AR banner
search tips advanced search

Info LogoAdd to or correct this story with a few clicks.
Archive Report: Allied Forces

Compiled from official National Archive and Service sources, contemporary press reports, personal logbooks, diaries and correspondence, reference books, other sources, and interviews.


We seek additional information and photographs. Please contact us via the AddInfo button, or send us email from the Helpdesk.
576 Squadron Crest
02/03.11.1944 No. 576 Squadron Lancaster I LM122 UL-X2 P/O. William H. Hepburn

Operation: Duddelfdorf

Date: 02/03rd November 1944 (Thursday/Friday)

Unit: No. 576 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: LM122

Code: UL-X2

Base: RAF Fiskerton, Lincolnshire

Location: West of Rhine, Dusseldorf, Germany

Pilot: P/O. William Hendry Hepburn 182151 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. T. Hughes 2210561 RAFVR Evaded capture

Nav: Sgt. Francis McWatt 1670355 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. James Reavey 1692021 RAFVR Evaded capture

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. W. Noel Rees PoW No. 1258 Camp: Stalag Luft Bankan, near Kreulberg, Upper Silesia (L7)

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas McKay Annand Murray 1348949 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Salvin Fielding 1620500 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


The Air Bomber from this crew, Mr. James Reavey is trying to make contact with a Mr. David Rees, son of Sgt. Noel Rees - please contact us and your details will be forwarded.


REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off at 16:12 hrs from RAF Fiskerton, Lincolnshire to attack Düsseldorf, Germany. Massive raid (Last on Düsseldorf of the war by bomber command) with 992 aircraft taking part. (561 Lancasters, 400 Halifaxes and 31 Mosquitoes).

The raid resulted in 5,000 houses destroyed or badly damaged including steel manufacturers, 7 industrial firms were destroyed and a further 18 seriously damaged. Over 678 people on the ground were killed and another 1,000 were injured. 19 Aircraft were lost (11 Halifaxe, 8 Lancasters)

It is thought that LM122 was hit by bombs being dropped from other aircraft above - they crashed in the target area west of the Rhine.

Also lost from the Squadron on this operation was that of Lancaster I II NE115 UL-B2 Flown by F/O. J.J. Mulrooney 48587 RAFVR taken PoW, the only crew member of 7 to survive.

Burial details:

P/O. William Hendry Hepburn. Hotton War Cemetery. Grave 11.E.6. Son of James Low Hepburn and Jean Caldwell Hepburn, of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.

Sgt. Francis McWatt. Hotton War Cemetery. Grave 11.E.7. Son of Peter and Alice Elizabeth McWatt, of Dumbarton, Scotland.

Sgt. Thomas McKay Annand Murray. Hotton War Cemetery. Grave 11.E.4. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Murray, of Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Sgt. Salvin Fielding. Hotton War Cemetery. Grave 11.E.5. Son of Samuel Bennett Fielding and Beatrice Fielding, of Wyke, Yorkshire, England.

Researched for James Reavey - The Air Bomber from this crew, dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources quoted below. With thanks to Des Phillipart for grave photographs. Also thanks to James William Annand Tidy for correction in the name of Sgt. Thomas McKay Annand Murray - the CWGC has also listed him incorrectly as Arnand and James is trying to get them to change this.

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.
Click any image to enlarge it

Click to add your info via ticket on Helpdesk •Click to let us know via ticket on Helpdesk• Click to buy research books from Amazon •Click to explore the entire site

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them. - Laurence Binyon
All site material (except as noted elsewhere) is owned or managed by Aircrew Remembered and should not be used without prior permission.
© Aircrew Remembered 2012 - 2017
Last Modified: 05 November 2016, 20:48

Monitor Additions/Changes?Click to be informed of changes to this page. Create account for first monitor only, thereafter very fast. Click to close without creating monitor