Date: 08/09th October 1942 (Thursday/Friday)
Unit: No. 12 Squadron (motto: 'Leads the Field')
Type: Wellington III
Base: RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire
Location: Lorient, France
Pilot: P/O. John Charles William Simpson 117426 RAFVR Pow No: 744 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan
Obs: P/O. James Duncan Inglis 120546 RAFVR Pow No: 737 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Frank Wagner R/87054 RCAF PoW No: 27238 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Roy Smith 1220808 RAFVR PoW No: 27222 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas Snowden Temple R/117084 RCAF PoW No: 27218 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf
REASON FOR LOSS:
Weather conditions were described as cloudy with short periods of rain, becoming fair later in the afternoon.
Taking off at 10:00 hrs with two others from the squadron on a Gardening operation in the St. Nazier region.
Hit by anti-aircraft fire and forced landed near Lorient. The other two from the squadron returned safely. All the crew survived although Sgt. Temple was injured when he hit the main spa.
Crew L-R: P/O. Simpson, P/O. Inglis, Sgt. Wagner, Sgt. Smith and Sgt. Temple (courtesy Martijn Visser - see link in credits)
German Luftwaffe officers inspecting BJ780. (courtesy Martijn Visser - see link in credits)
The other crew lost this night:
301 Squadron WellingtonIV Z1255 GR-Z Flown by Sgt. Stanislaw Bielec 782806 PAF.(shown left) Hit by flak from Flak.ABT.845, crashed south of the Luftwaffe airfield at De K00y at 22:47hrs. Four of the crew were killed but the rear gunner Sgt. Stanisław Chudy 794612 survived to be taken PoW No 27200 at Stalag Lamsdorf. He survived the war and died in 2002 in the USA, at age 83.
None - all crew survived.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Martijn Visser of Stichting Egmond 40-45, Theo Boite The Early Years Part 3, other sources as quoted below:
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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