|Crew||Pilot Officer James Clement Hornby|
|Service Number||150016 RAFVR|
|Squadrons||No.623 Squadron – No.115 Squadron|
|Known Movements (Postings)||No.1657 Con.Unit|
|No.623 Squadron 27.09.1943 (In)|
|No.1678 Con.Unit -06.12.1943 (In) 23.12.1943 (Out)|
|No.115 Squadron-22.12.1943 (In)|
|Promotions||Flight Sergeant to Pilot Officer 01.01.1943|
|Pilot Officer to Flying Officer 01.07.1943|
Operations Flown with No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market (Short Stirling Mk.III)
|Mining (Frisian Islands)|
Veg Planted Duty Carried
Veg Planted Duty Carried
Operations Flown with No.115 Squadron RAF Witchford (Avro Lancaster Mk.B.II)
|Squadron Leader C H Baigent RNZAF|
Identified target by means of green sky markers bombed from a height of 22000ft
|Pilot Officer F Blackwell|
Identified target by means green / red markers on which we bombed from a height of 20,000ft. Many bomb bursts observed, a good attack
Identified target by means of sky markers on which he dropped his bombs from 20000ft without observing any results due to cloud. On return landed at SEETHING due to Mid upper turret burst oil pipe and GEE box unserviceable. Photo attempted.
Identified target by means of sky markers on bombed on centre of red markers from a height of 20000ft. Large fires were seen.
Identified target by means of sky markers on which he dropped his bombs from 20000ft without observing any results due to cloud.
Identified target by means of sky markers on which he bombed from a height of 21000ft. Extensive reddish / yellow glow seen below clouds. Photo attempted.
Identified target by means of sky markers on which he bombed from a height of 19000ft. Glow of fires seen under the clouds. There was intense opposition over the target area by fighters. Photo attempted.
Identified target by means of sky markers. Bombs dropped on centre of 5 red and green stars from 19000ft. Attack considered good. Photo attempted
Identified target by means of sky markers on which he bombed from a height of 20000ft. Target glow seen for about 60 miles. Photo Attempted.
|LL701 KO-F (MISSING)|
Failed to return from operation, no message received.
Flight Lieutenant Hornby and crew departed RAF Witchford at 18.50hrs. All the crew were killed and their names are recorded on the Runnymede Memorial. Of the original crew that joined No.623 Squadron five were aboard LL701. Sergeant Holt the mid upper gunner was killed attacking Karlsruhe on April 25th 1944 with No.115 Squadron. It is believed that Sgt G Yardley the crew’s wireless operator survived the war.
While with No.1657 Conversion Unit the crew were involved in crash while aboard Short Stirling BF407 while on a night flying air-test. While attempting to land at RAF Stradishall at 1430hrs Flying Officer Hornby made a rather heavy landing, the Stirling bounced back into the air. The crew reported what they believed to be port type bursting. Undeterred Hornby throttled back, but hit the runway with such force that the Stirling swung to port where the undercarriage collapsed. Stirling BF407 was classed as category B.