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106 Squadron Crest
07/08.05.1944 No.106 Squadron Lancaster I LL891 ZN-B P/O. Penman

Operation: Salbris France

Date: 07/08th May 1944 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 106 squadron

Type: Lancaster MkI

Serial: LL891

Code: ZN-B

Base: RAF Metheringham, Lincolnshire

Location: Loreux (Loir-et-Cher) France

Pilot: F/O. ‘Dickie’ Ernest Richard Penman 150252 RAFVR Age 31. Killed

2nd Pilot: F/O. Louis David Steylaerts 152408 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Robert Newton Johnson 1488745 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Nav: F/O. Eric Lewis Sharp 151339 RAFVR Killed

Air/Bmr: F/O. Elmer Oscar Aaron J/25067 RCAF Age 23. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Samuel Roger Patti 1576385 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Robert Ford Stubelt R/200124 RCAF Age 34. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Andrew Roberts 2208978 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking of from RAF Metheringham in Lincolnshire at 22:19 hrs to bomb the ammunition dumps at Salbris - several operations taking part this night on various tactical targets, the Salbris bombers suffered the most attacks from night fighters.

It is thought ‘probable’ that LL891 was shot down by Ofw. Reinhard Kollack of 8./NJG4 at 00:36 hrs - his 40th claim of the war. He survived the conflict with a total of 49 claims - passed away on the 06th February 1980 at the young age of 65.

The Squadron were to lose some 4 crews during this operation, the others:

Lancaster JN292 ZN-E Flown by 24 year old, P/O. Cyril Alfred Bartlett 170963 RAFVR from Finsbury Park, Middlesex - killed wth all other 6 crew members. Lancaster JB612 ZN-U Flown by 31 year old, P.O. Harold Kenty Rose J/85352 RCAF from British Columbia, Canada, killed with 5 other crew, 1 evaded capture. Lancaster ND870 ZN-S Flown by 20 year old, P/O. Kenneth Rowe Warren AUS/410765 RAAF from Victoria, Australia, killed with all 6 other crew.

Burial details:

F/O. Ernest Richard Penman. Orleans Main Cemetery, France. Plot 1. Row A. Collective grave 16-27. Son of Thomas Robinson Penman and Priscilla Penman and husband of Jessica Virginia Penman, of Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England. Epitaph reads: “Dickie, Beloved Son Of Thomas And Priscilla, Husband Of Jesica, Till We Meet Again.”

F/O. Louis David Steylaerts. Orleans Main Cemetery, France. Plot 1. Row A. Collective grave 16-27. No further details - are you able to assist?

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Robert Newton Johnson. Orleans Main Cemetery, France. Plot 1. Row A. Collective grave 16-27. Son of Robert Henry and Eva Johnson, of Bryneglwys, Merionethshire, Wales. Epitaph reads: “Resting, Where No Shadows Fall Your Memory Is For Ever Dear.”

F/O. Eric Lewis Sharp. Orleans Main Cemetery, France. Plot 1. Row A. Collective grave 16-27. No further details - are you able to assist?

F/O. Elmer Oscar Aaron. Orleans Main Cemetery, France. Plot 1. Row A. Collective grave 16-27. Son of Harry Aaron, and of Jeanne Aaron, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Epitaph reads: Beloved Son And Brother. You Will Always Live In Our Hearts, Rest In Peace.”

Fl/Sgt. Samuel Roger Patti. Orleans Main Cemetery, France. Plot 1. Row A. Collective grave 16-27. Son of Samuel Roger and Elsie Rebecca Patti, of Glenfield, Leicestershire, England. Epitaph reads: “To Live In The Hears Of Those We Love Is Not To Die.”

Fl/Sgt. Robert Ford Stubelt. Orleans Main Cemetery, France. Plot 1. Row A. Collective grave 16-27. No further details - are you able to assist?

Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Andrew Roberts. Orleans Main Cemetery, France. Plot 1. Row A. Collective grave 16-27. Son of John and Pauline Roberts, of Liverpool, England. Epitaph reads:” Faithful Unto Death.”

Researcher: Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered April 2017. With thanks to J.A. Mallet for grave photographs, A Charpentier for photo of F/O. Steylaerts - others from the collection of Michel Beckers.

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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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