10th July 2012 at 04:04Hello,
A friend of mine is researching the death of his cousin in 1945, he has uncovered a lot of information so far but would like to know if anyone can help him with extra detail, for example was the aircraft shot down by flak or a fighter, does anyone have a photo of the aircraft before or after the crash, a photo of the crew?. I told him the members of this forum were legends at this type of thing so if you could add ANY extra to the information below no matter how small it would be greatly appreciated.
Thomas Neville DOWNES Flying Officer 434453 RAAF
KIA over Belgium 2nd March 1945
625 Sqn RAF Lancaster Mk3 PB 158 CF-G
Based at RAF Kelstern in Lincolnshire
Last mission to Koln, Germany 2/3/1945
858 aircraft - 531 Lancasters, 303 Halifaxes, 24 Mosquitos - raided Cologne in 2 waves. 6 Lancasters and 2 Halifaxes were lost and 1 Halifax crashed in Belgium.
The first raid was carried out by 703 aircraft and the second by 155 Lancasters of No 3 Group.
The main raid was highly destructive, with the Pathfinders marking in clear weather conditions.
This was the last RAF raid on Cologne, which was captured by American troops 4 days later