Personnel Index - Detail

Name
LABRIE
First Names
Reginald Edmund
Rank
F/Sgt
Service
RCAF
Service Number
R178430
Crew Position
Air Gunner
Age
20
Date of Death
09/07/1943
Cemetery

 



Photographs courtesy of Michel Beckers from WWII Crashsite Research

Photographed by Bruno Gielis


8/9 July, 1943; COLOGNE:

After 5 frustrating days, in which 3 operations had been planned, only to be scrubbed at the last minute, 280 plus Lancasters eventually took off to pay another visit to Cologne. Fiskerton put up 14 aircraft. Sadly, one of the 7 Lancasters lost this night was from 49 Squadron; Sgt pilot, Stan Eyles (who was only 20 years old) and his crew all perished when they were shot down by a night fighter. Oblt Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (II./NJG1) sent them crashing into the banks of the Albert Canal near Antwerp; at 02.53hrs. The crew are buried together in Antwerp Cemetery.

Lancaster ED663
Sgt S.C. Eyles Pilot (Killed)
Sgt D.W. Neale F/E (Killed)
Sgt D.R. Fullager NAV (Killed)
Sgt G.G. Shepherd W/AG (Killed)
Sgt M. Barrett RCAF A/G (Killed)
Sgt W.S. Ashworth B/A (Killed)
Sgt R.E. LaBrie RCAF A/G (Killed)

Crew on their 4th operation