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49 Squadron Crest

Operation: München

Date: 24/25th April 1944 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 49 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: ND537

Code: EA-S

Base: RAF Fiskerton Lincolnshire

Location: Pastetten, Germany

Pilot: P/O. Frank Clark 168675 RAFVR Age 29. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Frank Shaw 1672605 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Nav: Sgt. Douglas Rolfe 1469579 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Daniel Gilbert Adams RAFVR Age 27. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Terence Robert Connatty 1128106 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick John Castle 1191283 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Frank William Hubbard 1225889 RAFVR Age 35. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off at 21:03 hrs from RAF Fiskerton to take part in another night operation against the city of München. What is classed as a very successful raid in which 234 Lancasters and 16 Mosquitoes took part. The marking went well and the bombing very accurate with the hits concentrated in the centre of the city.

German reports state that 1,104 buildings were destroyed, 1,367 severely damaged. Mostly these were domestic homes but also included 48 public buildings, 30 schools, 24 police and air raid posts, 18 military buildings, 13 churches and 7 hospitals. Casualties on the ground amounted to 88 people killed, 2,945 injured and 30,000 civilians losings their homes. The very low loss of life on the ground is unexplained but the reports are from the München Bundesarchiv, Freiburg.

49 Squadron at RAF Fiskerton

Allied losses totalled 11 Lancasters. ND537 was shot down at 02.05 hrs by Oblt. Heinz Rökker (1) of 2./NJG2 with interception taking place 20-30 kms. North, North, East of München at 5.000 mtrs.

(1) Oblt. Heinz Rökker - this was his 23rd confirmed claim of the war. He was to survive the war with a total of 65 confirmed victories.


Left: Luftwaffe nightfighter ace, Oblt. Heinz Rökker (1) of 2./NJG2 

Crew graves at Durnbach War Cemetery (courtesy David Franklin - all are available at high resolution free of charge, please contact us)

Burial details:

The crew were first buried at München-Westenfriedhof cemetery and then reinterred after the war as shown below.

P/O. Frank Clark. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 7E.14-17. Son of Charles and Margaret E. Clark, of Silsden, Yorkshire, England.

Sgt. Frank Shaw. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 7E.14-17. Son of Joseph and Alice Shaw, of Heworth Green, York, England.

Sgt. Douglas Rolfe. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 7E.14-17. Son of Joseph Thomas Rolfe and Mary Emma Rolfe, of Handsworth, Sheffield, England.

Fl/Sgt. Daniel Gilbert Adams. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 7E.14-17. Son of Daniel and Henrietta Adams, husband of Eileen Ethel Maud Adams, of Stoke Newington, London, England.

Fl/Sgt. Terence Robert Connatty. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 7E.14-17. Son of Robert George and Isabella Magdalene Connatty, of Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Sgt. Frederick John Castle. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 7E.14-17. Son of Ernest George and Emily Castle, of Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire, England.

Fl/Sgt. Frank William Hubbard. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 7E.14-17. Son of James William and Alice Marion Hubbard, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, husband of Audrey Lilian Elsie Hubbard, of Great Yarmouth, England.

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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