28/29.07.1940 No. 142 Squadron Battle I L5502 QT-D Fl/Lt. Robert H. Edwards
Date: 28/29th July 1940 (Sunday/Monday)
Unit: No. 142 Squadron
Type: Fairey Battle Mk I
Base: RAF Binbrook
Location: 1km sw of Audembert France
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Robert Howard Edwards 42113 RAF Age 22. PoW No. 161 Camp Oflag Schubin bei Bromberg (1)
Obs: Sgt. Reginald William Cornwell 747814 RAF Age 22. PoW No. 396 Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (2)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Edward Hotchkiss 653176 RAF Age 20. PoW No. 186 Luft Heydekrug (3)
REASON FOR LOSS:
On an operation to bomb an airfield near Brussels, taking off at 23:50 hrs. Understood to have been hit by Flak. The pilot managed a crash landing, all the crew survived with no injuries but were captured shortly afterwards.
(1) Fl/Lt. Robert Edwards - just after breakfast on the 26th September 1942 announced that he was fed up being held, lit up a cigarette, walked to the wire and started to climb over - he was shot at point blank range after a challenge from a German guard, he died later that day.
(2) Sgt. Reginald Cornwel - born 7th September 1917 of Kitto Road, London SE14.
(3) Sgt. Ronald Hotchkiss - born 20th January 1920 of Lordship Lane, Wood Green, London N22, England.
Fl/Lt. Robert Howard Edwards. Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery. Grave 6.A.7 Poland. Son of Oliver Gilbert and Mary Emily Edwards, of Salford, Lancashire, England.
Research and photographs - Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered, March 2015.