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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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No. 218 Squadron
05.10.1942 No. 218 Squadron Short Stirling I BF322 HA-F Fl/Sgt. Hall

Operation: Aachen, Germany

Date: 5th October 1942 (Monday)

Unit: No. 218 Squadron

Type: Short Stirling I

Serial: BF322

Code: HA-F

Base: R.A.F. Downham Market, Norfolk

Location: Icklingham Marshes, near Barton Mills, Suffolk

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Philip Louis Hall. 1182395. R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Arthur Green. 653953. R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Leo Henry Hawkins. 1187280. R.A.F.V.R. Age 27. Killed

Air/Bmr: P/O. Robert Whyte. 120666. R.A.F.V.R. Age 26. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Henry Arthur Douglas Pocock. 1310474. R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Mack William Watterworth. R/68126. R.C.A.F. Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Joseph George Wilfred Beauregard. R/108447. R.C.A.F. Age 19. Killed

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A Short Stirling I of No. 218 Squadron being bombed up at Downham Market, Norfolk 1942


Short Stirling BF322 took off from RAF Downham Market at 19.26hrs for an operation on Aachen, one of the 257 aircraft that took off on this operation. The weather was very poor with local thunderstorms at the time of take off. Stirling BF322 may have been damaged due to the severe thunderstorms and crashed at 19.45hrs on Icklingham Marshes near Barton Mills, Suffolk 11 miles SW of Thetford, Norfolk.



Sgt. Arthur Green, Sgt. Henry Arthur Douglas Pocock, Sgt. Mack William Watterworth and Sgt. Joseph George Wilfred Beauregard (courtesy of Aircrew Remembered, any relative who would like a higher definition of these please contact us)


P/O. Robert Whyte. (courtesy Scottish War Graves Project) Fl/Sgt Philip Louis Hall, Southgate Cemetery (courtesy of CWGC) Sgt. Leo Henry Hawkins (courtesy of Aircrew Remembered)

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Philip Louis Hall. Southgate Cemetery, Middlesex. Grave Ref: Row V. Old Part. Grave 356. Son of James and Daisy Hall of Southgate

Sgt. Arthur Green. Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard, Suffolk. Grave Ref: Row C. Grave 5. Son of Edward and Margaret Elizabeth Green of Askern, Yorkshire 

Sgt. Leo Henry Hawkins. Rowner (St. Mary) Churchyard, Gosport, Hampshire. Grave Ref: N. W. corner of churchyard. No further information as yet

P/O. Robert Whyte. Dalziel (Airbles) Cemetery, Lanarkshire. Grave Ref: Sec. G. Grave 940. Son of Robert and Margaret Whyte. No further information as yet

Sgt. Henry Arthur Douglas Pocock. Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard, Suffolk. Grave Ref: Row C. Grave 4. Son of Percy and Madge Pocock of Peckham, London

Sgt. Mack William Watterworth. Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard, Suffolk. Grave Ref: Row C. Grave 3. Son of John Cyrus Watterworth and Isabelle Watterworth of West Lorne, Ontario, Canada

Sgt. Joseph George Wilfred Beauregard. Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard, Suffolk. Grave Ref: Row C. Grave 6. Son of Wilfrid and Albina Beauregard of St. Hyacinthe, Province of Quebec, Canada

Researched by: Kate Tame for Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew

Acknowledgements: With special thanks to Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - Bomber Command War Diaries 1939-1945, W. R. Chorley - Bomber Command Losses 1942, Veterans Affairs Canada, Aircrew Remembered archives, Scottish War Graves Project, Imperial War Museum.

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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 CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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