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No. 158 Squadron
2/3.06.1944 No. 158 Squadron Halifax III LK875 NP-Q P/O. Thompson

Operation: Trappes, France

Date: 2/3rd June 1944 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 158 Squadron

Type: Halifax III

Serial: LK875

Code: NP-Q

Base: RAF Lissett, Yorkshire

Location: Between Criquebeuf-la-Campagne and Ecquetot, Eure, France

Pilot: P/O. Russell Bennett Thompson J/86841 RCAF Age 23. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. George Gettings 907306 RAF Age ? Evader (1)

Nav: F/O. John Kinnaird Greenway J/22100 RCAF Age 20. Killed

Air/Bmr: P/O. William Alexander Younie J/89867 RCAF Age 28. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Dennis Raymond Day 1324989 RAF Age ? PoW No. 80015. Camp: Stalag Luft VII - Bankan

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Vernon Nelson Hansen AUS/429431 RAAF Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas John Sheridan 2209172 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Halifax LK875 took off from RAF Lissett at 22:24hrs to bomb the rail yards at Trappes. The aircraft was attacked at about 6,000 feet and caught fire inboard to the inner port engine. The aircraft lost height steadily and the fire spread from the wing to the fuselage. Sgt. Gettings and Sgt. Day both baled out at approx. 4,000 feet. The aircraft crashed between Criquebeuf-la-Campagne and Ecquetot, Eure, France

Five more aircraft from 158 Squadron took part in this mission to Trappes with the loss of 13 lives, 5 PoW's and 13 evaded capture

                        

A Halifax Mk III aircraft. Sgt. Thomas John Sheridan (courtesy of Debbie O'Regan)

(1) Sgt. George Gettings evaded capture and returned to the United Kingdom on August 28th 1944

                                        

F/O. Greenway, Sgt. Sheridan, P/O. Thompson and P/O. Younie (courtesy of Kate Tame)

Burial details:

Four of the crew are buried in a collective grave in the south-eastern corner of Ecquetot Communal Cemetery and one member of the crew Fl/Sgt. Hansen is buried in the south-western corner of Criquebeuf-la-Campagne Churchyard some 15 km. from Ecquetot

P/O. Russell Bennett Thompson. Ecquetot Communal Cemetery. Son of Harold Bennett Thompson and Edith Margaret Thompson of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

F/O. John Kinnaird Greenway. Ecquetot Communal Cemetery. Son of Thomas Charles and Elsie Greenway of Saskatchewan, Canada. John was born in 1920, Broadstairs, Kent. John arrived in Canada on the 27th May 1922 and is remembered on the Lloyminster War Memorial, Saskatchewan

P/O. William Alexander Younie. Ecquetot Communal Cemetery. Son of William and Jessie Younie of Canada. Husband of Vera Evelyn Younie of Caeron, Glamorgan. William is remembered on a family headstone in Sidney Cemetery, Manitoba, Canada

Fl/Sgt. Vernon Nelson Hansen. Criquebeuf-la-Campagne Churchyard, Eure, France. Son of William Henry and Rosie Maud Hansen of Warwick, Queensland, Australia. Vernon was born on the 28th April 1923 in Warwick, Queensland and enlisted at No. 3 Recruiting Centre, Brisbane on the 16th October 1942.

Sgt. Thomas John Sheridan. Ecquetot Communal Cemetery. Son of Thomas and Catherine Sheridan of Manchester, Lancashire. Thomas was born in 1924, Cholton, Lancashire

Researched by: Kate Tame for Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew

Acknowledgements: With special thanks to Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial, W. R. Chorley - Bomber Command Losses 1944, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - Bomber Command War Diaries, Debbie O'Regan cousin of Sgt. T. J. Sheridan, Australian National Archives, Imperial War Museum, Bill Barry - Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

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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