Personnel Index - Detail
Awarded the AFM
Part of the panel at Runnymede
12/13 July, 1943; TURIN:
The allies war against the Italians was going very well. With extra pressure brought to bear by Bomber Command, it was hoped that Germany's ally would soon capitulate. Turin was selected for an attack by 295 Lancasters. The route took them well out into the Bay of Biscay and across Southern France thus avoiding heavily defended areas. Many crews reported heavy icing over France, and encountering thunder-clouds over the Alps. These long haul trips to Italy were not considered easy by crews and to prove the point 13 Lancasters failed to return. Among those missing was F/O John Millar and crew from 49 Squadron. Perhaps the raid three nights earlier had been an omen... ED726 with the Millar crew had been blasted by flak over Gelsenkirchen. It had been repaired just in time for them to take part in the Turin trip, the crew's fateful 13th operation. The crew have no known graves, but are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.
Lancaster ED726 (EA-V)
F/O J.G. Millar AFM Pilot (Killed)
Sgt P. Goodyear F/E (Killed)
F/S J.W. Gillin RCAF NAV (Killed)
Sgt H.J. Read W/AG (Killed)
Sgt D.W. Bettinson A/G (Killed)
F/O G. Lockie B/A (Killed)
Sgt R. Burnett A/G (Killed)
Crew on their 13th operation
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Spring 1943 with ED726
Back row (L to R):
Sgt Reg Burnett R/G KIA, Sgt Don Bettinson M/U KIA. F/O John Millar AFM pilot KIA, Sgt John Crabb NAV, Sgt Phillips B/A KIA, Sgt Paul Goodyear F/E KIA.
Front row (L to R);
LAC Johnson, LAC Robertson, Sgt Freeman, LAC Sutcliffe, LAC Copping, LAC Sugg