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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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622 Squadron Crest
09/10.04.1945 No. 622 Squadron Lancaster I NG447 GI-U Fl/Lt. Lionel A.S. Hodge

Operation: Kiel

Date: 9/10th April 1945 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 622 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: NG447

Code: GI-U

Base: RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk

Location: Dorphof, 6km SSE of Kappeln

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Lionel Arthur Sydney Hodge 131036 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Samuel George Taylor 1459586 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Nav: Fl/Sgt. William Munro Leckie Green R/186454 RCAF Age 22. Killed

Air/Bmr: F/O. George William Gell J/40435 RCAF Age 34. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/O. Alexander Sidney Seymour 16446 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. W.E. Lewis RAFVR Survived - injured.

Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Alfred Parsons 1025607 RAFVR Age 25. Killed


Taking off at 19:34 hrs from RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk to bomb the U- boat yards in Kiel. The resulting operation caused severe damage to the yards and also sank the battleship Admiral Scheer.

This Lancaster was shot down by either Hptm. Heinz Ferger of III./NJG2, Lt. Arnold Doring of 10./NJG3 or Hptn. Franz-August Von Tesmar of 11./NJG3, all being credited with a claim on this operation but no records available at this stage of the war in this area. The loss card for Sgt Lewis describes him as being 'safe' and receiving hospital treatment. No further details.

Admiral Scheer - sunk on this operation

Kiel War Cemetery, Germany

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Lionel Arthur Sydney Hodge. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 4.G.6. Son of Arthur Sydney and Amy Eleanor Hodge of Harpenden, Herts, England.

Fl/Sgt. Samuel George Taylor. Kiel War Cemetery. Joint Grave 4.G.9-10. Son of Samuel George and Annie Elizabeth Taylor of Droylsden, Manchester, England.

Fl/Sgt. William Munro Leckie Green. Kiel War Cemetery. Joint Grave 4.G.9-10. From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Next of kin details unavailable - are you able to assist?

F/O. George William Gell. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 4.G.7. Husband of Florence Gell of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

F/O. Alexander Sidney Seymour 16446. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 4.G.8. Son of Sydney William and Mildred Clara Seymour.

Sgt. William Alfred Parsons. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 4.G.5. Son of John Walter and Evelyn Parsons of Thornbury, Bradford, Yorkshire, England.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. Additional sources as quoted bellow. With thanks to Jack Brook for correction of serial number - January 2016.

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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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