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104 Squadron Crest
15/16.01.1942 No. 104 Squadron Wellington II W5417 EP-F Sgt. Basil Adams

Operation: Emden

Date: 15/16th January 1942 (Thursday/Friday)

Unit: No. 104 Squadron

Type: Wellington II

Serial: W5417

Code: EP-F

Base: RAF Driffield, Yorkshire

Location: Not known - lost without trace

Pilot: Sgt. Basil Andrew Adams 1293087 RAFVR Age 19. Missing believed killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. Charles Kenneth German 1056639 RAFVR Age 20. Missing believed killed

Obs: P/O. Royal George Lindsay NZ/401396 RNZAF Age 30. Missing believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Reginald Philip Henry Sperring 1282478 RAFVR Age 19. Missing believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Walter George Tate 1255945 RAFVR Age 20. Missing believed killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Reginald Cooke 913706 RAFVR Age ? Missing believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Driffield in North Yorkshire at 18:48 hrs to bomb the town of Emden - an important shipyard for the Germans, Some 50 aircraft taking part with reports of many fires.

Sadly no record of where the aircraft came down although no night fighter claims have been made for this aircraft. It is assumed they were hit by flak and disappeared either over the North Sea or Wadden Sea. We welcome any further information on this loss.

No. 6 Course 22 Operational Training Unit.

Front row: Sgt. Harkness, Sgt. Waller, Sgt. J. Wilson, Sgt. S. Wilson, Sgt. Stevenson, Sgt. Taylor, Sgt. Riddiford, Sgt. Redler, Sgt. Williams, Sgt. Willmer.

2nd row: Sgt. Willoughby, Sgt. Killin, Sgt. Harper, P/O. Sams, Sgt. Macqueen, Sgt. Thomas, Sgt. Wright, Sgt. Denham, Sgt. Phillips, Sgt. Franks, Sgt. Hall, Sgt. S. Ray, Sgt. Biggs, Sgt. Wellfare.

3rd row: P/O. Knight, P/O. Pope, Sgt. Chambers, Sgt. Crump, Sgt. Davison, Sgt. Roberts, Sgt. Lefurgey, Sgt. Sutcliffe, Sgt. Abbott, Sgt. Robson, Sgt. Coombes, Sgt. G. Ray, Sgt. Howden.

Rear row: Sgt. Rhodes, Sgt. Norman, Sgt. Pearson, Sgt. Saunders, Sgt. Kerr, Sgt. Agutter, Sgt. Amos, Sgt. Warner, Sgt. Adams, Sgt. Scott, Sgt. Seaward, Sgt. Fisk.

(Course photograph supplied by David Champion - see credits, available to next of kin at a higher resolution - all names retyped from original photograph to enable search engines pick them up)

No. 7 Course 22 Operational Training Unit.

Front row: Sgt. Rees, Sgt. McKernan, Sgt. Welham, Sgt. Brough, Sgt. Clark, Sgt. Morgan, Sgt. Stocker, Sgt. Elphick, Sgt. Drew, Sgt. Hesselden, Sgt. Forster, Sgt. Crow, Sgt. Schofield, Sgt. Walton, Sgt. Ridley, Sgt. D.E. Jones, Sgt. Shaw, Sgt. Parker.

2nd Row: Sgt. Jones, Sgt. Tate, Sgt. Turner, Sgt. Taverner, Sgt. Radcliffe, Sgt. Mogg, Sgt. Nichols, Sgt. Wood, Sgt. Nutt, Sgt. Till, Sgt. Urwin, Sgt. Winterton, Sgt. Whitbread, Sgt. Sankey, Sgt. Slide, Sgt. Simkins, Sgt. Mulvey.

3rd Row: Roberts, Sgt. German, Sgt. Reid, Sgt. Hardy, Sgt. Wityck, Sgt. Winkle, Sgt. Vautor, Sgt. Lee, Sgt. Lloyd, Sgt. Gardner, P/O. Gibson, P/O. Goss, P/O. Griffin, P/O. Fairbairn, Sgt. Bradley, P/O. Lindsay, Sgt. Johnston, Sgt. Harris, Sgt. Powell.

