The crew above attending the wedding of Eaton-Clarke. Percival Walder had replaced J Williamson who had been injured on a Cologne raid in early July. Below are details of what happened, together with a picture of the damaged Lancaster on its return to England.
Further down can be found some brief notes on Eaton-Clarke after the war.
8/9 July 1943 Cologne - Bomb Load 4 x TI, 1 X 4000lb, 5 X 1000lb
EE174W W/C R.C.Alabaster (Capt), F/L A.Eaton-Clarke (Pilot), Sgt G.S.Dunning(FE), P/O A.N.Carlton (AB), Sgts S.Powell (AB2), F/Sgt K.I.Smith, Sgts E.Hambling, J.Williamson. Up 2248 (Down not shown). Primary target Colgone bombed. 20,500'. 10/10ths cloud. Red/green skymarker in bombsight at time of bombing. One big explosion seen through cloud. Cloud obscured further indications. Attacked by enemy aircraft.
8.7.42 Bombing and beam practice during NFTs. 16 aircraft detailed for ops. Two markers were cancelled early. The remainder attacked Cologne except P/O Jones who was forced to return early through faulty ailerons control. Target was covered by cloud and bombing was carried out by means of sky marking. Fires and explosions were seen through cloud. F/L Eaton-Clarke's aircraft was attacked by a night fighter a few minutes before reaching the target. Several cannon shells hit the aircraft, wounding the rear gunner and damaging the starboard motors and aileron controls. The fighter was evaded and the aircraft went on to bomb the target. On the return journey the starboard motor caught fire. Despite the difficulties in controlling the aircraft and damage to the undercarriage, the aircraft was successfully forced landed at Great Saling. One othet aircraft, Captain F/O Palmer failed to return - no news was received since aircraft left base. The wounded air gunner, Sgt Williamson, was admitted to 121st Evacuation Hospital, Braintree, Essex.
8/9 July 1943 Cologne 20,000', 0053 hours, 10 miles south of Aachen. Weather 10/10ths cloud at 6,000'. Visibility good but dark. No searchlights. Lancaster W on route to target was attacked by an unidentified enemy aircraft. This aircraft was not seen, only the streams of tracer being visible. First attack appeared to come from underneath and two further attacks from dead astern. Enemy aircraft fired during each attack. Combat manoeveres were as follows : - the pilot of our aircraft made a steep diving turn to starboard turning into a rate 3 orbit, followed by corkscrewing back on to course. Height of 3,500' was lost during manoevere. No further attack was made and enemy aircraft was never seen at any time. The enemy aircraft apparently did not carry lights. It is thought that the enemy aircraft armament was 4 cannons, two being mounted in each wing, as the traces gave this impression. No instructions were given to pilot by either rear or mid upper gunners. The first bursts of fire from enemy put both rear and mid turrets out of action. Damage to Lancaster was severe. Bomb doors shot up, ailerons shot up, trimming controls damaged, starboard outer engine almost out of action and the Lancaster raked by cannon shells. Rear gunner was wounded in legs. Our aircraft went on to attack target and made a safe landing in this country. No rounds fired. No "Boozer" indications.
Mid Gunner - Sgt Hambling Rear Gunner - Sgt Williamson