, North part. Row 7. Grave 3.

No epitaph

Son of Bert and Ida Bessie Symes, of Westford, Somerset.



(3) F/O Alick Matheson Hutchinson was buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery - Sec. H. Row P. Grave 6. DOB- February 23, 1920, Inverness, Scotland. Metallurgical engineer.








(4) F/O Thomas Marnoch Campbell was buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery - Sec. H. Row P. Grave 5.

His epitaph reads:

He died for freedom.

Ever remembered

By his father and brothers

Son of Robert Marnoch and Isabella Campbell, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.



(6) P/O John Neil MacDougall was buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery - Sec. H. Row P. Grave 2.

His epitaph reads:

A place is vacant

In our home,

Which never can be filled

Son of Alexander and Mary Florence MacDougall, of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.



(7) P/O Raymond Hilton Turner was buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery - Sec. H. Row P. Grave 4.

His epitaph reads:

He died

That others might live

In peace and security

Son of Raymond Hilton and Florence Mary Turner, of Fort William, Ontario, Canada.






References:

Aircrew Remembered Archive Report: JB122 Addendum- Airframe Icing. Journey’s End, Kevin Wilson- Chapter Fourteen, A COLD AND SILENT KILLER pp. 266-292. Library and Archives Canada/ancestry.ca.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

Photo Credits: LAC/ancestry.ca: Canada, WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947. A3. F/L Ivor Emerson - File 27467 Image 216. B3. F/O Alick Hutchinson - File 30660 Image 56. C3. F/O Thomas Campbell - File 25002 Image 2. D3. P/O John MacDougall - File 28070 Image 164. E3. P/O Raymond Turner - File 28842 Image 344. Journey’s End: Crash-site of LW210 at Nunthorpe Grove, York.

Co-Authors:

John Naylor

Maureen Hicks

Pete Pearson

Reg Price DFC, 625 Squadron vet

Submission by John Proctor, Jack Albrecht and Nic Lewis.

JA 08-09-2019

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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