Stirling

N3683
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-?
Name/ nose art: Not known
Arrived from 1657 H.C.U. date unknown. First Op 18th of January 1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary – Dalzell crew.
Transferred back to 1657 H.C.U. (last Op 27th of April 1943 – Wright crew)
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 13
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 63 hours and 42 minutes

Notes of interest
Ex- 1657CU to 75 and then back to 1657CU

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N3685
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: ?/-?
Name/ nose art: not known
Arrived on the 15th of January 1943
Transferred

Notes of interest
Delivered 15-1-43 – from RAF at Newmarket

No record in Operational database.


N3704
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived on the 16th of October 1942 from 15 Squadron.
Transferred back to 15 Squadron date unknown.

Notes of interest
Delivered 16-10-42 – from RAF at Newmarket. Ex- 15 Sqn to 75 and back to 15 Sqn

No record in Operational database.


N6123
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-Q
Name/ nose art: “Queenie”
Arrived 15th of January 1943
Lost on the 3rd of March 1943 on Mining Op to the Frisian Islands. Crew and aircraft were lost without trace.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 7
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 26 hours and 5 minutes.

Notes of interest
Delivered 15-1-43 – from RAF at Newmarket
Shot down mining-Frisian Islands 3.3.43; crew killed. From Chorley:
t/o 2003 Newmarket to lay mines off the Frisian Islands. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

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R9200
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: ??-S
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 1st of March 1943
Lost on the 21st of April 1943 (details to be added)
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 5
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 24 hours and 50 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered1-3-43, accident Jurby 21-4-43 – from RAF at Newmarket

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R9243
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-C
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 21st of October 1942
Transferred –
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 19 (2 Ops double attributed)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 98 hours and  57 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 21-10-42, code C – from RAF at Newmarket.
From ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer: C

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R9245
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-N
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 0 (lost on 1st Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 1 minute

Notes of interest
Delivered 25th of October 1942 – from RAF at Newmarket.

16/12/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux
During take-off at 21:45hrs, three aircraft swung badly but this was promptly rectified and they became airborne. Then R9245 (Sgt Franklin) experienced similar wind effect causing it to swing dangerously, but Franklin kept power on to counter it and continued the take-off attempt. The aircraft became airborne briefly but crashed a mile away from the airfield. Two mines exploded and all the crew were killed. It was later established that the starboard undercarriage had hit Devil’s Dyke (a mound around the perimeter) and broke off the oil tank to the starboard inner engine, causing it to seize.

This appears to have been the only Op that this aircraft took part in.

With an apparent Op history lasting only 1 minute, details of the accident can be read here.


R9246
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: AA-S
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 31-10-42 – from RAF at Newmarket. Code AA-S from Bomber Command database.
After air-firing exercise, crash-landed with u/c retracted in bad weather near Home, Hunts. 24.11.42.

No record in Operational database.


R9247
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-V/W
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 21st of October 1942
Lost on the 17th of December 1942 on Op to Fallersleben. All of the Rousseau crew killed
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 5
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 27 hours and 25 minutes (based on recorded hours – 1 Op 16th of December 1942 Gardening off Bordeaux no take off or landing time recorded)

Notes of interest
Delivered 21-10-42 – from RAF at Newmarket. Code V from Bomber Command database.
Shot down target Fallersleben 17.12.42; crew killed. ‘.

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R9248
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-H
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 7th of November 1942
Lost 23rd of January 1943 on Op to Lorient. All crew apart from the Pilot killed – Pilot, Kidd evaded
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 2
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – No Ops recorded – first Op no times recorded second Op a/c lost

Notes of interest
Delivered 7-11-42 – from RAF at Newmarket. Code AA-H from Bomber Command database.
Shot down target Lorient 23.1.43; crew killed except Capt. evaded.

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R9250
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-C
Name/ nose art: none
Arrived 2nd of November 1942
Lost on the 3rd of February 1943 on Op to Hamburg. All Blincoe crew killed.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 11
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 76 hours and 2 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 2-11-42, coded as C in – from RAF at Newmarket and from Bomber Command database.
“C” from Combat Report 17/18.12.42, Me109 probable and ME109 damaged target Fallersleben. Shot down target Hamburg 3.2.43; crew killed. Code confirmed in ‘For Your Tomorrow 2’. From Chorley’s Bomber Command Losses 1943:

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R9280
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred

Notes of interest
FTR Hamburg 3-2-43- from RAF at Newmarket. Is this correct?

Typo – see previous aircraft above R9250

No record in Operational database.


R9283
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: JN-K
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Codes/serial from RAF at Newmarket

No record in Operational database.


R9290
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-X/ AA-Y
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 28th of January 1943
Lost on the 28th of April 1943 Op to Kiel Bay (Gardening). Aircraft and crew were lost without trace.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 2 (lost on 3rd Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 10 hours and 6 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 28-1-43, code Y – from RAF at Newmarket. Code AA-X from Bomber Command database.
Shot down mining Kiel Bay 28.4.43; crew killed. From Chorley: AA
t/o 2041 Newmarket on mine laying duties in the Radish area (Kiel) of the Fehmarn-Belt. Crashed in the sea off the Danish island of Lolland. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

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R9316
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-K
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 23rd of January 1943 from 214 Squadron.
Lost on the 13th of February 1943 Op to Lorient. Stirling Mk.I R9316 AA-K was hit by flak over the target and fire broke out. The Pilot, Roy Williams ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft and all but himself and the rear gunner parachuted successfully, landing near Plouay, (Finistere), 11 miles North North East of Lorient. Four were captured and taken prisoner but the fifth, Sgt Willis, RCAF, successfully evaded capture.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 2 (lost on 3rd op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 14 hours and 30 minutes

Notes of interest
Ex- 214 Sqn. Delivered 23-1-43 – from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Lorient 13.2.43; crew killed except MU evaded and 4 POW. From Chorley:

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W7455
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: AA-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred

Notes of interest
Delivered 29-1-1943 – from RAF at Newmarket.

No record in Operational database.


W7469
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-T/ AA-C/ AA-O
Name/ nose art: Was regularly flown by Des Thompson and had his school’s coat of arms on the nose.
Arrived 28th of January 1943 from 149 Squadron
Lost on the 16th of April 1943 Op to Ludwigshaven. All of the Debenham crew were killed except the Flight Engineer. The circumstances surrounding the loss of Stirling Mk.I W7469 AA-O are unclear. It crashed at Katzenbach, south of Frankfurt, and all but the Flight Engineer, Sgt Wainwright, were killed. The sole survivor was listed as a P.o.W, suggesting he either baled out or escaped from the wrecked aircraft and was captured. The crew members who died are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wesel.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 15 (lost on 16th Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 80 hours and 5 minutes

Notes of interest
Ex- 149 Sqn. Delievered 28-1-43 – from RAF at Newmarket. Code AA-O from Bomber Command database.
Was regular of Des Thompson- had his school’s coat of arms on nose: Forever Strong. Shot down target Ludwigshaven 16.4.43; crew killed except one POW.
From Chorley: Code ‘C’
t/o 2217 Newmarket. Crashed at Katzenbach. Those who died are buried in Rheinberg Cemetery.

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W7513
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-G
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 4th of March 1943
Lost on the 28th of April 1943 on Gardening duties to Kiel. There are no known details regarding the loss of W7513 and the Halliburton crew, all being lost without trace. Stirling W7513 is not on the Luftwaffe claims list for this raid so it is thought that it had been taken down by flak All crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 11 (lost on 12 Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 63 hours and 28 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 4-3-1943 – from RAF at Newmarket.
Photo. Ex-149 Sqn. Shot down mining Kiel Bay 28.4.43; crew killed. From Chorley: AA

t/o2042 Newmarket, on mine laying duties in the Radish area (Kiel) of the Fehmarn-Belt. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

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BF152
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred

Notes of interest
Only 1 Op recorded against this serial number. The date and Pilot makes this in all likelihood actually EF152. This Op has been transferred to EF152


No record in Operational database.


BF163
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest

No record in Operational database.

 


BF311
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred

Notes of interest
Ex-149 Sqn, delivered 20-10-42 – from RAF at Newmarket. 75 Sqn and then to 15 Sqn.

No record in Operational database.


BF318
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: AA-B
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred

Notes of interest
Codes from RAF at Newmarket.

No record in Operational database.


BF321
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred 

Notes of interest

No record in Operational database.


BF337
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 30th of January 1943
Transferred to 1657 Conversion Unit.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 1
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 3 hours and 10 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 30-1-43 from RAF at Newmarket.

Only 1 reference in Operational database – 8th of April 1943 Op to Duisburg with the Webb crew.

Is this a typo?


BF339
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-D
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Crashed near Oakington 28.11.42; crew killed: from Bomber Command database.

No record in Operational database.


BF340
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-Q
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Crashed in the Waddenzee 6.5.43; crew killed: from Bomber Command database.

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BF347
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-O
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 1
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 5 hours and 25 minutes

Notes of interest
Only 1 Op recorded against this aircraft – 13th of February 1943 to Lorient with the Davey crew.

Possibly BK437


BF377
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-J
Name/ nose art:
Arrived on the 11th of April 1943 (Ex-CRD)
Transferred to 1651/1657? on the 21st of June 1943
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 6
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 24 hours and 37 minutes

Notes of interest
Ex- CRD to 75 Sqn 11-4-43 and then to 1651(1657?) CU 21-6-43 from RAF at Newmarket (and J code).

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BF392
Stirling Mk.I

Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred

Notes of interest
From RAF at Newmarket.

No record in Operational database.


BF396
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-X
Name/ nose art: not known
Arrived 23rd of October 1942 from 1657 Heavy Conversion Unit
Lost on the 17th of December 1942 on Op to Fallersleben. Stirling Mk.I BF.396 AA-X was lost without trace, crashing in the North Sea between Bergen aan Zee and Egmond aan Zee – all of the Mitchell crew presumed dead. They are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The Captain, W/C V Mitchell, DFC, RAF, was the Squadron Commander. W/O Bagnall and his crew had only arrived on the Unit a few days previously.

Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 1 (lost on 2nd Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 6 hours (only hours from DNC to Turin on the 20th of November 1942. 16th of December, Gardening off Bordeaux has no times recorded. Final Op on the 17th no times recorded)

Form 78 gives a total flying time of 50 hours and 15 minutes

Notes of interest
Ex-1657CU, delivered 23-10-42 from RAF at Newmarket. Shot down target Fallersleben 17.12.42; crew killed. Code from ‘For Your Tomorrow 1’.

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BF397
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Ex-1657CU to 75 23-10-42, overshot base 23-1-43 (from RAF at Newmarket) and then to 1651CU.

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BF398
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-F/P
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 24-10-42, coded F from RAF at Newmarket, coded P from Bomber Command database. “P” from Combat Report 3/4.3.43 French crew attacked by a Ju.88, target Hamburg.
Lost both outer engines and crew baled out 17.5.43; one killed and pilot killed while trying to crash land.
“Sgt. L.C. Wright
Sgt. J.H.R. Carey
Sgt. T. Beaver
Sgt. J.L. Roberts
Sgt. P.G. Knight
F/S M. Brady
Sgt. N.A. Macleod
Sgt. A.J. Francis
AC2 R.G. Bailey”
“Partially abandoned after both outer engines had failed. Realising he was over a built up area, Sgt. Wright tried to force-land, but crashed 0100 at Linley Hall Farm, Talke, 4 miles NW of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Sgt. Francis was killed after he feft the aircraft.

from the May ORB (The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO). AIR 27/646/Form 541/p462 Outstanding Events/ Training);

At 01.00 hours on the 17th. May 1943 1943, Sergeant L.C.Wright was carrying out a cross country fight in Stirling Mk.1 BF398, when the starboard outer and port outer engines failed. The aircraft lost height and the Captain ordered the crew to bale out, this included a passenger AC1 BAILEY, R.G. Of the crew who baled out, all landed safely with the exception of Sergeant A.J.Francis, who was reported missing and found four days later. The Captain remained at the controls, as the aircraft was in the vicinity of the Town of STOKE-UPON-TRENT and it appears that rather than crash land over the town, he attempted to land in the nearest field, the aircraft crashed however, and he was killed. The MAYOR of STOKE-UPON-TRENT has been in communicaton with the Squadron, and expressed his admiration, shared also by the townspeople, for the gallentry displayed by Sergeant L.C. WRIGHT.
Codes from Chorley.

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BF399
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-O
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 7-11-42, coded O from RAF at Newmarket. Crashed on training flight from RAF Oakington 28.11.42; crew killed.

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BF400
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-G/O
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Shot down target Fallersleben 17.12.42; crew killed. Code from ‘For Your Tomorrow 1’. (Coded G from Bomber Command database, O from RAF at Newmarket).

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BF412
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: ??-Y
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Ex-15 Sqn to 75 9-3-43, coded Y and then to 1665CU 16-6-43 from RAF at Newmarket. Combat Report 4/5.4.43 Fowler crew attacked by Ju.88, target Kiel.

