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The Raid over Belgium and the Aircraft (27th / 28th April 1944)

A Halifax of 432 Squadron bombed railway yards in Belgium before being shot down.

My relative, Stanley Musgrove, was a prisoner of war ....... as was Stan Musgrove, who I am not related to, who this article is about.  

Stan Musgrove was with No.432 Squadron. He is listed in Footprints On The Sands Of Time - Clutton-Brock, as Sgt. S Musgrove of 432 Squadron Held L6/357 pow No. 3785.

See below details of sortie

27-28 April 1944

432 Squadron
Halifax III LK807 QO-J
Op. Montzen

Took off from East Moor at 2336 hrs to bomb railway yards. Crashed near Hanneche (Limbburg) a small village 2 km west of Burdinne, Belgium.


F/S. G. Millar RCAF evaded
Sgt. S. Musgrove pow
F/O. A P R. Holmes RCAF evaded
Sgt. D N. McCaulay RCAF pow

Sgt. D N. McPherson RCAF evaded
Sgt. G E H. Flather evaded
Sgt. R D A. Harmsworth +

Source - RAF Bomber Command Losses Vol.5 - W R. Chorley.

The Montzen raid of 27-28 April 1944

144 aircraft - 120 Halifaxes, 16 Lancasters, 8 Mosquitos - to attack railway yards at Montzen on the Belgian-German border. The bombing force, particularly the second of the 2 waves, was intercepted by German fighters and 14 Halifaxes and 1 Lancaster were shot down. Only one part of the railway yards was hit by the bombing.The only Lancaster lost was that of Squadron Leader EM Blenkinsopp, a Canadian pilot of No 405 Squadron who was acting as Deputy Master Bomber. Blenkinsopp managed to team up with a Belgian Resistance group and remained with them until captured by the Germans in December 1944. He was taken to Hamburg to work as a forced labourer and later died in Belsen concentration camp 'of heart failure'. He has no known grave.

Source - The Bomber Command War Diaries - M. Middlebrook / C. Everitt




Nation: Royal Air Force

Manufacturer: Handley Page

Model: Halifax


Serial number: LK807

Identifier: QO-J


Command: Bomber Command

Squadron: Squadron 432

Comment :

Serial Range LK779 - LK812. 34 Halifax Mk.1101. Part of a batch of 200 HP halifax Mk.V/111. LK626-LK667; LK680- LK711; LK725-LK746 Mk.V; LK747-LK766; LK779-LK812; LK826-LK850; LK863-LK887 Mk.111. Delivered by Fairey Aviation (Stockport) between 20Feb44 and 23Mar44. LK807 was one of three No.432 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation. See: LW592; MZ588.

Airborne 2336 27Apr44 from East Moor, tasked to bomb the railway yards. Cause of loss not established. Crashed near Hanneche (Limburg), a small village 2 km W of Burdinne, Belgium.

Sgt Harmsworth is buried in Hanneche Churchyard.

F/S G.Millar RCAF Evd

Sgt S.Musgrove PoW

F/O A.P.R.Holmes RCAF Evd

Sgt D.N.McCaulay RCAF Inj WO2

W.B.MacPherson RCAF Evd

Sgt G.E.H.Flather Evd

Sgt R.D.A.Harmsworth KIA

Sgt D.N.McCauley was confined in Hospital due injuries. No PoW No.

Sgt S.Musgrove was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.3785. "

Source - Lost  


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Linked toStanley George Musgrove

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