On 21st December 1944 NG258 took off at 16.58 hrs from East Kirkby to take part on an attack on an oil plant in Politz. On the return journey home, a blanket of thick fog covered most of Southern England and the pilot was instructed to land elsewhere instead of his home base.
The Lancaster and crew crashed into a hill near Scanfield farm, Winceby, Lincolnshire at 02:50hours. Sgt. Pooley was injured and the only one to survive the crash.
ND258 (LE-?) was a Mk I Lancaster crewed by the following:-