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BF434
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-Y/X
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 13-4-43, code X confirmed from RAF at Newmarket. “Y” from Combat Report 29/30.5.43 Burley crew attacked by Ju.88, target Wuppertal. “Y” from Combat Report 21/22.6.43 Burley crew attacked by Me.109, claimed as damaged, target Krefeld. “Y” from Combat Report 12/13.8.43 (recorded in Form 541 as EF434) Burley crew attacked by unid t/e e/a, claimed as damaged, target Turin. Same crew damaged an acft target Turin 13.8.43. To 1665CU. From Simon Sommerville: 10 May 1943: Sgt Burley and crew arrived at 75 (NZ) Squadron, Newmarket. (Ewen and the Navigator may have arrived separately the day before?)

Ewen’s crew (the Burley crew) was:
Pilot: BURLEY Plt Off Arthur William DFC RAF (1315375, 147201). 10 May to 27 Nov 1943
Navigator: HILL F/Sgt Reginald RNZAF (NZ413216) 9 May to 27 Nov 1943.
Bomb Aimer: ELMSLIE P/O Ewen McGregor RNZAF (NZ417200) AB 9 May to 27 Nov 1943.
Wireless Operator: WILSON F/Sgt R W, RAF. (1035365) WOAG 10 May to 27 Nov 1943.
Flight Engineer: RISBRIDGER F/Sgt R RAF. (577918) 10 May to 27 Nov 1943.
Mid Upper Gunner: HUBBOCK Sgt J RAF (1601799) AG 10 May to 20 Sep 1943.
Rear Gunner: PETERS Sgt A F RAF. (1154968) AG 10 May to 27 Nov 1943.

Burley the skipper flew his second dickie (familiarisation) op’ with P/O French and crew, on 12/13 May to Duisburg in Stirling BK777, AA-U

Burley crew Operational History:
13/14 May 43 Mining – Frisians, Stirling BK434 (BF434, AA-X?)
16/17 May 43 Mining – Frisians, Stirling BK434 (BF434, AA-X?)
21/22 May 43 Mining – Biscay, Stirling BF434, AA-X
23/24 May 43 Dortmund, Stirling BF561, AA-O (returned early with engine trouble)
25/26 May 43 Düsseldorf, Stirling BF434, AA-X
29/30 May 43 Wuppertal – The Ruhr, Stirling BF434, AA-X
11/12 June 43 Düsseldorf, Stirling BF434, AA-X (returned early with engine trouble)
19/20 June 43 Le Creusot, Stirling BF434, AA-X (Ewen missed this op’ – A/B listed as F/S Himal)
21/22 Jun 43 Krefeld, Stirling BF434, AA-X
22/23 June 43 Mülheim, Stirling BF434, AA-X
24/25 Jun 43 Wuppertal, Stirling BF434, AA-X
25/26 Jun 43 Gelsenkirchen, Stirling BF434, AA-X

(Squadron relocated from Newmarket to Mepal)

03/04 Jul 43 Cologne, Stirling BK777, AA-U
29/30 Jul 43 Hamburg, Stirling EH905, AA-R

12/13 Aug 43 Turin – Italy, Stirling EF434
Some enemy aircraft were seen. EF434, P/O Burley & crew on their way to the target sighted an unidentified single-engined aircraft over the Chartres region of France making a pass at them from astern. Evasive action was taken and the rear gunner, Sgt Peters, engaged the enemy aircraft with a short burst, before it broke off the engagement. The port outer engine of the Stirling had received considerable damage and was shut down. The crew stubbornly continued to the target on three engines, still 380 miles away; completed their bombing attack then returned to base where a safe engine-out landing was made at 05.35hrs. Burley was awarded the DFC (Immediate).

17/18 Aug 43 Peenemünde (V2 rocket research establishment) EH949, AA-P
23/24 Aug 43 Berlin, Stirling EH877, JN-C (returned early with equipment failure)
27/28 Aug 43 Nuremberg, Stirling EF878
30/31 Aug 43 Mönchengladbach/Rheydt, Stirling EF434 (BF434?)
31/01 Aug/Sep 43 Berlin, Stirling EF434 (BF434, AA-X?)
08/09 Sep 43 Boulogne, Stirling EF462
16/17 Sep 43 Modane, Stirling EF137, AA-E
22/23 Sep 43 Hannover, Stirling EF462
23/24 Sep 43 Mannheim, Stirling EF137, AA-E

EF137, P/O Burley and crew, found themselves involved in three separate combat actions; one with a single-engined fighter, which the M/U gunner, F/O S Strong, succeeded in shooting down and claiming as destroyed. And then against two unidentified twin-engined fighters, which he claimed as breaking off, damaged, from his gunfire.

27/28 Sep 43 Hannover, Stirling EF137, AA-E
04/05 Oct 43 Frankfurt, Stirling EF137, AA-E
– total 26 op’s.

Ewen left the Squadron on 27 Nov 1943, posted to No. 1665 Heavy Conversion Unit, RAF Woolfox Lodge..

He survived the war, and on returning to New Zealand he married and settled down on the family sheep and beef farm at Waverley, South Taranaki, not far from his cousin Jim.

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BF435
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: –
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Mis-type of EF435


BF437
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-L
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 28-1-43, AA-L from Bomber Command database, also code L from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Nuremberg 8.3.43; crew killed.

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BF443
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-V
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 2-2-43, also code V from RAF at Newmarket. “V” from Combat Report 1/2.3.43 J.M. Bailey crew attacked by Me.110, target Berlin. “V” from Combat Report 25/26.6.43 A. Alexander crew attacked by Ju.88, target Gelsenkirchen.
Flown by Sgt P Mosely 24/25 July 1943. “V” from Combat Report 24/25.7.43 Moseley crew attacked by unid e/a, target Hamburg. To 1651CU. Photo with Bailey crew. Project ORB, February 43, under “ARRIVALS AND DESPATCHES OF AIRCRAFT”:
“2.2.43 Stirling I BF443 received from Short & Harlands, Long Kesch. Auth:41G/9286.”
– refers to this aircraft, Mk I Stirling BF443, AA-V:

I believe that the guy between Hosie and Bailey is Jack Wall, A/B. The other crew members will be Sgt’s Livingston, Ottaway, and Thompson (not able to identify which is which, although that’s probably the F/E Livingston to the right of Bailey, since the other two are wearing gunner-type suits).

This was during Jack Bailey’s first tour with 75, the same Jack Bailey who went on to become O/C C Flight at 75 (NZ) Sqdn on his second tour, and of course regular Pilot of Lancaster NE181, JN-M, The Captain’s Fancy! It looks like Jack Wall followed Bailey and was in his second tour crew as well.

The first Bailey crew began on Wellingtons (first op’ 26 August 1942), then converted to Stirlings in October 42. AA-V eventually became their regular a/c and it looks like they flew 15 op’s in her between 26/27 February 43 (Cologne), and 04/05 May 43 (Dortmund).

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BF451
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-J/Z
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 1-2-43, also code Z from RAF at Newmarket.
“J” from Combat Report 1/2.3.43 F/L Rothwell crew attacked three times, two by unid. t/e e/a, and one by a Ju.88, latter claimed as probably destroyed, target Berlin. Recorded incorrectly in Form 541 as BF456 for this op’. Shot down target Ludwigshaven 16.4.43; crew killed except one POW. From Chorley:
P/O K.H.G. Groves
WO2 J.O. Way
Sgt. L.C. Cameron
Sgt. T.G. Shergold
Sgt. R.F. Wanstall
Sgt. R.L. Pierson
Sgt. R.C. Stone
Sgt. L.L. Everden
t/o 2214 Newmarket. Believed shot down by a night-fighter, crashing twixt Rilly-la-Montagne and Chigny-les-Roses (Marne), 10km and 11km respectively S of Reims. All were taken for burial in Reims, but when the city was liberated by the Americans in 1944, arrangements were made for their bodies to be taken to Antillly. Since September 1944, their remains have been exhumed and transferred to Choloy War Cemetery.

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BF455
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-Y
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 8-2-43, also code Y from RAF at Newmarket. Combat Report 14/15.4.43 Groves crew attacked by Me.110, target Stuttgart.
Ditched on return target Frankfurt 10.4.43; crew safe.
From Chorley:
F/S C. Rothschild
Sgt. E. Grainger
Sgt. G. Samson
Sgt. J.L. Richards
Sgt. R.E. Tod
Sgt. R.D. Tod
Sgt. H.E. Moss
Sgt. W.A. Hardy
t/o 2335 Newmarket. Damaged by flak over the target and later engaged in a running battle with night-fighters. Low on fuel, the bomber was ditched in the Channel, some 3 miles off Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex. All were picked up by an air sea rescue Walrus amphibian. Lost unusually, the crew included 2 brothers, Robert Ernest and Richard Douglas Tod. Both were destined to die later that year.

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BF456
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-J/K
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Rec’d 9-3-43 from Short & Harlands. AA-J from Bomber Command database, also code J from RAF at Newmarket. Possible confusion with BF451, AA-J?
Shot down target Frankfurt 10.4.43; crew killed. From Chorley”
Sgt. J. Webb
Sgt. J.R. Inglis
Sgt. D.V. Jones
Sgt. D.T. Anthony
Sgt. R.W. Lowther
Sgt. L.R. Cunningham
Sgt. E.J. Letherbarrow
t/o 0006 Newmarket. Crashed at Steeg. All are buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery.
‘K’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.

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BF458
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-A/P
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delievered 2-5-43, Code JN from Chorley, JN-P from Bomber Command database, code A from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Remscheid 30.7.43; 2 POW and 5 killed.
“P/O A.J. Thomas
Sgt. J.W. Gale
Sgt. H.A. Stewart
P/O F.W.R. Cumpsty
Sgt. R.H. Boxell
Sgt. J.H. O’Farrell
Sgt. E.F. Henry”
t/o 2241 Mepal. Crashed at Krefeld-Uerdingen. Of those who died, three are commemorated on the Runntmede Memorial, while the graves of Sgt. Gale and Sgt. Farrell are in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

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BF459
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-G/E
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delievered 2-5-43, JN-G from Bomber Command database,. Code E from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Mannheim 23.9.43; crew killed except 2 POW. Code from FYTomorrow
“F/O C.C.P. Logan
Sgt. T. Stewart
F/S G.P. Sowerby
F/O J.P. Ingham
Sgt. T.J. Hegarty
Sgt. F.E.W. Crowther
F/S A.J. Knox”
t/o 1945 Mepal. Crashed at Lamertheim, 12km N of Mannheim. Sgt. Crowther was critically wounded and he died of his injuries on 3rd October . He is buried, along with the others who were killed, in Durnbach War Cemetery.
Code JN from Chorley. Code ‘JN-E’ from The Stirling Story.

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BF461
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-B
Name/ nose art:
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Notes of interest
Delivered 2-5-43, also code B RAF at Newmarket.
AA-B from Bomber Command database, also code from Simon Sommerville site. “B” from Combat Report 30/31.7.43 G. Williams crew attacked by unid t/e e/a, claimed as destroyed, target Remscheid.   “B” from Combat Report 6/7.8.43 (recorded in Form 541 as EF461) Roberts crew attacked by unid e/a, target mining Gironde. “B” from Combat Report 16/17.9.43 G. Williams crew attacked by Ju.88 claimed as destroyed, and a second Ju.88, claimed as damaged, target Modane. “B” from Combat Report 27/28.9.43 Masters crew attacked by Me.110, target Hannover. Same crew shot down mining Baltic Sea 4.11.43; 1 killed, 1 evaded and 5 POW.
“P/O G.K. Williams
Sgt. H. Moffat
F/S W.F. Morice
Sgt. F.E. McGregor
Sgt. W.J. Champion
F/O J.A. Black
Sgt. R. Ingrey”
t/o 1601 Mepal to lay mines in the Kattegat. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Kallerup, 8km SW of Thisted, Denmark. Sgt. Champion is buried in Friederikshaven Cemetery. In captivity Sgt. Ingrey exchanged identity with Private B. Cooper, whose service details are not recorded.
Code AA from Chorley.

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BF465
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN/AA-J/K
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 2-3-43, code AA-K RAF at Newmarket.
Ex-15 Sqn. “K” from Combat Report 10/11.4.43 McCaskill crew attacked by unid. s/e e/a, target Frankfurt. “K” from Combat Report 14/15.4.43 Bennett crew attacked by unid. s/e e/a, target Stuttgart. “K” from Combat Report 29/30.7.43 Hartstein crew attacked by JU.88, target Hamburg. “K” from Combat Report 23/24.8.43 Whitehead crew attacked by Me.109, claimed as probably destroyed, then a second attack by an unid e/a, claimed as destroyed, target Berlin. Different crew, shot down target Berlin 23.8.43; crew killed except 1 POW.
“P/O A. Rankin
Sgt. F.M. Freeman
P/O M.A. Ericksen
P/O J. Third
F/S F.W. Thorstensen
Sgt. D. Catterick
Sgt. G. Ogden”
t/o 1601 Mepal to lay mines in the Kattegat. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Kallerup, 8km SW of Thisted, Denmark. Sgt. Champion is buried in Friederikshaven Cemetery. In captivity Sgt. Ingrey exchanged identity with Private B. Cooper, whose service details are not recorded.
Code from FYTomorrow. Code JN from Chorley. Code AA-J/K from ORBs/A.Wilson logbook.

