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  Sergeant Donald Stewart - 424 Squadron  
 

Sergeant Donald Stewart - RAFVR 

 

 Sergeant Donald Stewart was serving as Wireless Operator on March 30/31 aboard Halifax Mk.BIII LV879 coded QB-A when it took off from Skipton-on-Swale at 2159hrs to bomb Nuremberg. On the outbound journey it was attacked by a night-fighter and crashed at Alten-Buseck, a small town 6km NE from the centre of Giessen.

Flying Officer Marsh was the only survivor and became a prisoner of war (camp unknown). The remaining crew are buried in the War Cemetery at Hanover

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O John Doig

RCAF

Pilot

Winnipeg, Manitoba

31

Sgt John Bolton

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

-

-

F/O John Marsh - POW

RCAF

Navigator

-

-

F/Sgt Alfred Crosland

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

Pickering, Ontario

22

Sgt Donald Stewart

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

-

20

Sgt Robert Atkins

RCAF

Air Gunner

Petrolia, Ontario

27

Sgt Thomas Rogers

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Kidwelly, Carmarthanshire, Wales

-

 

 Sergeant Donald Stewart RAFVR was the son of William and Lillian Stewart. He had married Joan Celia Helen of Finsbury Park, Middlesex just two weeks prior to his death and had been promised leave for a honeymoon if he volunteered as a replacement Wireless Operator/Air Gunner for the Doig crew.

Donald & Joan's Wedding Photo

 
  Photos courtesy of  Marion Eley, research by Linda Ibrom.