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149 Squadron Crest
08/09.12.1942 No. 149 Squadron Stirling I BF391 OJ-T F/O. M.H. Good

Operation: Gardening

Date: 08/09th December 1942 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 149 Squadron

Type: Stirling I

Serial: BF391

Code: OJ-T

Base: RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk

Location: Dobersdorf, Germany

Pilot: F/O. Michael Harvey Good 120928 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Haydyn Taliesin Williams 562624 RAF Age 30. Killed

Nav: Sgt. William Thomas Taylor 1262024 RAFVR Age 32. Killed

Air/Bmr/Obs: Sgt. Charles Richard Long 1028719 RAFVR Age 25. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Leonard Percy James French 1381454 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Patrick Hatton Murray 968359 RAFVR Age 24. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Alfred Clough 926499 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off at 16:31 hrs for a mining operation in the Fehmarn Channel region (Baltic). See Gardening map for codenames.

Stirling BF391 of 149 Squadron was shot down by anti-aircraft units - coming down at Schlesen am Dobersdorfer See at either 19:30 hrs or 20:30 hrs (time difference is because the flak unit claimed 2 Stirlings in the same area.

The Squadron lost 3 aircraft and crews during this operation, the others:

P/O. John Philip BEM (1) 133028 RAFVR Stirling I W7639 OJ-Q killed on return from operation with all 7 crew.
F/O. Laurence Theodore Izzard J/7462 RCAF Stirling I R9253 OJ-C Missing with 7 crew, 1 body recovered.

(1) P/O. John Philp had been awarded his BEM earlier in September, when the Stirling (BF334 OJ-R) he was piloting suffered engine failure and they were forced to ditch. Both he and another crew member towed severely injured 19 year old, Sgt. Frederick Henry King 1330708 RAFVR, as they swam ashore. Sgt. King, from Upton Park, Essex, England, had unfortunately died during their 4 hour swim when they were finally picked up by a small fishing boat.

Burial details:

F/O. Michael Harvey Good. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 1.C.14. Son of Maj. Thomas Spellman Good and Freda Mary Good, of Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales.

Sgt. Haydyn Taliesin Williams. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 1.C.12. Son of Charles and Johanna Williams, of Alton, Hampshire, England and husband of Laura Williams. Epitaph reads: "For Liberty, Fraternity, Equality."

Sgt. William Thomas Taylor. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 1.C.16. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Taylor; husband of Kathleen Taylor, of Didsbury, Manchester, England. Epitaph reads: In Loving Memory Of One Who Was Held Dear By All."

Sgt. Charles Richard Long. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 1.C.13. Son of Charles Richard and Violet Long, of Thornley, Co. Durham, England. Epitaph reads: "God's Greatest Gift, Remembrance."

Sgt. Leonard Percy James French. Kiel War Cemetery. Joint grave 1.C.17. Son of Frederick William Wybrow French and Edith French, of Hornchurch, Essex, England.

Fl/Sgt. Patrick Hatton Murray. Kiel War Cemetery. Joint grave 1.C.17. Son of Robert Kyle Murray and Ethel Emilie Murray, of Hartley, Plymouth, England. Epitaph reads: "Until We Meet, Mums."

Sgt. John Alfred Clough. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 1.C.15. Son of Fred and Minnie Emma Clough, of Sandwich, Kent, England and husband of Margaret Elizabeth Clough.

Researched for Mrs. Heather Triggs, relative of Charles Long and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as quoted and Bob Boston and Brad Evans from Find A Grave for grave photographs.

Sgt. Frederick King. Margate Cemetery. Sec. 50. Grave 16201. Son of Frederick Lewin King and Lilian Kate King, of Upton Park, Essex, England. Grave epitaph reads: “At The Going Down Of The Sun, And In The Morning We Will Remember Him. Mum And Dad.”

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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