420 Squadron Reader Submitted Photos
Below are a series of photos contributed by reader's to the 420 Tribute pages.
The following image of Douglas George Dew were provided by N. Dew. Corporal Dew was a rigger (air-frame technician) serving with the 420 Squadron from Dec 1941 to the end of hostilities.
The following image was provided by C. Jones whose father, Freddie Jones, was flight engineer with the Ward crew (pilot J.G Ward, ba P. Sisco, nav J. Barclay, wop R Freeman, gun E. Bates, mug F. Beach, under gunner, A. Read and eng F. Jones).
The following image was provided by P Clary whose father, Jackson Clary, was an American who signed up with the RCAF and flew at least 11 missions with 420 Squadron before being posted out on Apr 14, 1943. Image caption reads: J Bennett, JM Joynt, and Jackson Clary in their flight suits, dated 1942. JM Joynt was part of the crew; Pilot Sgt LE White, nav P/O RG Bing, F/O FW Buck; JM Joynt; gun Sgt DB Smyth that was lost flying Wellington X3808 "B" on October 15, 1942 against Cologne. There is no known crash site for this plane. The crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. J Bennett was also killed during the war.
The following images were provided by K. Kjarsgaard.
On Apr 10, 1943 Charles Jackson and crew were on ops to bomb Frankfurt in Wellington III HE422 "Q" but were an early return. The crew baled out over Tenby, Wales. The plane continued to fly on its own accord for 50 miles before crashing near Warwick, Wales. The crew were only slightly injured except the pilot P/O CW Jackson drowned. He is buried in Carew, Churchyard.Tease crew Tholthorpe, June 17, 1944. Left to right: Back row: RO Yack mid-upper gunner, D Vaughan tail gunner, J Tease pilot, D Nicklen navigator. Front row:J Naish engineer, H Baker wireless, JW Bridgman bomb-aimer. B Perkins was a nose art artist at 420 Squadron.
An image of the Joplin crew. On July 19, 1944 the entire crew (Pilot F/O SJ Joplin, wop WO1 GH Minchin, muag Sgt WS Barnard, eng Sgt NJ Shand and ag Sgt GA Kent), flying in LK803-H, were killed in a fighter affiliation accident shortly after takeoff. My father, B Parker, records it in his diary: "B-Flight's "H" crashed after a roll and spin during fighter affiliation over the drome perimeter just a few yards from me".
Kruger crew flying MZ713-U: FC Kruger (17th mission), air bomber JL Everett, nav EG Macinnis, wop RA Moore, muag E Snelling, gun PE Menzies, eng S Brown, mid under gunner KM Mosher. Taken July 29, 1944 after returning from an op to Hamburg.
The following image of Sgt Gerald Albion Kent C/90305 RCAF, was provided by M. Kent. Sgt Kent was one of the men killed on the July 19, 1944 fighter affiliation training exercise when Halifax III LK803 "H" spun into the ground near the base while on fighter affiliaton training killing all the crew of Pilot F/O SJ Joplin, wop WO1 GH Minchin, muag Sgt WS Barnard, eng Sgt NJ Shand and ag Sgt GA Kent.
The following images provided by B. Baillargeon (via A. Soderstrom), whose father, M. Baillargeon, was an air traffic controller at Tholthorpe.
The following images provided by R. LePage of William (Bill) Jackson, who served as a fitter with 420 Squadron.
The following images provided by R. Guild whose father Norman Guild, served with 420 as a fitter. The image is of the Dusty Duke with the names of wives/girl friends of the crew printed at each station in the cockpit. On the back of the image are listed the pilot and navigator. The crew was lost over Cologne. The Dusty Duke survived 68 missions before successfully making a one wheel landing only to be crashed into by a landing Lancaster.
The following images provided by N. Fraser of his father, George Fraser, who served as a Wellington pilot with 420 Squadron in North Africa. N. Fraser also gratiously provided an account of his father's recollections of his time with the Squadron that can be found as a footnote to the North Africa section.
Moreton-in-Marsh From left: Sgt G.R Fraser, Hamiota, Man – Pilot Sgt. A.F. Oliver, Vancouver, BC – Navigator Sgt. H.H. Davison, Phillipsville, Ont – Rear Gunner Sgt. R.C. Saunders, Weyburn, Sask – Bomb Aimer Sgt. N.E. Hart, St. Catharines, Ont – Wireless Operator
The following image provided by K. Harrison of his uncle, Millar Joynt, in a typical flight suit of the time. Millar did not return on October 15, 1942 from an attack on Cologne flying in Wellington X3808 "B": Pilot Sgt LE White, nav P/O RG Bing, F/O FW Buck; JM Joynt; gun Sgt DB Smyth. There is no known crash site for this plane. The crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
The following images provided by H. Waller whose uncle, H. Waller, was an ag for the Luke Holloway crew: pilot L. Holloway, ba RM Irwin, nav JD Lancaster, wop BE Brakes, ag H Waller, ag FG Harrrop, eng N Binnie. The Holloway crew flew nineteen missions before they were lost in LW674-E on June 10/11, 1944 attacking the Versailles rail yards. All were killed, including the under gunner JW Chudzik, except N Binnie and BE Brakes who were able to evade capture.
