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No. 463 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force



   No 463 Squadron RCAF was formed from C Flight of No 467 Squadron at Waddington on the 25th November 1943. It was equipped with Lancaster heavy bombers and formed part of 5 Group of RAF Bomber Command.

It began operations with night raids on Germany and was heavily engaged in the battles of Berlin and the Ruhr, and raided German sites that assembled and launched V1 flying bombs and V2 rockets. Before D-Day it switched to military target in Normandy, attacking German artillery batteries at Pointe du Hoc covering Omaha Beach. Raids supporting the ground campaign continued throughout June and into July 1944. No 463 also operated three modified Lancasters for the RAF film unit which recorded bombing raids and their results. Raids against Germany continued until the end of the war, the squadron's last sortie on ANZAC Day 1945.

No 463 sustained the highest loss rate of any of the Australian bomber squadrons, losing 546 aircrew and 78 aircraft in 2,525 sorties over 17 months of operations.

No 463 had started to repatriate Allied prisoners of war to Britain before the end of the war, continuing in this role after the war in Europe ended. It relocated to Skellingthorpe in early July 1945, in preparation for joining Tiger Force and the strategic bombing of Japan. The war in the Pacific ended before No 463 was deployed and the squadron was disbanded on the 25th of September 1945.

Airfields No. 463 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire from the 25th November 1943 (formed, Group 5 Bomber Command. Lancaster I, Lancaster III)
  • RAF Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire from the 3rd of July 1945
  • disbanded 25th September 1945


 

11th Jun 1944 463 Squadron Lancaster lost

15th Feb 1945 463 Squadron Lancaster lost


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Those known to have served with

No. 463 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Barlow Philip Tyers. Flight Sergeant (d.3rd March 1945)
  • Barlow Philip Tyers. Flt.Sgt. (d.1945-03-03)
  • Bates Douglas. Flight Sergeant (d.3rd March 1945)
  • Bates Douglas. Flt.Sgt. (d.1945-03-03)
  • Billard Charles. Sergeant (d.3rd March 1945)
  • Billard Charles Edward. Sgt. (d.3rd March 1945)
  • Blundell Harold Mclenon. Sgt.
  • Campbell Jack.
  • Elliot Osric Brownrigg. Flight Sergeant (d.3rd March 1945)
  • Elliott Osric Brownrigg. Flt.Sgt. (d.1945-03-03)
  • Foreman Eugene. Flight Sergeant
  • Foreman Eugene. Flt.Sgt
  • Howells Francis John. Flight Lieutenant (d.3rd March 1945)
  • Howells Francis John. Flt.Lt (d.1945-03-03)
  • McIver Kenneth Archibald. Sgt. (d.3rd Oct 1943)
  • Millar J M H. Sergeant
  • Millar J. M. H.. Sgt.

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Sergeant Charles Billard 463 Squadron (d.3rd March 1945)

I wish to find any survivors of Sgt Charles Billard's crew. His Lancaster from 463 Squadron was shot down on 3-4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two survived: Sgt J M H Millar RAF and Flt/Sgt Eugene Foreman RAAF.

If any family, friends, other air crew or groundcrew knows the whereabouts of any of these men or has any information I would be grateful if they would contact me.

Other members of the crew were

  • Sgt Charles Edward Billard RAF 1595492. (my relative) Killed, age 27 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • F/O Francis Howells RAAF,
  • F/S Douglas Bates.RAF,
  • F/S Philip T Barlow RAF,
  • F/S Osric Elliott RAAF,They flew from RAF Waddington.

  • Roy Billard



    Flight Lieutenant Francis John Howells 463 Squadron (d.3rd March 1945)

    I wish to find any survivors of Sgt Charles Billard's crew. His Lancaster from 463 Squadron was shot down on 3-4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two survived: Sgt J M H Millar RAF and Flt/Sgt Eugene Foreman RAAF.

    If any family, friends, other air crew or groundcrew knows the whereabouts of any of these men or has any information I would be grateful if they would contact me.

