The History of 625 Squadron Losses
05.03.1945 No. 426 Squadron RCAF Halifax VII LW210 OW-Y F/Lt Ivor Emerson

Operation: Chemnitz

Date: March 5 1945 (Monday)

Unit: No. 426 Squadron RCAF - Motto: On Wings of Fire

Squadron Badge: A Thunderbird

Type: Handley Page Halifax VII

Serial: LW210

Code: OW-Y

Base: RAF Linton on Ouse, North Riding of Yorkshire

Location: No. 28 Nunthorpe Grove, York

Pilot: F/Lt Ivor Emerson J11482 RCAF Age 29* - Killed (1)

Fl/Eng: P/O Walter Thomas Symes 195926 RAFVR Age 21 - Killed (2)

Nav: F/O Alick Matheson Hutchinson J39872 RCAF Age 25 - Killed (3)

Air/Bmr: Thomas Marnoch Campbell J39018 RCAF Age 21 - Killed (4)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O John Low J91020 RCAF Age? Injured - Survived (5)

Air/Gnr: P/O John Neil MacDougall J94554 RCAF Age 22 - Killed (6)

Air/Gnr: P/O Raymond Hilton Turner J94478 RCAF Age 20 - Killed (7)


Severe airframe icing. For further details see JB122 ADDENDUM: AIRFRAME ICING - Loss 5


(1) F/Lt Ivor Emerson was buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery - Sec. H. Row P. Grave 7.

His epitaph reads:

Dearly beloved husband

Of Ruth Lamb Emerson

And father of Mariclaire

Son of Harold and Clara A. Emerson; husband of Ruth Lamb Emerson, of Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.A. *DOB- April 3 1915, Cambuslang, Scotland, British Subject. Information from LAC/, Attestation form signed by Ivor Emerson on June 18, 1940. Electrical engineer.

(2) P/O Walter Thomas Symes was buried at Thorncombe (St. Mary) Churchyard and Extension - Extension, North part. Row 7. Grave 3.

No epitaph

Son of Bert and Ida Bessie Symes, of Westford, Somerset.

(3) F/O Alick Matheson Hutchinson was buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery - Sec. H. Row P. Grave 6. DOB- February 23, 1920, Inverness, Scotland. Metallurgical engineer.

(4) F/O Thomas Marnoch Campbell was buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery - Sec. H. Row P. Grave 5.

His epitaph reads:

He died for freedom.

Ever remembered

By his father and brothers

Son of Robert Marnoch and Isabella Campbell, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

(6) P/O John Neil MacDougall was buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery - Sec. H. Row P. Grave 2.

His epitaph reads:

A place is vacant

In our home,

Which never can be filled

Son of Alexander and Mary Florence MacDougall, of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

(7) P/O Raymond Hilton Turner was buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery - Sec. H. Row P. Grave 4.

His epitaph reads:

He died

That others might live

In peace and security

Son of Raymond Hilton and Florence Mary Turner, of Fort William, Ontario, Canada.


Aircrew Remembered Archive Report: JB122 Addendum- Airframe Icing. Journey’s End, Kevin Wilson- Chapter Fourteen, A COLD AND SILENT KILLER pp. 266-292. Library and Archives Canada/

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

Photo Credits: LAC/ Canada, WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947. A3. F/L Ivor Emerson - File 27467 Image 216. B3. F/O Alick Hutchinson - File 30660 Image 56. C3. F/O Thomas Campbell - File 25002 Image 2. D3. P/O John MacDougall - File 28070 Image 164. E3. P/O Raymond Turner - File 28842 Image 344. Journey’s End: Crash-site of LW210 at Nunthorpe Grove, York.


John Naylor

Maureen Hicks

Pete Pearson

Reg Price DFC, 625 Squadron vet

Submission by John Proctor, Jack Albrecht and Nic Lewis.

JA 08-09-2019

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