Service number before becoming an Officer R/100413.
Awarded the Pilot Flying Badge on December 30, 1941.
Halifax II JB790 EQ-V took off at 23:39hrs. from RAF Leeming, Yorkshire to join a massive attack of 503 aircraft on Bochum. The bomber was shot down by Hptm. Egmont Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld of III./NJG1 at 01.22 at 15,000 ft over Sellen, 3 km North West of Burgsteinfurt. He was killed later in the war on 12th March 1944 along with his crew in the Belgian Ardennes during a transit flight in bad weather. Credited with 49 kills.
Other crew members onboard the Halifax were:
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Thomas Leith-Ross (UK) 1487121 RAFVR Age 19. Killed.
Nav: Sgt. Albert Frederick Rayment (CAN) R/121901 RCAF PoW No: 230 Camp: Stalag Lemsdorf.
Air/Bmr: F/O. Francis Lloyd Milburn (CAN) J/20816 RCAF Age 23. Killed.
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Norman Bainblatt (CAN) R/133514 RCAF PoW No: 25 Camp: Stalag Lemsdorf.
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Joseph Elland Forest R/96860 (CAN) RCAF PoW No: 30 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria.
Air/Gnr: Sgt. David Hester Hutchinson R/137936 (CAN) RCAF PoW No: 174 Camp: Stalag Lemsdorf.
Leith-Ross (Plot 24, Row D, Grave 16) and Milburn (Plot 24, Row D, Grave 15) are buried at Reichswald Forest Cemetery, Germany.
F/L Large was a Prisoner of War (No:1502) at Stalag Luft III. On the 10th April 1945 he was moved from Tarnstadt (N.E. of Bremen, Germany) towards Lubeck. At that time he was one of a party Prisoners of War being marched in column.
Between the 13th and 14th April, 1945, while on the road, F/L Large reported sick. His illness was diagnosed as strangulated hernia + weakness of circulatory system and he is said to have been sent to hospital at Horneburg near Hamburg.
He was escorted to the head of the column by a British Medical Officer but from thereon was in German hands.
Personal details have been collected from official Service Records and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Some of the additional information has been provided by War Diaries, Libera Me (G.E. Spittael), Polder Fighting (R.W. Catsburg), Veterans Affairs Canada, WW2 Talk, Aircrew Remembered and other sources. The commonwealth-adegem.com website is not responsible for incorrect information.
Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers and other volunteers. Thank you!