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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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427 Squadron Crest
17/18.08.1943 No. 427 Squadron Halifax V DK243 Sgt. Francis Brady

Operation: Peenemünde

Date: 17/18th August 1943

Unit: No. 427 Squadron

Type: Halifax V

Serial: DK243

Code: ZL-?

Base: RAF Leeming, Yorkshire

Location: Wusterhusen, 3km South of Lubmin

Pilot: Sgt. Francis Joseph Desmond Brady J/18523 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Ifor Wyn Pugh 1583491 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Nav: Sgt. R.W. Charman R/138897 RCAF PoW. No: 222492 Camp: Stallag Muhlberg (Elbe) 4B

Air/Bmr: Sgt. R.T. Johnson R/125812 RCAF PoW. No: 222492 Camp: Stallag Muhlberg (Elbe) / Stalag Luft Sagen and Belaria 4B/L3

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Lewis Troman R/109393 RCAF Age 28. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Orville Malcolm McIntyre R/168726 RCAF Age 27. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Leonard Fletcher R/170220 RCAF Age 20. Killed


Taking off from RAF Leeming at 21:25 hrs. on an operation to destroy the secret research centre at Peenemunde where the Germans were developing the V2 rocket.

The raid was a success and delayed production of the V2. After Halifax DK227 had bombed the target, it was attacked by a JU88 night-fighter. Flown by Uffz. Heinz Oberheide (1) of 4./NJG3 at 02:00 hrs. His first of 6 claims of the war. The Halifax attempted to dive and escape but was hit by fire. The order was given to bale out and the Halifax crashed at Wusterhusen, 3km South of Lubmin.

The five crew that perished were laid to rest at Wusterhausen, later being re interred in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery

(1) Uffz. Heinz Oberheide - killed in a flying accident with one other unnamed crew 8th February 1945 during a night operation flight, crashing at Agathenburg, near Stade due to a fuel shortage.

Above: Sgt. John Lewis Troman and Fl/Sgt. Samuel Robert Troman - the family were to lose two sons during the war.

Burial details:

Sgt. Francis Joseph Desmond Brady. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Collective Grave 14.Z.13-15. Son of John Arthur and Mary Ruth Brady of Quebec City, Canada.

Sgt. Ifor Wyn Pugh. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave 14.Z.10. Son of Hugh and Catherine Pugh of Bontddu, Merionethshire, Wales.

Sgt. John Lewis Troman. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Collective Grave 14.Z.13-15. Son of Samuel and Louisa(nee Moore) Troman of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and husband of Jessie Cordelia Troman of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. John Troman RCAF was the eldest son of Samuel and Louisa (née Moore) Troman of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. His father, Samuel emigrated to Canada, working as a mines inspector, fighting in WW1, in the Canadian Army Signals Corps, before being wounded and discharged in 1918. On December 25th 1941 John married Jessie of Vancouver, British Columbia. He enlisted in the RCAF in 1942 ,training as an air gunner before joining 427 squadron at Leeming, England. While in England, John was to visit his relations including his grandmother, Margaret Troman. His brother Samuel Robert Troman R/178352, a Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner in the RCAF was to be killed also, 3 months later on the 26th November 1943. Serving with 180 Squadron as part of the Second Tactical Air Force. One other brother Louis enlisted as a Wireless operator/Air Gunner in 1942, serving overseas and returning to Canada in 1945. He died in 1978.

Sgt. Orville Malcolm McIntyre. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Collective Grave 14.Z.13-15. Son of Malcolm and Ida McIntyre of New Norway, Alberta, Canada. Grave inscription reads “Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, That He Lay Down His Life For His Friends”

Sgt. James Leonard Fletcher. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave 14.Z.11. Son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Fletcher of 408 Walter Road, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, brother of Gwen Bootle and Iris Margaret of saskatoon, Canada.

Researched for Aircrew Remembered - June 2017 by Linda Ibrom and and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as shown. Photo credits to Eileen Carkett. Additional information and Grave Photo to Malcolm Brooke and Bob Boston.

LI - 03.06.2017

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