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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204135
Last updated: 12 October 2021
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Date:04-JUN-1942
Time:02:04
Type:Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron Royal Air Force (214 (Federated Malay States) Sqn RAF)
Registration: W7537
MSN: BU-H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Süstedt, Niedersachsen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Operation - Bremen.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was engaged by night fighter pilot Unteroffizier Heinz Vinke of the 5./NJG 2; coned by searchlights and engaged by heavy (schwere) Flak of the 8. Flak-Division.
Those who did not survive rest at Becklingen War Cemetery:

Pilot: 931408 Flt Sgt Ronald John Finch - Becklingen War Cemetery Collective Grave 14B 4-8
Pilot:565802 WO William Wall - Becklingen War Cemetery Collective Grave 14B 4-8
Flight Engineer:646213 Sgt Sidney Edgar Saunders - Becklingen War Cemetery 13.C.14
Observer:1101593 Sgt Edward Docherty - Becklingen War Cemetery 13.C.14
1282192 Sgt J F P Knight PoW POW Camps Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania/Zagan & Belaria, Germany/Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany PoW Number 426.
638698 WO L S Hill PoW POW Camps Heydekrug (Silute), Lithuania/Zagan & Belaria, Germany/Thorn (Torun), Poland OR Oerbke (Fallingbostel), Germany PoW Number 507.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 1310580 Sgt James Henry Spinks - Becklingen War Cemetery Collective Grave 14B 4-8
945996 Flt Sgt J McD Brown PoW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. PoW Number 26998

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=W7537
Google Maps
Histomil.com Histomil Historica
214 Squadron
CWGC


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2018 15:03 Red Dragon Added
04-Oct-2018 14:37 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
06-Jul-2019 18:53 Anon. Updated [Registration]
25-Apr-2020 12:26 TigerTimon Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
25-Apr-2020 12:33 TigerTimon Updated [Total fatalities]

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