CREW MEMBER PROFILE

Surname:

ALLEN

First Name/s:

Harold John

Service No/s:

2223139

Service:

RAFVR

Branch:

Air Gunner

Awards:

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SERVICE RECORDS

Date

Event

Aircraft Flown

22 Dec 1943

Enlisted in Birmingham as AC2.

22 Dec 1943

Transferred to the Reserve

27 Mar 1944

Called up and posted to No.3 Air Crew Reception Centre at St.John's Wood, London

15 Apr 1944

No.1 Elementary Air Gunners School, Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

21 Apr 1944

No.81 Initial Training Wing, Bridgnorth, Shropshire (on change of unit name from 1 EAGS)

30 Jun 1944

Promoted to LAC (pressumably on completion of ITW) (precise date tbc)

01 Jul 1944

No.12 Air Gunners School, Bishops Court, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Anson

19 Aug 1944

Awarded Air Gunners (AG) Badge and promoted to Sergeant.

19 Sep 1944

No. 84 Operational Training Unit, Desborough, Northamptonshire. Here he would have been crewed up with the Hogg crew.

Wellington

15 Dec 1944

No.3 Air Crew School, Gamston, Nottinghamshire

19 Jan 1945

No.71 Base, Lindholme, Yorkshire for onward posting to Heavy Conversion Unit and possibly Lancaster Finishing School

20 Jan 1945

No. 1656 Heavy Conversion Unit (tbc)

Halifax / Lancaster tbc

05 Mar 1945

No.1 Lancaster Finishing School, Hemswell, Lincolnshire (tbc - only if he did not fly Lancasters at HCU)

Lancaster

13 Mar 1945

No.576 Squadron, 'A' Flight, Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire

Lancaster

04 Apr 1945

Set Rank from Flight Record

05 Apr 1945

Lost in operations (Lutzkendorf)

Lancaster

576 Squadron FLYING RECORDS

Date

Aircraft

Code

Flight Details

T/O

Land

Flt Time

Crew

31 Mar 1945

ME492

UL-J2

HAMBURG

0625

1140

5h15

P1   Sgt D.H. Hogg
P2   
FE   Sgt J.R. Reed
AB   Sgt J.W. Foster
NAV  Sgt S. Cranidge
WOp  Sgt J. Tyrer
MUG  Sgt W.J. Monksfield
RG   Sgt H.J. Allen

NOTES:

Blohm & Voss U-boat building and engineering yards. Load: 12x 1000lb, 3x 500lb bombs.

03 Apr 1945

LM594

UL-A2

NORDHAUSEN

1325

2005

6h40

P1   Sgt D.H. Hogg
P2   
FE   Sgt J.R. Reed
AB   Sgt J.W. Foster
NAV  Sgt S. Cranidge
WOp  Sgt J. Tyrer
MUG  Sgt W.J. Monksfield
RG   Sgt H.J. Allen

NOTES:

Target: SS barracks, bridges and a V2 rocket factory. Load: 11x 1000lb, 2x 500lb bombs.

04 Apr 1945

ME671

UL-V2

LUTZKENDORF

nk

FTR

uk

P1    D.H. Hogg
P2   
FE    J.R. Reed
AB    J.W. Foster
NAV   S. Cranidge
WOp   J. Tyrer
MUG   W.J. Monksfield
RG    H.J. Allen

NOTES:

Target: Wintershall AG synthetic oil refinery. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 10x 500lb bombs. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off but it seems it was hit by the bombs from above whilst over the target which tore off one of the port engines. The aircraft was then possibly attacked by a Ju-88 on the return. Eventually the skipper was able to maintain controlled flight for a short while before crash landing. The other crewmembers survived the landing but were all captured after some six days on the run and taken POW. The crew searched for Harold but failed to find him. It would appear that his parachute failed to open. The full story is recounted below.

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