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BF467
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-W
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 13-3-43, AA-W from Bomber Command database, code W RAF at Newmarket. 75 to 214 Sqn back to 75.
Shot down mining Kiel Bay 28.4.43; crew killed. From Chorley: AA
P/O D.L. Thompson
Sgt. C. Abbott
WO2 J.A. Ramsay
F/S J.M. Willaims
W/O E.R. Jenkins
Sgt. G. Phillips
Sgt. J.T. Glendinning
t/o 2038 Newmarket, on mine laying duties in the Radish area (Kiel) of the Fehmarn-Belt. Hit bt Kreigsmarine flak and crashed at 0008 in the Baltic off Nakskov on the W side of Lolland Island, Denmark. All are buried in Svino Churchyard. Although not unique, a crew comprising of RAF, RAAF, RCAF and RNZAF airmen was unusual.

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BF473
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Ex-218, 90 Sqns to 75 and then to 199 Sqn and 1651CU.

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BF506
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-P
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delievered 6-4-43, AA-P from Bomber Command database, also code P from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Rostock 20.4.43; crew killed. From Chorley: AA
F/O A.G. Tolley
Sgt. G.A.R. Town
F/S W.H. Ellis
F/S F.W. Upton
F/S C.T. Cobb
Sgt. F.J. Earle
F/S I.C. Salt
t/o 2205 Newmarket. Last heard on W/T at 0300 signalling ‘starboard inner on fire’. Nothing further was heard, and the Stirling crashed 0326 at Boegballe, 15kn N of Vejle, Denmark. It’s demise is reported as having been caised by a night-fighter attack. All rest in Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery.

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BF513
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-E
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 8-4-43 from RAF at Newmarket. AA-E from Bomber Command database.
Shot down target Stuttgart 14.4.43; crew killed. BF513 was shot down by an enemy night-fighter (Lt. Friedrich Graeff , Stab. I /NJG4) over Belgium at 02.25hrs, crashing at Regniéssart, (Namur), 3 miles SE of Couvin. All the crew are buried at Florennes’ Communal Cemetery, from AH75S. McCaskill crew was in A Flight, from http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/29243.detail. “E” from FYT. AA-E from ADF and 3GBC.
Also from Guy Lapaille: We have in our archives the report of the German commando which evacuated the wreck and the plane is identified as follows: “Flugzeugmuster : Stirling – Absturz am 15.04.43 – Kennzeichen AA -Kokarde- E -Werknummer : BF513”.

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BF516
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 11-4-43 from RAF at Newmarket. To 214 Sqn.

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BF517
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-O
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 6-4-43 from RAF at Newmarket. Coded ‘O’ according to ‘Images of the Air War’. Confirmed AA-O by A.Simpson, flown by Peter Buck. “O” from Combat Report 26/27.4.43 Buck crew attacked by unid. e/a, R/G mortally wounded, W/Op and M/U/Gnr also wounded, target Duisburg, crash landed at base, Buck awarded immediate DFC.

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BF518
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-E
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 8-4-43, AA_E from Bomber Command database, also coded E from RAF at Newmarket.
Combat Report 13/14.7.43 Nicol crew attacked by unid t/e e/a, target Aachen. Damaged acft target Aachen 14.7.43.
“F/O G.M. Duncan
Sgt. Jones
P/O O’Brien”
Landed 1247 down wind at West Malling, ran off the runway and damaged beyond repair. The crew had been tasked to collect the crew of another Stirling EF454 AA-A which had been damaged by a night fighter during operations to Berlin twenty four hours previous.
Seen 2.3.43 ‘Bombing Colours’

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BF561
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-O
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 2-5-43 from RAF at Newmarket. AA-O from Bomber Command database.
“O” from Combat Report 13/14.5.43 Mitchell crew attacked by Me.110 which was claimed as destroyed, then by a Ju.88, then a third unid e/a, target Bochum. Shot down target Wuppertal 29.5.43; crew killed.
“F/S S.R. Thornley
Sgt. C.W. Larkin
Sgt. A. McWilliams
Sgt. A.C.A. McPhail
Sgt. D. Ruocco
Sgt. J.V. Dartnell
Sgt. F.G. Hooper”
t/o 2314 Newmarket. Crashed at Gladbeck-Rentfort. All rest in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery.
From Chorley.

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BF564
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-W
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 5-5-43 from RAF at Newmarket. JN-W from Bomber Command database.
“W” from Combat Report 25/26.5.43 Sedunary crew attacked by Fw.190, target Dusseldorf. Shot down target Berlin 23.8.43; crew killed. Code from FYTomorrow.
“P/O A.J.L Sedunary DFC
F/S F.P. Lundon
Sgt. F.K. Alcock MiD
P/O A. Lens
Sgt. C.R. Parish
P/O D.H. Moss
Sgt. J.E. Nicholson
Sgt. J.J. Gratton”
t/o 2051 Mepal. Crashed at Martensmuhle, 6km, SSW of Trebbin, 22km SE of Potsdam. All rest in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.
Code JN from Chorley.

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BF569
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-?
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Code from http://rnzaf.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=Wartime&thread=13372&page=1

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BF573
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 5-5-43 from RAF at Newmarket. To 149, 620, 1653CU, 1657CU.

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BF575
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-H
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delievered 14-5-43, code H from RAF at Newmarket. To 295 Sqn.

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BF577
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-M
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 28-5-43, JN-M from Bomber Command database, also coded M from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Hamburg 2.8.43; crew killed.
“F/S J.A Couper
Sgt. J.W. Sneddon
Sgt. G.A. Walker
F/S G.S. Corlett
F/S S.C.O. Reeves
Sgt. T.E. Wadeson
Sgt. A. Ashworth”
t/o 2331 Mepal. Collided in the air with a Do 217 flown by Fw Krauter, II./NJG3 crashing at Kaiser Wilhelm-Koog. All are buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ohlsdorf. John Norman Corlett, brother of F/S Corlett RNZAF, also died on active service. Their parents lived in Liverpool.
Code JN from Chorley.

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BK434
? Mk.?
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Serial from ‘The Stirling Story’ – MJF Bowyer, maybe ‘BF434’?

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BK464
? Mk.?
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Serial from ‘The Stirling Story’ – MJF Bowyer, maybe ‘BF464’?

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BK602
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-R
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 21-12-42, also coded R from RAF at Newmarket. Ex-7 Sqn.
“R” from Combat Report 29/30.3.43 French crew attacked by Me110, target Berlin. Shot down target Dusseldorf 25.5.43; crew killed.
“F/S T.W. Darton
Sgt. A. McQuater
Sgt. D.D. Coates
Sgt. J.M.P. Riordam
Sgt. J.C.L. Whiteman
Sgt. S. Redpath
Sgt. F.P. Wilsher”
t/o 0006 Newmarket. Shot down by a night-fighter operating off the Belgian/ French coast and went down in the sea.Four bodies were washed ashore. Sgt Coates RNZAF and Sgt. Whiteman are buried in Oostende New Communal Cemetery; Sgt. Redpath lies in Dunkerque Town Cemetery and sgt. Willsher rests at Bergen op Zoom War cemetery in Holland. The others are commemorated on the Runymede Memorial.
Code AA from Chorley.

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BK604
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-S
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 15-1-43 from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Hamburg 3.2.43; crew killed except 3 POW. From website http://home.introweb.nl/~ecws/… listed as ‘AA’-S. On the night of 3/4th February 1943 this aircraft took off from Newrnarket at 18.23 hrs. lts target was Hamburg. It was shot down bv a night fighter flown by Hptm. Wolfgang Thimmig of III/NJG1. It crashed at 20.13 hrs. at Enter (Overiijssel), Which is 9 Km. S.W. of Almelo, Holland. Those who were killed are buried in Wierden General Cernetery,
The crew were:
P/O J. McCullough, D.F.C.,     RNZAF killed, buried at Wierden
P/O R. W. Henderson,             RNZAF P.O.W. at Stalag Luft, Sagan & Bellaria. No.162
Sgt.F. F. Allen                         RNZAF killed, buried at Wierden
F/Sgt. V. E. Gibbes                 RNZAF P.O.W. at Stalag Luft, Sagan & Bellaria. No.27526
Sgt. T. A. Murrphy                   RNZAF killed, buried at Wierden
Sgt. K. J. S. Smith                 RAF P.O.W. at Stalag Luft, Sagan & Bellaria. No.27557
Sgt. K. E. Kimberley               RAF P.O.W. at Stalag Luft, Sagan & Bellaria. No.27453
Sgt. P. R. Trevayne                 RAF killed, buried at Wierden

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BK608
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-T
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delievered 21-10-42, coded T from RAF at Newmarket. (Note: AA_T from Bomber Command database, if BK609 below is definitely AA-T, then this is unlikely to be T also, as C Flight not established until early 1943.)
Engines cut on landing at Stradishall due to lack of fuel on return from Turin; u/c collapsed on heavy landing 28.11.42. To 3565M.

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BK609
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-R
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Code AA-R from Bomber Command database. Delivered 18-10-42 from RAF at Newmarket.
Overshot after aborting sortie to Turin; crash landed at Bradwell Bay 28.11.42

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BK614
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: JN-H
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 13-3-43 from RAF at Newmarket.
“H” from Combat Report 13/14.5.43 Thomas crew attacked by Fw.190 which was claimed as probably destroyed, R/Gnr wounded, target Bochum. Lost without trace while minelaying Gironde Estuary 6.8.43. From FYTomorrow.
“F/S J.R. Mayo
Sgt. R. Booth
Sgt. A.E Turner
F/S I.S. Rothstein
F/S T.H. Gittins
Sgt. S.T. Kitching
Sgt. R.H. Amstell”
t/o 2145 Mepal for mine laying duties over the Gironde estuary. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Code JN from Chorley.

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BK615
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 21-10-42, to Franborough 2-1-43 from RAF at Newmarket. To RAE, 1654CU, 12FU.

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BK617
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-D
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delievered 24-10-42, also coded D from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down mining-Frisian Islands 5.2.43; crew killed. From Chorley: Sgt. R.E. Redding
Sgt. R.C. Legge
Sgt. A.J.D. Barton
Sgt. H. Dennis
Sgt. C.G. Phillips
Sgt. W.W. Wilson
Sgt. P.P.D. Freeman
t/o 1943 Newmarket for mine laying duties off the Frisians. Outbound, caught fire in the air at 1,500 ft and dived into the sea some 2 miles off Cromer, Norfolk. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

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BK618
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-Q
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 24-10-42 from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Frankfurt 2.12.42; 2 crew killed, others POW.

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BK619
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: ??-O/X
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 3-11-42, coded X from RAF at Newmarket.
Flew 42 missions: 4th highest amongst Stirlings. To 1651CU.

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BK620
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-A
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
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Notes of interest
Delivered 31-10-42 from RAF at Newmarket. Code AA-A from Bomber Command database.
Shot down target Fallersleben 17.12.42; crew POW. Bomb Aimer E.E.Williams wrote ‘The Wooden Horse’.
From Jack Wall’s Memoirs: On the 17th December 1942 four out of five Stirling Bombers failed to return from a raid on the Opel works at Fallersleben — one of these being short Stirling BK620 and the Bomb Aimer was Eric Williams the author of ‘The Wooden Horse’ escape story. The plane had been damaged and after the other crew members had baled out the Pilot Sgt. Ken Durmall ditched the plane in Lake Westeinder, not far from Amsterdam. He was also taken prisoner so that all the crew escaped with their lives and ended up as P.O.W.s The Germans tried to get the aircraft to the shore but did not succeed and years later a Dutch Aircraft Recovery Group managed to get several parts ashore and these were placed in a museum.

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BK624
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-A
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“A” from Combat Report 17/18.1.43 Bennet crew attacked by Me.110 and 2 Ju.88s, target gardening Gironde Est.. “AA” since C Flight didn’t form until 1 April. Ex-1651CU to 75 and then to 1651, 1665CU.

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BK646
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-N
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 16-2-43, also coded N from RAF at Newmarket. “N” from Combat Report 26/27.2.43 Lowe crew attacked by 2 e/a, target Cologne. “N” from Combat Report 8/9.3.43 Lowe crew attacked by two Ju.88s, 2P wounded, target Nuremburg.
“N” from Combat Report 13/14.7.43 Rankin crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as destroyed, target Aachen.   Shot down mining Gironde Estuary 14.6.43; 1 killed, 4 POW and 2 evaded.
“F/O J.L. Edwards
Sgt. J.G.F. Sanscoucy
Sgt. E.G. Dunnett
P/O R.G. Kirby
Sgt. B.W. Rawlinson
Sgt. E.A.F. Jones
Sgt. T. Maxwell”
t/o 2253 Newmarket for mine laying duties over the Gironde estuary. Shot down by a combination of flak and night-fighters, crashing at Moulines (Calvados), 8km SSW of Bretteville-sur-Laize, France, where F/O Edwards lies in the Canadian War Cemetery.
Code AA from Chorley.

