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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1 BurridgeHarry JFlight Sergeant149497Age 23Air/BmrRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqd
1943-07-13HalifaxIIJD108EY-UBreighton2349Aachen Shot down by a night fighter of Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG and crashed near Hainaut, Belgium, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen Crashed near Froid-Chapelle Belgium KilledGosselies Communal Cemetery Row 2. Coll. Grave 1-3.
Halifax JD108, piloted by Warrant Officer K. A. Toon, was shot down by a night-fighter piloted by Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen

Attacker Rudolf Altendorf
2 CampbellG MFlight Sergeant1071995Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqd
1943-07-13HalifaxIIJD108EY-UBreighton2349Aachen Shot down by a night fighter of Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG and crashed near Hainaut, Belgium, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen Crashed near Froid-Chapelle Belgium PoW No: 380 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth VogelsangHalifax JD108, piloted by Warrant Officer K. A. Toon, was shot down by a night-fighter piloted by Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen

Attacker Rudolf Altendorf
3 CowellDennis W.G.Sergeant1315850PilotRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqd
1943-07-13HalifaxIIJD108EY-UBreighton2349Aachen Shot down by a night fighter of Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG and crashed near Hainaut, Belgium, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen Crashed near Froid-Chapelle Belgium Evader - returned to UK 1943-04-11Halifax JD108, piloted by Warrant Officer K. A. Toon, was shot down by a night-fighter piloted by Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen

Attacker Rudolf Altendorf
4 DonaldsonL GSergeant1280330Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqd
1943-07-13HalifaxIIJD108EY-URAF Breighton2349Aachen Shot down by a night fighter of Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG and crashed near Hainaut, Belgium, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen Crashed near Froid-Chapelle Belgium Evader - returned to UK 1943-09-05

Courtesy Jenifer Lemaire

Halifax JD108, piloted by Warrant Officer K. A. Toon, was shot down by a night-fighter piloted by Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen

Attacker Rudolf Altendorf
5 FalcusReystoneSergeant1479074NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqd
1943-07-13HalifaxIIJD108EY-UBreighton2349Aachen Shot down by a night fighter of Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG and crashed near Hainaut, Belgium, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen Crashed near Froid-Chapelle Belgium Evader - returned to UK 1943-04-11Halifax JD108, piloted by Warrant Officer K. A. Toon, was shot down by a night-fighter piloted by Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen

Attacker Rudolf Altendorf
6 McDonaldJamesPilot Officer139648Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqd
1943-07-13HalifaxIIJD108EY-UBreighton2349Aachen Shot down by a night fighter of Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG and crashed near Hainaut, Belgium, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen Crashed near Froid-Chapelle Belgium PoW No: 2626 Camp: Stalag Luft SaganHalifax JD108, piloted by Warrant Officer K. A. Toon, was shot down by a night-fighter piloted by Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen

Attacker Rudolf Altendorf
7 NesbittJohn DouglasFlight Lieutenant133519Air Gunner1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; War Medal 1939-45RAFVRBomber Command78 Sqd
1943-07-13HalifaxIIJD108EY-UBreighton2349Aachen Shot down by a night fighter of Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG and crashed near Hainaut, Belgium, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen Crashed near Froid-Chapelle Belgium KilledGosselies Communal Cemetery. Row 2. Coll. grave 1-3.

He joined the Squadron as a Sergeant in May 1942, and his first operational sortie was the first 1,000 Bomber Raid on Cologne, on 30-31 May 1942. From May 1942 to December 1942 he took part in 18 operations including the Krupps works at Essen four times, Emden, Bremen, Wilhelmshaven, Vegesack (The Vulcan U Boat construction yards), Duisberg three times, Hamburg, and Saarbrucken. He was commissioned Pilot Officer on 6 October 1942, and was promoted Flying Officer on 6 April 1943, and then acting Flight Lieutenant, serving as the Squadron’s Gunnery Leader. As Gunner Leader he intermittently took part in raids in 1943, the most notable of which were attacks on Le Creusot (The Skoda Arms Works), Berlin, Mannheim, and Cologne. Nesbitt was killed in action when Halifax JD108, piloted by Warrant Officer K. A. Toon, was shot down by a night-fighter piloted by Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen, on 13-14 July 1943 and crashed near Frois-Chapelle, Hainaut, Belgium, on what was Nesbitt’s 24th operational sortie. This was Altendorf’s 18th victory out of a total of 26. Five of the crew managed to bail out, three evaded capture, and two were taken prisoner of war. Nesbitt, together with the pilot, and one other crew member, died in the wreckage of the aircraft. Nesbitt is buried in Gosselies Communal Cemetery, Belgium. His medals were sent to his mother, Adelina Nesbitt. 23 Cairnside, East Herrington, Nr. Sunderland, Co. Durham

Attacker Rudolf Altendorf
8 ToonKenneth AlanWarrant OfficerNZ/415206Age 21New Zealand PilotRNZAFBomber Command78 Sqd
1943-07-13HalifaxIIJD108EY-UBreighton2349Aachen Shot down by a night fighter of Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG and crashed near Hainaut, Belgium, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen Crashed near Froid-Chapelle Belgium KilledGosselies Communal Cemetery Row 2. Coll. Grave 1-3.

Courtesy Jenifer Lemaire


Halifax JD108, piloted by Warrant Officer K. A. Toon, was shot down by a night-fighter piloted by Obit. Rudolf Altendorf of II/NJG, whilst on a bombing raid to Aachen

Attacker Rudolf Altendorf

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