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433 Squadron Crest
18/19.04.1944 No. 433 Squadron Halifax III HX287 BM-U Fl/Sgt. William J.D. Sturmy

Operation: Noisy-le-Sec

Date: 18/19th April 1944 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 433 Squadron (Porcupine)

Type: Halifax III

Serial: HX287

Code: BM-U

Base: RAF Skipton-on-Swale

Location: Noisy-le-Sec

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. William John Deblois Sturmy J/85870 RCAF Age 27. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Leonard Morgan 1801125 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Nav: P/O. Glenford Herbert Taylor J/86442 RCAF Age 25. Killed

Air/Bmr: F/O. Arthur Ross Thrasher J/25068 RCAF Age 26. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Faulds Barron 1345933 RAFVR Age 25. Killed

Air/Gnr: P/O. Irvin Neil McInnis J/91047 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: P/O. Sidney Wallace Follows J/89123 RCAF Age 19. Killed 

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 20:39 hrs to bomb the marshalling yards at Noisy-le-Sec - hit by flak - crashing in the target area. Any further information that you are able to supply would be appreciated.

Also lost from the Squadron on this operation:

Halifax III LV971 BM-N - Flown by 24 year old, Fl/Lt. Gerald Boyd Edmonds J/5822 RCAF of Stratford, Ontario, Canada - killed with all 6 other crew in the same area after being hit by flak. (6 of the crew buried within the same cemetery, 1 remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.)

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. William John Deblois Sturmy. Clichy Northern Cemetery. Plot 16. Row 16. Grave 5. Son of Frederic Osborne Sturmy and Olive Sutherland Sturmy, of Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Sgt. Leonard Morgan. Clichy Northern Cemetery. Plot 16. Row 7. Grave 14. No further details, are you able to assist?

P/O. Glenford Herbert Taylor. Clichy Northern Cemetery. Plot 16. Row 7. Grave 15. Son of William A. Taylor and Elizabeth L. Taylor, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

F/O. Arthur Ross Thrasher. Clichy Northern Cemetery. Plot 16. Row 9. Grave 19. Son of Charles and Florence E. Thrasher, of Perth, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt. John Faulds Barron. Clichy Northern Cemetery. Plot 16. Row 16. Coll. Grave 1-4. Son of John Faulds Barron and Christina Barron, of Springboig, Glasgow, Scotland.

P/O. Irvin Neil McInnis. Clichy Northern Cemetery. Plot 16. Row 16. Coll. Grave 1-4. From Biscotasing, Ontario, Canada - no further details, are you able to assist?

P/O. Sidney Wallace Follows. Clichy Northern Cemetery. Plot 16. Row 16. Coll. Grave 1-4. Son of Elizabeth Maud McNamara, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

For further details our thanks to the sources shown below.

KTY 13.10.2015

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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