This is the full list of 97 Squadron aircrew flying on 16/17 December 1943. Five crews were involved in serious crashes, in which most or all of the crew were killed (28 fatalities altogether). Other crews were shot down at a later date, and that date can be seen in the Loss Date column. 

There was an abnormally high death rate for this particular group of crews – 94 men out of 151 died either on Black Thursday or in subsequent months, thus close to 2 out of 3 of the men in the Briefing Room on 16 December would not make it through the war.

The Lancaster ID and identifying letter are on the far left of the column. All aircrew are from the RAF unless otherwise stated. Ranks are as given in the ORB. 

Aircraft   Trade Surname Name Rank Airforce Fate Loss Date Notes
JB706 H Capt Nicholls J H. “Johnny” F/O RAAF PoW 31/03/1944
JB706 H F/E Smith S A, “Sid” Sgt PoW 31/03/1944
JB706 H Nav Easson R, “Ron” F/O PoW 31/03/1944
JB706 H A/B Jolley Kenroy Alfred, “Bombdoors” F/S RAAF KIA 31/03/1944
JB706 H W/Op Gardner Jack Sgt PoW 31/03/1944
JB706 H M/G Ogilvie W D. “Oggy” Sgt PoW 31/03/1944
JB706 H R/G Whitehead Alfred, “Alf” Sgt KIA 31/03/1944
JA857 G Capt Riches Wilfrid Cyril F/L KIA 06/07/1944
JA857 G F/E Winter G Sgt
JA857 G Nav Watts Henry Wager Dixon P/O KIA 06/07/1944
JA857 G A/B Pack EH F/S
JA857 G W/Op Wrigley J F/S
JA857 G M/G Lowe Robert William Sgt KIA 06/07/1944
JA857 G R/G Booth LW F/O
JB482 S Capt Mooney Robert Leo F/O KIA 02/01/1944
JB482 S F/E Grey Felix Bernard Sgt KIA 02/01/1944
JB482 S Nav Johnson George Albert Sgt KIA 02/01/1944
JB482 S A/B Worsdale Jack F/S KIA 02/01/1944
JB482 S W/Op Cameron Norman Davidson Sgt KIA 02/01/1944
JB482 S M/G Woolf Godfrey F/S RAAF KIA 02/01/1944
JB482 S R/G Smith George Edward F/S KIA 02/01/1944
JA960 E Capt Pelletier J W, “Geoff” F/L RAAF
JA960 E 2nd Pilot Henson Leslie FO
JA960 E F/E Dunning Guy Ernest F/S KIA 06/06/1944
JA960 E Nav Conley Ronald John F/O RAAF KIA 06/06/1944
JA960 E A/B Lowick PM F/L
JA960 E W/Op Burnell Aubrey William Alexander F/S KIA 21/07/1944
JA960 E M/G Watson Frank Raymond F/S KIA 06/06/1944
JA960 E R/G Polson G F/O
JB117 C Capt Scott Ian Macdonald F/S RAAF KIA 17/12/1943
JB117 C F/E Collishaw Charles William Sgt KIA 17/12/1943
JB117 C Nav Peek Samuel Joseph Sgt KIA 17/12/1943
JB117 C A/B Irvine Douglas Raymond Sgt RCAF KIA 17/12/1943
JB117 C W/Op Parrott Sidney George Sgt KIA 17/12/1943
JB117 C M/G Foxcroft Kenneth Edgar Sgt RAAF KIA 17/12/1943
JB117 C R/G Hope Clifford Lionel Sgt RCAF KIA 17/12/1943
JB119 F Capt Mackenzie Donald Forbes S/L KIA 17/12/1943
JB119 F F/E Pratt John Towler P/O KIA 17/12/1943
JB119 F Nav Marshall Robert, “Bob” F/S S INJ 17/12/1943
JB119 F A/B Colson William Alfred F/O KIA 17/12/1943
