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630 Squadron Crest
21/22.12.1944 No. 630 Squadron Lancaster I NG258 F/O. Arnold Stockill

Operation: Politz

Date: 21/22nd December 1944 (Thursday/Friday)

Unit: No. 630 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: NG258

Code: LE-?

Base: RAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire

Location: Scanfield farm, Winceby, Lincolnshire. England

Pilot: F/O. Arnold Stockill 142550 RAFVR Age 31. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. James Duffett 1805514 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Nav: F/O. William McPherson James 163644 RAFVR Age 30. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Raymond Athol Bruck 1815134 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Stuart Bain 1821620 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Henry Quinlivan 1874439 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. L. Pooley RAFVR Survived, injured

REASON FOR LOSS:

Lancaster NG 258 took off at 16:58 hrs from RAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire. 

Above left: Pilot F/O. Arnold Stockill, (courtesy June Seagrave) Centre: Air gunner Sgt. John Henry Quinlivan (courtesy Chris Sitton and Terrence Quinlivan) Right: Sgt. Raymond Athol Bruck (courtesy Raymond Russell, Muriel, Christine and Trixie, cousins of Sergeant Bruck-via Linda Ibrom) 

On the return journey home, a blanket of thick fog covered most of Southern England and the pilot was instructed to land elsewhere instead of base. 

The Lancaster and crew crashed into a hill near Scanfield farm at 02:50hours. Sgt. Pooley was injured and the only one to survive the crash.

Above: Sgt. Raymond Bruck front row, 3rd from left at course 4, Air Navigation and Bombing school, Juby, Isle of Man (courtesy Raymond Russell, Muriel, Christine and Trixie, cousins of Sergeant Bruck-via Linda Ibrom)

Sgt. Raymond Athol Bruck - initial photo shows him as a police officer - a reserved profession but he still volunteered (courtesy Raymond Russell, Muriel, Christine and Trixie, cousins of Sergeant Bruck-via Linda Ibrom)

Burial details:

F/O. Arnold Stockill. Darlington Crematorium, Durham. Panel 4. Son of Robert and Louisa (nee Seagrave) Stockill of Darlington and husband of Beryl Stockill. Further information: F/O. Stockill is remembered on Panel 4 at Darlington Crematorium, Durham. Darlington, England. Also in the Book of Remembrance 1939-45 in the entrance hall of the Darlington War Memorial Hospital in Hollyhurst Road.

Sgt. James Duffett. Colchester Cemetery, Essex. Sec.B, Div.B, Grave 100. Son of William and Lily A Duffett of Colchester, Essex, England.

F/O. William McPherson James. Stockton on Tees (Oxbridge Lane Cemetery) Sec.C. Non-Conformist. Old Part. Row P, Grave 30. Son of David Llewllyn and Jane Shires James of Redcar, Yorkshire, England. B.Sc.Engineering (London)

Sgt. Raymond Athol Bruck. Tankerseley (St.Peter) Churchyard. Son of Albert Edward and Beatrice Virginia Bruck of Tankersley. Further information: Raymond was the only brother to Muriel Elaine, Margaret Elizabeth, Dorothy Sylvia and Kathleen Mary. He was born nine years after Kathleen and idolised by his sisters and parents. He attended Barnsley Holgate Grammar School and after leaving joined the police force before volunteering for the RAF. He had training at the Bombing and Gunnery School (later to be No. 5 Air Observer School) on Juby, Isle of Man. Although he was single at the time of his death he did have a regular girlfriend. Sergeant Bruck is buried in Tankerseley (St.Peter) Churchyard. Yorkshire and also remembered on a plaque inside the church.

Sgt. James Stuart Bain. Edinburgh (Liberton) cemetery, Scotland. B.Sec.N, Grave 132. Son of William Stuart and Janet (“Jenny”) Garvie Bain and brother if Ena Stuart Bain of Edinburgh Further information: He attended Boroughmuir High School where he is remembered on the WW2 roll of honour. Sergeant Bain rests in B.Sec.N, Grave 132, Edinburgh (Liberton) Cemetery, Scotland.

Sgt. John Henry Quinlivan. Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington. Sec.F.2. Grave RN 60903. Son of Patrick Michael and Victoria Mary Anne Quinlivan and brother of Terrence Quinlivan of Clerkenwell.  Further information: Born in Holborn in 1924, he was unmarried and a regular member of the local church congregation at St.Luke’s, Old Street where he occasionally read the lesson. After leaving school John was employed by a Goldsmith/Jeweller in Clerkenwell before leaving to make parts for armaments at an engineering workshop also in Clerkenwell. Sgt. Quinlivan is buried in Sec.F.2.Grave RN 60903, Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington. He was buried on the 2nd of January 1945. His mother was buried in the same grave, having died aged 51 on the 29th of April 1952. His brother William Patrick Quinlivan was killed in 102 Squadron on the 12th of March 1943 and is remembered on the Runnymede memorial. To lose two sons had a profound effect on their family and when younger brother Terrence later joined the RAF, he abstained from wearing his uniform at home.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. Thanks and information on Sergeant Quinlivan to Chris Sitton and Terrence Quinlivan (brother). Photo credits of Flying Officer Stockill to June Seagrave. Special thanks to Muriel Ackroyd, cousin of Sergeant Bruck for the family information. Further sources as quoted below.

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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