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427 War Diary Entry for 4 Oct 1943:
Twelve aircraft were detailed for operations against Frankfurt. It was only the full cooperation of all the ground crew personnel that enabled the twelve kites to become airborne, and for this effort the ground crews were highly commended by the Wince. Eleven aircraft successfully bombed the target and upon returning to England six of that number were diverted to various bases in the south. No news has been received of a missing aircraft "J for Johnny", and as a result W/O Champion and crew have been listed as missing.
54 Halifax's from 419, 427, 428, 429, 431, and 434 squadrons were ordered to attack Frankfurt. The crews were over the target at between 16,000 and 22,000 feet, releasing 116,000 lbs of high explosives and 229,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports the weather was clear and severe damage was caused to the eastern sector of the city including the inland port and docks.
W/O E. Champion. RAF and crew, flying Halifax V LK-920 coded ZL-J, failed to return from this operation. All were killed
Sgt P. King, RAF F/Sgt. R. Ranger, RCAF
F/O T. Thomas, USAAF W/O2 J. Perrin, RCAF
F/Sgt J. Paquet, RCAF Sgt. P. Quenet, RCA
Sgt, Flight Engineer with 427 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, joining in 1942.
Died on Monday 4th October 1943, aged 22. He is buried in Juzaine Cemetery, Florennes, Belgium with 6 other members of the crew of his plane.
Son of Albert F and Emma R. King of East Tilbury.
Peter King had worked in the factory for nearly five years as a Transport Clerk in Department 601.
PETER KING