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26/27.04.1944 No. 207 Squadron Lancaster III LM526 Fl/Lt. Muir crew loss

Operation: Schweinfurt, (Ball bearing production factories) Germany

Date: 26/27th April 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: No. 207 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: LM526

Coded: EM-R

Base: RAF Spilsby, Lincolnshire

Location: Forbach

Pilot: Fl/Lt. James Findlay Muir 135095 RAFVR Age 29. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. David Arthur Loveday 1850343 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Nav: F/O. Gordon Buxton 148028 RAFVR Age 28. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. David Norman Collins 1603108 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

W/Op: Sgt. Selwyn Fawcett 1238637 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Walter Upsall 1622713 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Stanley Longmate 1815829 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off from Spilsby, Lincolnshire at 21.25 hrs as part of a 206 Lancaster and 11 Mosquitoes from 5 group and 9 further Lancasters from 1 group to bomb the ball bearing production plant. Another huge failure with very light damage done on the ground due to strong head winds making the markers inaccurate from the Mosquito pathfinder force. It is reported that only 2 people were killed on the ground in the target area but a total of 21 Lancasters lost!          

Left: F/O. Gordon Buxton (courtesy Wendy White) Left to right: P/O. Frederick Wooton Gallagher, W/O. Alfred Young, Fl/Sgt. Ronald Parson Scott, Sgt. Selwyn Fawcett, Fl/Sgt. Charles E.D. Stewart, Sgt. Kenneth Waddington, Sgt. Murray Sherman after an emergency crash landing on 14/15th January 1944. Right: F/O. Buxton with his wife Berta (courtesy Wendy White)

LM526 has been claimed to have been shot down by Uffz Bernhard Kratz 3./NJG6 at a height of 5,300 m at 01.48hrs. The combat took place over Gausbach - north of Forbach. 


Uffz Bernhard Kratz Became a nightfighter ace with a total of 6 kills but was wounded on the 25/26th March 1945 by ack ack during a strafing sortie near Oppenheimer bridge. 

It is now known that he survived the war, but passed away in June 2009 aged 90.

Right: Uffz Bernhard Kratz 3./NJG6 (courtesy Susan Robinson Peters via Wendy White)



Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. James Findlay Muir. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave. 1.B.14. Son of John Findlay Muir and Maude Louisa Muir, of Bombay, India.

Sgt. David Arthur Loveday. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 8. K. 18-21. Son of Alice E. Loveday, of Shrewton, Wiltshire, England.

F/O. Gordon Buxton. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 8. K. 18-21. Son of William and Lily Buxton of Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, England. Husband of Alberta. His stepmother was named Hilda.

Sgt. David Norman Collins. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 8. K. 18-21. Son of David and Edith Ellen Collins, of Brixton, London, England.

Sgt. Selwyn Fawcett. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 8. K. 18-21. Son of Walter and Agnes Fawcett, of Newstead, Yorkshire, England. Born 1921.

Sgt. Walter Upsall. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 8. K. 18-21. Son of W. H. Upsall and Susan Upsall, of Boston, Lincolnshire, England.

Sgt. George Stanley Longmate. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 8. K. 18-21. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Researched for Wendy White and all the relatives of the crew. With thanks to Wendy White and Sandra Sainty - relatives of Gordon Buxton. Also thanks to Susan R. Peters for additional information supplied to Aircrew Remembered. Further information, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - "Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and  2", Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses Vol. 5". Also thanks to Norbert Vollman from Denmark for pointing out an error on this page. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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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