The Canal Raids

The Losses (by date)

The losses for 1940

Date

Sqn

Aircraft

Crew

Notes

25-26
July

83Sqn

Hampden I
L4094
OL-R

P/O W Tweddell
Sgt G Jones
Sgt D Townsend
Sgt P Tointon

The first and somewhat mysterious raid on the Mittelland Canal

12-13
August

83Sqn

Hampden I
P4340
OL-?

 

 F/L A Mulligan
Sgt S Hill
Sgt W Younger
Sgt R Abel

Hit by flak and crashed near Rheine

12-13
August

83Sqn

Hampden I
P4410
OL-H

 

F/O E Ross
Sgt J Dewhurst
Sgt K Sayer
Sgt R Buckley

Cause of the loss is not recorded

21-22
August

144Sqn

Hampden I
P4360
PL-?

 

P/O A Robson
P/O D Wingate
Sgt A Wilmot
Sgt H Chambers

Cause of the loss is not recorded

The losses for 1943

Date

Sqn

Aircraft

Crew

Notes

14-15
Sept

617sqn

Lancaster III
JA981
KC-J

S/L D Maltby
Sgt W Hatton
F/S V Nicholson
F/O J Fort
F/S A Stone
F/S V Hill
W/O J Welch
Sgt H Simmonds

Hit the sea at low level returning from an aborted raid

15-16
Sept

617 Sqn

Lancaster III
EE130
AJ-A

 

F/L R Allsebrook
F/S P Moore
P/O N Botting
F/S R Lulham
F/O J Grant
Sgt I Jones
F/S W Walker
F/S S Hitchen

Hit by flak and crashed at Bergeshoevede

 

15-16
Sept

617 Sqn

Lancaster III
EE144
AJ-S

 

S/L G Holden
Sgt D Powell
F/L T Taerum
F/O F Spafford
F/L R Hutchinson
P/O G Deering
F/O H Pringle
P/O T Meikle


Hit by light flak at 300ft near Altendorf. Four of this crew were members of Guy Gibson's Dambusters crew

15-16
Sept

617 Sqn

Lancaster III
JA874
KC-E

 

P/O W Divall
Sgt E Blake
F/O D Warwick
F/S R McArthur
F/S J Simpson
Sgt A Williams
Sgt G Milnes
Sgt D Allatson

Believed to have been shot down by light flak and crashed near Lingen (Ems)

15 -16
Sept

617 Sqn

Lancaster III
JA898
KC-X

 

F/L H Wilson
P/O T Johnson
F/O J Rodger
F/O G Coles
WO1 L Mieyette
F/S T Payne
Sgt C Knox
F/S E Hornby

Hit by flak at low level and crashed near the DEK

 15-16
Sept

 617 Sqn

 Lancaster III JB144
KC-N

 

F/L L Knight
P/O R Grayston
P/O H Hobday
F/O E Johnson
P/O R Kellow
F/S F Sutherland
Sgt L Woollard
F/S H O'Brien


After hitting trees seven of the crew baled out. F/L Knight then attempted a forced landing but crashed into a bank and the Lancaster exploded

The losses for 1944

Date

Sqn

Aircraft

Crew

Notes

23-24
Sept

50 Sqn

Lancaster I
LM212
VN-L

F/O J Sweetman
Sgt E Gully
Sgt E Hobbs
Sgt A Johnstone
Sgt W Wilcox
Sgt G Kelly
Sgt G Keens

 Crashed near Zelhem in the Gelderland

23-24
Sept

50 Sqn

Lancaster I
ME700
VN-V

 

F/L O Korpela
Sgt H Macfarlane
F/S E Tunnell
F/O C Lucas
Sgt R Larcombe
F/O A Harvey
F/O J Dunsmuir

Crashed at approximately 2340 between Nieuweburg and Ommen

23-24
Sept

61Sqn

Lancaster I
ME732
QR-P

 

F/L D Stone
F/O N Aldred
Sgt F Scales
F/S E Hill
F/O W Burns
F/S P Matthews
Sgt W Ravenhill
Sgt A Fellows

Crashed at 2313 in the Hoffenkampweg in Almelo

23-24
Sept

61Sqn

Lancaster I
LM718
QR-K

 

S/L H Horsley
P/O C Cawthorne
F/O J Webber
F/O J Wheeler
F/S G Twyneham
Sgt H Jennings
Sgt R Hoskisson

