22.03.1945 No. 150 Squadron Lancaster I ME451 IQ-D F/O. Ian H.S. Philcox
Date: 22nd March 1945
Unit: No. 150 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Base: RAF Hemswell
Location: Petershagen, Germany
Pilot: F/O. Ian Hamilton Stuart Philcox 185299 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Denis Smith Fielding 2219056 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Nav: Fl/Sgt. Gordon Brain 1684863 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Victor Jasper Lawrence 1586885 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Noel Frank Scaife 1590809 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alexander Moore 798812 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomes Bertram Cook 1852747 RAFVR Age 20. PoW No: Not known Camp: Barth Vogelsang (1)
The brother of Gordon Brain is anxious to find a photo of the crew - are you able to assist?
REASON FOR LOSS:
227 Lancasters with 8 Mosquitoes of 1 and 8 Group took part in this daytime operation to bomb the railway yards at Hildesheim. The operation was a success with much damage caused to the target. However, in this the only operation on this area of the war 70% of the town was also destroyed - the Cathedral, churches and many historic buildings were totally destroyed with 3,302 blocks of flats with more than 10,000 apartments were hit, killing some 1,645 people.
Lancaster ME451 had been 1 of 5 Lancasters lost - one from 434 squadron Lancaster X KB832 WL-F flown by F/O. Payne of the RCAF was collided on take off (all crew safe) with the bomb load eventually exploding closing RAF Craft for most of the day.
No details as to how this Lancaster was lost, but thought to be from anti-aircraft fire from a flak train. We are in contact with the son of the sole survivor from this crew and hope further information may follow.
2219056 Sgt. Fielding D.S.
No. 1 Sergeants Mess
Royal Air force Station
"Wednesday 21st March
Just a few lines to let you know that by the time you get this I shall be home on leave. I am hoping to be home on Friday about ten time so perhaps we can have a bit of a session at the M.A. as in the old days. The last time I flew was last Friday night and hope I won’t be on again until after my leave. Have you heard from Bob lately? I wrote to him about a month ago and haven’t heard from him since.
Well Joe, I am going down to Gainsboro tonight to have a dance so I will have to start getting ready.
So until Friday I will say cheerio
Other aircraft lost on this operation:
166 Squadron Lancaster PD365 AS-X Flown by 29 year old, Fl/Sgt. Richard Ernest Moore 911578 RAFVR from Thornton Heath, Surrey, killed with all 6 other crew.(1) Above left: Sgt. Thomes Bertram Cook taken we understand in late 1944, who sadly passed away in 2010. Born Ste. Sault Marie, Canada on 25th June 1925. (courtesy David B. Cooke) Right Fl/Sgt. Gordon Brain (courtesy Helen McGill - August 2016)
428 Squadron Lancaster X KB777 NA-V Flown by Fl/Lt. James Ffrederick Hadley J/10986 RCAF, killed with 2 other crew, 4 taken PoW.
431 Squadron Lancaster X KB808 SE-Y Flown by Fl/Lt. John Philip Duggan DFC. J/35871 RCAF, killed with all 7 other crew.
F/O. Ian Hamilton Stuart Philcox. Hanover War Cemetery. Collective Grave 11.E.13-18. Son of William Stuart Philcox and Nora Angela Rose Philcox, of Chelsea, London, England.
Sgt. Denis Smith Fielding. Hanover War Cemetery. Collective Grave 11.E.13-18. Son of Frank and Jane Fielding, of Brinnington, Cheshire, England.
Fl/Sgt. Gordon Brain. Hanover War Cemetery. Collective Grave 11.E.13-18. Born on the 28th March 1923, the son of Joseph E. and Emma Brain, of Harrogate, Yorkshire, England.
Fl/Sgt. Victor Jasper Lawrence. Hanover War Cemetery. Collective Grave 11.E.13-18. No further details - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Noel Frank Scaife. Hanover War Cemetery. Collective Grave 11.E.13-18. Son of Frank Scaife, and of Maude Scaife, of Listerhills, Bradford, Yorkshire, England.
Sgt. Alexander Moore. Hanover War Cemetery. Collective Grave 11.E.13-18. From Newfoundland, Canada. No further details - are you able to assist?
Page placed for the family of Sgt. Cook who passed away in 2010. David Cook (son of Sgt. Thomes Bertram Cook) also sent the letter as shown - November 2016 - via his friend Chris Mort who's family was a close friend of Dennis Fielding). Thanks also to Helen McGill - her father is the brother of Sgt. Gordon Brain - contacted us in June / August 2016. For further details our thanks to the sources shown below.