Townsend, William Russell
|Date of Death
|Next of Kin
|Son of George and Ruby Townsend, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
|Handley Page Halifax II
|Maastricht General Cemetery
|Row 4. Grave 158.
|THERE IS A LINK DEATH CANNOT SEVER LOVE AND REMEMBRANCE LAST FOR EVER
IBCC Memorial Information
|Royal Canadian Air Force
|Country of Origin
|Adjacent to Clubhouse, Breighton Airfield, East Yorkshire
|Inscribed Marble Tablet
|Dedicated to all who served at this airfield and gave their lives during World War II
|External, All Saints Church, Bubwith, East Yorkshire
|Stone Memorial, inscribed Metal Plaque
|78 Sqn 4 Group Bomber Command Yorkshire 1939 - 1945 To All Who Served
|Internal, All Saints Church, Bubwith, East Yorkshire
|Inscribed Wooden Board, Memorial Chapel featuring Cross made from Halifax wreckage
|The 78 Sqn Memorial in the Churchyard was dedicated by the Bishop of Selby on 7th September 1986. RAF Breighton, two miles from this church was the Sqn's home from June 1943 to May 1945
|Outside "B" Hangar, RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
|Memorial Stone & Inscribed Slate Plaque
|In proud memory of all who have lost their lives serving with 78 Sqn Royal Air Force "Nemo Non Paratus - Nobody Unprepared"
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
|Record of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/660/72
|Summary of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/660/71
Last Operation Information
|Night (12% moon)
|Cologne. 608 aircraft, 25 losses (4.1%). PFF went with a 'dual plan' because it was not certain whether there might be a break in the cloud. In fact it was cloud covered so sky-marking had to be used. Only 7 of the 12 Oboe equipped Mosquitoes reached the target and only 6 of these actually dropped markers. Despite this, the main force delivered Cologne's worst attack of the war with 43 industrial, 6 military and 6368 other buildings completely destroyed. The cathedral was also seriously damaged. 4377 deaths and some 230000 bombed out of their homes.
|Reason for Loss
|Believed to have been shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Valkenburg, ENE of Maastricht, Holland