29/30.08.1944 No. 101 Squadron Lancaster III LM479 SR-F F/O. Thomas Foster
Date: 29/30th August 1944 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: 101 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Base: RAF Ludford Magna
Pilot: F/O Thomas Foster J/25494 RCAF Age 21. Killed (1)
Fl/Eng: Sgt. George Frederick Gibson 1896098 RAFVR Age 36. Killed
Nav: Fl/Sgt. Alfred Reid Chalmers R/95021 RCAF Age 21. Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. Samuel Albert Mackenzie J/35059 RCAF Age 21. Killed
W/Op/ Air/Gnr: W/O2. Hubert Joseph Linn J/94444 RCAF Age ? Killed (2)
Air/Bmr: P/O. Cyril Cousin (specialist transmitter operator) 164909 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Andrew Stewart 1825753 RAFVR Age 38. Killed
Air/Gnr: W/O. William Owen 654599 RAFVR Age 27. Killed.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 21:30 hrs. from Ludford Magna on ABC duties. (Airborne Cigar - transmitter aboard aircraft which jammed german Night Fighter frequencies) 402 Lancasters and 1 Mosquito of Nos 1,3,6 and 8 Groups ordered to Stettin. 23 Lancasters lost, 5.7 per cent of the force.
This was a successful raid, hitting parts of Stettin which had escaped damage in previous attacks. Shot down by Oblt. Rudolf Szardenings 5./NJG3 at 3.200 metres over Dejberg, North West of Skjern at 03:58 hrs.
(1) Foster Bay in Black Birch Lake in Saskatchewan is named after F/O. Foster
(2) Linn Island in Barrington Lake was named after W/O2. Hubert Joseph Linn in 1989.
Initially buried at the crash site. Reinterred after war end.
F/O Thomas Foster. Dejbjerg Churchyard. Son of Thomas and Mary Foster, of Arcola, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Sgt. George Frederick Gibson. Dejbjerg Churchyard. Son of George Frederick and Christine Jane Gibson, of Hildersham, Cambridgeshire, England, husband of Ann Gibson.
Fl/Sgt. Alfred Reid Chalmers. Dejbjerg Churchyard. Of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Next of kin details not available, are you able to assist?
F/O. Samuel Albert Mackenzie. Dejbjerg Churchyard. Of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Next of kin details not available, are you able to assist?
W/O2. Hubert Joseph Linn. Dejbjerg Churchyard. Of Poplar Point, St. James, Manitoba. Next of kin details not available, are you able to assist?
P/O. Cyril Cousin. Dejbjerg Churchyard. Son of Julius and Rachael Cousin, of Hackney, London, England.
Sgt. Andrew Stewart. Dejbjerg Churchyard. Son of Andrew and Jane Stewart, of Dundee, Scotland, husband of Peggie Stewart.
W/O. William Owen. Dejbjerg Churchyard. Son of William and Alice Owen, of Sunderland, Co. Durham, England.