17.11.1942 No. 405 Squadron Halifax IIB W1096 LQ-O Sgt. Arthur J. Dolding
Operation: Cross Country Flight
Date: 17th November 1942 (Tuesday)
Unit: 405 Squadron (RCAF - attached to coastal command)
Type: Halifax IIb
Code: LQ-O (Nickname: Every Drop Counts)
Base: RAF Beaulieu, Hampshire, England
Location: Wicken Bonhunt, Essex, England
Pilot: Sgt. Arthur John Dolding R/101954 RCAF Age 22. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt H.F. Jackson R/64901 RCAF Seriously injured - survived
Nav: F/O. Hyme Landau 122143 RAFVR Age 26. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. W.A. MacDonald R/76136 RCAF Baled out - survived (2)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: W/O. II. Gordon Hubert Richards R/77962 RCAF Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Robert Joseph Cavanaugh R/135149 RCAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
What is known to have happened is that the mid-upper gunner fired his guns which, although the setting should have been made to prevent the trajectory going into this region, the result was the inner engine was hit and the aircraft suffered some form of hydraulic failure as a result.
The aircraft then went into a spin from which the pilot was unable to recover.
We understand that some of the crew did manage to bale out of the Halifax - note: details added June 2016.
(1) In 1974 Dolding Lake
- southeast of Nejanilini Lake, Manitoba, Canada was renamed after Sgt. Arthur John Dolding.
(2) Sgt, Macdonald - survived after treatment at RAF Ely hospital rejoined unit. Shot down later in the war during an operation to Stuttgart on the 12th March 1943. Halifax II DT745 LQ-V - taken PoW PoW No: 1014 Camp: Stalag Luft Heydekrug. All but two (who evaded capture) of the crew were also taken PoW.
Sgt. Arthur John Dolding. Saffron Walden Cemetery. Compt. 39. Grave 23. Son of Frederick Dolding, and of Clara Dolding, of 360 Olive Street, St. James, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
F/O. Hyme Landau. Rainsough Jewish Cemetery. Hebrew Congregational Section. Plot A. Grave 5. Born on the 4th May 1916, the son of Soloman and Annie Landau (née Herscovitch) of 1 Union Road, Stockport, Cheshire, husband of Belle Landau, of Prestwich. Stockport, England.
W/O. II. Gordon Hubert Richards. Saffron Walden Cemetery. Compt. 39. Grave 23. Son of Dwight and Mertie O. Richards, of Arrowood, Alberta, Canada.
Sgt. Robert Joseph Cavanaugh. Saffron Walden Cemetery. Compt. 39. Grave 23. Son of Harry Raymond and Catherine Cavanaugh of Mason city, Iowa, USA. Attended Loras College prior to enlisting in the RCAF. Robert's 5 brothers fought overseas in WW II with the USA. He was the 9 eldest of 12 children.
Researched for Jane Cavanaugh-Gleeman - niece of the air gunner, Sgt. Robert Cavanaugh. A great deal of thanks to Barry Millar from Canada at War Forum
for his comprehensive information supplied. Also thanks to 6 Bomber Group
for nose art photo, Mike Berrell, Trish Cooper, Scotts heat for grave photographs.
Sources as quoted below.