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THE CREW OF LANCASTER WPH LM159

 

In early 2010 I was contacted by Graham Jackson of Urmston, Manchester, England who donated to my virtual musuem the British War Medal, and Victory Medal that were awarded to former 117th Battalion soldier 748056 George Stanley Woolley. In return, Mr. Jackson requested that Woolley's medals be dedicated to the crew of WPH LM159.

Of signicifance to Mr. Jackson was that his father-in-law Frank Frisk was the Wirless Operator / Air Gunner for WPH LM159.

LANCASTER WPH LM159 was part of 90 Squadron Royal Air Force, Bomber Command 3 Group, and conducted 34 successful operations; the first on 7th August 1944, and the 34th on 5th December 1944. Air base Tuddenham, Suffolk (Satellite drome to Mildenhall). Please see below for photo and further information.

This particular aircrew was a mixed Canadian and British crew as follows:

Pilot: FO Donald E MacLean, DFC, RCAF, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Navigator: WO1 John Joseph (Joe) Williams, DFC, RCAF, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Bomb Aimer: PO Robert C Clarke, DFC, RCAF, Nepean, Ontario, Canada

Flight Engineer: WO1 1825516 James (Jock) Wright, DFM, RAF, Glasgow, Scotland

Wireless Operator: WO1 2206841 Frank Frisk, DFM, RAF, Flixton, Manchester, England

Mid Upper Gunner: WO1 1198393 Dennis Albert Love, DFM, RAF, Frome, Somerset, England

Rear Gunner: WO1 Colin Frederick Barnes, DFM, RAF, Cambourne, Cornwall, England. Later served with 514 Squadron and completed 42 Operations.

THE CREW OF LANCASTER WPH LM159

Photo taken December 1944: left to right: Frank Frisk, Jock Wright, Joe Williams, Don MacLean, Bob Clarke, Dennis Love, Freddie Barnes

British War Medal and Victory Medal awarded to 748056 George Stanley Woolley, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles

CITATIONS:

CLARKE, WO (now P/O) Robert Granville (R165335/J93471) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1914 in Saskatoon; home in Ottawa (clerk); enlisted Toronto, 6 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.1 ANS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned February 1945. Award presented 26 August 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 22 January 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (166 hours 26 minutes), 7 August to 5 December 1944. NOTE: This list of sorties is identical to that for Warrant Officer J.J. Williams (navigator), strongly suggesting they were members of the same crew.
> * denotes daylight sortie
> 7 Aug 44 Mare de Magne (3.55) 7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.00)*
> 9 Aug 44 Fort d'Englos (2.38) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.51)*
> 11 Aug 44 Lens (3.24)* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.57)
> 14 Aug 44 Hamel (3.58)* 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.54)
> 16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.00) 22 Oct 44 Neuse (4.16)*
> 18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.08) 2 Nov 44 Homberg (4.16)*
> 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (8.29) 4 Nov 44 Solingen (4.36)*
> 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.55)* 5 Nov 44 Solingen (4.52)*
> 6 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.35)* 6 Nov 44 Koblenz (5.37)
> 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.16) 8 Nov 44 Homberg (4.21)*
> 11 Sep 44 GARDENING, Pomeranian 15 Nov 44 Dortmund (5.22)*
> Bay (7.09) 16 Nov 44 Heinsberg (3.49)*
> 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (6.32) 20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.42)*
> 23 Sep 44 Neuse (4.22) 21 Nov 44 GARDENING, Oslo
> 24 Sep 44 Calais (2.29)* (7.08)
> 27 Sep 44 Calais (2.30)* 26 Nov 44 Fulda (5.33)*
> 4 Oct 44 GARDENING, Kattegat 28 Nov 44 Neuse (4.40)
> (7.39) 5 Dec 44 Schwammanauel Dam
> 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (5.23) (4.10)*
This air bomber has been of the greatest assistance to his captain in pressing home attacks in the face of formidable opposition from a large number of targets. Photographic results of his work have shown that he can be relied upon to hit his target under conditions which have at times been most exacting.