D Guse and D Peterson provided the following images of John M Guse (DFC). Citation for DFC reads: GUSE, F/O John Maurice (J24140) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Chesley, Ontario, March 1921; home in Kitchener Enlisted in Guelph, 30 April 1942. To “Y” Depot, 20 November 1943. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 5 March 1945, at which time he had flown 31 sorties (165 hours 50 minutes operational time) and the following in recommendation: This officer has displayed outstanding coolness and determination throughout a noteworthy tour. These qualities were well in evidence on a daylight raid on Cezembre Island on August 31st, 1944, when because of a technical failure, Flying Officer Guse directed his pilot in making four runs over the target from a low altitude while he released his bombs manually with excellent results. Flying Officer Guse has been at all times an exceptionally keen crew member, and or this reason I recommend him for an award of the non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.
The following image was provided by the great nephew of F/Ldr (Deputy Flight Commander) Ed Northern. On April 30, 1944 while participating in an attack on Somain, flying Halifax LW476 "J", Pilot Ed Northern , ba WO1 N Venber, nav F/O F Morrison, wop F/S CH Ianes, muag Sgt WH Young, ag F/O AH Hall and eng Sgt LS Franklin did not return. It was to be the final tour mission for the crew. The plane is believed to have crashed into the sea killing the entire crew. F Morrison's grave is in Cayeux-sur-Mer Communal Cemetery. AH Hall is buried in the St-Valery-sur-Somme Communal Cemetery. The other crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
The following images were provided by R Barlow whose uncle A. Roski served as an air gunner with the Pritchard crew. "Torchy" Pritchard and his crew, 2nd Dickey P/O Davies, ba F/O Block, nav F/O Moffit, gun WO1 Surles, wop WO2 Lowens, ag F/Sgt Roski, and gun Sgt Boucock, were all killed in the crash of MZ687 "L" August 16, 1945. The eng EAJ Proud became a POW.
The following images were provided by J Norton whose grandmother Lin was a WAAF serving as a lorry driver with 420 Squadron at Waddington until they left for North Africa.
The following provided by K.Gibson.
The following provided by C. Davies. Gunner P/O KJ Brown. Ken was killed in the training crash of Z1724 "C" on March 1, 1944. Also killed were pilot F/S P.E Townsend, nav F/S J Wreakes, ba P/O S Spector, and wop P/O EM Hollewell.
The following provided by R. Leslie from a collection of pilot F/L Donald G. Hill. DFC citation: F/L Donald Gordon Hill (J37137) No. 420 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945: Flight Lieutenant Hill has completed numerous sorties, many of which have penetrated deep into enemy territory. On one occasion in an attack on Wanne Eickel, Flight Lieutenant Hill's aircraft was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but in spite of this he completed his bombing run and successfully attacked the target. He has always displayed great courage and skill.
The following images provided by H. Fluxgold of his uncle ab F/O Sydney Brown. Sydney Brown was from North Bay, ON. He was killed on April 14, 1943 during an attack on Stuttgart. F/O Brown and P/O JA Simpson were killed when their Wellington HE550-C crashed at Mesnil St. Laurent France. He was buried there along with rgun P/O Simpson.
The following images provided by E.H. Pollock. F/S Pollock was the wop for F/S B. McAdam's crew (nav Sgt W.E. Briggs, ba Sgt N.E. Ranson, ag Sgt R.E. White, ag Sgt C.M. Campbell, and eng Sgt C. Clements) when on their first mission, in LW418 "E" on 15 Mar 1944, to Stuttgart they were hit by flak, killing the navigator, F/S E Briggs, and wounding pilot McAdam and damaging a tire and making the starboard inner u/s. The crew bombed the primary target. On the return flight the bomb aimer, Sgt Ranson, navigated. The plane was again hit by flak and would not keep altitude. It managed to make it to Friston where it landed and ground looped with no further injuries to the crew. See the story told by the mid upper gunner Bob White. The surviving members of the crew went on to complete a tour together.
