427 Squadron Halifax III LW577 ZL-K Fl/Sgt. Stanley Geddes Dowdell
Date: 24/25th March 1944 (Friday/Saturday)
Unit: No. 427 Squadron
Type: Halifax MkIII
Serial No: LW577
Base: RAF Leeming, Yorkshire
Location: Ahlen, Germany
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Stanley Geddes Dowdell J/85604 RCAF Age 21. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. John Nesom 1590417 RAF PoW Nr. 4015 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (1)
Nav: F/O. George Ian MacKay J/22602 Age 24 RCAF Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. Olavi Leonard Jackson J/25847 RCAF Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harry Cyril Webb 1578041 RAF Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edwin Joseph Halbert J/88712 RCAF Age 18. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Leonard Joseph Lozo R/190666 RCAF PoW Nr. 4003 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (1)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Take-off 18.45 Hrs. One of 3 aircraft lost on this raid from 427 Squadron. This aircraft LW577 was on its home run when it was probably shot down by flak, crashing in the vicinity of Ahlen, a town N.E. of the Ruhr, straddling the River Werse Germany.
Above: L to R : P/O. Dowdell, P/O. MacKay, F/O. Jackson, Sgt. Webb, Sgt. Nesom, P/O. Halbert, Sgt. Lozo (courtesy Michel Beckers)
(1) Sgt. Leonard Lozo was from 23 Rowland Avenue, Toronto, Canada. Sgt. John Nesom from 'The Reddings' Growl Thorpe, Ripon, York, England.
Burial Details:F/O. Mackay RCAF and F/O. Jackson RCAF, were buried 29th March 1944 at Ahlen. It is reported that the others killed were buried at Werne 25th March 1944. Their graves are now located, all together, at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
Fl/Sgt. (Later P/O.) Stanley Geddes Dowdell. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 31.F.3. Born on the 20th June 1918 in Toronto, Canada. Worked as a clerk for British American Oil Company prior to service. Son of Frederick William and Edith Mary Dowdell (née Geddes) of 220 Monarch Park Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
F/O. George Ian MacKay. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 31.F.4. Born on the 26th October 1919 in Ontario, Canada. Enlisted on the 22nd February 1942. Worked as a clerk for the Bank of Montreal prior to service. Son of John Alexander Mackay (died 1970, age 86) and Janet Sarah Mackay (née Death - died 1976, age 83), of 203 Rothesay Avenue, Hamilton, Port Nelson, Ontario, Canada.
F/O. Olavi Leonard Jackson. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 31.F.2, Born on the 22nd January 1915. A garage owner prior to service. Enlisted on the 17th June 1942. Son of James Jackson (died in 1921 from Norway and Selma Kallio (née Soini, from Finland). Of 8th Avenue, Haney, British Columbia, Canada.
Sgt. Harry Cyril Webb. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 31.F.6. Son of Howard Albert and Mary Adalaide Webb, of Vauxhall, Warwickshire.
Sgt. (Later P/O.) Edwin Joseph Halbert. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 31.F.5. Born on the 24th September 1924 in Simcoe County, Obtatrio, Canada. Enlisted on the 30th September 1942. Son of John Arthur (died 1952, age 73) and Martha Emeline Halbert (née Newton - died 1957, age 71), of Thornton, Ontario, Canada.
Researched by Michel Beckers 427 Historical Unit for Aircrew Remembered in remembrance of the crew lost.