Clucas, Frank Cottier
|Date of Death
|Next of Kin
|Son of James Cottier Clucas, and Edith Maud Clucas, of Smithfield, South Australia.
|Handley Page Halifax V
|Rheinberg War Cemetery
|9. G. 14.
|HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR COUNTRY AND LOVED ONES. EVER REMEMBERED
IBCC Memorial Information
|Royal Australian Air Force
|Country of Origin
|Adjacent to fomer St. Georges Hotel, Teesside Airport, County Durham
|Memorial Stone with inscribed slate tablets
|Dedicated to all who served on 428 (RCAF) Sqn at Middleton St. George during WWII, especially those who made the supreme sacrifice
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
|Record of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/1849/24
|Summary of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/1849/23
Last Operation Information
|Middleton St. George
|Night (39% moon)
|Frankfurt. 650 aircraft, 41 losses (6.3%). The German controllers were able to accurately plot the route as soon as the main force left the English coast and were therefore able to deploy night-fighters at many points along its route. A diversionary raid on Mannheim failed to draw off many fighters until the main raid was over. The target was mainly cloud covered whereas the forecast had predicted clear conditions. Marking did not, therefore, go to plan. The Germans used both decoy fires and also decoy target indicator. By a twist of good fortune, considerable creepback resulted in the bombing coming back over the city. Many public and municipal buildings were hit including many schools. 23000 people were bombed out of their homes.
|Reason for Loss