18/19.10.1943 No. 207 Squadron Lancaster III LM326 EM-Z W/O. G. Taylor
Operation: Hanover, Germany.
Date: 18/19th October 1943
Unit: No. 207 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Location: Aerzen, south west Hamelin, Germany.
Pilot: W/O. G. Taylor RAAF PoW No: 259915 Camp: Stalag Mühleberg-Elbe - 4B
Fl/Eng: D.J. Duff RAF PoW No: 263669 Camp: Stalag Mühleberg-Elbe - 4B
Nav: Sgt. A.G. McLeod RAF PoW No: Not known Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang - L1
W/Op/Air/Bmr: Sgt. C.R. Smith RCAF PoW No: 261188 Camp: Stalag Mühleberg-Elbe - 4B
Air/Gnr: Sgt. A.R. Burton RAF PoW No: 261241 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria - L3
Air/Gnr: Sgt. W. Worthington RAF PoW No: 259927 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria - L3
Air/Gnr: Sgt. W.J. McCarthy RAAF PoW No: 259887 Camp: Stalag Mühleberg-Elbe - 4B
REASON FOR LOSS:
Part of a force of 360 Lancaster's to attack Hannover - LM326 took off from Spilsby, Lincolnshire at 17.16hrs. The weather over Germany was extremely bad and as such the force encountered little opposition on the route to the target. However, once over the target German night fighters intercepted and 18 Lancaster's were lost.
LM326 on an earlier flight over England. (courtesy of Mike Burton)
The raid was not a success due to the weather with much of the bomb load being dropped in open country. north and north west of the city.
The squadron lost another crew on this operation. Lancaster W4276 EM-L Flown by 26 year old P/O. Bruce L. Negus AUS/414072 RAAF, from Auchenflower, Queensland, Australia - killed, with all but one of his crew.
The Lancaster was shot down at 20.26hrs at a height of 6.200m over Aerzen which is 50km south west of Hannover. (see map) Hptm. Friedrich-Karl Muller of JG300, survived the war with a total of 30 kills.
Right: Hptm. Friedrich-Karl Muller (courtesy Tom Kracker) See Kracker Archive on this site
None - all survived as PoW (prisoner of war)
For further details our thanks to the following, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and 2', Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives'. Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries (Updated 2014 version), Fred Paradie - 'Paradie Archive'. Oliver Clutton-Brock - 'Footprints On The Sands Of Time'. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.