Lancaster PB367 (23/12/1944)

Lancaster PB367 was one of ten No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack the Gremberg Marshalling Yards at Cologne on 23rd December 1944 (Daylight Raid)

It was equipped with Oboe and carrying 11 x 1000lb GP.

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • Ronald William Clifford Poley (Pilot)
  • REL Johnson (Navigator)
  • Herbert William Mercy Ebdon (Air Bomber)
  • M Cohen (Wireless Operator)
  • D Therault (Air Gunner)
  • R Speight (Air Gunner)
  • Richard Hibbert Spratt (Flight Engineer)

The route was Base, 5030N 0500E, 5036N 0620E, Target, 5110N 0400E, Southwold, Base

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “No formation bombing because aircraft was engaged by very heavy flak; 1 x 1000GP jettisoned at position 51.15N 02.00E at 13.54 from 11,000 – safe- hung up. Aircraft landed at Manston”


AM Form 78

The movement card shows that the aircraft was classified as Cat FB/AC; it was repaired on site and returned to the squadron on 24th February 1945

AM Form 1180

There isn’t an AM Form 1180 (Accident Card) held at the RAF Museum and, as such, it has not been possible to establish any more details

“Heroic Endeavour -The Remarkable Story of One Pathfinder Force Attack, a Victoria Cross and 206 Brave Men” by Sean Feast.

The complete story of the attack on Gremberg Marshalling Yards on 23rd December 1944 (190 pages)