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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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29/30.03.1943 No. 429 Squadron Wellington III BK540 Sgt. Harry D.G. Carty

Operation: Bochum

Date: 29/30th March 1943 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: 429 Squadron RCAF (Bison. motto: Fortunae Nihil - 'Nothing to chance'). 6 Group

Type: Wellington III

Serial: BK540

Coded: AL -?

Base: RAF East Moor, Yorkshire

Location: North Sea - exact location not yet known

Pilot: Sgt. Harry Dennis Gordon Carty RAFVR 1334945. Age 20. Missing

Obs: Fl/Sgt. David Lachlan Bain RCAF R/106671. Age 27. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Eric Kelvin Hart RAFVR 1115910 Age 34. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Robert Eccles Scott RAFVR 1126204 Age 21. Missing

Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Frederick Whiteland RAFVR 1336444 Age 20. Missing


Took-off at19:45 hrs. from East Moor. The aircraft load - 2 X 500 G.Purpose bombs, 360 X lb. incendiaries, 16 X 30 lb. incendiaries.

The Bochum force were hampered by heavy icing and electrical storms over the North Sea causing 120 aircraft to return early. 13 Wellingtons failed to return.

Last heard by Hull D/R at 20.43hrs, at which time the aircraft was in position 5333E 0140N.

Fl/Sgt. David Bain rests in Fourfelt cemetery in Esbjerg. His body was brought into Esbjerg harbour on the 9th July, laid to rest on 12th July 1942 - the remainder of the crew are still classed as missing.

Burial Details:

Sgt. Harry Dennis Gordon Carty. Runnymede Memorial Panel 144. Son of Harry John and Ann Keziah Carty, of Chingford, Essex, England.

Fl/Sgt. David Lachlan Bain. Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery. Grave A111.7.22. Son of James M. and Jean Sutherland Bain, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Born 31st January 1916. Grave inscription: 'We Who Watched That Life So Bright & Brief Mark This Marble With Our Love & Grief'.

Fl/Sgt. Eric Kelvin Hart. (shown left) Runnymede Memorial Panel 137. Son of William Edward and Alice Louise Hart; husband of Betty Hart, of Coniston, Yorkshire, England.

Sgt. Robert Eccles Scott. Runnymede Memorial Panel 164. Son of James Scott, and of Jane Scott (nee Eccles), of Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

Sgt. William Frederick Whiteland. Runnymede Memorial Panel 169. Son of Fred and Kate Whiteland, of Herriard, Hampshire, England.

KTY Updated 05-09-2021with thanks to Francois Dutil and great nephew of Fl/Sgt. Eric Hart

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