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BK647
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-M
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 10-2-43 from RAF at Newmarket.
Port inner lost power on take-off from Newmarket for Hamburg. Crash-landed 1 mile NW of Rowley Mile 3.3.43.
From Chorley:
P/O R.F. Bennett
Sgt. J.B. Harrison
Sgt. A.L. Davidson
Sgt. E.R. Belford
Sgt. R.V. Weavers
Sgt. J.A. Pirie
Sgt. C.P.F. Middleton
t/o 1920 Newmarket but lost power from the port inner and crash landed. No injuries reported.

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BK664
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-M
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 11-3-43, also coded M from RAF at Newmarket.
Crashed on landing from mining Gironde; crew safe but injured 16.4.43. From Chorley:
F/L D.C. Lowe
Sgt. C. Logan
Sgt. A.G. Warr
Sgt. F. Carswell
F/S F. Ellis
Sgt. A.J. Bodley
Sgt. K. Wilmer
Sgt. B. Welch
/o 2200 Newmarket. Hit by flak over the target and on return to base the pilot discovered he was unable to control his throttles. This resulted in the Stirling colliding with a partially built hangar and being damaged beyond repair. No one was seriously hurt in the incident.
From ‘The Stirling Story’: P/O R F Bennett, heading 75 Squadron’s nine participants, had an early engine seizure. Aboard was a 2,000lb bomb and 2x 1,000lb bombs, supplemented with a 1,740x4lb and 32x30lb incendiares, he and his crew being very lucky in safely landing, load aboard, at Newmarket.

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BK695
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-N/ AA-X
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Code X from RAF at Newmarket.
“N” from Combat Report 4/5.1.44 Burke crew attacked by Fw.190, claimed as damaged, target Special Target (V1 site). “N” from Combat Report 25/26.2.44 Rowberry crew attacked by unid e/a, target mining Baltic. Ex-15 Sqn to 75 and then to 199 Sqn, 1653CU. Gordon Galloway – “I can confirm however, that Stirling BK695 was coded “N” Nuts, but am unsure as to the other aircraft that Dad flew in on 75Sqn.” SW Galloway was in B Flt. during this period, hence ‘AA’.

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BK721
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-Z
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 2nd of May 1943
Lost on take-off for the 15th of March Op to Duisburg. Stirling Mk.III BK721 AA-Z crashed after take-off from Newmarket airfield at 00:37hrs following a failure of the starboard inner engine and collision with Devils Dyke. All but the Captain and W/Op were killed in the crash and are buried in the Newmarket cemetery.

Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 1 (crashed on take-off for 2nd Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 4 hours and 54 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 2-5-43, also coded Z from RAF at Newmarket.
Crashed on take-off target Duisberg 13.5.43; some crew (2) injured others killed. From Chorley: AA

t/o 0037 Newmarket but crashed after the starboard inner engine failed, causing the Stiring to clip Devil’s Dyke before coming down NW of the airfield. F/L Appleton recovered from his injuries, only to lose his life on 31 August 1943 while flying in an American B17 Fortress. The three RNZAF airmen ae buried in Newmarket Cemetery.

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BK768
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-L
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 22nd of May 1943
Lost on the 25th of June 1943 on Op to Gelsenkirchen. Stirling Mk.III BK768 AA-L fell victim to the fearsome German night-fighter defensive system, operating as a radar-controlled ‘box’ along the Netherlands/ Belgium coast. Following a night-fighter attack, the Stirling crashed into the Ijsselmeer. The bodies of both Air Gunners and the Captain were recovered and buried in Amsterdam. The Navigator’s body was washed ashore on the 4th of  July near Harderwijk, where he was buried.

The Flight Engineer, Air Bomber and Wireless-operator are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 6 (lost on 7th Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 29 hours and 52 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 22-5-43, also coded L from RAF at Newmarket.
“L” from Combat Report 11/12.6.43 Perrott crew attacked by unid t/e e/a, claimed as damaged, target Dusseldorf. Shot down target Gelsenkirchen 25.6.43; crew killed.

t/o 2335 Newmarket. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed into the Ijsselmeer. Three rest in Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery; F/S Thomson RNZAF lies in Harderwijk General Cemetery, his body having been recovered on 4th July, while the others are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Code AA from Chorley.

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BK770
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-L
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 2nd of April 1943
Lost on the 8th of April Op to Duisburg. Stirling Mk.III BK770 AA-L was returning to base when at 01:10hrs, a brief W/T distress signal was received from the aircraft but nothing more. A ground report was later received advising an aircraft had crashed at Valley Farm, Bressingham, Norfolk. Soon after impact an explosion was observed and the aircraft burst into flames. None of the crew survived. The three Commonwealth airmen, along with Sgt’s Reddicliffe and Curtis, are buried in the Newmarket cemetery.

This was the first Mk III Stirling written off in 75(NZ) Squadron.

Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 0 (lost on 1st Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – none recorded

Notes of interest
Delivered 2-4-43, also coded L from RAF at Newmarket.
Crashed on return at Bressingham, Norfolk; crew killed, target was Duisberg 8.4.43.
From Chorley:

t/o 2130 Newmarket. Homebound, crashed at Valley Farm, Bressingham, 3 miles West North West of Diss, Norfolk. The three Comonwealth airmen , along with Sgt. Reddicliffe and Sgt. Curtis, rest in Newmarket Cemetery.

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BK776
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-R
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 8th of April 1943
Lost on the 29th of May 1943 on Op to Wuppertal. Stirling Mk.III BK776 AA-R was brought down at Odenspiel, 12 miles West North West of Siegen (about 35 miles South East of the target). Only the Flight Engineer, Navigator and Rear Gunner survived but were taken as P.o.W’s. The Captain, P/O Bennett, is now at rest in Rheinberg War Cemetery while the four other deceased were reinterred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 11 (lost on 12th Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 59 hours and 6 minutes

Notes of interest
Coded AA-B from Bomber Command database, but code JN from Chorley. Delivered 8-4-43, code R from RAF at Newmarket. (Note: B and R look similar so possible typo somewhere?)
“B” from Combat Report 4/5.5.43 Sedunary crew attacked by Ju.88 which was claimed as probably destroyed, target Dortmund. Shot down target Wuppertal 29.5.43; 5 killed and 3 POW (a second pilot was on-board).

t/o 2309 Newmarket. Crashed at Odenspiel, 22km WNW od Siegen. Four were buried at Odenspiel om 31 May, but P/O Bennett RNZAF was laid to rest three days later at Koln-Sud. His grave is now in Rheinberg War Cemetery, while the others have been taken to the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

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BK777
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-F/ AA-U
Name/ nose art: “Alexander’s Ragtime Crew’ – Banner with same inscribed. Three flags, the New Zealand with Union Jack and Stars and Stripes behind it, with 2 dancing stick figures with halos at each end of the banner. Mickey Mouse above Ops tally
Arrived on the 8th of April 1943
Transferred not known
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 48
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 248 hours and 8 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 8-4-43, coded F from RAF at Newmarket.
“U” from Combat Report 13/14.7.43 A. Alexander crew attacked by Me.210, claimed as probably destroyed, target Aachen. Probable ME210 target Aachen 14.7.43. Same crew claimed probable ME110 target Berlin 24.8.43. “U” from Combat Report 5/6.9.43 Menzies crew attacked by unid e/a, target Mannheim. Flown by Allan Alexander from 1943 on. Flown by Dick Broadbent, C-Flight commander April-October 1943, lost November 43 over Denmark. ‘Night After Night, p. 183. ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Crew’ nose-art – the flags behind the NZ flag are (obviously) a Union Jack, but the other one is the American flag – Allan’s Rear Gunner, Armstrong ‘Doc’ Lyon was originally from Pennsylvania, but enlisted in Montreal in 1941. He completed a second tour with 214 Squadron, being awarded the DFC in Feb 45 and being credited with the destruction/ damage of 4 enemy aircraft. Mickey Mouse above bomb talley, plus two dancing stick-figures with either halos or boater hats, either side of the banner? With AA U , its Alexanders Rag Time Crew not Boys , sorry my mistake. I will organize a better photo.
Allans Chiefy was a sign writer and did the painting in correct colours , a Stars n stripes, union Jack and NZ flag. The letters on the scroll were all different fonts and colours. A pair of Saints hold the banner
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Allen told me he took over Dick Frenchs near new Mk111 when his tour expired and painted it up then.His crew included five Kiwis , Allan as pilot,Des Andersen Nav, Phil Pullyn BA, Tom Mayhew W/op, and Bill McDonald RG ( KAO France 1944).F/E was Frank Howard UK and M/U gunner American Doc Lyon who had enlisted through the RCAF : source Peter ?

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BK778
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-U
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 4th of April 1943
Lost on the 4th of November Gardening Op to the Baltic Sea. Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U was shot down by a night-fighter, crashing at Berstedgaard, near Thisted, Denmark. There were no survivors. All but the flight engineer were buried at Frederickshaven Cemetery. Sgt Copeland is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 30 (lost on 31st Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 172 hours and 37 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 4-4-43, also coded U from RAF at Newmarket.
“U” from Combat Report 25/26.6.43 S/L Broadbent crew attacked by unid s/e e/a, claimed as destroyed, target Gelsenkirchen.   “U” from Combat Report 23/24.8.43 Logan crew attacked by Me.110, claimed as destroyed, target Berlin. “U” from Combat Report 16/17.9.43 S/L Broadbent crew attacked by another Stirling, target Modane. Shot down mining Baltic Sea 4.11.43; crew killed.

t/o 1600 Mepal to lay mines in Kattegat. Shot down by a night-fight and crashed at Berstedgaard near Thisted, Denmark. Six are buried in Frederikshavn Cemetery, while Sgt. Copeland is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Code Forever Strong pg98, confirmed Code from Simon Sommerville site. (So are all his Stirlings C Flight JN?)

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BK783
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-Q
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 2nd of May 1943
Lost on the 23rd of May 1943 Op to Dortmund.  Stirling Mk.III BK783 AA-Q was shot down by an enemy night-fighter over the Netherlands on the return flight home. The aircraft came down in a ditch at Beesd, (Gelderland), 5 miles South South West of Culemborg, All but the Rear Gunner, Sgt L R Vale, died in the crash. They were buried in a collective grave at Beesd General Cemetery. Vale miraculously survived the major crash with an injured leg and temporary memory loss. He was later taken prisoner by German soldiers.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 1 (lost on 2nd Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 4 hours and 15 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 2-5-43 from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Dortmund 23.5.43; crew killed except one POW.

t/o 2315 Newmarket. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Beesd (Gelderland), 8km South South West of Culemborg, Holland. Those who died are buried in Beesd General Cemetery.
Code AA from Chorley.

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BK807
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-M
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Shot down mining Kiel Bay 28.4.43; crew killed. From Chorley: AA
P/O D.V. Hamer
Sgt. G.L. Lennox
Sgt. D.R. Ross
F/S R.C. Buckley
F/S W.L.F. Brian
Sgt. H.P. Holme
Sgt. M.E.J. Shogren
t/o 2030 Newmarket, on mine laying duties in the Radish area (Kiel) of the Fehmarn-Belt. Hit by Kreigsmarine flak battery MAA508, and crashed 0023 in the Baltic, close to where the Hamer (BF467 AA-W) crew came down. Five are commemorated on the Runnynede Memorial, while both air gunners lie in Svino Churchyard.

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No apparent record in Operational database – check this!


BK809
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-T
Name/ nose art:
Arrived on the 2nd of May 1943
Lost during takeoff on the the 8th of September 1943  Op to Boulogne.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 28 (crashed during take-off for 29th Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 142 hours and 41 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 2-5-43, code AA-T from Bomber Command database, also coded T from RAF at Newmarket.
Crashed into house on take off 8.9.43 target Boulogne. Confirmed FYTomorrow.

The aircraft that crashed during take-off was captained by F/O. I.R.MENZIES. Whilst taking off it swung off the runway and crashed into two houses on the far side adjoining the perimeter track. It caught fire almost simultaneously, and in the fire, various bombs exploded, causing the aircraft to be a total wreck. Three members of the crew, a W.A.A.F. Officer of R.A.F. Station MEPAL and an aircrew Sergeant, and 2 civilians were killed and other civilians were injured. The W.A.A.F. Officer and the aircrew sergeant lost their lives whilst trying to render assistance.
Page 587, 1943. Form 540/ 541 AIR27/ 646 75(NZ) Squadron RAF, Mepal. National Archives.

 

The exact circumstances of that night will probably never be known – ironically, as I mention in a reply to Dave, based on the crew order that night my Father might have taken off just before the crash occurred.

