EE892

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 24/06/43 Wuppertal AA-F F/L Joll 04:10
2 25/06/43 Gelsenkirchen AA-F Sgt. Bailie 04:04
3 03/07/43 Cologne AA-F F/L Joll 04:55
4 24/07/43 Hamburg AA-F S/L Joll 06:25
5 25/07/43 Essen AA-F Sgt. Ashdown Missing
Total Op hours 19:34

 

25/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs., 1,000lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs., and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to take off, and two returned early, wing to engine trouble and an intercommunication failure respectively, and one aircraft failed to return. Sixteen aircraft successfully dropped their bombs on target area, which was an absolute mass of flames. Many huge explosions were seen in the midst of the fires. Moderate A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, one aircraft receiving slight damage. An aircraft was held in a searchlight cone for 3 minutes, but avoided it by making diving turns. Some enemy aircraft were seen. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.C. WILLIAMS sighted an unidentified aircraft 400 yds away approaching from astern. The Stirling corkscrewed and the Mid-upper and Rear gunners fired a long burst, the enemy aircraft exploded in the air and dived to the ground. It was claimed to be destroyed. Another aircraft was sighted by them approaching on the port quarter, the Rear gunner fired two short bursts and the enemy aircraft broke away. The weather was hazy to the enemy Coast, but clear over the target. Visibility was good except for haze caused by smoke from the fires, which could be seen west of the DUTCH coast. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling MK.III EE892 captained by Sgt.. M. ASHDOWN

Stirling Mk.III EE892 AA-F

Sgt. Michael Henry Charles Ashdown, RAFVR 1320551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ronald Kenneth Harold, RAFVR 1335706 – Navigator.
Sgt. Ronald Walter Threadgold, RAFVR 1457394 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ernest Claude Denyer, RAFVR 1262911 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Broadley, RAFVR 937347 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Archie Cleveland, RCAF R.167518 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Clyde Dawson, RCAF R.178318 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time  – Missing

Stirling Mk.III EE892 AA-F came down in the sea off Southwold, Suffolk, while returning to base. Eyewitness reports indicated that the Stirlng was on fire before it struck the water. All on board perished. Four bodies were picked up by the Aldeburgh lifeboat crew. Sgt Dawson RCAF is buried in Scottow Cemetery; the others were taken back to their home-towns. Sgt’s Harrold, Threadgold and Cleveland are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sgt. Michael Henry Charles Ashdown, RAFVR 1320551 – Pilot.
Killed age 20.
Son of Charles Robert and Ivy Ann Ashdown, of Worcester Park.
Buried Sutton and Cheam (Cuddington) Cemetery, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Plot L. Grave 1273.
‘One of the few’

Sgt. Ronald Kenneth Harrold, RAFVR 1335706 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 22.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 152.

Sgt. Ronald Walter Threadgold, RAFVR 1 457394 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of John and Dora Threadgold, of Hull.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 167.

Sgt. Ernest Claude Denyer, RAFVR 1262911 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 34.
Son of Charles F. Denyer and Hannah Jane Denyer, of Staines.
Buried Staines (London Road) Cemetery, Middlesex, England..
Grave location – Block E. Grave 9.
‘Home of the soldier Beautiful land’

Sgt. Ronald Broadley, RAFVR 937347 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 22.
Son of Percy and Hesper Broadley, of Leeds.
Buried Colne Valley ( Slaithwaite) Cemetery, Yorkshire, England..
Grave location – Block A. Sec. 3. Grave 7.

W/O Archie Cleveland, RCAF 2 R/167518 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Lost without trace age 24.
Son of Lyle W. and Josephine Cleveland, of Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 179.

Sgt. Harold Clyde Dawson, RCAF 178318 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Buried Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk, England..
Grave location – Grave 300.