Personnel Index - Detail

Name
BLACK
First Names
Alexander William
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
643166
Crew Position
Flight Engineer
PoW Date
30/03/1944
Aircraft
Lancaster JB466
Target
Nuremberg
PoW Camp(s)
PoW Number
3484 (see below)

 



Sgt Black's PoW 'dog tag' from Stalag Luft 6..........image courtesy of his grandson Matt Roach.
 



An early image of A W Black
 

30/31 March, 1944; NUREMBERG:

Much has already been written regards this operation in which for various reasons, Bomber Command suffered its biggest loss of the war; 31 Halifaxes and 64 Lancasters, 11.9 per cent of the force dispatched failed to return.
The unit's contribution to the night’s proceedings involved 16 Lancasters; the first aircraft lifting away from Fiskerton at 21.55hrs.
F/O Bill Colhoun (JB466) from Belfast, piloted A-Able on the crew’s 6th operation; a night fighter got them, the 64th to go down. Four members of the crew were killed and included F/O Colhoun and Sgt Leslie Broad who both have no known graves, plus New Zealander, F/Sgt Hector Anderson and Sgt Kenneth Ellam who are buried in Berlin.

Lancaster JB466 (EA-A)
F/O W.A.L. Colhoun Pilot (Missing)
Sgt A.W. Black F/E (P.o.W.)
Sgt R. Prinn NAV (P.o.W.)
Sgt K. Ellam W/OP (Killed)
Sgt L.H. Broad A/G (Missing)
F/S H.W. Anderson RNZAF B/A (Killed)
Sgt W.A. Simmons A/G (Killed)


Crew on their 6th operation
 



WO2 A W Black on demob
 



WO2 Black on his wedding day.

The service record of Alexander William Black (click on each image for an enlarged view in a new window).





All images are courtesy of Matthew Roach (Grandson of WO2 Black)