I have read of the rear double tail wheel having a habit of running out of line on takeoff – even to the point that anecdotal evidence suggests the Rear Gunner would sometimes rotate his turret to the side and hang out to check it was running straight – sometimes hanging out to give it a kick if it wasn’t!

Perhaps another question mark hangs over the undercarriage – absurdly tall and only modified to the final 2 story height to meet the Air Ministry performance specifications, the original design failed to meet regarding maximum take-off distance – the addition of the taller undercarriage was essentially used to increase the angle of attack of the aircraft’s wings, thus increasing lift and thus shortening it’s take off distance. A Stirling at almost takeoff speed, suffering a collapse, or partial collapse to its starboard undercarriage would probably have been impossible to control – its forward momentum taking it where ever it planned to go, irrespective of any attempts by the Pilot or Flight Engineer to rest control.

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BK810
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-G
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 2nd of May 1943
Lost on the 22nd of June 1943 Op to Mulheim. Pilot McKenzie and
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 10 (lost on 11th Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 35 hours and 40 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 2-5-43, also coded G from RAF at Newmarket.
JN according to ‘Kiwis Do Fly – photo. Shot down target Mulheim 22.6.43; 5 POW and 2 killed.

t/o 2347 Newmarket. Shot down by a combination of flak and night-fighter, the latter believed to have been flown by Hptm Wilhelm Herget of I.NJG1, crashing at 0210 at Oostrum (Limburg) 3kn E of Venray, Holland. P/O McKenzie RNZAF is buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, but the grave for F/S Blank RNZAF is located in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, thus suggesting he may have left the aircraft prior to the night-fighter making its attack. Source – Chorley.
Crashed in/near:Oostrum and Geijsteren in the wood “De Hoogerheide” alongside the road. Crash due to: Night-fighter Hptm. Wilhem Herget 1./III/NJG1. (Shot down by flak 22.6.43. Details ‘For Your Tomorrow’.) From Extracts of original WW2 letters regarding the crash of Max McKenzie and his crew over Holland.:

There is an erroneous record for BK810 after the Mulheim Op, on the 13th of July 1943 to Aachen with the Mee crew – this needs to be reconciled.

 

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BK817
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-B
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 2nd of May 1943
Lost on the 11th of June 1943 Dusseldorf Op. All of the Laud crew were killed apart from the Rear Gunner (P.o.W.)
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 5 (lost on 6th Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 24 hours and 55 minutes (this total is based on a double entry for the Dortmund Op of the 23rd of May 1943. The lower of the 2 flight times has been used for this total)

Notes of interest
Delivered 2-5-43 from RAF at Newmarket.
Flown at one point by A Flight Commander so ‘AA’? Shot down target Dusseldorf 11.6.43; crew killed, except 1 POW.

t/o 2348 Newmarket. Shot down by a night-fighter (Oblt Wilhelm Telge, Stab,II/NJG1) and crashed 0135 at Frodtheir (Liege), 10km N of Verviers, Belgium. Those who died are buried in Heverlee War Cemetery. S/L Laud hailed from Campbells’s Bay in New Zealand and had joined the Royal Air Force just prior to the outbreak of war.
From Chorley

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EE473
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 1
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 4 hours

Notes of interest
Only 1 Op recorded on this aircraft – 25th of January 1943 Op against a Special Target with the Dawe crew.

Possibly a typo?


EE878
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-P
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Lost on 31st of August 1943 on Berlin Op.Stirling Mk.III EE878 AA-P was badly damaged by flak and by night-fighter action near the target area. With the port inner engine out of action, and the port elevator only partially effective, considerable height was lost evading the fighter before control was regained. They were now almost out of fuel and at low level when the Pilot, Doug Henley, ordered the crew to bale out. Some of the crew succeeded in clearing the plane before it crash-landed at Ahrbruck, 7 miles South West of Ahrweiler. The Navigator and Air Bomber were killed when their parachutes failed to deploy in time. The Pilot died at the controls. Those who died were buried at municipal cemetery at Mayschoss, but later re-interred in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wesel. The other four crew all survived but were captured as POW’s.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 16 (lost on 17th Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 87 hours and 57 minutes

Notes of interest
Also coded P from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Berlin 31.8.43; crew killed except 4 POW. Codes from Simon Sommerville site.

t/o 2031 Mepal. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Ahrbruck, 12 km South West of Ahrweiler. Those who died were buried on 4th September at Mayschoss, since their remains were taken to Rheinberg War Cemetery.
From Chorley.

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EE881
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-G
Name/ nose art:
Arrived on the 16th of June 1943
Transferred to 1657 Conversion Unit
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 10
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 63 hours and 27 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 16-6-43 from RAF at Newmarket. “G” from Combat Report 31.8/1.9.43 Logan crew attacked by Me.109, claimed as damaged, target Berlin. Codes from ‘The Stirling Story’ – MJF Bowyer. To 1657CU.

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EE886
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-L
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Lost on return from Aachen Op on the 13th of July 1943. Stirling Mk.III EE886 captained by F/O. C. EDDY on return, crash landed at OAKINGTON, the under carriage collapsed and the aircraft turned over and caught fire. The mid-upper gunner E.C. VICCARS was killed on impact and the remainder of the crew escaped although not without injuries. The captain, navigator, wireless operator and flight engineer were seriously injured, the remainder being slightly injured.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 2
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 12 hours

Notes of interest
Landed with flat tyre at Oakington on return from target Aachen 13.7.43; u/c collapsed and acft overturned, crew all injured, except MU killed and RG safe.

t/o 0110 Mepal. On return the crew landed 0435 at Oakington, but a flat tyre caused the undercarriage to collapse and before coming to a halt the Stirling over turned. Sgt. Viccars is buried in Southend-on-Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery.
Codes AA-L from Chorley.

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EE890
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-L
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 24th of June 1943
Lost on the 24th of July 1943 on Op to Hamburg. 4 of the Nichol crew were killed, the remaining 3 were P.o.W.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – lost on 1st Op
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – none logged

Notes of interest
Delivered 24-6-43, also coded L from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Hamburg 24.7.43; 3 POW and 4 killed.

t/o 2204 Mepal. Shot down by night-fighter (Fw Meissner, II./NJG3) crashed at Neumunster. Sgt. Norrington is buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ohlsdorf; the others who died have no known graves.
Code AA from Chorley.

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EE891
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-Q
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 14th of June 1943
Lost on the 15th of August 1943 on Gardening to Gironde Estuary. All of the Whitta crew were killed.
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 8 (lost on 9th Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 44 hours and  47 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 14-6-43, also coded Q from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down mining Gironde Estuary 15.8.43; crew killed. AA as flown by A.Alexander.

t/o 2409 Mepal to plant mines in the Gironde estuary. Presumed lost over the sea. Three rest in Olonne-sur-Mer Communal Cemetery. F/S Costello RCAF is buried in la sables-d’Olonne (la Chaume) New Communal Cemetery, while F/O Turnbull RNZAF and Sgt. Lovewell are perpetuated by the Runnymede Memorial.
From Chorley.

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EE892
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-F
Name/ nose art:
Arrived 6th of June 1943
Lost on the 25th of July 1943 on Op to Essen. All crew were killed
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 4 (lost on 5th Op)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 19 hours and 34 minutes

Notes of interest
Delivered 6-6-43, also coded F from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Essen 25.7.43; crew killed.
t/o 2239 Mepal. Came down in the sea off Southwold, Suffolk, while returning to base. Eye witnesses report the Stirling as being on fire before it struck the water. Four bodies were picked up by the Aldeburgh lifeboat; Sgt. Dawson RCAF is buried in Scottow Cemetery; the others were taken back to their home towns. Three, Sgt. Harrold, Sgt. Threadgold and Sgt. Cleveland RCAF, are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Code AA from Chorley.

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EE893
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-N
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 14-6-43,also coded N from RAF at Newmarket.
N from https://75nzsquadron.wordpress.com/2843-attack-against-targets-at-hamburg/. “N” from Combat Report 31.8/1.9.43 (recorded as EE898 in the Form 540) Wilkinson crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as damaged, target Berlin. Same crew shot down target Mannheim 5.9.43; crew killed except 3 POW. Airborne from Mepal 1959 5Sep43. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Schwanheim. Those killed were buried at Schwanheim. They are now interred in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.
P/O E.S.Wilkinson RNZAF KIA
Sgt T.Whatley KIA
F/S G.N.Simes RNZAF PoW
F/S N.G.R.Treacher RNZAF PoW
Sgt J.J.Waterman KIA
Sgt E.S.Robson PoW
F/S G.S.Wilkinson KIA
Sgt E.S.Robson was interned in Camp 4B, PoW No.222770 with F/S N.G.R.Teacher, PoW No.222848. F/S G.N.Simes in Camp 357, PoW No.43282.
Code JN from Chorley.

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EE897
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-G
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 24-6-43, also coded G from RAF at Newmarket.
“AA-G” from Combat Report 27/28.7.43 Roberts crew attacked by JU.88, claimed as damaged, target Hamburg. 20 ops completed before lost w/o trace mining Baltic Sea, Kattegut area 3/4.11.43. According to Jack Richardson, that night, prior to take-off, Alf Dance wrote ‘Dance man Dance’ on the tail plane. Norman Wilson being a disciplinarian insisted it was cleaned off with a rag given by ground crew – the crew then boarded in less than cheerfull mood. They never returned…. apparently Ray Stratton’s mother never accepted his loss and every time she went out she left the key in the back door so he could get in.

F/O Norman Clarence Bruce Wilson RNZAF NZ417139. Pilot. (Commemorated on Panel 198 Runnymede Memorial.)
F/O Thomas Lodge RNZAF NZ417284. Navigator. (Commemorated on Panel 197 Runnymede Memorial.)
P/O Alfred Thomas Dance RNZAF NZ42495. Air Bomber. (Commemorated on Panel 197 Runnymede Memorial.)
F/S Ronald Carlton RAFVR 644136.Wireless Operator. (Commemorated on Panel 135 Runnymede Memorial.)
Sgt. Raymond Walter John Stratton RAFVR 1166593. Flight Engineer. (Commemorated on Panel 166. Runnymede Memorial.)
Sgt. Leonard Charles Gaskins RAFVR 1392668. Mid Upper Gunner. (Commemorated on Panel 150 Runnymede Memorial.)
Sgt. Arnold Goodrick Fawcett RNZAF NZ422698. Rear Gunner. (Commemorated on Panel 198 Runnymede Memorial.)

Code ‘G’ in FYTomorrow and Simon Sommerville site. Data and ‘C’ from Chorley- meant to be ‘G’?

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EE898
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-D
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 13-6-43, also coded D from RAF at Newmarket.
“AA-D” from Combat Report 29/30.7.43 (Form 541 says EE893) Duncan crew attacked by JU.88, claimed as damaged, target Hamburg. Destroyed and also damaged 2 acft target Hamburg 31.7.43. To 1651CU. From ‘The Stirling Story’ – MJF Bowyer – ‘D’. AA from ORBs.

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EE915
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-X
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Coded AA-X from Bomber Command database. “X?” from Combat Report 24/25.7.43 Fear crew attacked by Ju.88, target Hamburg. “X” from Combat Report 29/30.7.43 Darney crew attacked by unid e/a, target Hamburg. Shot down target Remscheid 30/31.7.43; crew killed.

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EE918
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-D
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Shot down target Berlin 31.8.43; crew killed except 1 POW. Codes from Simon Sommerville site.
“F/S E.J. Roberts
Sgt. E. Saunders
F/O R.G. Rainford
P/O J.C. Giles
F/S K.C. Jackson
P/O J.H. Haydon
F/S D.L.C. Haub”
“t/o 2019 Mepal. Crashed at Derental, 10km SSE of Hoxter, where those who died were first laid to rest. Their graves are now in Hannover War Cemetery.

Dianne (Daughter of Jack Haydon, the sole survivor of the crew) supplied the following regards the events of that tragic night;

On the night of 31 August, 1943 he was mid-upper gunner in Stirling Mk.111 EE918 AA-D and was returning home, having dropped bombs on Berlin, when the aircraft was hit by enemy fire. The aircraft sustained damage but continued to fly for possibly 10 – 15 minutes. Eric, the pilot radioed Jack (as mid upper gunner he was the closest to the rear gun turret) and requested that he go back and check on Darcy (rear gunner) because he had heard nothing from him since the attack. Jack discovered that he was dead and was returning to his position when there was an explosion which broke the plane into two pieces.

Jack, the only member of the crew not in his position, was not in his harness and therefore fell out of the plane which went down with the rest of the crew all still harnessed in. Upon landing, Jack only suffered a badly injured foot, which caused him trouble for the rest of his life. He began walking to habitation, where he was captured.”
Also: Incredibly, on returning home I received an email from Dianne about her father, Jack Haydon – who had been involved in the escape from Stalag Luft III. My initial excitement about the contact was increased when it dawned on me later that Jack was the sole survivor of the Roberts crew, who were lost on the night of the 31st August on the Berlin Raid. My interest in this crew has existed since the early days of my research when I discovered through the Squadron ORB’s that the crew had arrived at Mepal with my father and his crew from 1651 Conversion Unit. My initial investigations had led me to pictures of some of the Roberts crew, but at the time I had not been able to find anything about Jack – including his Christian name. It shames me to admit that with the time involved processing information on the other aircrews that was being sent to me that even when I received the Squadron Nominal Roll from Stewart, I didn’t think to look for Jack in the Roll.

