The Lees Crew - 434 Squadron  
 

The crew L to R:  

F/O B. Warr, P/O R. Thompson, F/O M.  Stiles, F/S  W.H. Boyer,  P/O P. Melnechuck, P/O J. Lees.

Missing - Sgt M. Bush

 

Pilot Officer John Lees was piloting Halifax Mk.BIII MZ908 coded WL-O during an operation to bomb the coastal guns at Domberg on September 19, 1944. The aircraft was returning to base when it lost a propeller on the starboard outer engine. P/O Lees ordered the crew to bale out and attempted to land the aircraft at RAF Millfield. The aircraft crashed 12 miles short of the airfield in Berwick-upon-Tweed, P/O John Lees was killed in the crash.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

P/O John Lees

RCAF

Pilot

Prince Rupert, B.C

Sgt M. Bush

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

-

P/O R. Thompson

RCAF

Navigator

-

F/O B. Warr

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

-

F/O M. Stiles

RCAF

W/Op/AG

-

P/O P. Melneczuk

RCAF

M/U Gunner

-

F/Sgt W. Bowyer

RAFVR

Rear Gunner

-

 

P/O John Lees was  from Prince Rupert, British Columbia and 20 years of age at the time of his death, he is buried at Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery.

 

 

Photo courtesy of The Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, Yorkshire.