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No 51 Squadron
24/25 May 1944 No 51 Squadron Halifax III LW498 MH-T F/O. Carl McQuiston

Operation: Aachen, Germany

Date: 24/25 May 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: No 51 Squadron

Type: Halifax III

Serial: LW498

Code: MH-T

Base: RAF Snaith, Yorkshire

Location: Between Baexem and Grathem, Netherlands

Pilot: F/O Carl McQuiston T/223116 USAAF Age 27 Killed (1)

Fl/Eng: Sgt Norman Thompson 750816 RAFVR Age? Evader (2)

Nav: F/O Warren (Bill) G McKay CAN J/22056 RCAF Age? Evader (3)

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt George W Wilson CAN R/143388 RCAF Age? PoW no 286 Camp LVII - Bankau

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt R Burnett RAFVR 1343994 Age? No PoW no or camp (4)

Air/Gnr: Sgt Norman Edward Mullins 1601793 RAFVR Age 21 Killed (5)

Air/Gnr: Sgt Albert Johnson 1580932 RAFVR Age? Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Hptm. Friedrich-Karl 'Nasen' Muller (courtesy Aircrew Remembered archive)

Halifax LW498 took off at 22.51hrs from RAF Snaith for a bombing operation on Aachen. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft after take-off, The aircraft was shot down at 01.00hrs by Hptm. Friedrich-Karl 'Nasen' Muller of 1./NJGr. The aircraft crashed near the target area and came down between Baexem (Limburg) and Grathem. The weather over the target area was clear with good visibility

Hptm. Friedrich-Karl 'Nasen' Muller of 1./NJGr. This was his 23rd confirmed claim of the war. He survived with a total of 30 claims to his name. Friedrich-Karl 'Nasen' Muller died 2nd November 1987

442 aircraft took part in this operation to attack the railway yards at Aachen as these were important links in the railway system between Germany and France. Much damage was caused to the 2 railway yards and the city itself

Burial details:


F/O Carl McQuiston (courtesy Joe Gibbens) Sgt Norman Edward Mullins and Sgt Albert Johnson (courtesy Michel Beckers) Jonkerbos War Cemetery (courtesy Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

F/O Carl McQuiston (courtesy Beulah Karr) Fareham War Memorial (courtesy Chris Eeynolds)

F/O Carl McQuiston. Lynn Creek Cemetery, Berryton, Kansas. Son of Cyrus Calvin McQuiston and Martha E McQuiston. Husband of Alice May McQuiston nee Chapman (1) Born 7 April 1917, Fredonia, Kansas. Carl enlisted 3 November 1943 as a Technical Sergeant. He was on Detached Service with the RAF from the Casual Pool, 12th Replacement Control Depot

Sgt Norman Edward Mullins. Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands. Grave Ref: 8. G. 8. Son of George and Charlotte Ann Mullins of Fareham, Hampshire (5) Norman is remembered on the Fareham War Memorial

Sgt Albert Johnson. Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands. Grave Ref: 8. G. 9. No further information as yet. Are you able to assist?

Evaders:

(2) Sgt. Thompson was interviewed 27 December 1944 having reached the UK. '....On 26 May 1944, having met two young men on the waterways of the MAAS, I was taken down by a Mr H S Mellis, to the sluice gate at Roermond. I stayed at his house at the sluice gate until 8 June 1944. He gave me food, clothing and comforts, I met F/O McKay on 8 June 1944 at this house and from there on my story is the same'

(3) F/O Warren (Bill) G McKay. Warren's mother Mrs J M McKay lived in Neelam, Manitoba

Injured:

SS Letitia (courtesy Wikipedia)

(4) Sgt R Burnett was one of the first arrivals of war repatriation on the hospital ship SS Letitia. The ship arrived in Liverpool on the 2nd February 1945 with 721 Officers and men and they were given a warm military and civic welcome by Major-General A R Selby, of Western Command and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool (the Earl of Sefton) The men who were unable to walk were taken by special train to hospital. The others were taken to military hospitals in Drymen, Scotland and Chester, before starting 42 days leave. Are you able to provide any further information about Sgt. Burnett?

Researched by: Kate Tame Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew. Acknowledge the sources as indicated below

KT. Page uploaded 20.10.2016

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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