Personnel Index - Detail
The Beatson crew, image courtesy of Carole King.
Left to Right: F/O J.C King (BA), F/O L McGonagal (W/Op), F/O J.W Murray (MuG), F/O C. Beatson (Pilot), F/O F. Bourton (Nav), Sgt A Stephen (RG) and Sgt D Harrison (FE).
6/7 October, 1944; BREMEN:
1 and 5 Groups combined their efforts once again, when 246 Lancasters delivered a tremendous 'hammer blow' to Bremen. On a clear moonlit night, the Mosquitoes had little difficulty in marking the aiming point before calling the Main Force in to bomb. Large fires were soon started and crews reported that the glow from the fires could be seen 100 miles away and the target, the river and other features could be clearly seen.
The squadron had dispatched 17 aircraft, deciding to send five new crews on the raid. Aircraft started to request landing instructions shortly after 22.00hrs but by 22.38hrs, only 15 had landed back at Fiskerton. Into the early hours of Saturday morning, it became clear that for the first time since 28/29 July the squadron had suffered casualties. Two 49 crews failed to return from the operation; the 'freshman' crew of F/O Cyril Beatson plus the crew captained by F/O Ken Harrop. The Beatson crew are all buried alongside each other in the Beckligen War Cemetery at Soltau in Germany.
Lancaster PB429 (EA-)
F/O C. Beatson Pilot (Killed)
Sgt D. Harrison F/E (Killed)
F/O E. Bourton NAV (Killed)
F/O L.R. McMonagle RAAF W/OP (Killed)
F/O J.W. Murray RAAF A/G (Killed)
F/O J.C. King A/B (Killed)
Sgt A. Stephen A/G (Killed)
Crew on their 1st operation