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[Home] [Profiles 103 Sqn N to Z] [Frank Shepherd and crew 103 Sqn]

P/O Frank Shepherd RAFVR and crew – 103 Squadron – RAF Elsham Wolds – 1944

Failed to Return – 26/27th April 1944 – Avro Lancaster III – ND847 – Op Essen.

Frank Shepherd and crew were posted to 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds early April 1944. Sadly they were lost on their first operation. See below

26-Apr-44 – Essen – Lancaster – ND847 – P/O F Shepherd – FTR - Flak victim. Crashed at Strump, Germany.

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P/O Frank Shepherd RAFVR – Pilot – 103 Sqn – Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany

Sgt Henry Greenfield RAFVR – Flight Engineer - 103 Sqn - Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany

F/S Arthur Leslie Nichols RAFVR – Navigator - 103 Sqn - Son of William Andrew and Henriette Fredrica Nichols - Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany

Sgt Duncan Neilson Bell RAF – Air Gunner - 19 - 103 Sqn - Son of Allan and Helen Ann Bell of Broughty Ferry, Angus - Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany

W/O Donald Grant Leask RCAF ( pictured below ) – Air Bomber - 103 Sqn - Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany

F/S Bernard Moxham RAAF – 20 - 103 Sqn - Son of Leo Austin Moxham and Alice Moxham of Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia – Runnymede Memorial

F/S Francis Patrick Morgan Quinn RCAF ( pictured below ) – Air Gunner - 25 - 103 Sqn - Son of William Morgan Quinn and Rose Anne Quinn of Philipsburg, Province of Quebec, Canada - Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.

For more info and a photo of Frank Shepherd see the Culford Roll of Honour website here.

103 Squadron Leask Shepherd

W/O Donald Grant Leask RCAF

103 Squadron Quinn Shepherd

F/S Francis Patrick Morgan Quinn RCAF

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26-Apr-44 – Essen

103 Squadron detailed 14 aircraft for this attack on the German industrial city of Essen. Two aircraft were unable to take off owing to crew sickness and due to jammed elevators just prior to take off. Crews report condensation trails over the target forming cloud but the markers were clearly seen and bombed. The concentration was considered very good and it would seem the attack was a success. Bombing was carried out from between 22000 ft to 24500 ft. Searchlights at the target were working in small cones with the usual movement. Flak was reported as slight. P/O Shepherd is missing from this operation. All other aircraft landed safely at base.

For this attack on Essen Bomber Command detailed a total of 493 aircraft - 342 Lancasters, 133 Halifaxes, 18 Mosquitos - from all groups except No 5. 7 aircraft - 6 Lancasters, 1 Halifax - lost, 1.4 per cent of the force. The Bomber Command report states that this was an accurate attack on this already devastated city which was based on good Pathfinder ground-marking.

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Lancaster – ND847

This machine was lost on its 7th operation.

09-Apr-44 - Gdynia Bay – Lancaster – ND847 – F/S FG Brownings

10-Apr-44 – Aulnoye – Lancaster – ND847 – F/S FG Brownings

18-Apr-44 – Rouen – Lancaster – ND847 – F/S FG Brownings

20-Apr-44 – Cologne – Lancaster – ND847 – F/S FG Brownings

22-Apr-44 – Dusseldorf – Lancaster – ND847 – F/S FG Brownings

23-Apr-44 - Borholm & Pomeranian Bay – Lancaster – ND847 – F/S FG Brownings

26-Apr-44 – Essen – Lancaster – ND847 – P/O F Shepherd – FTR - Flak victim. Crashed at Strump, Germany.

Item compiled by David Fell with photos from the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

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