On Thursday, 27 January 1944, (a part of) the aircraft of the 408 squadron (RCAF), took off for a mission to Berlin in Germany from a station (airfield) in or near Linton on Ouse.
One of the crew members was Flight Lieutenant E E Kearl DFC RCAF. He departed for his mission at 17:50.
He flew with a Avro Lancaster (type II, with serial DS709 and code EQ-P). His mission and of the other crew members was planned for Friday, 28 January 1944.
Information by Adam Brown
P/O A.C. Brown survived the crash with a bullet in one leg, and broke his other leg when he cut himself down from the parachute that snared in the trees. He was captured by the Germans and spent several months in hospital before having a piggy-back from a German soldier to put him on the train to the prison camp. After the war he went to Canada with his newly wed wife, Olwyn, to spend time with families of the crew who died. He rejoined the RAF and became a fighter pilot, later served in the Berlin Airlift as a Beverley pilot and during the Aden Crisis, and later served with the RAAF in Vietnam flying Hercules. He subsequently spent 12 years in the Sultan of Oman Airforce, being awarded the DSM and retired from SOAF as a Wing Commander in 1983. He lived a remarkable life of adventure, often being shot at, yet often expressed the wish that he'd gone into business. He died November 2005 of Parkinson's disease and his ashes were scattered in the River Stour at Manningtree, Essex, England. RIP
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