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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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101 Squadron Crest
29/30.08.1944 No. 101 Squadron Lancaster III LM479 SR-F F/O. Thomas Foster

Operation: Stettin

Date: 29/30th August 1944 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: 101 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: LM479

Code: SR-F

Base: RAF Ludford Magna

Location: Dejberg

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.



Burial Details:

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.

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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