The Larsen Crew - 76 Squadron  
   

The Larsen Crew (l to r)

"Bert" Kirtland, "Taff" Davies, "Lill Arthur" Horne, "Carl" Larsen,
"Eddie" Edmonds, "Johnnie" Wilson, "Darkie" Willis

 

 The Larsen crew posted in to 76 squadron on November 21, 1943 from 1663HCU. Prior to  completing their tour or operations August 1944, they participated in several high profile operations to Berlin, Karlsruhe and the infamous Nuremberg raid. They are pictured in front of Halifax Mk.BIII  LK785 coded MP-T, "Topsy."

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade
Lt C. Larsen RNAF Pilot
Sgt A.D Wilson RAFVR Flight Engineer
F/Lt Maurice Edmonds - DFC RAFVR Navigator
F/Sgt E. Willis RAFVR Bomb Aimer
Sgt H.W Kirtland RAFVR W/Op/AG
Sgt M. Ransome RAFVR M/U Gunner
Sgt A. Horn RAFVR Rear Gunner

On the night of April 24/25, 1944 on the way home from an operation to Karslruhe, the Larsen crew witnessed the loss of a fellow 76 Squadron crew to a German intruder aircraft.

 

 
 

Photo courtesy of Chris Edmonds, special thanks to Michael Harrison.