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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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106 Squadron Crest
07/08.05.1944 106 Squadron Lancaster I LL891 ZN:B Plt.Off. Penman

Operation: Salbris France

Date: 7th/8th May 1944 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: 106 squadron

Type: Lancaster MkI

Serial: LL891

Code: ZN:B

Base: RAF Metheringham, Lincolnshire

Location: Loreux (Loir-et-Cher) France

Pilot: Fg.Off. ‘Dickie’ Ernest Richard Penman 150252 RAFVR Age 31. Killed

2nd Pilot: Fg.Off. Louis David Steylaerts 152408 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

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

Nav: Fg.Off. Eric Lewis Sharp 151339 RAFVR Killed

Air Bmr: Fg.Off. Elmer Oscar Aaron J25067 RCAF Age 23. Killed

WOp/Air Gnr: Flt.Sgt. Samuel Roger Patti 1576385 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Air Gnr: Flt.Sgt. Robert Ford Stubelt R200124 RCAF Age 34. Killed

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

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off 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.

LL891 was claimed by Hptm Hans-Karl Kamp Stab III/NJG4, his 16th Abschuss, over Vatan or Romorantin area (HD or GD): 2,000m at 00:15. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (16 March 1944 - 11 May 1944) Part 2 - Theo Boiten)



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

Lancaster JN292 ZN:E Flown by 24 year old, Plt.Off. 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, Plt.Off. Harold Kenty Rose J85352 RCAF from British Columbia, Canada, killed with 5 other crew, 1 evaded capture.
Lancaster ND870 ZN:S Flown by 20 year old, Plt.Off. Kenneth Rowe Warren 410765 RAAF from Victoria, Australia, killed with all 6 other crew.

Burial details:

Fg.Off. 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.”

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

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.”

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

Fg.Off. 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.”

Flt.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.”

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

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 Fg.Off. Steylaerts - others from the collection of Michel Beckers. Thanks to John Jones fo the Night Fighter claim correction (Aug 2020).

RS 31.08.2020 - Correction to Night Fighter claim.

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 (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', 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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