Pilot Officer John Morton - 431 Squadron  
   

Pilot Officer John Morton  - RAFVR 

 

 

 Pilot Officer John (Jack) Morton - RAFVR was piloting Halifax Mk. V LK973 coded SE-E on an operation to Frankfurt on November 25/26, 1943. The aircraft departed Tholthorpe at 2349hrs but crashed in Seckbach, the entire crew was lost.

 The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

P/O John Morton

RAFVR

Pilot

Kearsley, Lancashire

23

F/O Desmond Short

RCAF

2nd Pilot

Toronto, Ontario

28

Sgt Joseph LaFlamme

RCAF

Flight Engineer

Montreal, Quebec

-

P/O Douglas Rands

RAFVR

Navigator

Billingshurst, Sussex

29

F/Sgt Robert Holmes

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Torquay, Devon

20

P/O George Milner

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

-

-

P/O George Rich

RCAF

M/U Gunner

San Francisco, CA

24

W/O Michael Clynes - CGM

RAFVR

Rear Gunner

-

-

 

 Pilot Officer John (Jack) Morton was the son of John and Margaret Morton of Kearsley, Lancashire. He was with 431 squadron from its inception and flew on the Squadron's very first operation. Due to the volume of early returns the squadron was plagued with in 1943, John and his crew had to abort several operations which were not credited towards their tour of operations. He and his crew had several encounters with the enemy and destroyed two ME-110s as well as damaged a JU-88 prior to being lost. John and his crew are buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery.

 

 Operations flown by P/O John Morton while with 431 Squadron:

Date

Operation

Aircraft

Time Up

Time Down

2/3/1943

Nectarines - Mining

Wellington Mk X HE205 SE-X

1858

2217

3/3/1943

Nectarines - Mining*

Wellington Mk X HE199 SE-R

1904

2324

11/4/1943

Nectarines - Mining**

Wellington Mk X HE476 SE-Z

2100

0050

14/4/1943

Stuttgart

Wellington Mk X HE201 SE-T

2110

0510

26/4/1943

Duisberg

Wellington Mk X HE201 SE-T

0039

0550

4/5/1943

Dortmund

Wellington Mk X MS475 SE-

2240

0440

12/5/1943

Duisberg

Wellington Mk X HE502 SE-Q

2350

0500

28/5/1943

Beeches - Mining

Wellington Mk X HE443 SE-O

2315

0545

29/5/1943

Wuppertal

Wellington Mk X HE502 SE-Q

2240

0405

2/6/1943

Beeches - Mining

Wellington Mk X HE265 SE-R

0010

0600

11/6/1943

Dusseldorf

Wellington Mk X HE201 SE-T

2315

2335

14/6/1943

Sea Search

Wellington Mk X HE518 SE-J

0620

1005

21/6/1943

Krefeld

Wellington Mk X HE201 SE-T

2332

0408

28/6/1943

Cologne

Wellington Mk X HE201 SE-T

2320

0420

2/7/1943

St. Nazaire - Mining

Wellington Mk X HE201 SE-T

2220

0450

9/7/1943

Trefoil - Mining

Wellington Mk X LN283 SE-P

0115

0415

3/11/1943

Dusseldorf

Halifax Mk.V LK898 SE-O

1700

2258

18/11/1943

Ludwigshafen

Halifax Mk.V

1639

0050

19/11/1943

Leverkusen

Halifax Mk.V LK898 SE-O

1635

2254

22/11/1943

Berlin

Halifax Mk.V LK975 SE-E

1650

0019

25/11/1943

Frankfurt

Halifax Mk.V LK975 SE-E

2394

FTR

*Attacked by JU88, claimed as damaged.

**Destroyed 2 ME110s over France

 

 

 
 

 Photo courtesy of Kathryn Trainer.