15/16.01.1942 No. 51 Squadron Whitley V Z9424 MH-R Sgt. Eric John Richards
Operation: Emden, Germany
Date: 15/16th January 1942 (Thursday/Friday)
Unit: No. 51 Squadron
Type: Whitley MkV
Base: RAF Dishforth
Location: Between Achtkarspelen and Rottevalle Holland
Pilot: Sgt. Eric John Richards 1162205 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. H. Conway ‘Ned’ Needham 1193496 RAF PoW No: 114 Camp: Stalag Hohen Fels
Obs: Fl/Sgt. Sydney Clarence Camp R/71752 RCAF Age 23. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Gerald Sinclair Booth 1105939 RAFVR PoW No: 90110 Camp: Stalag Luft Heydekrug (1)
Air/Gnr: Sgt. W.P. Muirhead 988131 RAFVR PoW No: 115 Camp: Stalag Hohen Fels
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Reginald James White 624058 RAF Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
The aircraft was shot down over the Netherlands by the German night-fighter Uffz. Kurt Zipperlein, 4./NJG1 and crashed down at 03:30hrs. in Rottevalle.
(1) Sgt. Gerald Sinclair Booth - Understood to have died in 1975.
Sgt. Eric John Richards. Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard (Rottevalle). Row 5. Grave 24. Of St. Phillips Avenue, Worcester Park, England. No further details, are you able to contribute information?
Fl/Sgt. Sydney Clarence Camp. Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard (Rottevalle). Row 5. Grave 23. Son of Sydney and Clara Adelaide Camp, of 242 Pine Street, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt. Reginald James White. Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard (Rottevalle). Row 5. Grave 25. From Wishford, Wiltshire, England. No further details, are you able to contribute information?
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - September 2015. With thanks to Anneke Moerenhout for grave photographs, Lois M. Brown for photo and letter regarding Fl/Sgt. Sydney Camp. For further details our thanks to sources quoted.