10/11.01.1942 No. 40 Squadron Wellington IC X9824 P/O. Paul S. Sanders
Date: 10/11th January 1942 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: No. 40 Squadron
Type: Wellington IC
Location: Not known
Pilot: P/O. Paul Sampson Sanders 103042 RAFVR PoW No: 1438. Camp Stalag Luft Sagen and Belaria (Son of England Captain G.S. Sanders. RN, DSO)
Pilot 2: Sgt. Fred Pearson 1379640 RAFVR Age 30. Missing
Obs: Sgt. L.J. Benson 1375555 RAFVR PoW No: 90141. Camp: Stalag Hohen Fels
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur Desmond Edwin St. C. Smithe 960672 RAFVR Age ? Missing.
Air/Gnr: Sgt G.W. Tode 1375355 RAFVR PoW No: 90142. Camp: Stalag Hohen Fels
Air/Gnr: Sgt. E.W. Wainwright 903679 RAFVR PoW No: 90140. Camp: Stalag Hohen Fels
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from Alconbury at 16:45hrs. Believed to have ditched, due to engine failure. Those who died are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
P/O. Paul Sampson Sanders (coursesy of his nephew, Christopher Chave)
Left: Runnymede Memorial
Sgt. Fred Pearson. Runnymede Memorial Panel 91. Son of Ernest and Emily Pearson, husband of Mary Pearson, of Hyde, Cheshire, England.
Sgt. Arthur Desmond Edwin St. C. Smithe. Runnymede Memorial Panel 94. Next of kin details currently unavailable - are you able to assist?
With thanks to Christopher Chave. Other sources as quoted below.