Fell onto farmland near Deurne, 9km SE of Helmond

23-24
Sept

61Sqn

Lancaster III
ND988
QR-E

 

F/O I Campbell
Sgt J Hoad
Sgt R Cole
F/S M Miln
Sgt J McCabe
Sgt S Wickland
Sgt H Lea


Crashed at 2330 near Wechte. Inadvertently Sgt Hoad & Sgt Wickland were reported as being POW

23-24
Sept

97Sqn

Lancaster III
PA974
OF-B

 

F/O R Lopez
Sgt F Buchan
F/O K Frost
F/O I Maclean
W/O G Sharpe
P/O C Girling
Sgt J Strowger
F/O W Walker

Crashed into the sea off Heacham, Norfolk. All the bodies were recovered

23-24
Sept

97Sqn

Lancaster III
PB409
OF-F

 

S/L R Higgs
F/S J Cowan
W/O T Gibson
F/O T Black
F/O V Williams
W/O H Tiller
F/S D Chalmers

Crashed at 2340 near Burgsteinfurt

 23-24
Sept

 106Sqn

Lancaster III
ND868
ZN-Q

 

F/L S Jones
F/O J Isaac
Sgt D Levene
F/O G Bryan
F/S H Shepherd
Sgt R Julian
F/S J Clarke
F/S K McLaughlin

Cause of the loss is not recorded

 23-24
Sept

 463Sqn

Lancaster I
LM223
JO-P

 

F/O S Staples
Sgt A Ledger
F/O C McCall
W/O J Stinson
F/S N Hurst
F/S L Davis
Sgt W McD Geikie

 Involved in mid-air collision with LM309 and crashed, fully laden with bombs, into the village of Ladbergen

23-24
Sept

 463Sqn

Lancaster I
LM309
JO-V

 

F/O F Lindquist
Sgt A Perring
F/S W Schultz
F/S H Howard
F/S A Haselhurst
F/S F Hurstwaite
F/S A Sloane

Cause of the loss is not recorded

23-24
Sept

 617Sqn

Lancaster I
NF923
KC-M

 

F/L G Stout
P/O A Benting
F/O C Graham
F/O W Rupert
F/O R Allen
F/S P Whittaker
F/O R Petch


Intercepted by a nightfighter whose fire knocked out three engines. Crashed at 2300 at Lochen (Gelderland) 

4-5
Nov

 44Sqn

Lancaster III
PB192
KM-F

 

F/O P Allwood
Sgt L Brown
Sgt R Lord
Sgt S Sheldon
F/S R Parkinson
Sgt M Beckley
Sgt E Farley

 Cause of the crash is not known

4-5
Nov

 49Sqn

Lancaster III
PB370
EA-F

 

F/O D Talbot
Sgt S Crawshaw
F/O G Baily
F/O H Motteram
F/S L Speak
P/O W Moroney
F/O R Berry

The cause of the crash is not known. At 18, Sgt Crawshaw was amongst the youngest airmen killed on Bomber Command operations

4-5
Nov

463Sqn

Lancaster III
NE133
JO-X

 

F/O K Reilly
Sgt R Jones
W/O A MacKenzie
F/O B Howard
F/S R Hall
F/S A Fryer
F/S H Battye


The cause of the crash is not known. The average age of this crew was 20. F/O Howard aged 22 was the oldest member

6-7
Nov

50Sqn

Lancaster III
LM628
VN-M

 

F/O R Rennie
Sgt W Darby
F/O F Horning
F/O G Terris
Sgt G Dunkelman
Sgt R Dowling
Sgt M Cook

 Crashed near Heerde, cause unknown

6-7
Nov

57Sqn

Lancaster III
LM624
DX-A

 

F/O J Cooper
Sgt A Beach
F/O L Draysey
F/S B Hesford
F/S B Brown
Sgt F Sloane
Sgt G Saville

 Cause of the loss is not recorded

6-7
Nov

61Sqn

Lancaster I
PB725
QR-E

 

F/O A Goodbrand
Sgt M Willey
F/S J Talbot
F/O S MacDonald
F/S C Brignall
F/S J Ryan
Sgt G Frazer

 Cause of the loss is not recorded

6-7
Nov

106Sqn

Lancaster I
LL953
ZN-O

 

F/O C Neale
Sgt R Armstrong
F/S W Hardy
Sgt S Hilder
Sgt W McIntyre
Sgt W Clyde
Sgt J MacG Croll

