30/31.03.1944 No. 424 Squadron Halifax III LV879 QB-A F/O. John Doig
Date: 30/31st March 1944 (Thursday/Friday)
Unit: No. 424 Squadron
Type: Halifax III
Base: RAF Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire
Pilot: F/O. John Doig J/16112 RCAF Age 31. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. John Stanley Bolton 1581788 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Nav: F/O. John R. Marsh RCAF PoW. (no further details)
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Alfred Hirst Crosland R/161229 RCAF Age 22. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Donald Stewart 1387541 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Robert James Atkins J/88345 RCAF Age 27. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas James Rogers 1852120 RAFVR Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On 30th March 1944 Halifax III LV879 QB-A left RAF Skipton-on-Swale at 21:35 hrs. On the outbound journey it was attacked by a night-fighter and crashed at Alten-Buseck, a small town, 6km north east from the centre of Giessen.
Above: Sgt. Donald Stewart and on his wedding day to Joan (see credits)
Flying Officer Marsh was the only survivor and became a PoW (camp unknown). This was only the second operation for Fl/Sgt. Crosland.
The crew were initially buried at Alten Busek, Germany but later exhumed and moved to Hanover War Cemetery.
F/O. John Doig. Hanover War Cemetery. Grave 6.D. 13. Son of George and Isabella Doig of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Sgt. John Stanley Bolton. Hanover War Cemetery. Grave 6.D. 14. No further details as yet are you able to assist?
Fl/Sgt. Alfred Hirst Crosland. Hanover War Cemetery. Grave 6.D. 15. Son Herbert and Alice Crosland of Pickering, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt. Donald Stewart. Hanover War Cemetery. Grave 6.D. 18. Further information: Son of William and Lillian Stewart and husband of Joan Celia Helen Stewart of Finsbury Park, Middlesex, England. They had married just two weeks prior to his death - he had been promised leave for a honeymoon - if he volunteered as a replacement wireless operator and air gunner.
Sgt. Robert Atkins. Hanover War Cemetery. Grave 6.D. 17. Son of George Alfred and Roxie Mary Atkins of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt. Thomas James Rogers. Hanover War Cemetery. Grave 6.D. 16. Son of Thomas and Mary Rogers of Kidwelly, Carmarthanshire, Wales
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. With special thanks to Marion Eley (née Stewart) for the photographs of Sergeant Stewart.