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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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07.10.1943 No. 354 Squadron Liberator V BZ887 D F/O. Moody

Operation: Shipping Escort

Date: 7th October 1943 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 354 Squadron 

Type: Consolidated B-24 Liberator Mk.V

Serial: BZ887

Code: D

Base: RAF Cuttack, India.

Location: Approximately 5 miles from RAF Cuttack aerodrome

S. Capt: F/O. Charles Lionel Moody 122399 RAFVR Age 31. Killed 

Pilot: F/O. Frank Vincent Breen J/21201 RCAF Age 24. Killed 

2nd. Pilot: F/O. William John Fisher, J/20976 RCAF Age 23. Killed (1)

Nav: F/O. Edmund Holmes Bullis J/22235 RCAF Age 19. Killed

W/Op/AG: P/O. Stanley Dubowski J/24071 RCAF Age 21. Killed 

W/Op/AG: F/O. William Keith Redman J/23373 RCAF Age 23. Killed (2)

W/Op/AG: Fl/Sgt. Herbert Ernest Miles R/130215 RCAF Age 22. Killed

W/Op/AG: Sgt. Frederick James Trower 577838 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

W/Op/AG: Fl/Sgt. Harry Benjamin Sigel R/133803 RCAF Age 25. (3) Killed


After taking off at 06:45 hours, BZ887 was seen to circle the aerodrome and climb to 800 feet when suddenly it went into a dive and crashed in flames killing all aboard.


                   Fl/Sgt. Harry Sigel with parents

(1) F/O. William Fisher is remembered in the name Memorial Mountain located near Armstrong, British Columbia. 

The geographical name Memorial Mountain was established at the request of the Armstrong branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Town of Armstrong and the District of Spallumcheen, to remember all the young men from this semi-rural farming district at the north end of the Okanagan Valley who died on active service in World War II. 

The dedication has since been extended to recognise all the World War I fatalities from the district. The mountain overlooks the community, and is visible from the Armstrong Cenotaph in the town’s Memorial Park.

(2) Redman Lake in northern Ontario is named after F/O. Redman

(3) Sigel Lake in northern Ontario is named after Fl/Sgt. Sigel

Burial Details:

F/O. Charles Lionel Moody, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India Grave 9 D 2. Son of John Lionel and Sarah Moody; husband of Joyce Annie Moody of Tadworth, Surrey.
 Further details: F/O. Moody, who was acting as the screen captain, was a member of a detachment from 160 Squadron serving with 354 Squadron.

F/O. Frank Vincent Breen, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India Grave 9 D 12. Son of Simon Vincent and Mary (née Fitzgerald) Breen of Toronto, Ontario.
 Further details: F/O. Breen had only been with the squadron for five days before he was killed. Five months earlier his younger brother, W/O2. James Gerald Breen of 431 Sqdn, was lost with all crew members of Wellington HE392 when it crashed into the sea during a raid on Dusseldorf.

Left: Newspaper report on the loss of Fl/Sgt Sigel.

F/O. William John Fisher, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India Grave 9 B 18. Son of Steele and Agnes Hamill Fisher of Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada.
 Further details: Along with Dubowski and Redman, Fisher had only been with the squadron for seven days when they were lost. His brother, Fl/Lt. Frank Robert Fisher was a passenger on Liberator 3701 which crashed into a mountain in Quebec killing all 24 persons aboard.

F/O. Edmund Holmes Bullis, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India. Grave 9. C. 4. Son of Percy Clifford Bullis and Mary Alberta (née Rose) Bullis of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

P/O. Stanley Dubowski, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India. Grave 9. D. 13. Son of Steve and Sophie (née Dzuirdzic) Dubowski of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada..

F/O. William Keith Redman, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India. Grave 9. C. 2.. Son of Thomas William and Hazel Wave (née Parmenter) Redman of Bartonville, Ontario, Canada.

F/Sgt. Herbert Ernest Miles, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India. Grave 9. C. 18. Son of George Edward and Emily Florence Miles of Saulte Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt. Frederick James Trower, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India. Grave 9. C. 16. Son of Frederick William and Alice Mary (née Jenkins) Trower of Muswell Hill, Middlesex.

Fl/Sgt. Harry Benjamin Sigel, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India. Grave 9. B. 15. Son of Solomon Max and Yetta (née Markovitch) Sigel of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Further details: Fl/Sgt. Sigel enlisted in November 1941 and graduated from No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School at Jarvis, Ontario as an Air Gunner in January 1943. After serving for six months in the Bahamas he was posted to India where he was taken on strength with 354 Sqdn. 

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and RCAF specialist, Colin Bamford for relatives of this crew. 

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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 CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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