 Cause of the loss is not recorded

6-7
Nov

207Sqn

Lancaster III
ND555
EM-D

 

F/O J Adams
Sgt K Mackinnon
F/S T Wickens
F/S S Birch
Sgt L Ewing
Sgt W Stevens
Sgt K Summers


Cause of loss not known. Four of the crew were over 30 and all were approaching the end of their tour (28 raids completed)

6-7
Nov

463Sqn

Lancaster I
NF990
JO-Q

 

F/O C Lynch
Sgt J Haywood
Sgt C Sunderland
F/S R Rogers
F/S E Woolmer
Sgt S Harding
Sgt E Evans

 Cause of the loss is not recorded

6-7
Nov

463Sqn

Lancaster I
NG191
JO-A

 

F/O J Austin
F/S K Tonks
F/O S Rodgers
F/S E Ameye
F/O H Ellens
Sgt D Holmes
Sgt J Baggaley

Cause of loss is not recorded

6-7
Nov

463Sqn

Lancaster I
NG256
JO-?

 

S/L D Sullivan
F/O A Melhuish
F/S S Harwood
P/O C Gifford
F/S C Wright
P/O J McDonald
P/O S Mason
Maj Greenhough

 Crash landed at 2141 after clipping trees in poor visibilitywhile attempting to land at Seething near Norwich

6-7
Nov

463Sqn

Lancaster I
PD311
JO-O

 

F/O P Bowell
Sgt W Forster
W/O E Petersen
W/O W Plumb
W/O J Williams
F/S W Butcher
F/S I Dutfield

Cause of loss is not recorded. Both air gunners were 19 and came from New South Wales

6-7
Nov

619Sqn

Lancaster III
LM742
PG-S

 

F/O E Hookings
Sgt H Tait
F/L L Croney
Sgt R Walters
F/S R Templeton
Sgt A Norris
Sgt E Wood

 Cause of loss is not recorded

6-7
Nov

619Sqn

Lancaster III
NN723
PG-J

 

F/S J Webster
Sgt B Brodie
Sgt J Harrison
F/S C Morton
Sgt L Kennedy
Sgt E Bricknell
Sgt R Hogg


Crashed into the North Sea. Sgt Hogg's remains were identified by an Interpol enquiry

21-22
Nov

49Sqn

Lancaster III
PB300
EA-K

 

G/C C Weir
F/O F Wooding
S/L P Kelly
F/O H Hayward
P/O A Bishop
F/S P Telford
F/O A Verrier


Group Captain Weir found himself laying on his back on the bottom of the drained canal. See "An airman's tale" for more details

21-22
Nov

49Sqn

Lancaster III
PB354
EA-G

 

F/O E Maul
Sgt W Cooper
Sgt S Bolton
F/S A Jackson
F/S I Williams
Sgt E Battye
Sgt J Houghton

 

The cause of the crash is not recorded. The average age of this crew was 20. The oldest member was 22. Both air gunners were 19

The losses for 1945

Date

Sqn

Aircraft

Crew

Notes

1
Jan

9Sqn

Lancaster I
NG223
WS-D

F/O P Reaks
Sgt T Scott
F/S F Alton
W/O E Bates
F/S S Currigan
F/S V Peace
F/S W Bamforth

The cause of the crash is not recorded

1
Jan

9Sqn

Lancaster I
NG252
WS-R

 

F/O C Newton
Sgt C Booth
F/S P Grant
P/O R Flynn
Sgt L Kelly
F/S E Cooper
P/O R Stevens

The aircraft dived into the ground shortly after takeoff due to a loss of power from one or both port engines

1
Jan

9Sqn

Lancaster I
PD368
WS-A

 

F/O J Buckley
Sgt K Dawes
F/O W Shutler
F/O A Nolan
F/S I Moore
Sgt R Round
Sgt R Copperwaite

Crashed almost immediately after take off

1
Jan

9Sqn

Lancaster I
PD377
WS-U

 

F/O R Denton
Sgt W Hartshorn
F/S E Kneebone
F/O E Goebel
F/S G Thompson
Sgt E Potts
Sgt J Price



Hit by flak over the target area and subsequently crash landed at Grolder (Noord-Brabant). Flight Sergeant George Thompson was awarded a posthumous VC for his actions during this raid

1
Jan

467Sqn

Lancaster I
PA169
PO-S

 

F/O M Bache
Sgt E Wilson
F/S S Nelson
F/O L Patison
F/S C Dreger
F/S L Court
F/S J Jay

Hit by flak but managed to regain Allied lines before the crew bailed out

1-2
Jan

50Sqn

Lancaster I
NF984
VN-?

