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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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428 Squadron Crest
22/23.11.1943 No. 428 Squadron Halifax V LK906 NA-D Sgt. Jack M. Jacob

Operation: Berlin

Date: 22/23rd November 1943 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 428 Squadron

Type: Halifax V

Serial: LK906

Code: NA-D

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

Burial details:

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.

RW 12.01.2017 F/Sgt. Jacob 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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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