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51 Squadron Crest
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

Serial: Z9424

Code: MH-R

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 


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.

Burial details:

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.

MB/KTY 13.09.2015

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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