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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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9 Squadron crest
12/13.07.1944 No. 9 Squadron Lancaster I LM221 WS-K F/O. Hallett

Operation: Railway junctions at Culmont

Date: 12/13th July 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: No. 9 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: LM221

Code: WS-K

Base: RAF Baldney, Lincolnshire.

Location: Cour-I'Évêque, Haute-Marne, France

Pilot: F/O. William Alfred Martin Hallett J/85794 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Allan Fleming Grieve 1822215 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Nav: F/O. John Frederick Armstrong J/24240 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Donald George Wentworth Brown AUS/420436 RAAF Age 24. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frank 'Midge' Everett Shaw 1332113 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Allen Douglas Tagget AUS/421769 RAAF Age 26. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Malcolm Henry Payne AUS/417512 RAAF Age 22. Killed


Some reports state that this Lancaster was lost due to a collision.  Ongoing research, we welcome any further information on this.

In the meantime, we are researching the other crew members, who, the family would very much like to be placed in contact with.


Above left the wireless operator / air gunner, Sgt. Frank 'Midge' Everett Shaw taken during training and right after joining the squadron (courtesey Dian Bladwin and Pat Shaw


The three Australian members of the crew and the Canadian pilot, L-R Fl/Sgt. Tagget, Fl/Sgt. Payne, Fl/Sgt. Brown and standing, the pilot, F/O. Hallett (courtesy Australian Archives)

Wonderful photographs sent in by relatives - taken on 23rd July 1946. The mothers of Sgt. Allan Grieve and Sgt. Shaw (courtesy Pat Shaw)

The memorial as it is today, beautifully cared for by the people from the village.

The locals from the village all turned out on the day described as very touching indeed by the relatives who attended. This selection of photographs kindly submitted by Pat Shaw and Sandra Fincham (nee Shaw) of the Remembrance Service held on the 14th July 2012.

The graves of the crew and the splendid monument behind the graves.

Memorial erected by local inhabitants and unveiled in 1946 (courtesy Pat Shaw) 

Above left: The memorial. Left to right: Madame Cecile, Pat Shaw, Sandra Fincham and Madame Therese. Madame Cecile and Madame Therese are sisters, and it was their father that pulled Sgt Shaw, from the plane. Madame Therese was 16 at the time and was there that fateful night. 

Burial details:

F/O. William Alfred Martin Hallett. Cour-I'Évêque Churchyard, France. Son of William Hallett, and of Marie Anna Hallett, of Fort Vermilion, Alberta, Canada

Sgt. Allan Fleming Grieve. Cour-I'Évêque Churchyard, France. Son of William and Margaret Grieve, of Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.

F/O. John Frederick Armstrong. Cour-I'Évêque Churchyard, France. Son of Guy and Frances Ruth Armstrong, of Victoria, British Columbia. Canada

Fl/Sgt. Donald George Wentworth Brown. Cour-I'Évêque Churchyard, France. Son of George Wentworth Brown and Elcey Brown, of Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia

Sgt. Frank Everett Shaw. Cour-I'Évêque Churchyard, France. Son of Frederick and Sarah E. Shaw, of  48 Margaret Paston Avenue, Mile Cross, Norwich, Norfolk, England..

Fl/Sgt. Allen Douglas Tagget. Cour-I'Évêque Churchyard, France. Son of Mark and Eva Tagget, husband of Ethel Mildred Tagget, of Felstead, Essex, England.

Fl/Sgt. Malcolm Henry Payne. Cour-I'Évêque Churchyard, France. Son of Frederick and Mabel Lillian Payne, of Karoonda, South Australia. Date of birth - 16 Apr 1922 : Place of birth Mintaro, Australia, Place of enlistment - Adelaide

Researched for Sandra Fincham and Pat Shaw - relatives of the Wireless Operator/Gunner Sgt. Frank E. Shaw. With thanks to several members of the family for submitting photographs.

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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