 

F/O H Skilling
Sgt F Clark
F/O L Redford
F/S D Cruickshank
F/S J Booth
Sgt J Meadows
Sgt E McDonald

 

Hit by flak and the crew were ordered to bail out. F/S Cruickshank complied but then control was regained. The aircraft force landed at Juvincourt and the entire crew were reunited the next day

7-8
Feb

50Sqn

Lancaster III
PD316
VN-A

 

F/L J Boyle
Sgt G Ansell
Sgt S Hoggett
F/S H Hand
F/S D Rodwell
Sgt R Turner
Sgt P Jones

The cause of the crash is not recorded

7-8
Feb

83Sqn

Lancaster III
PB181
OL-C

 

F/L A Weber
F/S G Summers
F/S E Thorn
F/S G Lonsdale
F/S J Lauther
F/S L Scull
F/S R Jackson
F/S J Stazaker

Mid-air collision with a 97 Sqn Lancaster. F/L Weber was thrown clear and landed by parachute

7-8
Feb

97Sqn

Lancaster III
ND961
OF-U

 

Lt C McGregor
Sgt J Shield
F/O A Norton
F/L G Johnson
F/L R Smalley
F/S R Cheatle
F/S P Cannon
Sgt D Lennie

Mid-air collision with the 83 Sqn Lancaster (PB181) shown above

7-8
Feb

207Sqn

Lancaster I
NN724
EM-X

 

F/O L Fowler
Sgt E Copley
F/S S Hanson
F/O R Young
F/O J Eaton
F/S W Cheesman
Sgt N Levick

 The cause of the crash is not recorded

7-8
Feb

467Sqn

Lancaster I
NG455
PO-H

 

W/C J Douglas
Sgt B Parker
P/O H Stuart
W/O J Nanscawen
F/O L Baines
F/O J Strichland
F/S B Bean
F/S M Thompson

W/C Douglas was aged only 23 but had participated in 124 operations. An unusual mix of Australian and Canadian crew members

21-22
Feb

49Sqn

Lancaster I
NG327
EA-K

 

F/O E Smith
Sgt J Corbett
F/S J Newby
F/O E Hook
Sgt E McCarthy
Sgt C Burridge
F/S R Simpson

The cause of the crash is not recorded

21-22
Feb

49Sqn

Lancaster III
PB568
EA-Y

 

F/O R Mallinson
Sgt E Stansill
P/O H Eberley
F/S J Le Marquand
F/S M Makofski
P/O F Grimsdale
F/S J Gascoyne

The cause of the crash is not recorded. The crew were on their 35th operation

21-22
Feb

50Sqn

Lancaster I
LL741
VN-X

 

F/O P Anderson
Sgt D Laws
F/S R Campbell
F/S D McCauley
F/S W Southcott
F/S D McFayden
Sgt F Langton

The cause of the crash is not recorded. F/S McCauley fell to his death with his parachute on fire

21-22
Feb

50Sqn

Lancaster I
RF138
VN-D

 

F/O P Hatcher
Sgt W Dolan
F/S K Parkin
F/S W Dalby
F/S J Woodhouse
Sgt J Shearer
Sgt J O'Brien

The cause of the crash is not recorded

21-22
Feb

83Sqn

Lancaster III
NE165
OL-Y

 

G/C A Evans-Evans
F/O S Marsh
S/L W Wishart
F/L W Fitch
F/O D Ball
F/S R Takle
F/O C Coombes
P/O E Hansen

 

Shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Rips, in a liberated part of Holland. G/C Evans-Evans, at 43, was one of the oldest senior officers killed on operations. S/L Wishart, at 22, was one of the youngest Squadron Leaders to be killed

21-22
Feb

189Sqn

Lancaster I
NG321
CA-V

 

F/O P Glenville
Sgt F Pallister
F/S L Harper
F/S T Perry
W/O C Gallagher
F/S J Nolan
Sgt L Moore

The cause of the crash is not recorded

21-22
Feb

207Sqn

Lancaster I
PB814
EM-T

 

F/O T Phelan
Sgt H Winning
P/O E Grundy
F/S A Oak
Sgt F O'Shea
F/S J Davey
Sgt J Holmes