Rear Row: Sgt. Phillips, Sgt. Sloggart, Sgt. Bruning, Sgt. Anderson, Sgt. Higginson, Sgt. Norman, Sgt. Saunders, Sgt. Pearson, Sgt. Hackney, Sgt. Walker, Sgt. Graham, Sgt. Davis, Sgt. Cornwell, Sgt. Zimmerman, Sgt. Foy, Sgt. Knight, Sgt. O’Brien.

(Course photograph supplied by David Champion - see credits, available to next of kin at a higher resolution - all names retyped from original photograph to enable search engines pick them up)

No. 9 Course 22 Operational Training Unit.

Front row: Sgt. Adams, Sgt. Cartright, Sgt. Carrington, Sgt. Tilley, Sgt. Manners, Sgt. Gill, Sgt. Skinner, Sgt. Fell, Sgt. Rowland, Sgt. Radcliffe, Sgt. Peel, Sgt. Allinson, Sgt. North, Sgt. Birch, Sgt. Proctor.

2nd row: Sgt. Munday, Sgt. Cassidy, Sgt. Dexter, Sgt. Scott, Sgt. Hughes, Sgt. Docherty, Sgt. Stacey, Sgt. Mann, Sgt. Wright, Sgt. Davis, Sgt. Sperring, Sgt. Bacon, Sgt. West, Sgt. Fairweather, Sgt. Marshall, Sgt. Clayton, Sgt. Bevan.

3rd row: F/O. McNaughton, Sgt. Baker, Sgt. Robertson, Sgt. J.L. Bell, Sgt. Higgins, Sgt. Falkinder, Sgt. J.B. Bell, Sgt. Garrow, Sgt. Harvey, Sgt. Dyson, Sgt. Johnson, P/O. Wright, Sgt. McDowell, Sgt. Weston, Sgt. Dansey, Sgt. Parsons, Sgt. Bradshaw, Sgt. Rossiter, Sgt. Simmons, F/O. Cummin.

Rear row: Sgt. East, Sgt. Hil, Sgt. Smith, Sgt. Carpenter, Sgt. Gordon, Sgt. Howsan, P/O. Hemy, Sgt. Slaughter, Sgt. Snook, Sgt. Atkinson, Sgt. McFarlane, P/O. Colcohoun, P/O. Churchill, P/O. Underwood, P/O. Mould, Sgt. Rattray, Sgt. Brown, Sgt. Edwards.

(Course photograph supplied by David Champion - see credits, available to next of kin at a higher resolution - all names retyped from original photograph to enable search engines pick them up)

Another aircraft was lost from the Squadron on return:

Wellington II W5493 EP-D crashed into high ground Arden Great Moor in Yorkshire. Pilot, Sgt. John Wilmot 1001441 RAFVR killed with 3 other crew members, 2 others escaped with injuries.

Burial details:

Sgt. Basil Andrew Adams. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 77. Son of H. D. and Ruth Adams, of Earl's Court, London.

Pilot 2: Sgt. Charles Kenneth German. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 83. No further information available - are you able to assist?

Obs: P/O. Royal George Lindsay. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 116. Believed to be from Avondale, Auckland, New Zealand. No further information available - are you able to assist? A total of 235 flying hours logged - lost on this his ninth operation.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Reginald Philip Henry Sperring. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 94. Son of Phillip and Evaline Elizabeth Sperring.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Walter George Tate. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 94. Son of Thomas Walter and Dorothy Rose Tate, of Bognor Regis, Sussex, England.

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Reginald Cooke. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 80. Son of William Thomas Cooke and Anne Mary Cooke, of Ramsgate, Kent, England.

With thanks to Lynette Royce, niece of Sgt. Reginald Sperring who contacted us in October 2016. Detailed information kindly sent in by Mr. David Champion - October 2016 with the training photographs. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.

KTY 12.10.2016 - Further details added, with training photographs

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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