03/04.07.1943 No. 12 Squadron Lancaster III ED820 PH-A F/O. Arnold R. Herron
Operation: Köln Germany
Date: 3/4th July 1943 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: No. 12 Squadron
Type: Lancaster Mk.III
Base: RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire
Location: Near Gembloux, Belgium
Pilot: F/O. Arnold Raymond Herron J/8380 RCAF Age 27. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Malcolm Lionel Green 627752 RAF Age 21. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Donald Robert Baird 1600016 RAFVR Age 30. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. H. Williams 1535229 RAF PoW No: 1351 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt.Thomas Eric Edmonson 1026801 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Mid/Up/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur Leonard Baseley 654128 RAF Age 27. KiIled
Rear/Gnr: Sgt. Maurice Emile Combres R/147647 RCAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Lancaster III ED820 (PH-A) took off from RAF Wickenby at 22:37 on the evening of 3rd July 1943 en-route to attack Köln. The bombing run completed, the Lancaster turned for home, but was intercepted and attacked over Belgium by Telge. The aircraft crashed at 03:05 between Walhain (Brabant) and Ernage (Namur).
Shot down over Belgium by Luftwaffe (ME110) Night Fighter Pilot Hptm. Wilhelm Telge (1) of 5./NJG1 at 03:05 hrs - his 10th claim of the war.
Only one crew member, Sgt H. Williams, the bomb aimer, survived the crash and was taken prisoner of war, held in various camps - Barth, Heydekrug.
Combres Lake in Saskatchewan was named after Sgt. Maurice Emile Combres
(1) Hptm. Wilhelm Telge - killed on the 31/01st September 1943 when he rammed a Stirling, South West of Berlin. This Stirling has not yet been positively identified. His crew member managed to bail out, surviving after the Bf110 G-4 G9+AN sheared a wing.
Right: Hptm. Wilhelm Telge (courtesy Kracker Archive)
F/O. Arnold Raymond Herron. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Coll. grave 2.F.7-8. Son of Leonard O. and Laura M. Herron, husband of Anne F. Herron, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt. Malcolm Lionel Green. Coll. grave 2.F.7-8. Son of Frank and Ada Green, of Boscombe East, Hampshire, England.
Sgt. Donald Robert Baird. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Coll. grave 2.F.7-8. Son of Robert Beck Baird and Violet Frances Baird, of Deganwy, Caernarvonshire, Wales.
Sgt.Thomas Eric Edmonson. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Coll. grave 2.F.7-8. Son of Thomas Thompson Edmondson and Emily May Edmondson, of Bowerham, Lancaster, England.
Sgt. Arthur Leonard Baseley. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Grave 2.F.6. Son of Charles and Ethel Kathrine Baseley, husband of Isabella Maud Baseley, of Balornock, Glasgow, Scotland.
Sgt. Maurice Emile Combres. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Grave 2.F.6. Son of Ernest-Pierre-Jean and Emilie Combres, originally from France. Maurice Combres joined the RCAF in 1942, on his 23rd mission when he was killed. He had flown in Wellingtons prior to transition to the Lancaster. He grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Researcher, Michel Beckers - submitted to Aircrew Remembered January 2016. With thanks to Jimmy Coster, Peter Clermonts for photographs, others from the Michel Beckers collection. For further information on Saskatchewan war dead we recommend Bill Barry’s website.