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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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582 Squadron Crest
07/08.08.1944 No. 582 Squadron Lancaster III ND817 60-S Sq/Ldr. Robert Wareing DFC

Operation: Mare de Magna

Date: 7/8th August 1944 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 582 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: ND817

Code: 60-S

Base: RAF Little Staughton, Huntingdonshire

Location: St-Vigor-d'Ymonville, France.

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Robert Wareing DFC. Bar RAFVR Survived - injured PoW No: Not Known. Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang, Germany.

Fl/Eng: W/O. John 'Paddy' Tourans 1126191 RAFVR Survived - evaded capture.

Nav: Fl/Lt. Alan Faulkner Hill MiD. DFC. 123999 RAFVR Age 19. Survived - evaded capture.

Fl/Eng: Fl/Lt. R.V. King RAAF Survived PoW No: 5466. Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang, Germany

Air/Bmr: W/O. Edwin James Hawker 1354388 RAFVR Age 24. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/O. Reginald William Blaydon DFM 169133 RAFVR Age 29. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Robert George Campbell 1301496 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: W/O. Wilfred Gaughran 640843 RAF Age ? Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Five positions were the target for 1,019 aircraft in the Normandy battle area in front of the allied ground troops. The operation was planned with the utmost care, resulting in 660 aircraft actually bombing the various targets. German strong points and roads were hit hard.

Probable that ND817 was shot down by Lt. Joannes Strassner (1) of 2./NJG2 at 00.06 hrs. The aircraft coming down east of Le Havre. The report from the evader Fl/Lt. Hill states that time was 00.45 hrs. which is the closest time to the nightfighter claim on this operation. It is also described by Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie as aircraft coming down 20 km east of Le Havre which narrows the loss down to probably this aircraft.

Above left: L-R, Bill Blakely, unknown, John Paddy Torrans, Leslie Pulfrey, Right: W/O. John 'Paddy' Tourans (courtesy Joe Pinguey)

Left: Sir Thomas Prickett, Red Millar RCAF, Air Marshall Constantine, Paddy Tourans, Doc Young, Group Captain Bill Langstaff RCAF. Right: Sq/Ldr. Robert Wareing DFC Bar on left and W/O. John 'Paddy' Tourans on right - in front of "Just Jane”. (courtesy Joe Pinguey)

John 'Paddy' Tourans at a reunion. (courtesy Joe Pinguey)

Ju88 G6-2 4R+AK - the usual mount for Lt. Johannes Strassner - shown right (Kracker archive)

(1) This was the 7th abschüsse of 8 for Lt. Strassner who although wounded on the 15/16th February 1945 in a crash at Ziesar near Burg. Passed away in Salzkotten 1998.

Burial details:

W/O. Edwin James Hawker. St. Vigor-D'Ymonville Churchyard. Son of J. and Margaret Hawker, stepson of Mr. R. Day, of Merton, Surrey, England.

F/O. Reginald William Blaydon DFM St. Vigor-D'Ymonville Churchyard Son of Thomas and Florence Blaydon, of Sutton, Cambridgeshire, England. Sgt. Reginald William Blaydon was granted a short service Commission as a Pilot Officer 29th February 1944 and was awarded the DFM (Distinguished Flying Medal) as per London Gazette 11th August 1942. While serving with No. 9 Squadron in January 1941 Sgt. Blaydon one of the crew who made a forced landing in France (See Lancaster R1244)

Fl/Sgt. Robert George Campbell. St. Vigor-D'Ymonville Churchyard. Next of Kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

W/O. Wilfred Gaughran. St. Vigor-D'Ymonville Churchyard. Parents were John Gaughran (died 1931) And Mary Gaughran née Lloyd. Wilfred was born in 1920 Manchester (with thanks to Heather S. Gaughran)

Researched for relatives of the crew. With some information kindly submitted by Joe Pinguey who Uncle flew with some of this crew on earlier operations. A page of remembrance will also be built to his Uncle. Thanks also to Heather Gaughran who contacted us in January 2017 and September 2018. For further details our thanks to the following sources:

RS 09.09.2018 - Update to W/O Gaughran NoK details

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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