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14/15.04.1943. No. 7 Squadron Stirling III BK769 MG-G Sq/Ldr. McCarthy

Operation: Stuttgart

Date: 14/15th April 1943 (Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: No. 7 Squadron

Type: Stirling III

Serial: BK769

Code: MG-G

Base: RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.

Location: Lembach, 4 km. West North West of Hornberg

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Raymond William McCarthy 40239 RAF Age 30. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Gordon Wade 568514 RAF Age ? Killed

Nav: P/O. Alfred Louis Foster J/17453 RCAF Age 23. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Ralph Vincent Jennings 1337496 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: W/O. II. Lloyd Wallace Bartman R/92543 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Leonard Francis James Harris 1377951 RAFVR Age 33. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Frederick James Britton 1336022 RAFVR Age ? Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire at 21.17 to join 462 aircraft - 146 Wellington, 135 Halifaxes, 98 Lancasters, 83 Stirlings to attack Stuttgart again. Not classed as a huge success as the pathfinders although claiming to have placed the markers accurately the main bombing force hit the north east of the target.

Only a few bombs hit the centre of Stuttgart. The old church Gedachtnis was destroyed and a 1 bomb had a direct hit on an air raid shelter packed with French and Russian prisoners of war. 257 Frenchman and 143 Russians were killed. This tragedy brought the total death toll to 619, a new record for raids to Germany. Below, the effects of allied bombing on Stuttgart

  

23 aircraft were lost on this raid. 7 Squadron lost three aircraft:

Stirling I R9278 MG-E Flown by P/O. J.R.T. Taylor D.F.C. shot down and taken P.o.W.with all but two of his crew - the others evaded capture.

Stirling III BK709 MG-F Flown by 21 year old American P/O. Mathew Mank from Miami, Florida, R.C.A.F. killed with all his 6 other crew members.

 

This aircraft is thought to have been a victim of flak as no Luftwaffe claims were made for this Stirling. (7 Squadron Stirlings shown above at R.A.F. Oakington)

                     

Left: Photo of Sq.Ldr. McCarthy grave at Sage taken by Bart Baeyens for Aircrew Remembered in 2013. Any relaive who would like a copy of this in higher resolution Bart has given us permission to send it to you free of charge. Above - Durnbach War Cemetery.

Burial details:

Sq/Ldr. Raymond William McCarthy. Sage War Cemetery. Grave 5.E.9. Son of William Edmond and Clara McCarthy, of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand. His brothers Morris Donald Darwin and Robert Colin also died on service. Although Raymond and Morris died in different years they are buried in the same grave in Sage War Cemetery, Germany. The family requested that his remains to be placed with his brother - originally he was buried with his crew at Durnbach.

Sgt. Gordon Wade. Durnbach War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 9.D. 23-24. Currently no further details, but invite any relatives for their input.

P/O. Alfred Louis Foster. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 9.D. 21.  From Toronto, Canada. Currently no further details, but invite any relatives for their input.

Sgt. Ralph Vincent Jennings. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 9.D. 20. Son of Leonard Victor and Kathleen Louise Jennings, of Dymock, Gloucestershire, England.

W/O. II. Lloyd Wallace Bartman. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 9.D. 22. Son of Harold and Christina Bartman, of Hanna, Alberta, Canada.

Sgt. Leonard Francis James Harris. Durnbach War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 9.D. 23-24. Son of Francis Frederick Joseph and Emily Annie Harris, of Brockley, London, England.

Fl/Sgt. Frederick James Britton. Durnbach War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 9.D. 23-24. Currently no further details, but invite any relatives for their input.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Bart Baeyens of Lembeek, Flanders, for grave photo, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 4, 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'

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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