|Crew||Sergeant Leonard Myles McCann|
|Service Number||J.19862 RCAF|
|Squadrons||No.623 Squadron – No.115 Squadron|
|Known Movements||No.1533 BAT- May 1943|
|No.1665 CU- 27.08.1943|
|Promotions||Flight Sergeant 28.02.1943|
|Warrant Officer II 28.08.1943|
Sergeant McCann reached the allotted position at 20.50hrs and planted 6 mines in Garden from a height of 5,000ft. Visibility was good with cloud base at 2000ft. The trip was uneventful.
Sergeant McCann and crew were tonight detailed for a mining operation. The Target was the DEODARS. Visibility was good and four mines were planted. Official route was followed but the aircraft was diverted to Tangmere on return.
|Squadron Leader Overton|
The bomb release gear iced up. S/Ldr Overton failed to release bombs over Berlin target area so bomb Brandenburg . Near Celle at 19.29hrs 1500 quite effective in spite of cloud. Aircraft returned safely to base.
The following operations were flown with No.115 Squadron RAF Witchford. Avro Lancaster Mk.II
Sergeant McCann bombed centre of red target markers from 20,000ft. Glow on concentrated fires seen.
Identified target by means of sky markers on which dropped his bombs from 19,000ft.Quite a good trip, photo attempted.
Identified target by means of red glow on clouds on which dropped his bombs from 19,000ft without identifying results. Photo attempted.
Identified target by means of green markers on which dropped his bombs from 20,000ft large fires were seen through cloud. A well c concentrated attack.
Was forced to abandon the sortie due to the compass becoming U/S. Jettisoned 4000lb brought back rest.
Identified target by means of green & green markers on which dropped his bombs from 19,000ft a large explosion was seen at 20.41hrs. Port inner nacelle was hit by a JU88.
Identified target by means of sky markers. Bombs dropped on centre of 5 red and green stars. Glow on clouds observed. Photo attempted.
Identified target by means of indicators on which he bombed from a height of 20,000ft. One red fire and a concentration of incendiaries seen burning. Large smoke pall seen drifting. Attack considered to be successful. Photo attempted.
Identified target by PFF and built up area. Bombed centre of red markers from a height of 20,000ft.Many fire many concentrated and seen from 100 miles away. Photo attempted.
Identified target by PFF. Bombed centre of large cluster of red target indicators from a height of 19,000ft. Satisfactory effort, good concentration achieved. Port fin holed by flak. Photo attempted.
Identified target by PFF. Bombed centre of large cluster of red and green target indicators from a height of 19,500ft. Incendiaries seen taking hold, and a large mushroom explosion seen.
MISSING FROM OPERATIONS. NO NEWS SINCE TAKE OFF
Possibly shot down by Oblt Heinz Rokker 2./NJG1 at 22.50hrs. Five of the original crew were killed, including Pilot Officer McCann. The crew were originally buried in the grave yard of the Troop Training Centre, Cherdruf, province of Trusingle. There is some confusion with the initial burial location, it is also recorded that the crew were buried in Military Cemetery at Ohrdruf, 9 ½ miles west of Arnstadt. The Lancaster crash at Gossel, south of Arnstadt so there is a possibility that this is the correct location. After the war the area was in the Russian zone, a number of trips to Arnstadt were made to recover the bodies of the crew, sadly without success. They are remembered on the panels of the Runnymede Memorial.
Update : Via Klaus-Peter April 28th 2014
Thank you to Klaus-Peter for the following photographs of Avro Lancaster DS678 .
Shot down by Oberleutnant Dietrich Schmidt from 8. Staffel des Nachtjagd-Geschwaders 1 on 24. March 1944 11:06pm Five of the original crew were killed, including Pilot Officer McCann. The crew were originally buried in the grave yard of the Troop Training Centre, Ohrdruf, province of Thuringia.