The Harding Crew - 44 Squadron  
   
 

The Harding Crew L to R: L.Prendergast, T. Weston, W. Quance, L. McDermott, S.Shaw, R.Harding, P. Pynisky

 The Harding crew departed Dunholme Lodge at 2140hrs on August 17/18, 1943 aboard Lancaster Mk.III DV202, coded KM-Z, for an operation to bomb the experimental rocket site at Peenemunde

 The entire crew was lost without a trace and are commemorated on the Runnymede memorial.

 The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

P/O Reginald Harding

RCAF

Pilot

Kirkland Lake, Ontario

20

Sgt Thomas Neville

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Northenden, Lancashire

30

P/O Leslie Prendergast

RAFVR

Navigator

Liverpool

22

Sgt Leonard McDermott

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Oxhey, Hertfordshire

20

Sgt William Quance

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Leicester

27

F/Sgt Peter Pynisky

RCAF

Air Gunner

Sydney, Nova Scotia

-

Sgt Stanley Shaw

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Stapleford, Nottinghamshire

31

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Christine Gordon.