03/04.02.1943 No. 408 Squadron Halifax II DT680 EQ-D Fl/Lt. Black
Date: 03/04th February 1943 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: No. 408 Squadron (Goose) RCAF 6 Group
Type: Halifax II
Base: RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire, England.
Location: Brietlingen, Germany.
Pilot: Fl/Lt. William Andrew Black J/7980 RCAF Age 23. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. S. Eardley 1118312 RAFVR PoW No: 27469 Camp: Stalag Mühlberg-Elbe (Later promoted to W/O. During captivity)
Nav: Sgt. B.G. Howe 1267922 RAFVR PoW No: 27496 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf (Later promoted to W/O. During captivity)
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. F. Waite R/87939 RCAF PoW No: 27482 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf (Later promoted to W/O 1. During captivity)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. J.A. Taplin 1268696 RAFVR PoW No: 27493 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf (Later promoted to W/O. During captivity)
Air/Gnr: Sgt. J.S.A. Aubry J/18282 RCAF PoW No: 27458 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (Later promoted to F/O. During captivity)
Air/Gnr: F/O. I.G. Imrie J/16488 RCAF PoW No: 505 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (Later promoted to Fl/Lt)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 18:00 hrs joining 263 aircraft taking part - 84 Halifaxes, 66 Stirlings, 62 Lancasters, 51 Wellingtons.
Very icy on outbound trip over the North Sea, causing many aircraft to return.
Bombing very scattered, 45 'large' fires started in the city, 55 people killed on the ground, 40 injured.
16 aircraft shot down by the effective Luftwaffe night fighters. DT680 is reported to have been shot down by flak at 21:40 hrs. by the 3rd and 8th Flak divisions. Believed to have crashed at Brietlingen in the forest of Weckenstedt (see map).
Crash site area (courtesy Willi Sgodzaj)
Initially buried at the Lueneburg Central Cemetery - reinterred 16th April 1947.
Fl/Lt. William Andrew Black. Hamburg Ohlsdorf War Cemetery. Grave 10A.M.8. Born on the 05th January 1920, the son of William and Dorothy Ellen Black (née Castle) of 5510 Blenheim Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Researched with information supplied by Willi Sgodzaj in Germany and dedicated to relatives of the crew.