    Other members of the crew were

  • Sergeant Charles Edward Billard RAF 1595492. (my relative) Killed, age 27 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Lieutenant Francis John Howells RAAF 419044,killed age 20 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • F/S Douglas Bates.RAF,
  • F/S Philip T Barlow RAF,
  • F/S Osric Elliott RAAF,They flew from RAF Waddington.

  • Roy Billard



    Flight Sergeant Douglas Bates 463 Squadron (d.3rd March 1945)

    I wish to find any survivors of Sgt Charles Billard's crew. His Lancaster from 463 Squadron was shot down on 3-4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two survived: Sgt J M H Millar RAF and Flt/Sgt Eugene Foreman RAAF.

    If any family, friends, other air crew or groundcrew knows the whereabouts of any of these men or has any information I would be grateful if they would contact me.

    Other members of the crew were

  • Sergeant Charles Edward Billard RAF 1595492. (my relative) Killed, age 27 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Lieutenant Francis John Howells RAAF 419044, killed age 20 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Douglas Bates, RAF VR 1594894, killed age 19 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • F/S Philip T Barlow RAF,
  • F/S Osric Elliott RAAF,They flew from RAF Waddington.

  • Roy Billard



    Flight Sergeant Philip Tyers Barlow 463 Squadron (d.3rd March 1945)

    I wish to find any survivors of Sgt Charles Billard's crew. His Lancaster from 463 Squadron was shot down on 3-4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two survived: Sgt J M H Millar RAF and Flt/Sgt Eugene Foreman RAAF.

    If any family, friends, other air crew or groundcrew knows the whereabouts of any of these men or has any information I would be grateful if they would contact me.

    Other members of the crew were

  • Sergeant Charles Edward Billard, RAF 1595492. (my relative) Killed, age 27 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Lieutenant Francis John Howells, RAAF 419044, killed age 20 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Douglas Bates, RAF VR 1594894, killed age 19 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • F/S Philip Tyers Barlow, RAF 1802589, killed age 21 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • F/S Osric Elliott RAAF,They flew from RAF Waddington.

  • Roy Billard



    Flight Sergeant Osric Brownrigg Elliot 463 Squadron (d.3rd March 1945)

    I wish to find any survivors of Sgt Charles Billard's crew. His Lancaster from 463 Squadron was shot down on 3-4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two survived: Sgt J M H Millar RAF and Flt/Sgt Eugene Foreman RAAF.

    If any family, friends, other air crew or groundcrew knows the whereabouts of any of these men or has any information I would be grateful if they would contact me.

    Other members of the crew were

  • Sergeant Charles Edward Billard, RAF 1595492. (my relative) Killed, age 27 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Lieutenant Francis John Howells, RAAF 419044, killed age 20 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Douglas Bates, RAF VR 1594894, killed age 19 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Philip Tyers Barlow, RAF 1802589, killed age 21 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Osric Brownrigg Elliott RAAF 432217, killed age 21 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)

    They flew from RAF Waddington.

  • Roy Billard



    Sergeant J M H Millar 463 Squadron

    I wish to find any survivors of Sgt Charles Billard's crew. His Lancaster from 463 Squadron was shot down on 3-4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two survived: Sgt J M H Millar RAF and Flt/Sgt Eugene Foreman RAAF.

    If any family, friends, other air crew or groundcrew knows the whereabouts of any of these men or has any information I would be grateful if they would contact me.

    Other members of the crew were

  • Sergeant Charles Edward Billard, RAF 1595492. (my relative) Killed, age 27 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Lieutenant Francis John Howells, RAAF 419044, killed age 20 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Douglas Bates, RAF VR 1594894, killed age 19 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Philip Tyers Barlow, RAF 1802589, killed age 21 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Osric Brownrigg Elliott RAAF 432217, killed age 21 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)

    They flew from RAF Waddington.

