Pilot Officer James Borland (DFC) - 156 Squadron  
   

Pilot Officer James Borland (DFC)  - RAFVR

 

Pilot Officer James Borland was piloting on board Lancaster MK.III JB553 coded GT-J for an operation to Berlin on January 2/3 1944. The aircraft departed from Warboys at 0008hrs but crashed in the target area, killing the entire crew. 

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

P/O James Borland - DFC

RAFVR

Pilot

Troon, Ayrshire

20

F/L Alexander McGlashan

RAFVR

2nd Pilot

Kirkcudbrightshire

32

Sgt John Scott

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Edinburgh

31

F/Sgt Vincent Purmal

RCAF

Navigator

Toronto, Ontario

22

F/Sgt Dennis Snelling

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Kenton, Middlesex

20

Sgt Duncan Mackenzie

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Kingussie,Invernesshire

21

Sgt Alan Waller

RAFVR

M/U Gunner

Willeseden, London

22

W/O1 Leslie Adair

RCAF

Rear Gunner

London, Ontario

21

 Pilot Officer James Borland (DFC) was the son of Thomas Wright and Marion Borland of Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland. James was awarded his DFC when serving as Warrant Officer (1342108)  in 12 squadron (London Gazette 16.11.1943) General Award. He was flying on his 31st operation at the time of his death.

S ergeant Scott’s parents were later to receive the news that his brother, Gordon, a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was to be killed on the thirty-first of October 1944.

 Flight Lieutenant McGlashan and Sergeant Scott rest in the Berlin 1939-45 War cemetery, while the other crew members are remembered on the memorial at Runnymede.

 

 

 
 

Photos courtesy of Patricia Duthie, research by Linda Ibrom.