Crew: Mansbridge

This crew flew on BLACK THURSDAY in Lancaster JB659-OF-J, J-JIG.

Donald Mansbridge, the pilot

The crew were all killed on 20th April 1944 when flying with 635 Squadron, and are buried at Heverlee War Cemetery, except for Walder who survived the war.









Pilot: F/L Donald William Mansbridge
Flight Engineer: F/S Albert Stanley Palmer
Navigator: F/O Gerald Herbert Cruwys
Bomb Aimer: F/S William Courtney White
W/Op: W/O John Richard Hanson
Mid-Upper Gunner: F/S Ernest Hambling
Rear Gunner: F/S Percival Ashford Walder – survived the war

The crew after joining 635 Squadron
All as on Black Thursday except for the rear gunner

Above, from left to right
Pilot-Squadron Leader Donald William Mansbridge – AFC
Navigator Flying Officer Gerald Herbert Cruwys (Croix de Guerre Avec Palm)
Bomb Aimer-Warrant Officer William Courtney ‘Whitey’ White – DFM.
Wireless Operator-Warrant Officer John Richard “Happy” Hanson
Mid-Upper-Flight Sergeant Ernest “Butch” Hambling – DFM,
Rear Gunner-Flight Sergeant Ernest Rowe Newton Barrell
Flight Engineer-Warrant Officer Albert Stanley ‘Tich’ Palmer – DFM


Photograph courtesy of Chris Coverdale

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