29/30.08.1944 300 Squadron Lancaster I ED327 BH:R Plt Off. Harry Lupton
Operation: Stettin, Germany. (Seaport)
Date: 29th/30th August 1944 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: 300 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Lancaster I
Location: Baltic Sea
Pilot: Plt Off. Harry Lupton 179649 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Flt Eng: Sgt. John Bryce Hamilton 1825268 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
Nav: Flt Sgt. Kenneth James Jewell 1401468 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Bomb Aimer: Sgt. Donald John Kelsall Baron 1389866 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
WOp/Air Gnr: WO. Frederick William White 410758 RAAF Age 28. Killed
Air Gnr: Flt Sgt. Ivor Charles Vaughan 1389416 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Air Gnr: Sgt. Stanley Sutton Barnett 1584724 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
ED327 took off at 21:15 hrs from RAF Faldingworth, Lincolnshire.
It is assumed that it crashed in the Baltic - Sgt. Donald Baron is buried at the Falkenberg Forest Cemetery whilst the other crew members have no known grave - they are commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial.
The motto painted on the side of ED327 Facta Non Verba - "Deeds Not Words."
One of three 300 squadron lost on this 403 strong Lancaster force:
Lancaster I LL947 BH:W Flown by Fg Off. D.I.C. Jones RAFVR - interned in Sweden with all his crew.
Lancaster I PA163 BH:M Flown by Flt Lt. Wacław Piotr Wasik P-0840 PAF Evaded capture, remaining 6 Polish crew killed. (Flt Lt. Wasik died on the 31st October 2000 in California, USA)
Ground crews next to ED327
Earlier, by an hour, 189 Lancasters also attacked - but their target was Königsberg. Very strict radar silence was enforced and aircraft were instructed to fly at a low level of below 2,000 ft for much of the North Sea crossing.
This foiled the German Night Fighters of any early warning and it wasn't until 23:15 hrs when the Königsberg force were already 25 miles over Denmark were the first plots of this force transmitted to the German Night Fighters.
38 Aircraft from these two attacks were lost - 23 from the Stettin raid and 15 from the Königsberg attack. The Lancaster force shot down 5 x Ju88 G-1's and 2 x Bf110 G4's in the combat area.
Russell Faille's parents met Sgt. Harry Lupton and a fellow airmen whist they were undertaking flying training in Montreal, Canada in 1941. Harry and his colleague were invited to the Faille family home in Massachusetts. After their week long stay Harry gave them a photograph of himself and thanked them for their kindness. (credit: Russell Faille)
Plt Off. Harry Lupton. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 211. Son of Arthur and Mabel Constance, of Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England.
Sgt. Lupton was commissioned and promoted to acting Pilot Officer on probation (Emergency) on the 14th July 1944.
Sgt. John Bryce Hamilton. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 230. Born in 1925 in Scotland. Son of George and Isabella Clelland, of Kirkmuirhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Sgt. Donald John Kelsall Baron. Falkenberg Forest Cemetery Sec. III. 105. Inscription Reads: "GREATLY LOVED "PER ARDUA AD ASTRA"". Son of Dr. Alfred Edward and Constance Evelyn, of Hampstead, London, England.
Flt Sgt. Kenneth James Jewell. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 219. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Jewell, of Lipson, Plymouth, England.
WO. Frederick William White. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 259. Son of John Thomas and Florence May, husband of Freda, of Pensby, Cheshire, England.
Flt Sgt. Ivor Charles Vaughan. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 223. Son of Rees Henry and Anne, of Ilford, Essex, England.
Sgt. Stanley Sutton Barnett. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 224. Son of E.W.T. and Emily Mary, of Silverdale, Staffordshire, England.
Photo of memorial kindly supplied by Faldingworth memorial website. Thanks to Russell Faille for kindly providing the photograph of Sgt. Lupton (Sep 2018). Thanks to Ian Hamilton Brown, the 2nd cousin of Sgt. Hamilton for his age at the time of his loss (May 2021).