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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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44 Squadron Crest
04/05.10.1944 No. 44 Squadron Lancaster III PB235 KM-C F/O. Norman J. Evans

Operation: Gardening

Date: 4/5th October 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: No. 44 Squadron

Type: Lancaster B.III

Serial: PB235

Code: KM-C

Base: RAF Spilsby, Lincolnshire

Location: Risgård Bredning Bay, Denmark.

Pilot: F/O. Norman Joseph Evans 176567 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Douglas Arthur Patrick Snoxell 1868375  RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Nav: Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Hunter 1577090 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. John Derrick Harper 186700 RAFVR Age 21. Killed 

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. J.E. Fearn RAFVR PoW No: 1020 Camp: Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreulberg

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Charles W. Vause RAFVR PoW No: 1049 Camp: Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreulberg

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Dennis Cahill 1353265 RAFVR Age 23. Killed


Took off at 17.24hrs. from RAF Spilsby for mine laying operations in the Kattegat. 

Shot down by Oblt. August Györy (1) of 5NJG3 at 20.35 hrs. The Lancaster was intercepted 20 km. north east of Nyköbing at 3.000 mtrs.

A naval flak battery, 3./M.Flak.A.814 also claimed shooting this aircraft down.

Lancaster PB235 KM-C Crew (courtesy Jørn Nørgaard)

Lancaster PB235 crash area

From L to R: Sgt. Joseph Allen Snoxell, his brother, Thomas, Doris - née Chapple and Marjorie Coventry - née Warner. Taken in 1942. Douglas was away on an operation at this time. (courtesy Derek and Susan - née Parkinson - line up identified by Stella Evans, née Snoxell in September 2015)

(1) This was the first of two claims by Oblt. August Györy. He was later killed on 1st January 1945 in a crash near Twisteden, Germany.

Burial details:

F/O. Norman Joseph Evans. Aelestrup Churchyard, Jutland. Grave 959. Son of Joseph Henry and May Evans and husband of Eileen (nee Cunliffe) Evans of Droylsden, Lancashire, England.

Grave of F/O. Norman J. Evans at Aelestrup Churchyard (courtesy Erik R. Skytte from Denmark)

Sgt. Douglas Arthur Patrick Snoxell. Runnymede Memorial, panel 238. Son of Thomas William and Maria Snoxell of Brixton, London, England. His brother, Tom also served in the forces.

Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Hunter. Runnymede Memorial, panel 219. Son of Wilfred and Gladys Eveline Hunter of Staveley, Derbyshire, England.

Fl/Sgt. John Derrick Harper. Skive General Cemetery, Denmark. Grave F110. Son of Flying Officer James Leslie Harper RAFVR who died on active service on 24th August 1944 and Nora Harper of Prenton, Cheshire, England.

Sgt. Dennis Cahill. Strandby (Aars) Churchyard. Grave 5B110. Son of Thomas and Mildred Powel Cahill of Scawthorpe, Yorkshire, England.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. With thanks for family information of Sergeant Snoxell to Derek and Susan (nee Parkinson) Coventry, Stella Evans, née Snoxell, and a special thank you to Søren Flensted (Airwar Over Denmark) for assistance to Linda.. Also for further details our thanks to the sources quoted.

The crew of Avro Lancaster "C for Charlie" of No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF, try to warm themselves in their Nissen hut quarters at Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire, England, after returning from a raid on Stuttgart, 2nd of March 1944. (Source - © IWM (CH 12379. Colorized by Paul Edwards). Photo taken by F/O Bellamy. Note personnel are not identical to those killed on 4/5 October 1944

LI/KTY 11.09.2015 Updated wedding photo information added

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