Flight Sergeant Albert Norris  -  158 Squadron  
   

Flight Sergeant Albert Michael "Mick" Norris

 

 Flight Sergeant Albert Michael "Mick" Norris was serving as Navigator aboard Halifax Mk.BIII NR252 coded NP-B  during an operation to Hanover on January 5/6, 1945.

 The aircraft left Lissett at 1647hrs and successfully bombed the target but failed to return. On the homebound journey it was hit by a night-fighter destroying the H2S blister and moments later, a second attack destroyed the ammunition trays and conveyors of the four guns of the rear turret. Arriving at the Dutch–German border flying due West, only two engines were operable and after consulting with Norris, the navigator, it was considered advisable by Elliott to divert the course to the South in an attempt to reach an Allied-held airport in Belgium. 

 At that moment the Halifax was attacked again and the third engine was put out of action, together with the elevator trimmers, rendering the plane unmanageable. McMahon the Mid Upper Gunner reported from his turret that he saw flames passing him from the wing fuel tanks. Pilot Elliott ordered his crew to bale out. Sadly, having waited for all his crew to jump, he had left it too late and was found dead close by his crashed aircraft with his parachute half-opened. The Halifax crashed at 20:15;16km West of Almelo in the Overissel province of Holland. Flight Lieutenant Alec Elliott was twenty-five at the time of his death and is buried in the Cemetery at Hellendoorn, Holland.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Trade

F/L Alec Elliott

Pilot

Sgt W Morton - Evader

Flight Engineer

F/Sgt Michael “Mick” Norris - POW

Navigator

F/Sgt Ian Croad - Evader

Bomb Aimer

F/Sgt Paul Watson - Evader

W/Op/AG

Sgt Don McMahon - POW

M/U Gunner

Sgt Ralph Dickson - Evader

Rear Gunner

Record of Service

Albert "Mick" Norris enlisted on 29th June 1942 (no.1801918)

From the Manning Depot at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London

ITW at Torquay, Devon

42 Air School till 4.6.1943

48 Air School Port Elizabeth ,South Africa (11th June 1943 to 15.8.1943)

1658 HCU at Riccall, Yorkshire

158 Squadron Lissett Yorkshire

 Flight Sergeant Norris was the first to bale out of the stricken Halifax and landed near the Nederlandsche Stoom Blekerij (a factory) off Blokkendijk in Nijverdal. He landed rather roughly on one leg in the driveway of a big house next to an army truck with hooded lights. A Luftwaffe soldier with a gun helped him up and together they gathered up the parachute and then entered the house to the astonishment of a group of more German airmen. Afterwards Norris was transported to a prisoner of war camp in Pomerania. Here he was to meet up with Sgt McMahon in Stalag Luft 1.

Albert "Mick" Norris currently lives in British Columbia, Canada.

Photos and information courtesy of David Elliott, research by Linda Ibrom