Left to right: eng Sammy Clements, a spare gunner [can't remember his name] our regular tail gunner Cliff Campbell, is not in this picture; nav Malcolm "Mac" Pett, wop Hugh Pollock [in foreground], muag Robert "Bob" White, pilot Bill McAdam and ba Norm Ranson
Halifax MZ587 PT-C for Charlie, for a time, was shared by the McAdam crew and the Torchy Pritchard crew [see Mac and Torchy going strong] by the pilot's window. "DARK EYES" was the wop position; The Gen Spot was the nav [window blacked out] and Randy and Dally were the Bomb Aimers. The Champ nose art for PT-C was painted by Skip Rutledge. "C" was one of four "kites" my father, Bert Parker, noted as being under his care during this period. MZ587 PT-C's last op was to Cologne on Oct 30, 1944. On this mission it was flown by F/Lt Sefton's crew. It was then sent to Topcliffe on Nov 1, 1944. A side note: "Torchy" Pritchard and his crew, 2nd Dickey P/O Davies, ba F/O Block, nav F/O Moffit, gun WO1 Surles, wop WO2 Lorenz, ag F/Sgt Ronki, and gun Sgt Boucock, were all killed in the crash of MZ687 "L" August 16, 1945. The eng EAJ Proud became a POW..
The following images provided by B. May. who was the eng on F/Lt Les Rush's crew from Dec 1944 to VE day.
The following image provided by M. Argent, cousin of Wilfred Barnard who was killed in the crash of "Z" during fighter affiliation on July 19, 1944, killing Pilot F/O Joplin, wop WO1 Minchin, muag Sgt Barnard, eng Sgt Shand and ag Sgt Kent. The image is of the Wilton crew (1-pilot H. Wilton, 2-ag B. Marshall, 3-ba B Mooney, 4-wop W. Major, 5-muag W. Barnard and 6-eng A. Cubstone) during W. Barnard's stint with 424 Squadron.
The following images provided by R. Barclay whose uncle, John Barclay, was a navigator for the G. Ward crew. (pilot J.G Ward, ba P. Sisco, nav J. Barclay, wop R Freeman, gun E. Bates, mug F. Beach, under gunner, A. Read and eng F. Jones) The crew survived a dead stick crash landing coming back from a raid on Nuremberg as reported in an issue of the Toronto Star.
The following images/information provided by P Gribbons whose father, Merrill Gribbons, was an engine mechanic (fitter) with 420 Squadron from April 1944 to May 1945. During his service he was assigned to Halifax III NR139 A-Apple.
One of the mechanics (?) affectionally painted names on each of the engines of A-Apple (Arsenic, Cyanide, Strychnine and NAFFI Tea. The latter referred to the quality of tea brewed up and served from the tea wagon that was driven around the base providing sandwiches and drinks to the crews working in dispersals.) Pictured on the fuselage of "A" is Jack ScanlonPart of the Lou "Cye" Simonson crew.
The Wass crew in front of LW392 PT-S "Sweet Sue". eng Hynes, upper gunner J.E. Wright, wop J. Griffith, nav Hamilton-Jones, pilot G. Wass, ba A.R. Cubbins, rgun R.P Waddell. Note with the picture: "Waiting for fog to lift on the morning of August 15,1944. Wass's last trip of tour. My 26th. This was a daylight raid to Brussels/Melsbroek airfield. The German night fighters were becoming a bit of a problem again. So Bomber Harris organized a major effort. 1000 aircraft from all the allied air forces hit the German airfields from Belgium to ???? at the same time. We went to Brussels. It was quite a sight to see all these aircraft flying from England then breaking off in groups of 50 or sixty to hit an airfield. It was timed so all bombed at the same time. About 50 from Tholthorpe 420 and 425. Needless to say not much was left of the airfield after we hit it. We could see columns of smoke all over northern France and Belgium from other airfields. The night fighter nusiance was a thing of the past."
The following image provided by D. Fimio of his uncle F/Sgt Philip Fimio R.273806 who from August 5, 1944 to January 16, 1945 served with the squadron as a mid under gunner in B-Flight. He completed 31 missions (one abortive), sixteen with the McCutcheon crew.
The following information is provided by R. McLaren whose father , George McLaren, was the flight engineer for the Lou Simonson crew. His nickname during this period was, as to be expected, "Revs and Boost". George was posted into 420 Squadron on Oct 24, 1944 and was screened from further ops after completing his tour on April 17, 1945. He ended up at 433 Porcupine squadron in mid June 1945 where he ended his war time service.