JB119 F W/Op Hunter Anthony Ivor Gwynne, “Tony” F/S KIA 10/04/1944 survived Mackenzie crash
JB119 F M/G Lang William Robert, “Ron” F/S INJ 17/12/1943
JB119 F R/G Kirby Keith F/S INJ 17/12/1943
JB176 K Capt Thackway Edward, “Ted” F/O KIA 17/12/1943
JB176 K F/E Grundy George Sgt KIA 17/12/1943
JB176 K Nav Powell Jack Sgt KIA 17/12/1943
JB176 K A/B Grant Leslie Kenneth Alexander, “Sandy” P/O RCAF KIA 17/12/1943
JB176 K W/Op Mack Peter Hughes, “Joe” Sgt  INJ 17/12/1943
JB176 K M/G Lawrence Robert Anthony, “Tony” Sgt KIA 17/12/1943
JB176 K R/G Laver Leslie Norman John, “Les” Sgt KIA 14/01/1944 survived Thackway crash
JB361 A Capt Flack Victor Samuel P/O KIA 06/01/1944
JB361 A 2nd Pilot Emerson Rodrick Stanley F/L KIA 21/02/1944 killed February
JB361 A F/E Hare John Alfred Sgt KIA 06/01/1944
JB361 A Nav Rand Kenneth Peter F/O KIA 06/01/1944
JB361 A A/B Boston RG F/O PoW 06/01/1944 only survivor of shoot-down
JB361 A W/Op Ferguson Robert Sgt KIA 06/01/1944
JB361 A M/G Dunnett Harry Norman F/S RCAF KIA 06/01/1944
JB361 A R/G Wood Geoffrey Walter F/Sgt KIA 21/02/1944 killed with Emerson
JB219 R Capt Kirkwood James P/O KIA 17/12/1943
JB219 R F/E Hubbard Edward George, “Ted” F/S KIA 17/12/1943
JB219 R Nav Stewart Robert Charles, “Bob” Sgt KIA 17/12/1943
JB219 R A/B Wigley George Alexander F/O KIA 17/12/1943
JB219 R W/Op Cleeve Ronald George, possibly known as “Reg” Sgt KIA 17/12/1943
JB219 R M/G Madeley Leonard, “Len” Sgt KIA 17/12/1943
JB219 R R/G Killen John Sgt KIA 17/12/1943
JB243 P Capt Deverill Ernest Alfred S/L KIA 17/12/1943
JB243 P F/E Russell Alexander F/S KIA 17/12/1943
JB243 P Nav Brown John Thomas P/O KIA 17/12/1943
JB243 P A/B Farr Francis Roy F/S KIA 17/12/1943
JB243 P W/Op Crossgrove Ralph F/S RNZAF KIA 17/12/1943
JB243 P M/G Benbow James W/O INJ 17/12/1943
JB243 P R/G Penfold Donald Jamieson W/O KIA 17/12/1943
JB299 W Capt Roberts Frank James F/L KIA 21/01/1944
JB299 W F/E Arter S R P/O KIA not with crew when shot down
JB299 W Nav Dudley Ronald F/S KIA 21/01/1944
JB299 W A/B Young George F/S KIA 21/01/1944
JB299 W W/Op Blower H J F/S KIA not with crew when shot down
JB299 W M/G Marsh Peter Andrew Sgt RAAF KIA 21/01/1944
JB299 W R/G Parsley William Alfred, “Bill” FS RCAF KIA 21/01/1944
JB312 Z Capt Wilson Charles Thomas F/L KIA 29/01/1944
JB312 Z F/E Smith Terence Walter Sgt KIA 29/01/1944
JB312 Z Nav Borthwick George Wilson Syme F/O KIA 29/01/1944
JB312 Z A/B Watling George Alfred F/O KIA 29/01/1944
JB312 Z W/Op Jones Lawrence George Sgt KIA 29/01/1944
JB312 Z M/G Harper Geffrey Kelvin Sgt KIA 29/01/1944
JB312 Z R/G Pleydell Horace John Sgt KIA 29/01/1944
JB356 X Capt Billing James Pymar, “Jimmy” P/O