  • Roy Billard



    Flight Sergeant Eugene Foreman 463 Squadron

    I wish to find any survivors of Sgt Charles Billard's crew. His Lancaster from 463 Squadron was shot down on 3-4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two survived: Sgt J M H Millar RAF and Flt/Sgt Eugene Foreman RAAF.

    If any family, friends, other air crew or groundcrew knows the whereabouts of any of these men or has any information I would be grateful if they would contact me.

    Other members of the crew were

  • Sergeant Charles Edward Billard, RAF 1595492. (my relative) Killed, age 27 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Lieutenant Francis John Howells, RAAF 419044, killed age 20 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Douglas Bates, RAF VR 1594894, killed age 19 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Philip Tyers Barlow, RAF 1802589, killed age 21 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)
  • Flight Sergeant Osric Brownrigg Elliott RAAF 432217, killed age 21 (Reichswald Forest War Cemetery)

    They flew from RAF Waddington.

  • Roy Billard



    Sgt. Kenneth Archibald McIver DFC pilot 467 Sqd. (d.3rd Oct 1943)

    We are enquiring as to whether Kenneth McIver is listed on the Lincolnshire Memorial established to Bomber Command. He was only 24 and we have been tracing details of his service records, anything anyone could do to help us would be appreciated. His sister in law, Mrs Elizabeth McIver would love to know more about him.

    Betty Brady



    Jack Campbell 463 Squadron

    My Grandfather, Jack Campbell, is a Canadian Second World War veteran who served as a mid-upper gunner in 463 Squadron, RAAF, 61 Squadron RAF. At my grandfather's request, I have recently transcribed his memoirs where he details his wartime experience, and his time spent at Skellingthorpe, from 1942 to 1944.

    The Airbourne Years

    Robin Heron



    Sgt. Harold Mclenon "Nobby" Blundell MID. 463 Squadron

    Nobby Blundell was born in Blundell's Cottage in Canberra in 1914. lthough a qualified mechanic he was also a wheat farmer at Weethalle (near West Wylaong) in New South Wales when he was called up in January 1940. His preliminary training was at Richmond near Sydney and then Ascot Vale in Melbourne as a Fitter 2E after which he traveled to the UK and joined 456 RAAF Nightfighter Squadron on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.

    In September 1942 he was remustered as a Flight Sergeant but a plane crash rendered him unfit for operational duties and he returned to 456 Squadron. In early 1943 he joined 617 Squadron for special duties. 617 Squadron were the Dam Busters and Nobby flew with the Lancasters during test drops of their bombs. On the night of 16/17 May 1943 617 Squadron attacked the Mohne and Eder dams causing considerable damage in Germanyís industrial centres in the Ruhr valley. Nobby Blundellís role was to redesign the undercarriage of the Lancaster so it was able to carry the drum type bombs.

    In November 1943 he was posted to 463 Squadron which was based at Waddington in England as a Sergeant Engine Fitter. He was Mentioned in Despatches for his work during the D-Day operations in June 1944 and in October 1944 Blundell was sent to Russia to service Lancaster bombers attempting to sink the German raider, Tirpitz.

    After the war he ran a motor engineering business in Sydney until he retired in 1974 to live in Dubbo. He self-published five books on 467 and 463 Squadrons and was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1995 for services to war veterans. He later moved to Cairns but died in Hervey Bay, Queensland on 13 September 2003.




    Sgt. J. M. H. Millar 463 Sqdn.

    Sgt Millar's Lancaster was shot down on 3/4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two of the crew survived: he was one and Flt.Sgt Eugene Foreman, RAAF was the other. If anyone has information about these men, other air crew or ground crew, please contact me. Other members of the crew were Sgt Charles Billard, RAF (my relative); F/Lt Francis Howells, RAAF; F/Sgt Douglas Bates, RAF; Flt Sgt Philip T Barlow, RAF; Flt Sgt Osric Elliott, RAAF. They flew from RAF Waddington, 463 Squadron.

