7 Squadron Lancaster III ND736 Sq/Ldr. Ivor Douglas Oliver MiD. DFC
Operation: Cap Gris-Nez
Date: 19/20th May 1944 (Friday/Saturday)
Unit: No. 7 Squadron (motto: er diem, per noctem - 'By day and by night'). 8 Group
Type: Lancaster III
Base: RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Ivor Douglas Oliver MiD. DFC. 84308 RAFVR Age 28. PoW Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria/Stalag Luft Luckenwalde (1)
Pilot 2: Fl/Lt. Robert Bell Hunt J/21890 RCAF Age 34. Killed
Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Alan Douglas Heath 994607 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
Nav: F/O. Ronald Stuart Roe 144200 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
Air/Bmr: P/O. Alan Field Grant Smart 137311 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: W/O. Allan Little 927007 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr: P/O. William Hamish MacDonald NZ/417219 RNZAF Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: F/O. Edmund Thornley Lund 158000 RAFVR Age 29. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 22:58 hrs, one of 10 aircraft sent to bomb the Radar Station at Cap Gris-Nez Pas-de-Calais in France. 44 aircraft were sent to bomb various locations in France during this night.
ND736 was hit by flak and exploded in mid-air, the wreckage falling at Landrethun-le-Nord, 7km NE of Marquise. Sq/Ldr. Oliver was thrown out as the bomber blew up, surviving, injured, to be taken prisoner. His seven comrades were buried on the 22nd at Marquise, the RCAF 2nd pilot later being reinterred in the Canadian War Cemetery at Calais.
Claim by Flak of 1-4/gem Flak Abt 5901. Crashed Freques at 00:10 hrs.
Above and below images of the crash site ND376 (Courtesy John Jones)
(1) Sq/Ldr. Ivor Douglas Oliver MiD. DFC. Also served with 106 squadron. DFC Gazetted 23rd December 1941. MiD Gazetted 02nd June 1943. Born on the 16th February 1916 - died 07th February 1973, at the young age of 56. Cremated at Chilterns Crematorium.
Fl/Sgt. Alan Douglas Heath. Marquise Communal Cemetery. Plot 1, Row B, Grave 25. Son of Hainsworth and Jane Elizabeth Heath, of Foxholes, Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Epitaph: 'The Trumpets Sounded For Him On The Other Side'.
F/O. Ronald Stuart Roe. Marquise Communal Cemetery. Plot 1, Row B, Joint grave 23. Son of Stanley Henson Roe and Mabel Kate Roe; husband of Edith Elizabeth Roe, of Crewkerne, Somerset, England. Epitaph: 'Always In Our Thoughts'.
Fl/Lt. Robert Bell Hunt. Calais Canadian War Cemetery. Plot 2, Row H, Grave 12. Son of Harry Bell Hunt (died 14th January 1944, age 70) and Harriet Ann Hunt (née Wright - died 18th August 1964, age 83) husband of Alice Mildred Eleanor Hunt (née Thresher, later Gregory - died 29th August 1994, age 81), of Coutts, Alberta, Canada. Initially buried in Marquise Communal Cemetery. Reinterred on the 14th August 1945
P/O. Alan Field Grant Smart. Marquise Communal Cemetery Plot 1, Row B, Grave 24. Son of Peter Grant Smart and Kate Grant Smart; husband of Violet Lilian Grant Smart, of Thorpe Bay, Essex, England. Epitaph: 'In Everloving Memory Of Our Dear Alan. Honoured And Remembered Always'.
W/O. Allan Little. Marquise Communal Cemetery Plot 1, Row B, Grave 22. Son of William Herbert and Alice Maud Little, of Carlisle, England. Epitaph: 'Until The Day Breaks'.
P/O. William Hamish MacDonald. Marquise Communal Cemetery Plot 1, Row B, Grave 23. Born on the 06th September 1922 in Wanganui Educated at Wanganui Collegiate. A farmer on his father's farm at Mangamahu. Enlisted at Levin as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner uunder training on the 27th December 1941, Embarked for Canada on the 02nd March 1942, Air Gunners Badge and promoted to sergeant on the 04th December 1942, Embarked for England on the 29th December 1942. 75 squadron on the 15th June 1943, Awarded commission on the 08th November 1943. Joined 7 squadron on the 24th March 1944. Son of William Alexander MacDonald (died 20th May 1945, age 56) and of Marjorie Leila MacDonald (née Campion), of Wangaehu Valley, Wellington, New Zealand.
F/O. Edmund Thornley Lund. Marquise Communal Cemetery Plot 1, Row B, Grave 26. Awarded commission on the 23rd July 1943. Completed a tour with 61 before going 7 squadron.Son of Charles Edward Lund, and of Ruth Lund, of Nelson, Lancashire, England. Son of Charles Edward Lund, and of Ruth Lund, of Nelson, Lancashire, England. Epitaph: 'Thy Will Be Done'.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to John Jones and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, New Zealand Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, Air Museum of New Zealand, Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten, Air-27-101-9/10 National Archives, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland.
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