AR banner
Search Tips Advanced Search
Back to Top

Info LogoAdd to or correct this story with a few clicks.
Archive Report: Allied Forces

Compiled from official National Archive and Service sources, contemporary press reports, personal logbooks, diaries and correspondence, reference books, other sources, and interviews.
Check our Research databases: Database List


We seek additional information and photographs. Please contact us via the Helpdesk.

12 Squadron Crest
05/06.08.1941 No. 12 Squadron Wellington II W5421 PH-G Fl/Lt. Roy B. Langlois

Operation: Aachen, Germany.

Date: 05/06th August 1941(Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 12 Squadron

Type: Wellington II

Serial: W5421

Code: PH-G

Base: RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire.

Location: Antwerpen-Deurne Airfield, Belgium

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Roy Brouard Langlois 37938 RAFVR PoW No: 653 Camp L3 - Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

Pilot(2): Sgt. John Warren McLarnon 964321 RAFVR PoW No: 139328 Camp 7A - Stalag Moosburg-Isar

Obs: Sgt. Harold Joseph Edwin Burrell RAFVR PoW No: 139375 Camp 11A - Stalag Altengrabow

W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/Sgt. Richard Alfred Copley 748217 RAFVR PoW No: 24364 Camp 357 - Stalag Kopernikus

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. R.D. Porteous RNZAF PoW No: 32409 Camp 8A - Stalag Gorlitz

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Jack Lamport Newton 742570 RAFVR Evaded capture (1)


Took off from Binbrook, Lincolnshire at 22.25hrs to attack the railway marshalling yards. Shortly before reaching the target, the Wellington developed engine trouble, the crew released the bomb load, in an attempt to return home.

Shortly after that, the starboard engine caught fire, reducing their height dramatically. They had to land soon, abandoning the aircraft was no longer an option, they were down to below 1000 ft.

Landed at Anwerp-Deune Airfield where the crew set fire to the Wellington using the emergency flares to avoid it falling into enemy hands. The Germans thought that they had been killed in the fire and decided not to investigate until the next day. This gave the crew valuable time to make an escape.

All except Sgt. Newton were caught and imprisoned.

Burial Details:

None - all PoW, except Sgt. Jack Newton who evaded capture with the aid of the Comet line.

(1) Jack Lamport Newton was born 4th February 1920 in Hampstead, London.

The smuggled letter and covering letter from Sgt. J L Newton 742570 (courtesy Jude Boutle)

During his evasion Jack was given a smuggled letter to be sent to Mrs Boutle when he returned to the United Kingdom. The letter had been written by Sgt. James Ian Bradley (Cobber) Walker who was a PoW and at the time of writing this letter was in a hospital in Belgium with Sgt. Donald (Don) Arthur Boutle. Their aircraft had been shot down 5/6 August 1941. For further information on this aircraft and crew (click here)

Jack Lamport Newton returned from Gibraltar 14th January, 1942 and sent the smuggled letter to Mrs Boutle on the 17th January, 1942 with a covering letter explaining who he was and how he was given the letter

The book 'Evader' by Derek Shuff has the full story about Jack Newton's evasion. Jack was the first British airman to be rescued by the Comet Escape Line in World War II

On the 2nd July 1942 Jack L Newton was promoted to the rank of Flight Sergeant with the new service number 127780. In 1943, 3rd July Fl/Sgt Newton transferred to the Administration and Special Duties Branch with the rank of Flying Officer and on the 1st November 1947 was granted the substantive rank of Flying Officer. Jack was appointed to commission as Flying Officer (5 years) in the Secretarial Branch 1st July 1959. Jack Lamport Newton died 27th January, 2004

Researched for relatives of the crew with thanks to Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', ‘Bomber Command Database’, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries (Updated 2014 version), Belgium WW2 Escape Line. Oliver Clutton-Brock - 'Footprints On The Sands Of Time'. Oliver Clutton-Brock 'RAF Evaders’. 'Paradie Archive'.

KT. Page updated with further information and smuggled letter delivered by Sgt. J L Newton

Pages of Outstanding Interest
History Airborne Forces •  Soviet Night Witches •  Bomber Command Memories •  Abbreviations •  Gardening Codenames
CWGC: Your Relative's Grave Explained •  USA Flygirls •  Axis Awards Descriptions •  'Lack Of Moral Fibre'
Concept of Colonial Discrimination  •  Unauthorised First Long Range Mustang Attack
RAAF Bomb Aimer Evades with Maquis •  SOE Heroine Nancy Wake •  Fane: Motor Racing PRU Legend
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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. 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.
Click any image to enlarge it

Click to add your info via ticket on Helpdesk •Click to let us know via ticket on Helpdesk• Click to buy research books from Amazon •Click to explore the entire site
If you would like to comment on this page, please do so via our Helpdesk. Use the Submit a Ticket option to send your comments. After review, our Editors will publish your comment below with your first name, but not your email address.

A word from the Editor: your contribution is important. We welcome your comments and information. Thanks in advance.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them. - Laurence Binyon
All site material (except as noted elsewhere) is owned or managed by Aircrew Remembered and should not be used without prior permission.
© Aircrew Remembered 2012 - 2024
Last Modified: 13 March 2021, 16:04

Monitor Additions/Changes?Click to be informed of changes to this page. Create account for first monitor only, thereafter very fast. Click to close without creating monitor