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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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196 Squadron Crest
03/04.10.1943 No. 196 Squadron Stirling III EF464 ZO-P Fl/Sgt. G.S. Kogel

Operation: Kassel

Date: 03/04th October 1943 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 196 Squadron

Type: Stirling III

Serial: EF464

Code: ZO-P

Base: RAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire

Location: Scottow, Norfolk

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. G.S. Kogel RAFVR Safe - Injured

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Thomas Lynas Dickie 1544971 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Nav: Sgt. C.D. Williams RAFVR Safe - Severely Injured (1)

Air/Bmr: Sgt A.W. Clarke RAFVR Safe - Injured

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. B.L. George RAFVR Safe - Injured

Air/Gnr: Sgt. J.A. Beattie RAFVR Safe - Injured

Air/Gnr: Sgt. F. Reeves RAFVR Safe - Injured

We welcome any relatives of the crew to contact us in order to provide further information and perhaps photographs?


Taking off from RAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire at 18.56 hrs to bomb the city of Kassel - some 547 aircraft on the operation made up from 223 Halifaxes, 204 Lancasters, 113 Stirlings with 7 Mosquitoes.

The bombing was poor due to the marker aircraft overshooting the aiming point and the ground was covered in a thick haze preventing further accurate visual markers. The Germans it is understood, also used decoy markers.

It seems that Stirling EF464 was attacked by a night fighter resulting in engine damage. The pilot returned and tried to make a landing at RAF Coltishall but before they reached the field the Port engine packed up. The aircraft crash landed on fields in Scottow Norfolk at 21.43 hrs. Sadly the flight Engineer, Sgt. Thomas Dickie, was killed in the crash landing.

(1) Sgt. Williams recovered and later served with 514 Squadron. Awarded the DFM on the 8th September 1944.

Burial details:

Sgt. Thomas Lynas Dickie. Knockbreda Cemetery, Belfast. Sec. K. Grave 198. Son of Robert and Edith Williams Dickie, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. His grave inscription chosen by his family, reads: “He died that we might live.”

For further details our thanks to the following, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', ‘Bomber Command Database’, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and  2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries (Updated 2014 version), Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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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 (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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, 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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