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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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83 Squadron Crest
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

Serial: P1171

Code: OL-P

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


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).

Burial details:

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.

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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