On Monday, 01 May 1944, (a part of) the aircraft of the 218 squadron (RAAF), took off for a mission to Chambly, Oise in France from a station (airfield) in or near Woolfox Lodge.
One of the crew members was Flight Sergeant R H Osborne RAAF. He departed for his mission at 22:14.
He flew with a Short Stirling (type III, with serial EF504 and code HA-P). His mission and of the other crew members was planned for Tuesday, 02 May 1944.
-RAF FO Arthur Ieuan Iorwerth Jones (Pilot)
-RAF Sgt Eric Wright, (Flight Engineer)
-RCAF FO Taylor, Samuel (Navigator)
-RAAF 418560 Flt Sgt Ronald Henderson Osborne, (Air Bomber)
-RAF Sgt Alfred Arthur Snook, (Wireless Operator Air)
-RAF PO Twining, Robert Ernest Samuel (Air Gunner)
-RCAF WO2 Murray Richard Bell, (Air Gunner)
The aircraft crashed on 2nd May 1944 in the vicinity of Poix-de-la-Somme, France. Five of the crew were killed and Sgt Eric Wright and PO Samuel Taylor evaded capture. Those killed are buried in the Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard, France. The men who perished are buried, from left to right, Bell, Jones, Osborne, Snook, Twining - Row A Coll Grave 12-14. The two who did survive made their way to Freteval, were liberated by American troops in August and returned to England.
Photo: RCAF: Sam Taylor, Regina
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