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  The Borland Crew - 431 Squadron  
 

 
 The Borland crew were assigned to 431 Squadron and posted into Croft on July 13, 1944 from 1664 Heavy Conversion Unit. They would go on to fly 31 operations on Halifaxes and Lancasters. They successfully completed their tour and were screened from operations on January 7, 1945.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade
F/L Dave Borland - DFC RCAF Pilot
P/O Harold Keen RAFVR Flight Engineer
P/O Richard Rickards RCAF Navigator
F/O Jack Hendren RCAF Bomb Aimer
P/O Robert Beer RCAF W/Op/AG
P/O D. Sanderson RCAF M/U Gunner
P/O G. Hamilton RCAF Rear Gunner

 

Operations Flown by the Borland Crew
Date  A/C Type Serial # Code Target Up Down
08/08/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Foret de Chantilly 1819 2352
08/09/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q La Breteque 2124 0150
08/10/1944 Halifax Mk.III HX346 SE-R La Pallice 1924 0212
08/12/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Le Neuville 2056 0104
08/14/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Fallaise 1302 1727
08/15/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Soesterberg 1001 1334
08/18/1944 Halifax Mk.III NA499 SE-W Bremen 2142 0313
08/26/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Brest 2256 0346
08/31/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Isle de Cezembre 1009 1526
09/16/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Kiel 2131 0353
09/17/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Boulogne sur Mer 0753 1113
09/20/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Calais 1603 1920
09/25/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Calais 0926 1359
09/27/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Duisberg 0723 1309
09/28/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Cap Gris Nez 1737 2116
10/04/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Bergen 0528 1220
10/06/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ861 SE-Q Dortmund 1654 1859
11/01/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Oberhausen 1746 2316
11/02/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Dusseldorf 1649 2241
11/06/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB811 SE-T Gelsenkirchen 1145 1707
11/21/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Castrop-Rauxel 1538 2143
12/05/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Soest 1750 0038
12/15/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Ludwigshafen 1430 2050
12/18/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Duisberg 0249 0912
12/24/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Dusseldorf/Lowhausen 1139 1725
12/28/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB818 SE-G Opladen 0315 0919
12/29/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB803 SE-N Scholven 1519 2130
12/30/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Koln 1719 2351
01/02/1945 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Nuremberg 1451 2357
01/05/1945 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Hanover 1910 0051
01/06/1945 Lancaster Mk.X KB809 SE-Q Hanau 1521 2231

 

 

 
  Photo courtesy of Bob Beer, special thanks to Bill Heron.