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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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9 Squadron Crest
03/04.05.1944 No. 9 Squadron Lancaster BI LL787 WS-Y F/O. James F. Ineson

Operation: Mailly-le-Camp

Date: 03/04th May 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: No. 9 Squadron

Type: Lancaster BI

Serial: LL787

Code: WS-Y

Base: RAF Bardney, Lincolnshire

Location: Normee

Pilot: F/O. James Frank Ineson 144953 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng: P/O. Leonard Charles Margetts 188929 RAFVR Age 29. Killed (1)

Nav: P/O. Hugh Fraser Mackenzie J/85814 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Air/Bmr: F/O. Terry L.M. Porteous NZ/427229 RNZAF PoW Camp - No further details.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Henry Robert Warren 1391942 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Henry S. Chappell Evaded

Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Wilkinson 2209695 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


Took off at 21:52 hrs from RAF Bardney, Lincolnshire to support the troops on the invasion of Europe. The target for the 346 Lancasters and 14 Mosquitoes was the German military camp close to the French village of Mailly.

Crew photo L-R: Sgt. Henry Warren, Sgt. James Wilkinson, F/O. James Ineson, P/O. Leonard Margetts. Front: Sgt. Henry Chappell, unknown instructor, F/O. Terry Porteous, P/O. Hugh Mackenzie. (courtesy Jennifer Graham)

The operation was a success as far as the bombing was concerned with 114 barrack buildings destroyed, 47 transport sheds and some ammunition buildings in the camp destroyed, 192 vehicles, 37 tanks were also hit. 218 German soldiers were killed and a further 156 injured. 1,500 tons of bombs were dropped. But, due to the delays in signalling the main force to come in and bomb the Luftwaffe night fighters were waiting for them. 43 were lost this night - 177 aircrew killed, 18 being taken PoW and 31 evading capture.

LL787 was thought to have been shot down by a night fighter, but no positive claim can be placed against this loss. The Lancaster came down at Normee 8 km. north east of Fere-Champenoise. Sgt Chappell escaped with the assistance of the local Maquis. (Henry Chappell was the son of Mr. T. Chappell, from South Leverton, Retford, Nottinghamshire, England)

F/O. James Frank Ineson receiving his wings and with friends during training (courtesy Jennifer Graham)

Local Marquis with Henry 1944 (courtesy Jennifer Graham)

Above left: Henry Chappell with Marquis and right: taken in 1994 Henry with Rene (courtesy Jennifer Graham)

(1) P/O. Leonard Charles Margetts was a former pupil of Moseley Grammar school (Now secondary/grammar school). We have worked very closely with the school's historians to remember all the ex pupils who died whilst serving with the RAF and recorded on the school memorial.

Crew graves at Normee (courtesy Jennifer Graham)

Burial details:

F/O. James Frank Ineson. Normee Churchyard. Grave 2. Son of William and Sarah Jeanetta Ineson, of 77 Brookroyd Lane, Batley, husband of Monica W. Ineson, of Woodbine Cottage, Moortop, New Farnley, Leeds Yorkshire, England.

P/O. Leonard Charles Margetts. Normee Churchyard. Collective Grave 1. Son of William Luke and Lucy Margetts; husband of Frances Christine Margetts, of 17 Melville Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland.

P/O. Hugh Fraser Mackenzie. Normee Churchyard. Collective Grave 1. Son of George Fraser MacKenzie and Cecile Leonore MacKenzie, of Spirit River, Alberta. Canada. Father also served, (R105811) RCAF Clinton, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt. Henry Robert Warren. Normee Churchyard. Collective Grave 1. Son of Mr F.J. Warren, 74 Warwickshire Street, Deptford, London SE8, England.

Sgt. James Wilkinson. Normee Churchyard. Collective Grave 1. Son of Mr G. Wilkinson, 23 Cavendish Road, Urmston, Manchester, England.

If any relatives would like to be in contact with Jennifer or others, please contact us and your message will be forwarded. With thanks to the following: Jennifer Graham - who has a huge amount of information on this operation - indeed the crew details, Keith Townsend historian of Moseley Secondary/Grammar school memorial records. Gordon Thorburn has written a superb book on 9 Squadron during WW2 - Order it direct from him, but please mention us.

F/O. James Frank Ineson during training (courtesy Jennifer Graham)

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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