26/27.08.1944 No. 635 Squadron Lancaster III ND950 F2-M Fl/Lt. Wheble
Date: 26/27th August 1944 (Saturday/Sunday
Unit: No. 635 Squadron (Pathfinder Force - 8 Group)
Type: Lancaster III
Base: RAF Downham Market, Norfolk
Location: South Schleswig, Germany
REASON FOR LOSS:
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Lionel James David Wheble (later DFC) 130648 RAFVR PoW No: 5392 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (L1)
Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Peter Burt 1551748 RAFVR Killed
Nav: Sq/Ldr. Herbert Cecil Lobb DFC. 104336 RAFVR Killed
Air/Bmr: F/Lt. J.S. Gordon J/18335 RCAF PoW No: 5384 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (L1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: W/O. G.T. Levick 1431244 RAFVR PoW No: 5292 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (L1)
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Robert Charles Pitcon 1653141 RAFVR Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Robert Cadman 1739534 RAFVR Killed
Taking off from RAF Downham Market in Norfolk at 20:16 hrs - 372 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups despatched to Kiel. 17 Lancasters lost, 4.6 per cent of the Lancaster force.
The Pathfinder marking was hampered by smoke-screens but the local report tells of a very serious raid with heavy bombing in the town centre and surrounding districts and widespread fires fanned by a strong wind. The Rathaus was completely burnt out and many other public buildings were destroyed or seriously damaged. Some 134 people on the ground were killed with a further 1,002 suffering various degrees of injuries.
The squadron lost two other aircraft during this operation:
Lancaster III ND355 F2-W Flown by Fl/Lt. R.J. Barker 124917 RAFVR taken PoW with 4 other crew, 2 others killed.
Lancaster III ND693 F2-B Flown by W/O. George Frederick C. Grandfield Shirley 1202160 RAFVR killed with 5 other crew, his flight engineer survived as PoW.
Lancaster ND950 was shot down by Fw. Gottfried Schneider his 14th claim of the war of 1./NJG3 South Schleswig 5,500 mtrs at 23:12 hrs. Schneider survived the war with a total of 18 claims.
Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Peter Burt. Kiel War Cemetery. Joint grave 4.E.1-2. No records found - are you able to assist?
Nav: Sq/Ldr. Herbert Cecil Lobb DFC. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 4.E.3. No records found - are you able to assist?
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Robert Charles Pitcon. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 4.E.4. No records found - are you able to assist?
Left: as described (courtesy Valerie David)
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Robert Cadman. Kiel War Cemetery. Joint grave 4.E.1-2. Son of John and Ethel Cadman and husband of Margaret Mary Cadman, of West Heath, Birmingham, England.
Researched for relatives of Fl/Sgt. Robert Charles Pitcon, Valerie David via Josh Stewart and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as shown.