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Flying Officer Trevor Gordon Harrison
(26/04/1923 - 21/07/1944)
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Mission: BottropTrevor Gordon Harrison
Date: 20/21st July 1944 (Thursday/Friday)
Unit: No. 578 squadron
Type: Halifax III
Serial: MZ572
Code: LK-C
Base: R.A.F. Burn, Yorkshire
Location: North Sea - West of Den Haag, Holland.
Pilot: F/O. Trevor Gordon Harrison 177077 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
Fl/Eng: P/O. Colin George William Whitehead 55845 R.A.F. Age ? Killed
Nav: P/O. Victor Thomas Glossop 177572 R.A.F.V.R. Age 33. Killed
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Harry William Cook 1551870 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Philip Claude Pink 1322624 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Rober Peter Arthur 1821788 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Gresswell 1626370 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Leaving R.A.F. Burn, Yorkshire, at 23.57 hrs to attack the synthetic oil refineries at Bottrop. 166 aircraft took part in this operation, 149 Halifaxes, 13 Mosquitoes and 4 Lancasters.
Northern parts of the target were reported as badly damaged but no further information on casualties on the ground.
12 aircraft were lost during this operation, resulting in 61 aircrew killed, 13 taken pow, 1 evading capture with 4 crew members parachuting over friendly territory.
A tragic night for this squadron losing 6 aircraft:
Halifax III LK834 LK-E Flown by Sgt William Davidson, killed with 7 crew when their aircraft collided with MZ696 over Balkholme, near Goole, Yokshire.
Halifax III MZ511 LK-M Flown by Fl/Lt. Alistair Hope-Robertson, killed with 4 other crew, 1 made pow and 1 escaping capture.
Halifax III MZ556 LK-P Flown by Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Hutton, killed with 2 other crew, 4 made pow.
Halifax III MZ617 LK-D Flown by Fl/Lt. Joseph Couture R.C.A.F. killed with all 7 crew.
Halifax III MZ696 LK-K Flown by F/O. Maurice Day, killed with all 7 crew.
This Halifax MX752 is reported as lost without trace. However, in the latest edition of the nightfighter war diaries it is marked as possibly being shot down by Fw. Erwin Egeler of 12./NJGI on the return flight home. The night-fighters chased the bomber stream over the Dutch coast and it is thought that he may have been intercepted over the North Sea between 25-60 km West of Den Haag with combat taking place at 02.16 hrs at 2.000 ft.
Burial details:
F/O. Trevor Gordon Harrison. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 206.
Son of William George and Irene Harrison, of Moseley, Birmingham
P/O. Colin George William Whitehead. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 213.
No further details as yet.
P/O. Victor Thomas Glossop. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 211.
Son of William Walton Glossop and Gertrude Elizabeth Glossop, of Totley Rise, Yorkshire.
Fl/Sgt. Harry William Cook. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 216.
Son of Henry George and Isabella Cook, of Aberdeen.
Fl/Sgt. Philip Claude Pink. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 221.
Son of Ada Pink; husband of Muriel Josephine Pink, of Bournemouth, Hampshire
Sgt. Robert Peter Arthur. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 224.
Son of Robert and Ann Isbella Arthur, of Edinburgh.
Sgt. Ronald Gresswell. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 230.
Son of James Edward and Gertrude May Gresswell, of Bingley, Yorkshire.

In Memory of

177011, 578 Sqdn,  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died age 21
on 21 July 1944

Son of William George and Irene Harrison of Moseley,

Remembered with honour
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