Emines – Lancaster I NG332 IL-D 115 Squadron
Lancaster I NG332 IL-D 115 Squadron RAF
1-2 January 1945
Crash: At Emines
S/L AAF Mills KIA Leopoldsburg War Cemetery
F/S JDK Sterling RNZAF KIA Leopoldsburg War Cemetery
Sgt CD Bassett KIA Leopoldsburg War Cemetery
P/O GD Long RAAF KIA Leopoldsburg War Cemetery
F/O JD Booth KIA Leopoldsburg War Cemetery
F/S JEW Fenwick KIA Leopoldsburg War Cemetery
F/S ED Mathison RCAF KIA Leopoldsburg War Cemetery
F/S JW McLeod RCAF KIA Leopoldsburg War Cemetery
N° 115 Squadron reported that Lancaster aircraft, NG332, with a crew of 8, failed to return from an operational attack on Vohwinkel, Prussia, Germany. It left base at 16.10 hours on the 1st January, 1945, after which no further news was received. P/O E.D. Mathison and F/Sgt J.W. McLeod were members of this crew.
Information received from N° 85 Group states that a British aircraft, type unknown, but believed to be a Lancaster was shot down by American anti-aircraft at Map Ref.J9218 at 20.10 hours on the 1st January, 1945. The aircraft was totally destroyed and buried 15 feet in the ground. The bodies recovered were unrecognizable but certain items recovered established the identity of some memebers as the crew of Lancaster aircraft NG332. Further information received states that seven bodies were recovered and buried in the American Military Cemetery, Fosse, Belgium.
The body of one member of the crew, F/O Booth, not RCAF was found and buried near the farm of M. Hazoir in Emines, Belgium, approximately 5 miles North of Namur, Belgium.
As the complete crew of eight is now accounted for, it can be assumed that two of the bodies mentioned were P/O ED Mathison and F/Sgt JW McLeod. In view this information, they were classified as « Missing Believed Killed in Action.