01/02.07.1940 No. 83 Squadron Hampden I P1171 OL-P P/O. Douglas Redmayne
Operation: Kiel Germany
Date: 1/2nd July 1940 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No. 83 Squadron
Type: Hampden MkI
Base: RAF Scampton
Location: Schwentine Estuary, Kiel dockyard, Germany
Pilot: P/O. Douglas Redmayne 41206 RAF Age ? Killed
Obs: Sgt. Cyril Lee 566470 RAF Age ? Killed.
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Owen Sandford Gander 552107 RAF Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Elliott Little 547515 RAF Age 30. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Shot down by A/A fire (1.Marine Flak Regiment) during night attack on the Scharnhorst and crashed in Kiel dockyard, Germany. Actual location is described as the Schwentine Estuary (as shown on map).
P/O. Douglas Redmayne. Kiel War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3.A.13-16. Understood to be the son of Reginald Richard B. Redmayne and Elsie Topliffe of Lancashire, England. Also thought to have lived at Bowling Green Road, Castletown, Isle of Man. Joined RAF in September 1938 - are you able to assist further? Also remembered on the war memorial in Castletown on the Isle of Man. The family had moved to Castletown from Canada in 1932 after Douglas's father died. Douglas was educated at King William's College and, being a US citizen - he was born in Nebraska - had no obligation to do military service. He joined 83 Squadron of the RAF along with Guy Gibson, who later formed 617 Squadron of Dambusters fame.
Sgt. Cyril Lee. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 3.A.10. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Owen Sandford Gander. Kiel War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3.A.13-16. Son of Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Gander, of South Kensington, London, England.
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.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered December 2015. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection.