19/20.02.1944 No. 207 Squadron Lancaster I ME633 EM-Y P/O. Joseph Clark
Date: 19/20th February 1944 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: No. 207 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Base: RAF Spilsby
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
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.