EE890

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 24/07/43 Hamburg AA-L Sgt. Nichol Missing
Total Op hours

 

24/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Twenty-three aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs., 1,000lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs., and 4lbs. Of these aircraft, two returned early due to unserviceable W/T and engine trouble respectively, and one aircraft failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was a very concentrated and successful attack. Very large spread fires were seen with black smoke rising to height of 1,400ft., some heavy explosions were also seen. A heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights were encountered and two aircraft were coned in the searchlights but neither were hit. The aircraft captained by F/O. G. TURNER whilst avoiding a searchlight cone, the starboard wing was struck by a JU 88approaching head on. The enemy aircraft turned over and dived to the ground, it was claimed to be destroyed.. The Stirling was badly damaged having more that 4ft. of the starboard mainplane torn off, and the aileron and aileron controls being useless. The captain had extreme difficulty in controlling the aircraft, but kept it on an even keel with the assistance of the Air-bomber, and after the 3 hours return flight to base, made a perfect landing. Two other short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was very good, with clear visibility, except for haze caused by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EE890 captained by Sergeant H. Nichol.

Stirling Mk.III EE890 AA-L

Sgt. Henry Nichol, RAF 657425 – Pilot.
F/S Alan James Robinson, RNZAF NZ42308 – Navigator.
P/O Edgar John Mansell, RAFVR 1339755/ 132097 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William Henry Garvin, RAFVR 1077126 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Edward Radford, RAFVR 1437419 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Sidney Norrington, RAFVR 646162 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Bernard Laurence Cooksley, RNZAF NZ41435 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Stirling Mk.III EE890 AA-L was shot down by a night-fighter (Fw Meissner, II /NJG3), crashing at Neumunster. The Captain, Flight Engineer, W/operator and Mid Upper gunner died. Sgt Norrington was buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ohlsdorf. The Navigator, Air Bomber and Rear Gunner probably parachuted to safety as they were captured as POW’s.

W/O Henry Nicol, RAF 657425 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of Henry and Margaret Nicol.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 134.

F/S Alan James Robinson, RNZAF NZ42308 – Navigator .
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 222434
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft III and IVB, Promoted to W/O whilst interned
Date of return to United Kingdom: 26th of May 1945

P/O Edgar John Mansell, RAFVR 1339755/ 132097 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 1780
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft Stalag Luft III
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. William Henry Garvin, RAFVR 1077126 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of Ernest and Lillian Garvin, of Orford, Warrington, Lancashire.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 289.

Sgt. Charles Edward Radford, RAFVR 1437419 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of Charles Alfred and Ellen Annie Radford, of Cricklewood, Middlesex.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 162.

Sgt. Harold Sidney Norrington, RAF 646162 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of George Edward Norrington, and of Edith Grace Norrington, of Bexleyheath, Kent.
Buried Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 4A. B. 6.
‘Sweetest thoughts
Shall ever linger,
Round the grave
Where thou art laid’

F/S Bernard Laurence Cooksley, RNZAF NZ41435 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 222435
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag IVB. Promoted to W/O whilst interned
Date of return to United Kingdom: 28th of May 1945