Lancaster III NE167 - The Baltic Sea off Swinemünde    See also p306  B24 41-29479    Updated:  01 OCT 2018

Airman Surname Init Rank Service Sqdn P_link Plane Operation Crash_site Crash_d Buried_d C_link At_Next
e777136.htm Bean H F/Lt RAF 97 p341.htm LAN NE167 Minelaying Off Swinemünde d170844 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e333003.htm Burgess RHC Sgt RAF 97 p341.htm LAN NE167 Minelaying Off Swinemünde d170844 e333 e333.htm POLAND
e777135.htm Jones C A Wt/O RAF 97 p341.htm LAN NE167 Minelaying Off Swinemünde d170844 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e333001.htm Porter E L W/Cdr RAF 97 p341.htm LAN NE167 Minelaying Off Swinemünde d170844 e333 e333.htm POLAND
e333002.htm Rogerson J I F/Lt RAF 97 p341.htm LAN NE167 Minelaying Off Swinemünde d170844 e333 e333.htm POLAND
e777134.htm Smith L H Wt/O RAF 97 p341.htm LAN NE167 Minelaying Off Swinemünde d170844 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
a073001.htm Twomey T M Sgt RAF 97 p341.htm LAN NE167 Minelaying Off Swinemünde d170844 b290944 c073.htm Pedersker
e333004.htm Wells J D F/Sgt RAF 97 p341.htm LAN NE167 Minelaying Off Swinemünde d170844 e333 e333.htm POLAND


LAN NE167 startede fra RAF Coningsby 16. august 1944 på minelægningstogt og blev skudt ned over Østersøen omkring her nær Swinemünde.

"461 bombefly angreb denne nat Stettin (Szezcecin) (her), mens andre 348 havde Kiel (her) som mål. Samtidig udlagde 89 fly miner i Kielerbugten (her) og i
Swinemünde-kanalen (her). (Swinemünde=Swinoujscie). 3 Halifaxes gik tabt ved Kielerbugten og 2 Lancasters ved Swinemünde. Fly fra 97 Squadron og
83  Squadron skulle markere udlægningen (med markeringsblus) i Swinemündekanalen, mens Lancasters fra 5 Bomb Group skulle foretage den endelige
minering.

Markeringen skulle foretages meget nøjagtig og fra lav højde i et område med megen flak. W/Cdr Guy Gibson var forinden blevet spurgt til råds under selve
planlægningen, og det blev da besluttet at markere 3 forskellige steder over kanalen (her). Wing Commander Edward L. Porter, DFC, der var ved at afslutte
sin anden tur, skulle i Lancaster NE167 være Master Bomber med en sammensat besætning på ialt 8 mand.

Indflyvningen i 300 fods højde forløb perfekt, men over kanalen blev styrken mødt af 5 svære flakskibe. 2 Pathfinderfly blev hurtigt svært beskadiget og måtte
forlade området. Reservemarkørfly blev sat ind og foretog deres markering efter anvisninger fra W/Cdr Porter, der under hele angrebet cirklede over kanalen.

Til sidst blev NE167 fanget af adskillige lyskasteres søgelys, og det tyske flak fik skudt sig ind på flyet. Over radioen lød Porter´s rolige stemme: "I´m afraid
we have had it. I shall have to leave you now. Bailing out. Good luck everybody."

Squadron/Leader Parkes overtog kommandoen over den resterende del af mineringen og ønskede Porter "Good luck", skønt han vidste, at Porters fly var i
for lav højde til, at besætningen kunne springe ud med faldskærm, og det ville blive vanskeligt at foretage en nødlanding med et svært beskadiget fly.

Liget af flyets Mid Upper Gunner, Sgt Terence Michael Twomey, DFM, blev fundet ved Dueodde (omkring her) den 27. september 1944, og han blev begravet
Pedersker Kirkegård to dage senere. W/Cdr "ED" Porter og 3 andre besætningsmedlemmer ligger begravet på den gamle garnisonskirkegård i Poznan
(her) i Polen, mens 3 andre besætningsmedlemmer aldrig er fundet.

Operationen medførte lukning af kanalen i flere uger, og Porters dygtige ledelse af mineringen medførte en post mortem tildeling af en Bar til hans allerede
i live tildelte Distinguished Flying Cross." (FT 87-94-8) 8 flyvere.  Se også p341MACR.

On
16 August 1944 LAN NE167 took off from RAF Coningsby on a minelaying mission and was shot down over the Baltic Sea about here near Swinemünde.

"461 bombers this night attacked Stettin (Szezcecin) (here), while other 348 had Kiel (here) as target. Simultaneously 89 planes laid mines in Kiel Bay (here)
and in the Swinemünde Channel (here). (Swinemünde=Swinoujscie). 3 Halifaxes were lost at Kiel Bay and 2 Lancasters at Swinemünde. Planes from
97 Squadron and 83  Squadron were to mark the minelaying (with target indicators) in the  Swinemünde Channel, while Lancasters from 5 Bomb Group were
to carry out the minelaying.

The marking had to be carried out very accurately and from low altitude in an area with a lot of flak. W/Cdr Guy Gibson had previously been asked for advice
during the planning, and it was then decided to mark 3 different places over the channel (here). Wing Commander Edward L. Porter, DFC, who was about to
finish his second tour, was to be Master Bomber in Lancaster NE167 with a crew of 8 airmen.

The approach at an altitude of 300 feet was perfect, but 5 heavy flak ships shot at the planes over the channel. 2 Pathfinder planes were soon severely damaged
and had to leave the area. Reserve marking planes went in and carried out their markings according to directions from W/Cdr Porter, who circled over the channel
during the entire attack.

At last NR167 was caught by a number of search lights and the German flak ranged the plane. Porter´s calm voice was heard on the radio, "I´m afraid we have
had it. I shall have to leave you now. Bailing out. Good luck everybody."

Squadron/Leader Parkes took over command of the remaining part of the minelaying and wished Porter "Good luck", even if he knew that Porter´s plane was at
a too low altitude for the crew to bail out, and that it would be difficult to make a crash landing with a severely damaged plane.

The body of Mid Upper Gunner, Sgt Terence Michael Twomey, DFM, was found at Dueodde (about here) on 27 September 1944, and he was buried in Pedersker Chuchyard two days later. W/Cdr "ED" Porter and 3 other crew members rest in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery in Poznan (here) in Poland, while 3 other crew
members have never been found.

The operation caused closure of the channel for several weeks, and Porter´s clever stewardship of the minelaying resulted in a post mortem award of a Bar to
the Distinguished Flying Cross he had been awarded earlier."(FT 87-94-8)

Lancaster III NE167 OF-Y  took off from RAF Coningsby at 21.21 hrs on 16 AUG 1944. (Source: Aircrew Remembered has this.) See Lancaster Photos.
See
No. 97 Squadron RAF - Wikipedia and 97 Squadron Association. No. 97 Squadron (RAF) during the Second World War. See also p341MACR.
See RAF Coningsby at RAF-Lincolnshire-info and RAF Coningsby 2018. See Google Map RAF-Coningsby.
8 airmen.