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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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424 Squadron Crest
24/25.04.1944 No. 424 Squadron Halifax III HX318 QB-O P/O. William P. Hugli

Operation: Karlsruhe

Date: 24/25th April 1944

Unit: 424 ('Tiger') Squadron (RCAF)

Type: Halifax III

Serial: HX318 ("Oscar”)

Code: QB-O

Base: RAF Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire

Location: Bingen, Germany

Pilot: P/O. William Paul Hugli J/12224 RCAF Age 24. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. William Docherty 1562816 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Nav: F/O. George Stephen Coleman J/22862 RCAF PoW No: 4458 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Bellaria (2)

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Harold Edward May R/156717 RCAF Age 27. PoW No: 55413 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Bellaria (3)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Albert Alexander Pound 1510041 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. ‘Red’ George William Mayor J/91171 RCAF Age 19. Killed

Air/Gnr: F/O. Robert Scott Chapman J/88411 RCAF Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took-off at 21:43 hrs RAF Skipton-on-Swale in Yorkshire. Hit by flak while flying at 20,000 feet and making a northerly approach to the AP. Moments later the Halifax blew up, ejecting the two survivors in the blast. It is believed Fl/Sgt. May was badly hurt and is thought to have been repatriated in September 1944.

Halifax HX318 "Oscar” on take-off from RAF Skipton-on-Swale.

Close up of ‘nose art’ on HX318 clearly showing its 60 missions.


(1) Mayor Lake - West of Southern India Lake renamed after Sgt. George William Mayor in 1979


(2) F/O. George Stephen Coleman, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, deceased Calgary 1999.
(3) Fl/Sgt Harold Edward May, Cayuga, Ontario, Canada - born 12 August 1917, deceased 4 January, 1990, Halimand, Ontario.

Burial Details:

We understand that some, or all, of the crew were initially buried at Waldalgesheim Cemetery, exhumed after end of hostilities and reburied at the CWWG as shown.

P/O. William Paul Hugli. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave B.C.9. Born 03rd June 1923, Regina, Saskatchewan. Son of Frederick Jacob and Anna Elmira (née Brock) Hugli. Attended Hermer School and Scott Collegiate before enlisting in 1941. Had two brothers who served in the Canadian army.

Right: P/O. William Paul Hugli (courtesy LAC Ottawa via David Champion)

Sgt. William Docherty. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave B.C.11. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?

Sgt. George Albert Alexander Pound. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave B.C.10. Son of George and Jessie Pound. Address details not available - are you able to assist?


Left: F/O. Robert Scott Chapman (courtesy LAC Ottawa via David Champion)

Sgt. ‘Red’ George William Mayor. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave B.C.8. Son of Harry J. and Ida V. Mayor, of Crawford Park, Manitoba, Canada. George had curly auburn hair where he gained his nickname - enlisted April 12th 1943. Two older brothers, who all served (Army) Played hockey, ball and curling - enjoyed dancing.

F/O. Robert Scott Chapman. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave B.C.7. Son of Herbert Edward and Jennie Mae Chapman, of Kingsville, Ontario, Canada.

With thanks for additional details to LAC Ottawa via David Champion - March 2016.

KTY 03.07.2015 Map added - 27.03.2016 further details added.

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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