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Mission: Berlin

Date: 30/31
st January 1944

Unit: 550 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: DV305

Code: BQ-Q

Base: North Killingholme

Location: Forced landing emergency airfield Woodbridge

Pilot: F/O G A Morrison

Fl/ Eng: Sgt P W Wise

Nav: F/O F W Bennett

Air/Bmr: F/O R Warren. P.O.W.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt H C Gilbert

Air/Gnr: Sgt J McKenzie. Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt J M Cantor. Age 25. Killed


Took-off at 16:59hrs North Killingholme. Badley shot about while in the target area by a night-fighter, whose devastating fire mortally wounded both air gunners. In the confusion, F/O Warren thought he hear the command to bail out, and he promptly made his exit. Subsequently, the Lancaster landed at Woodbridge airfield in Suffolk, damage beyond repair.

1 550 Squadron DV305 - LARGE
Lancaster DV305 photographed from the starboard side, following landing at the emergency landing ground Woodbridge.

DV305 BQ-O crash landed at Woodridge 31 Jan 1944 after being attacked by a night fighter
This view from the port side shows some of the severe damage inflicted, and deflated tail wheel, with right, surviving crew members discussing their ordeal.

Oblique aerial view of the Emergency Landing Ground (ELG) at Woodbridge, Suffolk, seen from west-north-west.
Oblique aerial view of the emergency landing ground at Woodbridge, Suffolk, Seen from west-north-west

Sgt Jack Marshall CantorccSgt John McKenzie 2

Burial Details:

Sgt Jack Marshall Cantor 1247573 Willesden United Synagogue Cemetery, Brent. Sec. R. Row 2. Grave 10.
Son of Alfred and Bessie Cantor, of Clapton London.

Sgt John McKenzie 914855 Havelock Cemetery Southall, London. Plot. Section.+.Grave 1136