The bomber shot down on March 8, 1945 – Halifax III MZ-815 coded KW-C

Dans les souvenirs de guerre de Ken West…

Son premier contact avec la réalité de la guerre.

The first night there we were put in a hut until we got our own hut for our crew. I said ‘Hello’ to another F.E. who was off to do his first night op. When I woke next morning his bed space had been cleared of all his possessions. He had not come back. Only his shoes were left as they were half‑way between our beds. All aircrew wore shoes and these now became a spare pair for me. A few days later our air‑crew and another were Guard of Honour at the grave‑side of a crew who had crashed after being ‘shot‑up’.

Sur le site de Richard Koval

The bomber shot down on March 8, 1945 – Halifax III MZ-815 coded KW-C

 

March 7/8, 1945

99 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, 429, and 432 Squadrons were ordered to attack the oil refinery at Hemmingstedt. The crews were over the target at between 8,000 and 13,000 feet, releasing 594,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, bombing missed the target.

P/O W. Corbett RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-815 coded KW-C, failed to return from this operation.

    P/O G. Forsyth RAF
    P/O J. Hickson RCAF
    F/O V. McAllister RCAF
    P/O G. Ware RCAF
    P/O J. Morin RCAF
    P/O L. Parent RCAF

All were lost without a trace.

425corbettcrew

The W. Corbett crew of 425 Squadron, flying Halifax III MZ-815 coded KW-C, were lost without a trace while on operation to attack the oil refinery at Hemmingstedt.

 

Front L to R:

W/O G. Ware RCAF, Wireless Op;

F/S L. Parent RCAF, Rear gunner;

F/S J. Morin RCAF, Mid-upper gunner..

Back row L to R:

P/O W. Corbett RCAF, Pilot;

P/O J. Hickson RCAF, Navigator;

P/O V. McAllister RCAF, Bomb aimer;
Sgt J. Forsythe
RAF, Flt Engineer.

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