JB356 X F/E Hope Thomas William, “Tommy” Sgt KIA 12/06/1944
JB356 X Nav Moriarty James Edward, “Mort” P/O RCAF
JB356 X A/B Osler Erwin (or Earl E?) P/O RCAF
JB356 X W/Op Campbell James Monroe,”Jock” Sgt
JB356 X M/G Curtis Robert Douglas, “Doug” W/O RCAF
JB356 X R/G Findlay James Bruce, “Bud” F/S RCAF
JB470 T Capt Cawdery EF S/L
JB470 T 2nd Pilot Clarke Ernest Sumner F/L KIA 30/01/1944
JB470 T F/E Pearsons J A Sgt
JB470 T Nav Swale Ken Sgt KIA 15/01/1945
JB470 T A/B Peden C F/O RCAF
JB470 T W/Op Tindall AJ Sgt
JB470 T M/G McGregor James Harvey Sgt KIA 31/05/1944
JB470 T R/G Hanson EH F/S RAAF
JB531 Y Capt Smith “Smithy” P/O
JB531 Y F/E Durn Maurice Sgt KIA 23/06/1944
JB531 Y Nav Arthurson John, “Joe” P/O
JB531 Y A/B Wilson JA F/S RAAF
JB531 Y W/Op Townend Gordon Sgt
JB531 Y M/G Stewart Harold, “Harry” Sgt KIA 25/04/1944
JB531 Y R/G Bradshaw Cliff Sgt
JB659 J Capt Mansbridge Donald William F/L KIA 20/04/1944
JB659 J F/E Palmer Albert Stanley F/S KIA 20/04/1944
JB659 J Nav Cruwys Gerald Herbert, “Gerry” F/O KIA 20/04/1944
JB659 J A/B White William Courtney F/S KIA 20/04/1944
JB659 J W/Op Hanson John Richard W/O KIA 20/04/1944
JB659 J M/G Hambling Ernest F/S KIA 20/04/1944
JB659 J R/G Walder Percival Ashford F/S
JA908 N Capt Coates William Darby Sgt KIA 25/03/1944
JA908 N F/E Nicholas Bertram Horace Sgt KIA 25/03/1944
JA908 N Nav Nuttall Stanley Sgt KIA 25/03/1944
JA908 N A/B Baldwin John Moody P/O RCAF KIA 25/03/1944
JA908 N W/Op Chapman William Sgt KIA 25/03/1944
JA908 N M/G York William Lambert Sgt KIA 25/03/1944
JA908 N R/G Thompson Frank Sgt KIA 25/03/1944
JB671 V Capt Owen Charles Blundell F/L
JB671 V F/E Lacey D E, “Dizzy” Sgt
JB671 V Nav Shires William, “Bill” F/O
JB671 V A/B Leak Thomas, “Nigel” Sgt
JB671 V W/Op Knowles D, Duggie Sgt
JB671 V M/G Forrest K, “Ken” or “Woody” Sgt
JB671 V R/G Thomas F B, “Tom” Sgt
JB712 U Capt de Wesselow Peter F/L
JB712 U F/E Bamlett William, “Bill” F/S
JB712 U Nav Ingalls RB S/L RCAF
JB712 U A/B Cooper Gordon F/O
JB712 U W/Op White Fred F/S
JB712 U M/G Muckart Grant W/O KIA 21/04/1944
JB712 U R/G Saynor James P/O
JB846 M Capt Snell CR P/O RCAF
JB846 M F/E Harman Leslie Thomas Sgt KIA 06/07/1944
JB846 M Nav Lintott L P/O
JB846 M A/B Smith NJ P/O RCAF
JB846 M W/Op Grieve J Sgt
JB846 M M/G Green CJ Sgt
JB846 M R/G Wood OD Sgt
JB963 Q Capt Brill David James F/L KIA 16/12/1943
JB963 Q 2nd Pilot Handley Rowland Ernest, “Tommy” F/L KIA 16/12/1943
JB963 Q F/E Stone John Sgt KIA 16/12/1943
JB963 Q Nav McIntyre Norman Gregor, “Norm” P/O RAAF KIA 16/12/1943
JB963 Q A/B Butler Robert P/O KIA 16/12/1943
JB963 Q W/Op Chappell Harry Sgt KIA 16/12/1943
JB963 Q M/G Little Gordon James P/O RCAF KIA 16/12/1943
JB963 Q R/G Battle Ernest John F/S RAAF KIA 16/12/1943