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”


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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