In a return mail to Dianne, I included a group picture including dad from 1651 – I had already identified Eric Roberts, the Wireless Operator Kensington Jackson and Darcy Haub, the Rear Gunner. Dianne was unable to identify Jack in the image – but I am confident we will find him.

The Roberts Crew were;
F/Sgt Eric John Roberts RNZAF NZ417107. Pilot .
Died Tuesday 31st August 1943, age 25, during a raid on Berlin. Buried Hanover War Cemetery Germany.
24.7.43 first 2nd Dickie flight with the Whitehead crew – Hamburg.
25.7.43 second 2nd Dickie flight with the Baile crew – Essen.

F/O. Robert Gorman Rainford RAFVR 134553. Navigator.
Died Tuesday 31st August 1943, age 28, during a raid on Berlin. Buried Hanover War Cemetery Germany.

Plt Off John Cecil Giles RAFVR 138329. Air Bomber.
Died Tuesday 31st August 1943, age 19, during a raid on Berlin. Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.

F/Sgt Kensington Campbell Jackson RNZAF NZ 42330. Wireless Operator.
Died Tuesday 31st August 1943, age 23, during a raid on Berlin. Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.

Sgt Eric Saunders RAFVR 1605321. Flight Engineer.
Died Tuesday 31st August 1943 , age 20, during a raid on Berlin. Buried Hanover War Cemetery Germany.

F/O Jack Henry Haydon RAAF AUS.408400. Mid Upper Gunner.
Shot down night of 31st Aug 1943 during a raid on Berlin, the sole survivor of a crew of seven. PoW # 2366. PoW camps – Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft III. Safe UK NK.

F/Sgt Darcy Leslie Conrad Haub RNZAF NZ42326. Rear Gunner.
Died Wednesday 31st September 1943, age 23, during a raid on Berlin. Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.

Roberts crew Operational History;
27.7.43 Hamburg EE897 AA-G
29.7.43 Hamburg EH880 AA-J
2.8.43 Hamburg BF518 AA-E
6.8.43 Mining in the Gironde Estuary EF461
16.8.43 Turin EF518
23.8.43 Berlin EE918 AA-D
27.8.43 Nuremburg EE918 AA-D
30.8.43 Munchen-Gladbach EE918 AA-D
31.8.43 Berlin Failed to Return. EE918 AA-D

Dianne sent the following regards the event of that tragic night;
On the night of 31 August, 1943 he was mid-upper gunner in Stirling Mk.111 EE918 AA-D and was returning home, having dropped bombs on Berlin, when the aircraft was hit by enemy fire. The aircraft sustained damage but continued to fly for possibly 10 – 15 minutes. Eric, the pilot radioed Jack (as mid upper gunner he was the closest to the rear gun turret) and requested that he go back and check on Darcy (rear gunner) because he had heard nothing from him since the attack. Jack discovered that he was dead and was returning to his position when there was an explosion which broke the plane into two pieces.

Jack, the only member of the crew not in his position, was not in his harness and therefore fell out of the plane which went down with the rest of the crew all still harnessed in. Upon landing, Jack only suffered a badly injured foot, which caused him trouble for the rest of his life. He began walking to habitation, where he was captured.

After being given medical treatment for his , Jack was now a Prisoner of War and was first moved to Dulag Luft.

Dulag Luft was the abbreviated name given to Prisoner of War (POW) transit camps for Air Force prisoners captured by Germany during the Second World War. Their main purpose was to act as collection and interrogation centres for newly captured aircrew, before being transferred in batches to the permanent camps. Dulag Luft derives from the German Durchgangslager der Luftwaffe (Transit Camp – Air Force). Several camps where set up throughout Germany and the occupied countries, however the main centre used throughout the war was at Oberursel near Frankfurt. A satellite camp at Wetzlar was set up later in the war to help cope with the large numbers of aircrew captured as the bombing campaign intensified against Germany. Allegations of interrogation under torture have been made by numerous POWs who passed through the camps.

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EE938
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-X
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Shot down target Berlin 23.8.43; crew killed.
“W/O T. Fear
Sgt. C. Munro
Sgt. B.H. Ruddy
Sgt. A. Bain
Sgt. D.G. Woolcott
Sgt. J.A.C. Holmes
Sgt. A Davidson”
t/o 2037 Mepal. Crashed at Mahlsdorf, 12km ESE of Berlin, where six lie in the city’s 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Sgt. Munro has no known grave.
Data and code AA from Chorley.

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EE955
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-D
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Shot down target Nuremberg 27.8.43; crew killed. Code from FYTomorrow.
“F/S F.D. Higham
Sgt. R. Renfrew
Sgt. J.R. Culshaw
F/S M. Bailey
F/S C.J. Bridger
Sgt. H. Jennings
Sgt. A. Clarke”
t/o 2130 Mepal. Crashed at Schwarzenau, 21km ENE of Wurzburg. All are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery. Their average age was 23.
Code AA from Chorley.

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EE958
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-V > A
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“V” from Combat Report 31.8/1.9.43 Moseley crew attacked by unid t/e e/a, claimed as damaged, target Berlin. “V” from Combat Report 23/24.9.43 Moseley crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as damaged, Captain and M/U/Gnr wounded, target Mannheim. “A” from Combat Report 10/11.2.44 Herron crew attacked by JU.88, target La Rochelle. To 513, back to 75, then to 1653CU.

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EF117
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Not 75 sqn according to Stirling File; 620 Sqn. Not sure where this code has come from. However, also in RAF at Newmarket, serial only.

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EF126
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-J
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Codes/serial from RAF at Newmarket

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EF130
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-M
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“M” from Combat Report 2/3.9.43 Grubb crew attacked by two unid e/a, target mining Friesian Is.. Shot down target Frankfurt 4.10.43; crew killed.
“Sgt. H.J. Middleton
Sgt. E.F. Hudson
Sgt. C.J. Massie
Sgt. C. Pennycook
Sgt. L. Pow
Sgt. E. Thorpe
Sgt. T. Lackenby”
t/o 1850 Mepal. Crashed at Russelsheim. All are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery.
Data and code JN-M from Chorley.

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EF135
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-W/T
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Code JN-W from Bomber Command database. “T” from Combat Report 16/17.9.43 Mitchell crew attacked by another Stirling, target Modane. Made fast landing at Mepal on return from Hanover 28.9.43; flew along gaining height to 25′ in bad vis; cut throttles and stalled, u/c collapsed. To 4202M 10.43 (8 RS).
“P/O H.C. Williams
Sgt. C. Dickenson
F/S D. Dill
F/S A. Carson
Sgt. M. Williams
Sgt. W. Hemsley
F/S I. Kaye”
t/o 2005 Mepal. Returned to base in very poor visibility, landed at high speed and bounced back into the air. The Stirling commenced to float and the Pilot immediately closed the throttles. This action led to the bomber stalling 0135 into the ground., whereupon it was damaged beyond repair. No injuries reported. The airframe was later taken to No.8 Radio School as a ground instruction trainer, serial number 4202M. from information published in the Stirling File, it’s operational record stood at three sorties.
From Chorley.

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EF137
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-E
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“Y” from Combat Report 23/24.9.43 (recorded in the Form 541 as EF462) S/L Burley crew attacked by one unid s/e e/a, claimed as destroyed, and two unid t/e e/a, both claimed as damaged, target Mannheim. Different crew shot down mining Kiel Bay 23.4.44; crew killed.

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EF142
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-C
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Crashed 1 1/2 miles SW of Mepalwhilst going round at 300’on return to base from mining operation 24.10.43. Details from FYTomorrow.
“F/S J.R. Randle
Sgt. I.E. James
F/S P.M. East
Sgt. J.J. Purves
Sgt. W.R. Myhill
Sgt. W. Ramsay
Sgt. E.H. Blissett”
t/o 1744 Mepal. Overshot on return to base and while trying to go around again at 300 feet crashed SW of the airfield. The three RNZAF aiman are buried in cambridge City Cemetery while Sgt. Myhill lies in Acle (St. Edmund) Churchyard, Norfolk.
Data and code AA from Chorley.

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EF148
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-R
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“R” from Combat Report 27/28.9.43 Horgan crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as destroyed, target Hannover.   Different crew shot down target Berlin 22.11.43; crew killed.
“F/S J.C. Turner
Sgt. G.J. Blackman
F/O S.H. McKenzie
F/O W.G.S. Pagett
F/S J.L. Cowie
Sgt. R. McL More
Sgt. McGloin”
t/o 1713 Mepal. Crashed at Rulle, 7km NNE of Osnabruck. All rest in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery.
Data and code AA from Chorley.

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EF152
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-T
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 23
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 119 hours and 19 minutes

Notes of interest
“T” from Combat Report 23/24.9.43 S/L Mitchell crew attacked by one unid e/a and one Fw.190, claimed as damaged, target Mannheim.   To 1653CU.

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EF163
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-L
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Crashed in bad vis upon return Bedingham’s (Biddington?) Farm, Sutton, Cambridgeshire. Crew killed except MU injured. One mine hung up which may have affected the CoG. Target was mining Frisians 16.12.43. Code from FYTomorrow.
“P/O C.J. Kinross
Sgt. R. Askew
F/O R.F. Jenkin
Sgt. R.H. Emmerson
Sgt. W. Savage
Sgt. S. Newman
Sgt. J. Warner”
t/o 1700 Mepal for mine laying operations off the Frisians. Crashed in bad visibility at Biddington Farm, Sutton Cambridgeshire. The three Commonwealth airmen rest in Cambridge city Cemetery. The cause of the crash may have been due to the aircraft’s centre of gravity being effected by a mine that had failed to release.
Data and code JN from Chorley.

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EF181
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 218 Sqn. Looks like an ‘N’ in photo.

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EF200
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 513 sqn, 1660CU.

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EF201
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 513 sqn, 1660CU.

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EF205
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 513 sqn, 1660CU.

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EF206
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 513 sqn, 1660CU.

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EF207
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 218, 149 sqns, 1653CU.

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EF211
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 513 sqn, 1660CU.

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EF215
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-M
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Shot down Special Operation Trainer 124 4.3.44; crew killed except 1 POW. Code from FYTomorrow, code AA from Bomber Command database.

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EF217
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
From 622 sqn to 75 and then to 1653CU.

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EF233
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
From 214 sqn to 75, the to 218, 149 sqns, 1657CU.

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EF236
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-J
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Code AA-J from Bomber Command database. Aileron control broke on way to Brest; overshot landing on short runway at Castle Combe, Wiltshire 14.3.44.

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EF251
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 90 sqn, 1653CU.

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EF254
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 90 sqn.

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EF327
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 28-1-43, to 149 Sqn 11-2-43 from RAF at Newmarket.

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EF332
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
From 214, 149 sqn to 75 24-3-43, then to 1657CU 9-5-43 from RAF at Newmarket.

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EF337
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 1-2-43 from RAF at Newmarket. To 149 Sqn 25-2-43, 1657, 1655CU.

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EF340
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: ??-Q
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 24-3-43 from RAF at Newmarket. From 218, 149 Sqns.
Shot down mining Frisian Islands 5.5.43; crew killed.

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EF398
Stirling Mk.I
Squadron Designator: AA-A
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 2-5-43 from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Wuppertal 29.5.43; crew killed.
“F/O R.B. Vernazoni
Sgt. W. Bramwell
Sgt. O.A. Innes
F/O H. Tong
F/O C.H. Riddle
Sgt. A.R. Cardoo
Sgt. J.J. Chandler”
t/o 2332 Newmarket. Shot down by a night-fighter (Obit Manfred Meurer, I./NJG1) and crashed between vlodrop and Roermond (Limburg), Holland. Five have no known graves; Sgt. Cardoo and Sgt. Chandler lie in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, having been found in the temporary military cemetery at Venlo.
Code AA from Chorley.

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EF399
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-O
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
From 15 Sqn. Shot down target Mulheim 22.6.43; crew killed.
“F/S K.A. Burbidge
Sgt. G. Lockey
F/S W.F. Wilcockson
F/S A.J. McEwin
F/S D.E. Martin
Sgt. G. Cameron
Sgt. K.F. Shaw”
t/o 2337 Newmarket. Last heard on W/T at 0225 indicating the Stirling had been badly damaged by flak. Soon after making this call, the bomber was intercepted by a noght-fighter (Hptm Egmont Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld, III./NJG1) and shot down at0247 near Markelo (Overijssel) 23km SW of Hengelo, Holland. All are buriedin Markelo General Cemetery.
Data and code AA from Chorley.

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EF400
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 23-5-43, to 149 Sqn 6-6-43 from RAF at Newmarket.

