R. Thomas crew 5.7.43 †

05/07/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No. A.A. fire or searchlights were encountered. One unidentified aircraft was seen but no combat took place. The weather was clear and visibility was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EF436 captained by Sgt. R. Thomas.

Stirling Mk.III EF436 AA-A

Sgt. Raymond Thomas, RNZAF NZ40586 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Edward Stobbs, RAFVR 658070 – Navigator.
Sgt. Douglas Arthur Allen Tayler, RAFVR 1321755 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Bernard McLoughlin, RAFVR 126086 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew Lackenby, RAFVR 941667 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Cyril James Moore, RAAF AUS.410555 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Owen Lewington, RAFVR 1153956 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.III EF436 AA-A was believed to have been shot down by a night-fighter, crashing into the sea some 12 miles North West of Terscherlling Is, the centre island of the Southern Frisian Group, at approximately 02.31hrs. All on board perished, and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

F/S Raymond Thomas, RNZAF NZ40586 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Frank Thomas, and of Eva Edna Thomas, of Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.

Sgt. William Edward Stobbs, RAFVR 658070 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 21.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 166.

Sgt. John Bernard Mcloughlin, RAFVR 1262086 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 29.
Son of John Augustine and of Mary Anne Mcloughlin (Nee Cronin), of Tooting, Surrey.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 158.

Sgt. Douglas Arthur Allen Tayler, RAFVR 1321755 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Douglas Arthur and Mabel Emily Tayler, of Greenford, Middlesex.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 166.

Sgt. Andrew Lackenby, RAFVR 941667 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 32.
Son of W. H. and Mabel May Lackenby, of Wallsend-On-Tyne, Northumberland.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 156.

Sgt. Cyril James Moore, RAAF AUS.410555 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Lost without trace age 25.
Son of James Frederick Moore, and of Minnie Louisa Moore, of Coburg, Victoria, Australia.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 196.

Sgt. Leslie Owen Lewington, RAFVR 1153956 – Rear Gunner.
Lost without trace age 28.
Son of Owen and Annie Lewington; Husband of Gwendoline E.M. Lewington, of Henly-On-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 156.

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