Personnel Index - Detail
14/15 June, 1943: OBERHAUSEN:
An all Lancaster force of 197, guided by 6 Oboe Mosquitoes made a successful attack on Oberhausen. Despite the target being cloud-covered, accurate sky-marking enabled the bombers to do considerable damage. Twelve Lancasters lifted from Fiskerton's runway, the last one away by 22.32hrs. The crews found themselves engaged in a savage battle from both flak and fighters which resulted in Bomber Command losing 17 aircraft.
Of those missing: Sgt Frost (ED434) and crew had been shot down by a German night fighter flown by Hauptmann Hans-Dieter Frank I./NJG1. The aircraft fell to the ground 2 kilometers East of Dodewaard, Holland at 01.13hrs. The pilot and flight engineer survived to become POW's in Stalag 357, Kopernikus; the remainder of the crew are buried in Uden War Cemetery.
Sgt R. Frost Pilot (P.o.W.)
Sgt N.C. Hitchcock F/E (P.o.W.)
F/O A.E. Whittaker Nav (Killed)
Sgt J.R. Coulsey W/AG (Killed)
F/S W.L. Chatfield RCAF A/G (Killed)
Sgt V. Horsley A/B (Killed)
Sgt P.A. Toms A/G (Killed)
Crew on their 3rd operation
The full PoW record card is shown below.
Additional information courtesy of our Archivist, Ed Norman.
ED 434 Frost, Hitchcock, Whittaker, Coulson, Chatfield, Ross. Toms.
2300-0404 hrs. Dusseldorf 020hrs , 21000 ft, good vis: ground haze or smoke, no cloud. Saw red and green T.I. Red T.Is in sights. Mass of fires well concentrated round markers. 30 x 41b IBs hung up. 16 bundles of G32A dropped.
ED 434 Frost, Hitchcock, Whittaker, Coulsey, Chatfield, Mathison, Toms.
2245-0443 hrs. Bochum 0149 hrs, 21000 ft, 3/10ths cloud at 12000 ft. Red & green T.Is. 1 green in sights. 2 reds one mile west of town; 3 reds 3 miles S.E of town. Target well illuminated on arrival. Fires were covering target area.
ED 434 Frost R, Hitchcock P, Whittaker A, Coulsey A, Chatfield W, Horsley W, Toms P
MISSING WITHOUT TRACE. Route believed - 51 40N 03 30E, 51 02N 06 30E, Oberhausen.