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EF408
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-P
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 21-5-43, also AA-P from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Mulheim 22.6.43; crew killed.
“F/S B.B. Wood
Sgt. S.L. Webb
F/S G.K. Samson
F/S S.R. Bisset
Sgt. E.H. Reader
Sgt. F. J. Hobbs
Sgt. C.B. Hemmings”
t/o 2340 Newmarket. Hit by flak and crashed near Gelsenkirchen, where all are buried in the Bismark Friedhof. Their graves are now in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
Data and code AA from Chorley.

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EF426
? Mk.?
Squadron Designator: ??-W
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Serial and ‘W’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.

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EF435
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-J > Y?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 12-6-43, also coded J from RAF at Newmarket. “JN-J” from Combat Report 27/28.7.43 White crew attacked by JU.88, target Hamburg. “J” from Combat Report 30/31.7.43 White crew attacked by unid t/e e/a, claimed as damaged, target Remscheid.
“Y” from Combat Report 5/6.9.43 (recorded as EF434 in the Form 541) Batger crew attacked by three Me.109s, one claimed as probably destroyed, target Mannheim. Destroyed ME109 target Mannheim 6.9.43? Hit by flak and fighter target Berlin 23.8.43; some crew baled out, RG killed, aircraft crash landed at base. “I am researching the Berlin Raid of 23/24 August 1943 and am trying to trace two UK airmen, F/S Cyril Allan Worledge [573978], the Flight Engineer, and F/O Timothy James Collins [199742], Mid-upper Gunner, who returned, with the pilot, to the 75 NZ Squadron base of Mepal on their severely damaged Stirling aircraft EF435 JN:J.
The three airmen were decorated. There are now unfortunately no surviving New Zealand crew members from the mission. They had baled out over Germany to become POW’s.

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EF436
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-A
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Code AA_A from Bomber Command database. Delivered 13-6-43from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down mining Frisian Islands 5.7.43; crew killed.

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EF440
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 620 Sqn, 1653CU.

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EF443
? Mk.?
Squadron Designator: ??-M
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Serial and ‘M’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.

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EF446
? Mk.?
Squadron Designator: ??-O
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Serial and ‘O’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.

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EF451
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 620 Sqn.

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EF454
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-A > C
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“A” from Combat Report 31.8/1.9.43 Hartstein crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as damaged, target Berlin. “C” from Combat Report 6/7.1.44 Carey crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as damaged, target mining Gironde Est..   O 1657CU. ‘A’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.

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EF456
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-H
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
H’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.To 1657CU.

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EF458
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 90 Sqn.

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EF461
Mk.
Squadron Designator: –
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Mis-type of BF461

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EF462
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-M
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“M” from Combat Report 8/9.10.43 Humphries crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as probably damaged, target Bremen.   To 218 Sqn, 1653CU.

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EF464
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Damaged JU88 target mining 7.1.43.

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EF465
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-H
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“H” from Combat Report 27/28.9.43 Burton crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as destroyed, target Hannover. To 75, then to 513 sqn, back to 75 and then 1651, 1657CU.

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EF466
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-H/K
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Coded AA-H from RAF at Newmarket. From CRD, BDU, AAEE, 75 and to 1653CU. Code from ww2images.com

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EF491
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-O
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“O” from Combat Report 30/31.8.43 (recorded as BF491 in the Form 541) Batger crew attacked by unid e/a, target Munchen-Gladbach. Probable acft target Munchen-Gladbach 31.8.43.
“F/S H. Batger
Sgt. R. Dalkins
F/S G. Reade
Sgt. F. Stewart
Sgt. T. Nation
Sgt. C. Billington
Sgt. J. Manns”
t/o 2025 Mepal. Came under fire E of Osnabruck, believed from another Stirling, sustaining damage to the port outer engine. Turned for home and while over the North Sea fought off an attack from a ME110. Crash-landed at Coltishall airfield, Norfolk. No injuries reported.
Data and code AA-O from Chorley.

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EF501
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-K
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Probable ME110 target Munchen-Gladbach 31.8.43. Same crew shot down target Berlin 1.9.43; crew killed except 2 POW. Code AA from Simon Sommerville site.
“F/S S.A. McGregor
Sgt. G.A.A. Bond
F/O J.B. Lovelock
F/S W.A. Kilby
F/S J.G. Baker
Sgt. G.F. Dummett
Sgt. T. Grange”
t/o 2023 Mepal. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Potsdam. Those who died have no known graves.
Data from Chorley.

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EF507
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-P
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“P” from Combat Report 27/28.9.43 Andrews crew attacked by unid t/e e/a, target Hannover. “P” from Combat Report 18/19.11.43 (recorded in Form 541 as EK507) Allen crew attacked by two unid s/e e/a, target Ludwigshaven. To 1332CU.

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EF512
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-A
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“AA-A” from Combat Report 18/19.11.43 Spiers crew attacked by Me.109, claimed as damaged, target Ludwigshaven. “A” from Combat Report 28/29.1.44 Baker crew attacked by Me.110, M/U/Gnr and F/E wounded, target mining Kiel Bay, crash landed at Coltishall. To 1661CU.

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EF513
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-E
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 75 and then to 1657CU. “E” from Combat Report 22/23.10.43 McKenzie crew attacked by unid e/a, target mining Friesian Is.. Code from Simon Sommerville site.

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EF514
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-D
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“D” and “A Flight” from Combat Report 10/11.11.43 McKenzie crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as damaged, target mining Gironde Est.. To 199 and then 1651CU.

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EF515
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-F
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Shot down target Hanover 27.9.43; 1 killed and 6 POW.
“Sgt. R.E. Martin
Sgt. C.A. Smith
Sgt. H.C. Dwight
Sgt. E. McKay
Sgt. W. Harries
Sgt. A.R. Bangs
Sgt. R.F. Summerhayes”
t/o 1942 Mepal. Crashed in the vicinity of Haverbeck-Hamelin. Sgt. Bangs lies in Hannover War Cemetery. Sgt. Smith died in captivity on 8th April 1944; he rests in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Two others, Sgt. McKay RNZAF and Sgt. Summerhayes RNZAF, were repatriated on 6th February 1945, arriving at Liverpool aboard the Arundel Castle.
Data and code AA-F from Chorley.

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EF915
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-X
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“F/S J.N. Darney
F/L L.C. Dive-Robinson
F/S R.J. Stone
Sgt. R.C.G. Evans
Sgt. G.C. Davies
F/O P.S.A. St.Ledger
Sgt. T.J. Vercoe”
t/o 2234 Mepal. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. F/L Dive-Robinson was the Squadron’s Flight Engineer Leader.
Data and code AA-X from Chorley.

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EF929
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 75 and then to 15 Sqn and 1661CU.

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EF930
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 75 and then to 15, 199 Sqn and 1661CU.

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EH877
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-C
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 8-5-43, also coded C from RAF at Newmarket. “C” from Combat Report 23/24.8.43 Burley crew attacked by unid e/a, claimed as damaged, target Berlin. “JN-C” from Combat Report 5/6.9.43 Whitmore crew attacked by one Me.109, claimed as probably destroyed, and two unid s/e e/a, target Mannheim.
Destroyed an acft target 6.9.43. Same crew shot down target Hanover 27.9.43; 6 killed and 1 POW. Code from FYTomorrow, confirmed Code from Simon Sommerville site.
“P/O R.C. Whitmore
Sgt. J.B. Beresford
F/O D.M. Adamsom
Sgt. H. Munn
Sgt. F.C. Cowan
Sgt. F.J.C. Chesson
P/O T.H. Waerea”
t/o 1957 Mepal. Crashed at Sartedt Moor, 18 km SSE of Hannover, where those who died are buried in the War Cemetery.
Data from Chorley.

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EH808
? Mk.?
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Serial in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer. EH880?

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EH880
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-D > J
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Coded AA-L also from RAF at Newmarket. “D” from Combat Report 11/12.6.43 Whitehead crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as damaged, target Dusseldorf. Different crew damaged an acft target Turin 17.8.43. “J” from Combat Report 31.8/1.9.43 A. Alexander crew attacked by two Me.109s, one claimed as destroyed, one damaged, target Berlin. “J” from Combat Report 4/5.10.43 S/L Joll crew attacked by Me.109, claimed as possibly damaged, target Frankfurt. Crashed into house while attempting to land at Acklington 1.12.43; target was mining Denmark. Codes from S Sommerville. To 149 Sqn 14-5-43 from RAF at Newmarket.

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EH881
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-Z
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 15-6-43 from RAF at Newmarket.
Damaged ME109 target Berlin 1.9.43? Shot down target Wuppertal 29.5.43; 3 killed and 4 POW. A rare flying log book This is the book of 404079 Flight Sergeant Norman Alexander MacLeod 75 NZ Squadron. He was killed in action 30 May 1943 aged 26.

MacLeod served as the rear gunner aboard Stirling III bomber EH881/Z. On the night of 29/30 May 1943, his was one of 719 aircraft to take part in a raid on Wuppertal, Germany. 36 planes were lost, including EH881, which crashed at Aachen, in the eastern district of Eilendorf. The flight engineer, navigator, air bomber, and wireless operator survived and were captured. The captain and both air gunners were buried in the local cemetery initially but later reinterred at Rheinberg. At the time of his death, MacLeod had logged 460 hours’ flight time but was only on his first operation.

The Captain was Flight Sgt J H R CAREY (killed). Crew were AB Sgt P G Knight (POW), Nav Sgt J L Roberts (POW), WOP Slight Sgt M Brady (POW), FE Sgt T Beaver (POW but repatriated), MU Flight Sgt W A Ownes (KIA), Rear Gunner Flight Sgt N A MacLeod (KIA).
“F/S J.H.R. Carey
Sgt. T. Beaver
Sgt. J.L. Roberts
Sgt. P.G. Knight
F/S M. Brady
F/S W.A Owens
Sgt. N.A. Macleod”
“t/o 2340 Newmarket. Crashed at Ellendorf, 5 km E from the centre of Aachen. Those who died lie in Rhineberg War Cemetery. Sgt. Beaver was leter repatriated, probably during 1944.
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It is an ironic and cruel twist of fate that this crew were essentially the complete (apart from F/S Owens) surviving members of the extended crew of BF398 AA-P, which crashed on the 16th May, just outside of Stoke-on-Trent. One must sumise that Leslie Wright, who was killed in the previous accident was taking this new crew on a training flight. the only other airman killed in that accident was Alan Francis, the crew’s rear gunner – for this op, he had been replaced by William Owens.”
Data and code AA from Chorley.

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EH886
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-J
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 15-6-43 from RAF at Newmarket. “J” from Combat Report 12/13.8.43 (recorded in Form 541 as EH880) Wyatt crew attacked by unid e/a, claimed as damaged, target Turin.

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EH889
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-Z
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 15-6-43, also coded Z from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Mulheim 22.6.43; crew killed.
“F/L T.F. McCrorie
Sgt. E. Grainger
P/O W. Stuckey
Sgt. J.L. Richards
WO2 R.E Tod
WO2 R.D. Tod
Sgt. R.A. Kennedy”
t/o 2348 Newmarket. Shot down by a night-fighter (Obit Lthar Linke, IV./NJG1) and fell 0026 into the Ijsselmeer. F/L McCrorie lies in Hemelumeroldeferd (Molkwerum) Protestant Curchyard; P/O Stuckey rests in Wonseradeel (Makkum) Protestant Churchyard and the Tod twins lie in Medemblik General Cemetery. Sgt. Kennedy is buried at Wieringermeer (Middenmeer) General Cemetery, while the others are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. WO2 R.E. Tod’s award was gazetted on 7th May 1943.
Data and code AA-Z from Chorley.

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EH901
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-O/R
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 8-6-43, also coded O from RAF at Newmarket. O from Simon Somerville, https://75nzsquadron.wordpress.com/75nz-squadron-raf/. “O” from Combat Report 23/24.8.43 Wilkinson crew attacked by Ju.88, claimed as damaged, target Berlin. Different crew damaged an acft target Turin 17.8.43.
Damaged JU88 target Berlin 24.8.43. To 1657CU. ‘R’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer. JN-R from Arthur Bernard, rear Gunner with Alan Single’s crew.

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EH902
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-K
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 8-6-43, also coded K from RAF at Newmarket.
Shot down target Wuppertal 24.6.43; crew killed.
“P/O N.B. Bluck
Sgt. J.W. Gillard
F/S J.B. Cooksey
F/S G.W. Strong
Sgt. M. Kendlan
Sgt. D. Armitage
Sgt. L.R. Cant”
t/o 2323 Newmarket. Shot down, either by flak or by a night-fighter, crashed into the sea off Wissenkerke on the Dutch Island of Beveland. Four are buried in Vlissingen Northern Cemetery and three rest at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery.
Data and code AA from Chorley.

