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