The cause of the crash is not recorded

21-22
Feb

207Sqn

Lancaster III
PB295
EM-I

 

WO1 C Huntley
Sgt J Lupton
Sgt J Gardiner
F/S A Swihura
F/S M Granbois
Sgt J Spence
F/S R MacNicoll

The cause of the crash is not recorded

21-22
Feb

227Sqn

Lancaster I
PB690
9J-V

 

F/L J Osborne
Sgt R Scutt
F/S T Kydd
F/S J Redman
P/O B Lee
F/S S Diplock
F/S R Sheen

The cause of the crash is not recorded

21-22
Feb

227Sqn

Lancaster III
PB666
9J-J

 

F/O P Green
Sgt H Piper
WO1 A Dales
WO1 D Cassidy
Sgt H Roberts
Sgt F Edwards
Sgt W Lancaster

Crashed near Wintersijk, Gelderland

21-22
Feb

463Sqn

Lancaster I
NG329
JO-Z

 

F/O G Farrow
Sgt S Bridgman
F/O P Harris
W/O E Bermingham
F/S J Wiltshire
Sgt F Bone
Sgt F Clay

 
The cause of the crash is not recorded

21-22
Feb

463Sqn

Lancaster I
PB804
JO-A

 

W/C W Forbes
F/L J Dean
F/O J Costello
F/L W Grime
F/O W McLeod
W/O A Norman
P/O W Worden
F/L J Loftus

The cause of the crash is not recorded

21-22
Feb

463Sqn

Lancaster I
LM548
JO-P

 

F/O L Pedersen
Sgt T Freeman
F/S F Gould
W/O R Dixon
F/S E Sumner
F/S R Heel
Sgt L Harkness

Hit by flak and crashed near Weert in the province of Limburg

3-4
March

44Sqn

Lancaster III
ME442
KM-V

 

F/O J Ryan
Sgt T Jarman
F/S R Russell
F/S H Terry
Sgt H Birch
Sgt H Payne
Sgt W Rogan

Shot down at Grannington Park, near Grimsby by a Luftwaffe intruder

3-4
March

189Sqn

Lancaster III
NG325
CA-H

 

F/O S Reid
Sgt F Benson
F/O T Nelson
F/O H Harrison
F/S R McCormack
F/S G Caley
F/S M Bullock

 Shot down near East Rudham (Norfolk) by a Luftwaffe intruder

3-4
March

189Sqn

Lancaster I
PA197
CA-B

 

F/O T Dykins
Sgt W Jones
F/O P Thompson
F/S B Jackson
W/O J Crawford
F/S D Cook
Sgt D Looms

The cause of the crash is not recorded

3-4
March

207Sqn

Lancaster I
NG204
EM-M

 

F/O H Miller
Sgt A Fox
P/O C Leisk
F/O A Lacey
Sgt J Samuels
F/S A Johnston
F/S G Phillips

The cause of the crash is not known

3-4
March

227Sqn

Lancaster I
NG170
9J-S

 

F/O J Johnston
Sgt P Mahon
WO1 P Ross-Ross
F/S V Binch
W/O P Buckman
F/S G Jeans
F/S J Gayland


Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Altenbergen

3-4
March

463Sqn

Lancaster I
NG469
JO-D

 

F/O F Howells
Sgt D Bates
Sgt P Barlow
F/S E Foreman
F/S O Elliot
Sgt C Billard
Sgt J MiIler

The cause of the crash is not recorded

3-4
March

467Sqn

Lancaster I
PB806
PO-W

 

W/C Le P Langlois
F/S J Scott
F/O A Reid
F/O J Willmott
F/O E Patten
F/O C Cameron
F/O R Taylor

 

The cause of the crash is not recorded. W/C Le P Langlois had just taken over command after the previous CO was killed also attacking the DEK (W/C Douglas on the 7-8th February 1945)

3-4
March

467Sqn

Lancaster III
LM677
PO-V

 

F/O R Eggins
F/S G Pritchard
F/S J Grady
F/S P Madden
F/S C McC Cahill
F/S A Walker
F/S R Richardson

The cause of the crash is not recorded

3-4
March

467Sqn

Lancaster III
ME453
PO-L

 

F/O R Ward
F/S M Venton
F/S H Callaghan
F/S R Smith
W/O C Terras
Sgt W Chatters
Sgt T Drennan

See www.galgos.co.uk for the full story