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Langlois
No. 463 Squadron Lancaster I LL844 Freak accident on operations

Operation: Gilze Rijen, Holland (Airfield)

Date: 15th August 1944 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 463 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: LL844

Code: JO-R

Base: R.A.F. Waddington

Location: Gilze Rijen, Holland

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Eric LePage Langlois 416685 R.A.A.F. Returned

Fl/Eng: Sgt. John Scott. 1591065 R.A.F. Returned

Nav: F/O. Alan Frank Reid. 421050 R.A.A.F. Returned

Air/Bmr: F/O. Lloyd E.W. Baines. J35083 R.C.A.F. Returned

W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/O. Evan Charles Patten. 409437 R.A.A.F. Returned

Air/Gnr: F/O. Charles Jackson Cameron. 434868 R.A.A.F. Returned

Air/Gnr: F/O. Mervyn Edgar Hamilton. 414232. R.A.A.F Age 22. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

Lancaster LL844 took off from R.A.F. Waddington at 09.21hrs on a day light raid to Gilze Rijen airfield. 

The pilot reported that in the run up to the target area aircraft from another Squadron became mixed up with his own and these aircraft took up a position slightly above them. Visibility was good and the bomb load was successfully dropped at 12.10hrs. 

The pilot was holding the aircraft steady to obtain a bomb damage photo when he felt a severe bump. It was thought that the aircraft had been hit by flak but the Mid Upper Gunner F/O. Cameron reported that the aircraft had been hit by a bomb from one of the aircraft flying above us and that he thought that the rear turret had been knocked off. 

              

Still photo taken from a film of the raid on the Luftwaffe Night-fighter base at Gilze Rijen, Holland, 15th August 1944 (courtesy I.W.M.)

After clearing the target area the Bomb Aimer was sent back to report on the damage to the aircraft and reported that F/O. Hamilton was missing from the turret. The aircraft completed the mission and returned to base at 13.21hrs. Seventeen aircraft from the Squadron took part in this raid and all returned safely.

                                

                               Left: Rear Gunner, F/O. Mervyn Edger Hamilton. right: Pilot, Fl/Lt Eric Le Page Langlois.

                    

Burial details:

F/O. Mervyn Edgar Hamilton, Runnymede Memorial, Panel 257. Son of Edward Leslie Hamilton and Ellen Jane Hamilton of Bulimba, Queensland, Australia.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame for relatives of this crew. Peter Powe (Brother of Mervyn Edger Hamilton) and Dianne Le Page Dunn nee Langlois (Niece of Eric Le Page Langlois) With thanks to the Commonwealth Graves Commission, I.W.M., Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses Vol. 5”,

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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