"Operations - Night - 15th April 1945. Detailed to attack VILLACH N. M/YARDS.
Weather - 10/10 layer of cloud from below 9500ft to above 14,000ft. Opposition - Nil.
OPERATION CANCELLED BY MASTER BOMBER AFTER ASCERTAINING CLOUD BASE BELOW 8500/9500ft. MASTER BOMBER INSTRUCTION RECEIVED BY ALL AIRCRAFT.
Observation - 2115/18, 4550 N. 1407/40 E. (6/10 E. of Track) - Explosion on ground (believed to be A/c crashed)
followed by fire with rising and falling flame.
1600679 Sgt CHITTY, JOHN THOMAS, age 20, Air Bomber
Son of George and Sarah Emily Chitty, of Chertsey, Surrey.
1897801 Sgt GOODMAN, KENNETH SIDNEY, age 19, Air Gunner
Son of William Henry and Gertrude Florence Goodman, of Brighton, Sussex
1750004 Sgt HIGGINBOTTOM, ALAN, age ?, Air Gunner
No family details given in the Debt of Honour Register
1583228 F/Sgt JEFFERY, REGINAL ARTHUR, age 21, Air Gunner
Son of Thomas and Hilda Jeffery; husband of Pauline Jeffery, of Kettering, Northamptonshire.
2202093 F/Sgt MICHAEL, JOHN KNOX, age 21, Flight Engineer
Son of John Knox Michael and Elizabeth Ann Michael, of Felling, Gateshead, Co. Durham.
1803578 F/Sgt OLD, JOSEPH WILLIAM RICHARD, age 21, Pilot
Son of William Richard and Vera Kathleen Old, of Sidcup, Kent
Thanks to the following for the information.
Pat Atkins, Matt Poole & Stephen Reynolds