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19/20.11.1940 No. 78 Squadron Whitley V T4158 EY-L P/O. George

Operation: Ruhland

Date: 19/20th November 1940 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: 78 Squadron R.A.F.

Type: Whitley V

Serial: T4156 

Coded: EY-L

Location: 20 miles North of Dresden.                                    .

Pilot: P/O. R.E.H. George RAF PoW No. 331 Camp: Stalag Luft Bogelsang and then to Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

Obs: Sgt. J.W. Knight RAF PoW No. 373 Camp: Stalag Luft Bogelsang and then to Stalag Luft Heydekrug finally to Stalag Kopernikus

W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O R.C. Mordaunt  RAF PoW No. 753  Camp: Stalag Luft Bogelsang and then to Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. S. Cawkwell RAF PoW No. 323  Camp: Stalag Luft Bogelsang and then to Stalag Luft Heydekrug finally to Stalag Kopernikus

Air/Gnr: Sgt. J. Wilkinson RAF PoW No. 344  Camp:Stalag Luft Bogelsang and then to Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

REASON FOR LOSS

Took-Off at 17.30 hrs from Dishforth to bomb a synthetic oil plant, Ruhland. 

Shot down by flak 20 miles north of Dresden. All  crew members were subsequently reported as prisoners of war.

The remains of Whitley V T4156 (Aircrew Remembered archive)

Burial Details:

None, all survived as PoW.

With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses', The C.W.G.C.

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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