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83 Squadron Crest
01/02.07.1940 No. 83 Squadron Hampden I P1171 OL-P P/O. Redmayne

Operation: Kiel, Germany

Date: 1/2nd July 1940 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 83 Squadron (motto: 'Strike to Defend')

Type: Hampden MkI

Serial: P1171

Code: OL-P

Base: RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire

Location: Schwentine Estuary, Kiel dockyard, Germany

Pilot: P/O. Douglas Redmayne 41206 RAF Age 20. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Cyril Lee 566470 RAF Age 19. Killed.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Owen Sandford Gander 552107 RAF Age 18. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Elliott Little 547515 RAF Age 30. Killed


Shot down by A/A fire (6.1 Marine Flak Regiment) during night attack on the Scharnhorst and crashed in Kiel dockyard, Germany at 01:37 hrs. Actual location is described as on the shore of the Schwentine Estuary (as shown on map).

Burial details:

P/O. Douglas Redmayne. Kiel War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3.A.13-16. Born Bradshaw, Nebraska, USA on the 2nd July 1919. Son of Reginald Richard Brownlow and Elsie (née Topliffe) Redmayne. Shortly after widower Reginald married Elsie at Barton upon Irwell, Lancs, in the March 1912 Qtr, the family, eventually five sons and three daughters, emigrated to the United States. During WW1 Reginald, after returning to the UK, served in the British Army and was wounded at Gallipoli in 1915. He returned to the US. In September 1926 the family moved to Victoria, British Columbia where they continued to thrive. Following the tragic death of Reginald at Oak Bay, British Columbia on the 5th January 1933, the family returned to the UK on the "SS Montrose" the following month, first settling at Runshaw Hall, near Chorley, Lancashire, then on the Isle of Man from where Douglas enlisted in the RAF. He joined 83 Squadron of the RAF along with Guy Gibson, who later formed 617 Squadron of Dambusters fame. Also remembered on the war memorial in Castletown on the Isle of Man.

Left: Newspaper cutting from the Victoria DailyTimes, 06th January 1933 regarding the tragic death of P/O. Douglas Redmayne's father, Reginald Richard Brownlow Redmayne. (courtesy Dave Champion)

Sgt. Cyril Lee. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 3.A.10. Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire on the 14th April 1920, the son of George E and Gladys Winifred (née Thompson) Lee. In 1939 Cyril was working as a telegraphist for the railways. He married Doreen (née Burton) at Great Harwood, Lancashire in the December 1939 Qtr. No children.

Sgt. Owen Sandford Gander. Kiel War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3.A.13-16. Born 1922. His father Owen Douglas Gander was an officer in the Customs service. As such, the family (wife Anne, sons Owen, Douglas, Allan, Brian and Derek and daughter, Grace) spent much of the 1930s in both Shanghai, China and Yokohama, Japan. They returned to the UK on 23 May 1937, settling in London.

Sgt. George Elliott Little. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 3.A.12. Son of David Henderson Little and Emily Little, of Huddersfield, husband of Irene Little, of Huddersfield, England. Grave inscription reads: 'God Bless You Daddy. Mummy And Jennifer".

Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered December 2015. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection. With additional extensive crew information by Dave Champion - March 2019. To Bob Baston for grave photographs.

KTY Updated 10.03.2019

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', 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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