Halifax L9504 was one of five No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Berlin on the night of the 7th / 8th September 1941.
Its seven-man crew comprised:
- Robert Alexander Norman (Pilot)
- Cecil Edgar Robertson Parsons (2nd Pilot)
- [-] Watt (Observer)
- Leslie Douglas Haig Izzard (WOP / AG)
- RW Long (WOP / AG)
- Ivan Jackson (Air Gunner)
- Wilfred Thomas Palmer (Flight Engineer)
The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “On reaching enemy coast the Captain found time insufficient to reach primary target on schedule. Proceeded to Kiel but when within three to four miles the aircraft for some unknown reason went into a spin and out of control. Captain gave order to ‘standby to bale-out’, jettisoned bombs and succeeded in righting aircraft. Tail gunner Sgt Jackson found to have baled-out; apparently only heard “bale-out”, as the Flight Engineer did, although he could not do so before all well again”.
Post War search for the missing crew member
After the war, an investigation officer from the Royal Air Force Missing Research and Enquiry Service (MRES) was tasked with locating the remains of the missing crew member(s).
As part of the process, any remains that were located were exhumed, identified (wherever possible) and concentrated (reinterred) at one of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Cemeteries in the country that they fell, in accordance with Government policy at the time.
Graves were marked with a simple wooden cross, which was replaced by the familiar CWGC headstone during the 1950’s.
Missing airmen who could not be found, or formally identified, had their names commemorated on the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, which was unveiled in 1953.
CWGC records show that the remains of I Jackson were located at Kiel Garrison Cemetery.
His remains were exhumed, identified and concentrated (reinterred) at KIEL WAR CEMETERY on 27th May 1947 as follows:
- JACKSON, IVAN, Sergeant, ‘1019202,’ Coll. grave 2. C. 15-18.
AM Form 1180
Rear Gunner abandoned aircraft over enemy territory