Lancaster ND690 (31/07/1944)

Lancaster ND690 was one of ten No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Foret de Nieppe on the night of the 31st July / 1st August 1944.

Its seven-man crew (plus 2nd dickie pilot) comprised:

  • John James Osmond (Pilot)
  • William George Douglas (2nd Dickie)
  • Reginald William Elton Bennett (Navigator)
  • Robert Mackay Hilliard (Air Bomber)
  • Matthew Cochrane (Wireless Operator)
  • Geoffrey Arnold Perry (Air Gunner)
  • Jack Cecil Black (Air Gunner)
  • James Keith Spedding (Flight Engineer)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “Numerous heavy flak holes”


AM Form 78

The AM Form 78 shows that the aircraft was classified as FB/AC on 1st August 1944; it was returned to the squadron on 19th August 1944

AM Form 1180

There is no AM Form 1180 (Accident Card) for this incident, so no further details are available