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424 Squadron Crest
30/31.03.1944 No. 424 Squadron Halifax III LV879 QB-A F/O. John Doig

Operation: Nurnberg

Date: 30/31st March 1944 (Thursday/Friday)

Unit: No. 424 Squadron

Type: Halifax III

Serial: LV879

Code: QB-A

Base: RAF Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire

Location: Alten-Buseck

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.

Burial details:

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. 

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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