WILLIAMS, WO John Joseph (R190620) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 2 September 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 17 September 1942. Award sent by registered mail 4 April 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 22 January 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (166 hours 26 minutes), 7 August to 5 December 1944.
> * denotes daylight sortie
> 7 Aug 44 Mare de Magne (3.55) 7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.00)*
> 9 Aug 44 Fort d'Englos (2.38) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.51)*
> 11 Aug 44 Lens (3.24)* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.57)
> 14 Aug 44 Hamel (3.58)* 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.54)
> 16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.00) 22 Oct 44 Neuse (4.16)*
> 18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.08) 2 Nov 44 Homberg (4.16)*
> 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (8.29) 4 Nov 44 Solingen (4.36)*
> 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.55)* 5 Nov 44 Solingen (4.52)*
> 6 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.35)* 6 Nov 44 Koblenz (5.37)
> 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.16) 8 Nov 44 Homberg (4.21)*
> 11 Sep 44 GARDENING, Pomeranian 15 Nov 44 Dortmund (5.22)*
> Bay (7.09) 16 Nov 44 Heinsberg (3.49)*
> 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (6.32) 20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.42)*
> 23 Sep 44 Neuse (4.22) 21 Nov 44 GARDENING, Oslo (7.08)
> 24 Sep 44 Calais (2.29)* 26 Nov 44 Fulda (5.33)*
> 27 Sep 44 Calais (2.30)* 28 Nov 44 Neuse (4.40)
> 4 Oct 44 GARDENING, Kattegat (7.39) 5 Dec 44 Schwammanauel Dam (4.10)*
> 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (5.23)
This Warrant Officer has participated in attacks on a variety of heavily defended targets and several sorties have been of durations of unusual length. His navigation has been of an exceedingly high standard, and throughout his tour he has shown an excellent example to crews of less experience.


MacLEAN, F/O Donald Edgar (J89372) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1922, Summerside, Prince Edward Island (farmer, truck driver); enlisted in Charlottetown, 5 November 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.7 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Presented in New Brunswick, 21 December 1949. Attended University of New Brunswick and then rejoined RCAF, 11 June 1952 in Construction Engineering Branch. No citation other than "completed ...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (166 hours 16 minutes); sortie list identical to that of P/O R.G. Clarke and WO J.J. Williams.
> * denotes daylight sortie
> 7 Aug 44 Mare de Magne (3.55) 7 Oct 44 Klieve (4.00)*
> 9 Aug 44 Fort d'Englos (2.38) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.51)*
> 11 Aug 44 Lens (3.24)* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.57)
> 14 Aug 44 Hamel (3.58)* 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.54)
> 16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.00) 22 Oct 44 Neuse (4.16)*
> 18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.08) 2 Nov 44 Homberg (4.16)*
> 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (8.29) 4 Nov 44 Solingen (4.36)*
> 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.55)* 5 Nov 44 Solingen (4.52)*
> 6 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.35)* 6 Nov 44 Koblenz (5.37)
> 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.16) 8 Nov 44 Homberg (4.21)*
> 11 Sep 44 GARDENING, Pomeranian 15 Nov 44 Dortmund (5.22)*
> Bay (7.09) 16 Nov 44 Heinsberg (3.49)*
> 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (6.32) 20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.42)*
> 23 Sep 44 Neuse (4.22) 21 Nov 44 GARDENING, Oslo
> 24 Sep 44 Calais (2.30)* (7.08)
> 27 Sep 44 Calais (2.29)* 26 Nov 44 Fulda (5.33)*
> 4 Oct 44 GARDENING, Kattegat 28 Nov 44 Neuse (4.40)
> (7.39) 5 Dec 44 Schwammanauel Dam
> 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (5.23) (4.10)*
> At all times this officer has displayed a cheerful disregard of his own personal safety in the fulfilment of his task of pressing home every attack to a successful conclusion. Never has he failed to make the utmost endeavour to attack his target, even in the face of intense opposition, and his outstanding pilotage and general airmanship have on several occasions been instrumental in bringing his aircraft and crew in safety to base. As the leader of his crew he has, by his own personal example, quiet humour and cool courage, succeeding in moulding his crew into an efficient operational unit, losing no opportunity to improve their knowledge and performance. This young officer's contribution to the war effort has been one of considerable magnitude, involving a high degree of unselfish and unswerving devotion to duty. I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.