Personnel Index - Detail

Name
SIMMONS
First Names
William Albert
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
1876124
Crew Position
Air Gunner
Age
19
Date of Death
31/03/1944
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 

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 were lost; 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