June 1944 this crew participated in a mission bomb
the oil plant at Sterkrade. 321 bombers were to take
part in the raid.
weather prevented accurate bombing. Also the markers
that were dropped by the pathfinders disappeared
quickly due to the bad weather. To add to all
this, the bomber stream passed very close by a
German night fighter beacon near Bocholt. Many night
fighters were positioned close to the bomber stream
and over 30 bomber were shot down by flak and night
Shannon's Halifax also failed to return. It crashed
into the North Sea and the bodies of several of the
crew were found along a long stretch of the Dutch
coast. F/O McQueen's body washed ashore near
Castricum, where he is buried. F/O Shannon, F/O Hill
and F/O Carson are all three buried at Amsterdam.
F/O Doggett at Terschelling and P/O Niles at
George Shannon is buried at Amsterdam New Eastern
Cemetery, Plot 69. Row A. Coll. grave 1.