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25/26.06.1943 No. 102 Squadron Halifax II JB843 DY-F Sgt. Kenneth Gore

Operation: Gelsenkirchen

Date: 25/26th June 1943 (Friday/Saturday)

Unit: No. 102 Squadron

Type: Halifax II

Serial: JB843

Code: DY-F

Base: RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire

Location: Breezand, North Holland

Pilot: Sgt. Kenneth Gore 1431059 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Thomas Mitchell Sugden 1119079 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

Nav: Sgt. John Harold Wright 1388972 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Thomas Eric Judd 1233573 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick Henry Mitchell 1079029 RAFVR Age 33. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. David Albert Harris Gough 1575135 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Bartholomew Foskett 1337461 RAFVR Age ? Killed


We would like to contact ant relatives of the crew as an eye witness to the crash, an 84 year old Dutchman witnessed this crash contacted us in October 2014 and would like to pass on his memories and thanks to the crew.


REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 23.34 hrs from RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire to bomb the Oil refineries of Gelsenkirchen with 472 other aircraft - 214 lancasters, 134 Halifaxes, 73 Stirlings, 40 Wellingtons with 12 ‘Oboe’ Mosquitoes.

The operation was considered to be a failure. Target was covered in cloud, with no moonlight until later in the raid, the Mosquitoes failed to accurately mark the target, due to 5 of them having defective equipment. 

The reports from Dusseldorf state that 24 buildings destroyed, 3,285 damaged - most of them superficial. 20 Industrial premises were also hit, with only 4 suffering serious loss of production. 16 people on the ground were killed. 


Right: Sgt. Thomas Eric Judd (courtesy Paul Malone)

For Bomber Command the losses were extremely heavy with 34 aircraft lost, either on the operation or on return to their bases. 179 Crew were killed with 36 taken PoW.

Halifax JB843 was shot down by Hptm. Hans-Joachim Jabs (1) of 11./NJG1at 02.40 hrs at Breezand with combat taking place at 4,200 mtrs.

Left: Hptm. Hans-Joachim Jabs (courtesy Kracker Archives)

(1) This was the 36th claim for Hptm. Hans-Joachim Jabs. Both a night fighter and daytime ace with some 50 victories. He survived the war - died on the 28th October 2003, age 86.


Above: Bergen General Cemetery and Bergen-Op-Zoom Cemetery (courtesy CWGC)

Burial details:

Sgt. Kenneth Gore. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Coll. Grave 1-3. Son of Adrian and Kate Muriel Gore, of West Bridgford, Nottingham, England.

Sgt. Thomas Mitchell Sugden. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Coll. Grave 1-3. Son of Thomas Mitchell Sugden and Henrietta Sugden, of Cookridge, Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

Sgt. John Harold Wright. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Coll. Grave 1-3. Son of Harold Frederick and Dorothy Laura Wright, of West Wickham, Kent, England.

Sgt. Thomas Eric Judd. Bergen-Op-Zoom Cemetery. Grave 30.A.6. Son of John William Judd and Alice (Alison) Judd (neé Pearce) of Coventry, England. Born in March 1921.

Sgt. Frederick Henry Mitchell. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Coll. Grave 1-3. Son of John William and Maud Ellen Mitchell; husband of Elsie Caerys Mitchell, of Wallasey, Cheshire, England.

Sgt. David Albert Harris Gough. Bergen-Op-Zoom Cemetery. Grave 28.B.10. N.o.K details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Sgt. John Bartholomew Foskett. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Coll. Grave 1-3. N.o.K details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Researched and dedicated to Mrs. L. Geary, niece of Sgt. Gough and all the relatives of this crew with thanks to Paul Malone relative of Sgt. Judd, 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', Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives'. Aircrew Remembered own Archives.

KTY 23.10.2015 Photo of Sgt. Judd added - courtesy Paul Malone - 02.11.201 personal details added - same source.

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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