    Roy Billard



    Flt.Sgt Eugene Foreman 463 Sqdn.

    Flt Sgt Foreman's Lancaster was shot down on the night of 3/4th March 1945. He survived, as did Sgt J M H Millar, RAF. If anyone has information about other air crew or ground crew please contact me.

    Other members of the crew, who did not survive, include Sgt Charles Billard, RAF (my relative); F/O Francis Howells, RAAF; F/S Douglas Bates, RAF; F/S Philip T Barlow, RAF and F/S Osric Elliott, RAAF. They flew from RAF Waddington with 463 Squadron.

    Roy Billard



    Flt.Sgt. Osric Brownrigg Elliott 463 Sqdn. (d.1945-03-03)

    Flt Sgt Elliott's Lancaster was shot down on 3/4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two of the crew survived: Sgt J M H Millar, RAF and Flt.Sgt Eugene Foreman, RAAF. If anyone has information about these men, other air crew or ground crew, please contact me. Other members of the crew were Sgt Charles Billard, RAF (my relative); F/Lt Francis Howells, RAAF; F/Sgt Douglas Bates, RAF; Flt Sgt Philip T Barlow, RAF. They flew from RAF Waddington, 463 Squadron.

    Roy Billard



    Flt.Sgt. Philip Tyers Barlow 463 Sqdn. (d.1945-03-03)

    Flt Sgt Barlow's Lancaster was shot down on 3/4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two of the crew survived: Sgt J M H Millar, RAF and Flt.Sgt Eugene Foreman, RAAF. If anyone has information about these men, other air crew or ground crew, please contact me. Other members of the crew were Sgt Charles Billard, RAF (my relative); F/Lt Francis Howells, RAAF; F/Sgt Douglas Bates, RAF; Flt Sgt Osric Elliott, RAAF. They flew from RAF Waddington, 463 Squadron.

    Roy Billard



    Flt.Sgt. Douglas Bates 463 Sqdn. (d.1945-03-03)

    Flt/Sgt Bates' Lancaster was shot down on 3/4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two of the crew survived: Sgt J M H Millar, RAF and Flt.Sgt Eugene Foreman, RAAF. If anyone has information about these men, other air crew or ground crew, please contact me. Other members of the crew were Sgt Charles Billard, RAF (my relative); F/Lt Francis Howells, RAAF; Flt Sgt Philip T Barlow, RAF; Flt Sgt Osric Elliott, RAAF. They flew from RAF Waddington, 463 Squadron.

    Roy Billard



    Sgt. Charles Edward Billard 463 Sqdn. (d.3rd March 1945)

    I wish to find any survivors of my relative's crew. His Lancaster was shot down on 3/4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two of the crew survived: Sgt J M H Millar, RAF and Flt.Sgt Eugene Foreman, RAAF. If anyone has information about these men, other air crew or ground crew, please contact me.

    Other members of the crew were Sgt Charles Billard, RAF (my relative); F/Lt Francis Howells, RAAF; F/Sgt Douglas Bates, RAF; Flt Sgt Philip T Barlow, RAF; Flt Sgt Osric Elliott, RAAF. They flew from RAF Waddington, 463 Squadron.

    Update

    They are all buried in Collective Grave 24, D12-14, Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

    Roy Billard



    Flt.Lt Francis John Howells DFC 463 Sqdn. (d.1945-03-03)

    Ft/Lt Howells' Lancaster was shot down on 3/4th March 1945 whilst on a mission over the Dortmund Ems Canal. Two of the crew survived: Sgt J M H Millar, RAF and Flt Sgt Eugene Foreman, RAAF. If anyone has information about these men, other air crew or ground crew, please contact me. Other members of the crew were Sgt Charles Billard, RAF (my relative); F/Sgt Douglas Bates, RAF; Flt Sgt Philip T Barlow, RAF; Flt Sgt Osric Elliott, RAAF. They flew from RAF Waddington, 463 Squadron.

    Roy Billard







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