26/267.07.1940 No. 102 Squadron Whitley V N1377 DY-B P/O. Robert F. Beauclair
Date: 26/27th July 1940 (Friday/Saturday)
Unit: No. 102 squadron
Type: Whitley MkV
Base: RAF Driffield, Yorkshire
Location: A polder at Spijkenisse, Holland
Pilot: P/O. Robert Fochaig Beauclair 41983 RAF PoW No: 154 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (1)
2nd Pilot: P/O. John Christopher Wyndowe Bushell 74666 RAF PoW No: 156 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (2)
Opserver: Sgt. E.A. Galloway 746961 RAF PoW No: 156 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. K.J. Read 629569 RAF PoW No: 193 Stalag Luft Kopernikus
Air/Gnr: Sgt. C. Wood 632032 RAF PoW No: 200 Stalag Luft Kopernikus
REASON FOR LOSS:
45 aircraft taking off this night to attack various targets in France and Germany. A further 12 Hampdens from 5 group went on a ‘gardening’ operation. N1377 taking off at 20:30 hrs together with five other aircraft from the squadron to bomb Mannheim. Thought to have run out of fuel and crash landed at 01:30 Hrs.
Area of loss
Above and below, German troops inspecting Whitley N1377
(1) P/O. Robert Fochaig Beauclair escaped an earlier incident after he and the crew abandoned Whitley V N1528 DY-E over Metz, all the crew managed to evade an return to RAF Driffield.
(2) P/O. Bushell later joined the foreign office (1952) rising to Ambassador to Cambodia between 1975 - 1976. He died on the 14th December 1995. (shown right)
None - all crew survived.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered, March 2015. (photographs also supplied by Michel Beckers)