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207 Squadron Crest
19/20.02.1944 No. 207 Squadron Lancaster I ME633 EM-Y P/O. Joseph Clark

Operation: Leipzig

Date: 19/20th February 1944 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 207 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: ME633 

Code: EM-Y

Base: RAF Spilsby

Location: Unknown

Pilot: P/O. Joseph James Richard Clark 169584 RAFVR Age ? Missing

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Norman Docherty 1777217 RAFVR Age 21. Missing

Nav: Fl/Sgt. Charles Henry Maxted 1286456 RAFVR Age 32.Missing

Air/Bmr: P/O. Ted James Moran J/92130 RCAF Age ? Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Bernard Henry John Baldwin 1411466 RAFVR  Age 21. Missing

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Donald Charles Everett 1594197 RAFVR Age 22. Missing

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harold Colin Parker 1875343 RAFVR Age 19. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off at 00:07 hrs to attack the city of Leipzig. A disastrous raid for Bomber Command losing some 78 aircraft of the massive 823 taking part. 

The Bomber stream were under attack all the way to the target by the German night fighters. The weather at the target area was not as had been forecast and they arrived too early and had to orbit and await the pathfinders. During this they also encountered heavy flak losing 20 aircraft from this and a further 4 were lost in collisions. 420 aircrew killed, 131 PoW.

No reports are available regarding the accuracy of the bombing as the target was cloud covered and no post-raid reconnaissance flight made. Nothing was heard from Lancaster ME633 and was lost without trace. No night fighter claims can be found for this aircraft.


(1) Moran Island in northern Ontario is named after P/O Moran


Burial details:

P/O. Joseph James Richard Clark. Runnymede Memorial Panel 210. Currently no further details, are you able to assist?

Sgt. Norman Docherty. Runnymede Memorial Panel 228. Son of Robert and Margaret Docherty, of Hebburn, Co. Durham, England.

Fl/Sgt. Charles Henry Maxted. Runnymede Memorial Panel 220. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. C. Maxted, of Dartford, Kent, England.

P/O. Ted James Moran. Runnymede Memorial Panel 252. Son of Frank Peter and Catherine H. Moran, of Teeswater, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt. Bernard Henry John Baldwin. Runnymede Memorial Panel 224. Son of Stanley and Bronwen Baldwin, of Bargoed, Glamorgan, Wales

Sgt. Donald Charles Everett. Runnymede Memorial Panel 229. Son of Harry and Ethel Everett, of Scothern, Lincolnshire, England.

Sgt. Harold Colin Parker. Runnymede Memorial Panel 235. Son of Cyril Edgar and Elsie Gladys Parker; husband of Kathleen Jean Parker, of Norwich, Norfolk, England.

Researched for Anthony Ireson - nephew of the Air gunner Sgt. Harold Colin Parker and for all relatives of this crew.

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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