On their first mission, Nov 4, 1944, the crew consisted of: pilot L.O. Simonson, ba AM Stephen (Steve), nav RE Russell (Ted), wop DW Rogers (Doug), mgun KE Lussier, rgun WH Hawke and eng GM McLaren. Their first mission was abortive due to the plane LW380-B being unable to reach operational height. The crew jettisoned the bomb load and returned to base early.
The first completed mission for the crew was a daylight raid on Nov 16, 1944 when they were to attack Julich. For this mission FG Tipple acted as rear gunner. Their kite was a brand new Halifax III, NR139-A, also on its first op. The crew experienced heavy flak causing some damage to the aircraft's port wing and engine. They also had 1x2000 and 2x1000 pound bombs hang-up over target that could not be jettisoned and had to be brought back to base which on landing dropped out of the bomb bay onto the tarmac. Below are the recollections of George McLaren about that event.
Through their tour there were occasional replacements. Air gunners, JC Baird and FG Tipple, are listed as flying one or two missions with the crew.
The following images provided by J Lauder who flew 32 missions as a flight engineer with the GJL Jones crew from July to December 1944.
The following images provided by T Austenson whose father, pilot F/L Oliver (Olie) Austenson, DFC, flew 32 missions with 420 Squadron from September 15 1944 to February 4, 1945.
The following image provided by J Grimm whose grandfather, JE Hamilton-Jones, was the navigator for the D Trickett crew. This crew was lost, except JE Hamilton-Jones and rgun GA Kent, on July 24/25 when the crew flying MZ713-U on a mission to attack Ferfey, France crashed into the English Channel killing all on board. Hamilton-Jones finished his tour flying with the Heimpel crew until screened on Sept 29, 1944.
The following images provided by G Beer whose father, Gordon (Don) William Beer was the wop for the Lapointe Crew.
The Lapointe crew joined 420 Squadron in North Africa on September 26,1943. They only flew a single operational mission before the squadron returned to England. After conversion training they completed fourteen missions over Europe before the entire crew was killed in a training crash flying MZ596-F on May 3/4, 1944.wop G Beer wop G Beer and rgun W Stobbart
The following image provided by R Campbell whose grandfather, Sgt S Champken, served in 420 Squadron as a fitter (engine mechanic).
The following images provided by G Temminck of, agun DB Smyth, who with all of the crew of Wellington III, X3808 "B"?: Pilot Sgt LE White nav P/O RG Bing, F/O FW Buck; JM Joynt; gun Sgt DB Smyth, were lost without at trace on an attack on Cologne, 15 Oct, 1942.
The following images and information provided by B. Anderson of his father Robert Anderson, who served in 420 Squadron as tail gunner in "B" flight until April 20, 1944 when on attack on Lens LW692 "V" failed to return. On, what was their 11'th op they were 10 minutes early and about 20 miles off course, too close to Dieppe. The plane was hit by flak three times resulting in both port engines and wing catching on fire. The two air gunners baled out through the escape hatch. Anderson landed in the middle of a small river without a scratch. The mid upper gunner, HIF Bourcier, like Anderson, became a POW at Stalag Luft III. P/O GR Leonard, W/O2 HC Wilson, Sgt P Gough, Sgt A Warren, and Sgt C Wheelhouse were killed. The graves of HC Wilson and C Wheelhouse are in Grandcourt War Cemetery. The remaining crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Back row, left to right – Sgt. Alfred Warren, Sgt. Clifford Wheelhouse, Sgt. Patrick Gough, Wireless Operator Clarke Wilson. Front row, left to right – Sgt. Robert Anderson, Pilot Officer Raymond Leonard, Sgt. Paul Bourcier.
The following information provided by P. Tyler whose father J Tyler, a RAF flight engineer, joined 420 squadron in 1944 and finished his first tour with the squadron.
The following information provided by D Fairhead with permission from J Manser whose uncle, J Adams, was an air gunner posted to 420 squadron from RAF 44 Squadron when it was formed in 1941. On his first mission with 420 Squadron, Feb 18, 1942, he flew with with pilot R Kee in Hampden AD915 "F" on a minelaying mission to the Frisian Islands. The bomber was hit by flak at 8000 feet. The pilot was able to ditch off the coast of Schiermonnikoog. The wop/ag Sgt H Baker and ag Sgt JRB Adams did not survive and are buried in Vredenhof cemetery, Schiermonnikoog. The pilot, R Kee and nav WHJ Rutledge became POW's.
The following information provided by M. Cooper of his father Sgt F "Coop" Cooper, who served as a fitter (engine mechanic) with 420 Squadron.
The following image was provided by H. Waller of E for Easy crew in front of LW674 PT-E.