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04.08.1944 No 434 Squadron Halifax III LW436 WL-Y F/O. Lang

Operation: Bois de Cassan

Date: 4th August 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 434 Squadron (RCAF)

Type: Halifax III

Serial: LW436

Code: WL-Y

Base: RAF Croft, Yorkshire.

Location: Drosay, Seine-Maritime, France

Pilot: F/O. R.J. Lang RCAF Evaded capture.

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Norman Marley 1592882 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Nav: F/O. Jack Arthur Kelly J/37186 RCAF Age 20. Killed

Air/Bmr: P/O. Raymond Glen Bruegeman J/88569 RCAF Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. G.H. Donovan RCAF Evaded capture.

Air/Gnr: F/O. George Gordon Perkins J/28280 RCAF Age 27. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. A.N. Boyle RCAF Evaded capture.

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 18:29 hrs from the northern airfield at RAF Croft, Yorkshire to attack the flying bomb site at Bois de Cassan

Huge daylight operation with over 1,100 aircraft taking part - 601 Lancasters, 492 Halifaxes, 21 Mosquitos - carried out major raids on the Bois de Cassan, Forêt de Nieppe and Trossy St Maxim flying-bomb stores. The weather was clear and all raids were successful.

This Halifax III LW436 was shot down by Hmtm. Gustav Tham (1) flying a Me110 at 00:35 hrs with the aircraft crashing in Drosay, Seine-Maritime, France.

(1) Survived the war with a total of 15 kills, mostly as a night fighter.

          

Crew graves photographed by our Kate Tame during her visit in 2012. At the time they were carrying out repairs to the Church wall and the grave of P/O. Bruegeman was under the protection of scaffolding. Any relative who would like a higher resolution copy of the graves please contact us as we would be happy to email them.

Burial details:

Sgt. Norman Marley. Drosay Churchyard. Grave 2. Son of Norman and Bertha M. Marley, of Washington, Co. Durham, England.

F/O. Jack Arthur Kelly. Drosay Churchyard. Grave 3. Son of W. J. and Margaret Kelly, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

P/O. Raymond Glen Bruegeman. Drosay Churchyard. Grave 1. Son of Reuben Ezra and Mary Alma Bruegeman, of Hanover, Ontario, Canada, husband of Dorothy Priscilla Bruegeman, of Hanover, Canada.

F/O. George Gordon Perkins. Drosay Churchyard. Grave 4. Son of Harold and Edna Perkins, of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Kate Tame, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 5, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and  2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives'

KTY Aircraft serial number amended following advice from Jack Brook, October 2015

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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