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EH905
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-R
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Delivered 14-6-43, also coded R from RAF at Newmarket.
Hit by bombs from above on 1/9/1943 and crashed (according to German KE Report) near the Autobahn(Berlin ring road)at the crossroads of Ludwigsfelde and Vorwerk Genshagen.
The crew were as follows,
Sgt P/O G.V. Helm Pilot +
F/Sgt, J.G.A. Fisk B/A +
F/Sgt, D.M. Stewart Nav. +
Sgt. O. McCoo F/E +
Sgt.A.J. Bishop W/O +

Sgt.G.T. Buglass M/ UG P.O.W
Sgt F.T.J. Harries T/G P.O.W
The 5 dead (+) were buried along with 7 crew from Stirling 111 EE879 OJ-G of 149 Sqdn and 5 crew from Lancaster ED 986 AR-JZ of 460 Sqdn at 22.30 hours on 3/9/1943 in the Russian P.O.W Cemetery at Ludwigsfelde Heide
The MRES investigation found the graves of the (17) deceased air crews on the east side outside the actual cemetery in sandy ground which had been levelled and there were no crosses or markings of any kind.Five “Coffins “with 5.3,2.2. and 4 bodies in them were located by prodding the sandy ground with poles.
t/o 2032 Mepal. Hit by bombs over the target and crashed at Ludwigsfields, 16km SE of Potsdam. Those who perished now rest in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery – from Chorley.

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EH908
? Mk.?
Squadron Designator: ??-R
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Serial and ‘R’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.

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EH928
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-M/A
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Shot down by nightfighter, target Hamburg 2.8.43; crew killed. Code shown as ‘A’ in ForYTommorow’. Code AA-A from Bomber Command database.
“P/O C.P. Bailie
F/S J. Thomson
Sgt. W.H. Thomson
F/O W. Turner
Sgt. J. Isherwood
Sgt. E. Millward
Sgt. T. Purdie
Sgt. E.F. Hunting ”
t/o 2314 Mepal. Shot down by a night-fighter (Hptm Hans Joachim Jabs, IV./NJG1) and crashed into the sea off Terschelling. P/O Bailie is buried in Lemvig Cemetery, Denmark, his crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Data and code AA-A from Chorley. ‘A’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.

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EH935
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-K
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“K” from Combat Report 30/31.8.43 Logan crew attacked by Me.110, claimed as possibly destroyed, target Munchen-Gladbach. Different crew shot down target Mannheim 23.9.43; crew killed except 2 POW.
“F/O L.J. Kirkpatrick
Sgt. C.P. Ellins
F/O H.P. Sands
F/O W.R.A. Mason
Sgt. J.E. Hoey
Sgt. J. Elliott
F/S W.L. Jarvis”
t/o 1952 Mepal. Crashed between Edesheim and Knoringen, 9km S of Neustadt. Those who died lie in Rhineberg War Cemetery. Sgt. Elliot was repatriated on 6th February 1945, arriving home aboard the Arundel Castle.
Data and codes JN-K from Chorley.

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EH936
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-W
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Possibly ‘T’? Sgt H Williams and crew damaged 2 JU88s on Dortmund raid 24.5.43 in ‘T’, destroyed a FW190 in EH936 26.7.43 on Essen raid and apparently damaged an acft Bremen raid 9.10.43??. “?” from Combat Report 25/26.7.43 H. Williams crew attacked by unid s/e e/a, claimed as destroyed, then by unid t/e e/a, target Essen. Shot down target Mannheim 23.9.43; different crew killed.
“F/L G. Turner
F/O K. Albiston
Sgt. J.S. Thomson
Sgt. A.H. Cleghorn
F/O A.D. Howlett
Sgt. M.V. Bloxham
Sgt. R. Wilks
F/S C.F. McRae”
t/o 1926 Mepal. Crashed at dirmstein, 8 km NW of Frankenthal. All are buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery.
Data and codes JN from Chorley.

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EH937
? Mk.?
Squadron Designator: ??-S
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Serial and ‘S’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.

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EH938
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-F
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Shot down target Munchen-Gladbach 30.8.43; crew killed except 1 evaded.
“F/S V.T. Parkin
Sgt. T. Silcock
F/S T. Watters
Sgt. R.V.C. Johnson
Sgt.W. Horrigan
Sgt. R.F. Grove
Sgt. A.F. Saunders”
t/o 0019 Mepal. Crashed at Lommel (Limburg) Belgium. Funerals for those who died were held at St-Truiden; their graves are now in Heverlee War Cemetery.
Data and codes AA from Chorley.

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EH939
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-J
Name/ nose art: ‘Johnny’
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 17 (possibly 18)– The apparent recorded count is 19, however its first Op on the 30th of August 1943, while listed in ORB with Broadbent crew and also featuring in a Combat Report for this Op. Whilst for this Op, the Mayfield crew are listed as flying EH949, in the 4 existing logbooks of this crew all list their a/c for this Op as ‘J’. By simple weight of numbers, EH939 appears to have been the Mayfield crew’s regular aircraft.
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 103 hours and 6 minutes

Notes of interest
To 90 Sqn and 1653CU. “J” from Combat Report 30/31.8.43 S/L Broadbent crew attacked by unid e/a, target Munchen-Gladbach. Confirmed JN-J from photo from Simon Sommerville site.

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EH942
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Not in Stirling File as 75 sqn.

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EH944
? Mk.?
Squadron Designator: ??-A
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Serial and ‘A’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.

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EH946
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 75 and then to 620 Sqn.

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EH947
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Control lost after outer engines failed at 600′ on return from special operation. Crashed at Hicklingham, Suffolk 11.4.44.

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EH948
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-Q
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Code AA-Q from Bomber Command database. “Q” from Combat Report 27/28.8.43 Phillips crew attacked by Ju.88, target Nuremburg. Shot down mining Kiel Bay 24.4.44; crew killed.

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EH949
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN/AA-P
Name/ nose art:
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Seen 2.3.43 ‘Bombing Colours’. To 75 sqn and then to 1651CU. Simon Somerville lists as ‘AA’. From ‘The Stirling Story’ – Michael JF Bowyer: ‘EH949, a standard MK.III, wore smooth mid-war finish, had Dull Red letters and the usual reduced number of fuselage windows aft. Assigned to 75(NZ) Squadron, Mepal, on 18 July 1943, it was recorded on the 20 August carrying the identity letters JN-P of 75 Squadron ‘C’ Flight. EH949 participated in some of the last Main Force raids, against Turin (16th) and subsequently Peenemunde (18th), Berlin (23rd and 31st), Monchengladbach (30th), Mannheim(5 september), Montlucon (15th), Modane (16th) and Hannover (22nd). “JN-P” from Combat Report 22/23.9.43 S/L Turner crew attacked by unid e/a, target Hannover. “JN-P/R?” from Combat Report 25/26.2.44 Willis crew attacked by five Ju.88s, target mining Baltic. When low flying on the 4th of December a propellor blade clipped a tree top and the aircraft landed back on three engines. Soon repaired, EH949 laid mines in Biscay on the 16th of December 1943. After more activity its final operation, against Aulnoye marshalling yards, was flown on the 25th of March 1944. EH949 was assigned to 1651 HCU on the 29th of April upon which day, when taking off from Witchford, its port undercarriage leg collapsed and the aircraft was categorised AC. It returned to training service and then on the 6th of November 1944 was transferred to 1660 HCU. This active Stirling was struck off charge on the 24th of April 1945.

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EH955
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-K
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Code AA-K from Bomber Command database. Shot down by nightfighter over Denmark on return from mining Kiel Bay 23.4.44; 4 crew killed and 3 POW.

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EJ108
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-O
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
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Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
“O” from Combat Report 4/5.11.43 Witting crew attacked by unid e/a, R/Gnr F/S Walter Hurdle killed, target mining Baltic. Photos of EJ108 with Witting crew (skyhawkdon, WONZ). To 75 and then to 1657CU. From website http://www.sweffling.freeserve.co.uk/glemham.htm… As a result of the above account appearing here I was contacted by Mrs Russell, from New Zealand, regarding her uncle F/Sgt Walter Hurdle. Prior to being on the strength on 1657 CU, the Stirling had been with 75(NZ) Sqn. It was at this time F/Sgt Hurdle had flown and died in EJ108. Posted to the squadron at Mepal on 8th September 1943, he became the Rear Gunner on F/O Eric Witting’s crew. All were novices, the others had only arrived at the sqn a few days earlier. New crews were often sent on mine laying, ‘gardening’, sorties, as they were regarded as safer for new crews to gain experience on. Their first was such a trip, in EE958, to the Gironde estuary, on 18th September. Together they also flew six operations in EJ108. Going twice to Hanover, once each to Kassel and Mannheim and on two more mine laying flights, both to the Kattegat. The second of these was on 4th November 1943, unable to lay the mines due to bad weather and cloud cover. As they returned they were attacked by a nightfighter, it made at least one pass during which the aircraft was badly damaged and F/Sgt Hurdle was killed. F/O Witting was able to regain control and returned to Mepal airfield, jettisoning the mines en-route.

Walter Hurdle was buried in Cambridge City Cemetery, here he remains one of 829 Commonwealth servicemen buried there.

EJ108 sustained extensive damage, the starboard flap was shot away, the port elevator was almost severed, the rear turret was badly damaged and large holes were left in the fuselage. She was repaired and returned to the squadron on 13th December 1943, but was not used on operations again until 27th January 1944. She flew a total of 26 operations with 75(NZ) Sqn before being posted to 1657 CU.

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LJ441
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ??-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 75 and then to 1653CU.

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LJ442
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-F
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Shot down target Leverkusen 19.11.43; 2 evaded, 1 POW and 4 killed.
“F/S N.N. Parker
Sgt. S. Watkins
Sgt. R.E. Griffiths
F/S J.E. Hyde
P/O W.R. Kell
Sgt. W. Gilfillan
Sgt. M.I.R. Day”
t/o 1701 Mepal. Shot down by a night-fighter (Lt. Otto Fries, 5/NJG1) and crashed at Horrues (Hainaut), 4km NW of Soignies, Belgium. Those who died rest in Chievres Communal Cemetery.
From Chorley.

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LJ453
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-K
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
From 15 Sqn. Shot down target Berlin 22.11.43; crew killed. Code from FYTomorrow.
“F/S A.R. Single
Sgt. I.G. Holbrook
F/O J. Brothwell
F/S J.E.S. Margetts
F/S E.R. Whittington
Sgt. V.S. Hughes
F/S A.G. Bernard”
t/o 1714 Mepal. Crashed between Gemmerich and Dolberg, 6km SSE of Ahlen. All lie in Rheinberg War Cemetery.
Data and codes AA from Chorley. Confirmed AA-K from Arthur Bernard, rear Gunner with Alan Single’s crew

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LJ457
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: ?/-?
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
To 75 and then to 1657CU.

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LJ462
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-O
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Coded AA from Bomber Command database. From 15 Sqn. “O” from Combat Report 19/20.11.43 (recorded in Form 541 as EH943) Horgan crew attacked by Fw.190, and Ju.88, the latter claimed as damaged, target Leverkusen. Different crew shot down mining St. Nazaire 13.3.44; crew killed.

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LJ473
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: AA-R
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Code AA-R from Bomber Command database. On overshoot at Mepal on return from mining N of Biarritz, swung into steep turn and had to belly-land 5.1.44.

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LK378
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-O
Name/ nose art:
Arrived not known
Transferred not known
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 16 (2 Ops double recorded for this aircraft)
3rd of October 1943 Kassel, listed for both Masters and Parker crew
28th Of January 1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, listed for both Warren and Heney crew
No repetition in any of these 4 crews to aid identification as to who actually flew these 2 Ops.
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 87 hours and 12 minutes (based on shortest recorded flight time for each of the double recorded Ops (see above)

Notes of interest
RG lost over target when starboard tailplane, elevator and turret shot away by flak, target Kassel 3.10.43. Not in Stirling File but definitely on sqn as flown by S/L Gibb, S.Galloway on 30-12-43 and 29-2-44.

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LK384
Stirling Mk.III
Squadron Designator: JN-X
Name/ nose art: ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’.
Arrived not known – 1st op with Squadron 30th of November 1943, Mining in the Baltic Sea, Young crew
Transferred not known – last Op with Squadron 15th of March 1944, Special Operations March Moon Period TOM46 (abortive)
Number of Ops completed with Squadron – 19 (20th Op – see above, was abortive)
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron – 101 hours and 18 minutes (does not include flight time of successful Special Op on 5th of March 1943 which was not recorded)

Notes of interest
From ORBS, appears consistently with the Young crew. Through Simon, identified as JN-X and more interestingly, it had a name……

‘Our crew was allocated the Stirling bomber JN ‘X‘ for X-ray in ‘C‘ Flight with the logo, ‘ Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’, a catch phrase taken from the radio show, Tommy Handley’s ‘lTMA’.’

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MZ262
? Mk.?
Squadron Designator: ??-K
Name/ nose art:
Arrived
Transferred/ Lost
Number of Ops completed with Squadron –
Number of Operational Hours flown with Squadron –

Notes of interest
Serial and ‘K’ in ‘The Stirling Story – MJF Bowyer.

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