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426 Squadron Crest
26/27.03.1943 No 426 Squadron Wellington III X3696 OW-T Sgt. Hall

Operation: Duisburg

Date: 26/27th March 1943

Unit: No. 426 Squadron

Type: Wellington III

Serial: X3696

Code: OW-T

Base: RAF Dishforth, Yorkshire

Location: North Sea off Withernsea

Pilot: Sgt. Eric Hall 1216854 RAFVR Age 20. Missing - believed killed

Obs: Sgt. John Joseph Reade 657755 RAFVR Age 24. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick Simpson 1238939 RAFVR Age ? Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Stevenson 1369435 RAFVR Age 22. Missing - believed killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Clarence Darlington Reed 710081 RAFVR Age 28. Missing - believed killed


Took off at 19:22 hrs from RAF Dishforth in Yorkshire joining a total force of 455 aircraft in what has been described as a failure, with the bombing very widely scattered. This was mainly due to the very cloudy conditions and of the 9 Mosquitoes - 5 had to return with technical difficulties another was lost over the North Sea.

Detailed reports state that only 15 houses were destroyed with a further 70 damaged. 11 people on the ground were killed, 36 injured.

The allies lost 6 aircraft. 25 aircrew killed, 6 captured and made pow, with 1 evading capture. All but one being the victims of flak.

X3696 was last heard on W/T at 02:05hrs when its position was roughly 60 miles East of the Yorkshire coastal town of Withernsea. Despite an extensive search nothing was found.

Above: Sgt. John Joseph Reade pictured with his brother, James (courtesy Kathryn Church)

Burial details:

Sgt. Eric Hall. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 152. Son of Edgar and Mary Louisa Hall of Hanley, Staffordshire, England.

Sgt. John Joseph Reade. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 162. Son of James and Anastatia Reade of Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland. He was one of 8 children, 6 boys and two girls and his mother was greatly opposed to any of her children joining the service but John followed his brother, James into the RAF. He was unmarried at the time of his death.

Sgt. Frederick Simpson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 164. No further details - are you able to assist.

Sgt. William Stevenson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 165. Son of James and Margaret Stevenson of Thornlie Bank, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Sgt. Clarence Darlington Reed. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 162. Son of Arthur Clarence and Olive May Reed of Marandellas, Southern Rhodesia.

Researched for Aircrew Remembered - May 2017 - Linda Ibrom. Thanks to Kathryn Church for the photograph of Sgt. Reade with his brother. For further details our thanks to the sources shown below.

LI 30.05.2017

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