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Poad, T., LAC., 1940
In Reichswald Forest War Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Grave of 551624 Leading Aircraftman Terence Poad, serving with the Royal Air Force who died on May 12th 1940.

Simon Glancey has submitted the following:
LAC Poad was killed when Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley V N1366 of 77 Squadron was lost on a mission to Munchengladbach. The Whitley was hit by flak over the target, and crashed near Munchengladbach. Of the five crew, only one survived to become a P.o.W.
Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: 1939-1940; W.R. Chorley; 1992; Midland Counties Publications; ISBN 0 904597 85 7, page 50

Tony Hibberd has added the following:
Whitley N1366 KN-? had departed Driffield at 2025 for Ops Monchengladbach.
It was initially coned by 1/Res Flakscheinw Abt 648 and 2 & 3/Res Flakscheinw Abt 649
It was subsequently engaged by 1-1/Res Flak Abt 323 and 3/Res Flak Abt 132, hit and shot down
The aircraft crashed at Niephauserfeld, Kries Moers
Nacht Jagd Combat Archive The Early Year Part 1 Dr Theo Boiten

This was the first raid against German soil in WWII
This aircraft was also the first RAF Bomber Command aircraft to crash inside Germany whilst engaged on Ops against a European mainland target during WWII.

Also killed in the same incident was Sgt. T.T. Atchison


The CWGC entry for Leading Aircraftman Poad

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk