22/23.11.1943 No. 428 Squadron Halifax V LK906 NA-D Sgt. Jack M. Jacob
Date: 22/23rd November 1943 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No. 428 Squadron
Type: Halifax V
Base: RAF Middleton St. George, County Durham.
Location: Scherenbostel, 16 km NNW of Hanover
Pilot: Sgt. "Jac" Jack Morton Jacob R/144258 RCAF Age 22. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. "Ack" Albert Ackland 18017770 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Nav: Sgt. "Boucher" William Royce Boucher 1579567 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. "Rad" Allen Bruce Radbourne R/156140 RCAF Age 19. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. "Brack" William David Bracken 1457457 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. "Don" also known as ‘Forrie’. Malcolm Forrest Donaldson R/194186 RCAF Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. "Jock" George Kemp 994709 RAFVR Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 16:38 hrs. from RAF Middleton St George.
The Halifax and its crew crashed at Scherenbostel at 21:30 hrs, as shown on map. Flak from 1, 2, 4 and 5./schw Flak Abt. 185 and 5925 zbv. (Updated information courtesy Theo Boiten 'Nachtjagd Combat Archive' 1943 Part 3 - 2019)
Crew of Halifax LK906 taken in November 1943, shortly before their loss. (courtesy Nola Pinnock, via Linda Ibrom)
The flak defences were again very effective accounting for 17 bombers over Berlin, a further 7 over the Hannover area. Night fighters claimed 4, although through lack of positive identification, none can be identified.
A poem written by the flight engineer "Ack" Ackland has been sent by his niece Nola and now entered in our poetry pages
Left: Flight Engineer for LK906 Sgt. "Ack" Albert Ackland
Sgt. "Jac" Jack Morton Jacob. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 10.D.13-17. Son of Mr and Mrs Frank Jacob of 79 Roxborough Street, West Toronto, Canada.
Sgt. "Ack" Albert Ackland. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 10.D.13-17. Son of Alfred and Charlotte Ackland and brother of Charlotte, Lily, James, William and Ivy of Bethnal Green, London, England. Grave inscription: 'To Live In The Hearts Of Those We Love, Is Not To Die'.
Sgt. "Boucher" William Royce Boucher. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 10.D.13-17. Son of T.H.R. and Gertrude Boucher of Kingsheath, Birmingham, England.
Sgt. "Rad" Allen Bruce Radbourne. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 10.D.13-17. Son of Harvey and Mildred Radbourne of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription: 'In God We Trust'.
Sgt. "Brack" William David Bracken. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 10.D.13-17. Son of Miles and Lucy Annie Bracken of Farnhill, Yorkshire, England. Grave inscription: 'To Save Mankind Yourself You Scorned To Save'.
Sgt. "Don" Malcolm Forrest Donaldson. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 10.D.13-17. Son of M. Alexander and Elizabeth Donaldson of 724 Riverview Avenue, Verdun, Quebec, Canada. Born and educated in Verdun, enlisting in the RCAF, September 1942, Trained in Quebec, Canada at Munt Jolie and left for overseas service in July 1943. Grave inscription: 'Though Lost To Sight, To Memory Dear'.
Sgt. "Jock" George Kemp. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 10.D.13-17. From Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. With thanks for photo's, poem and family information to Nola Pinnock (niece) - Sgt. "Ack" Albert Ackland.