14/15.08.1941 No. 83 Squadron Hampden I AE131 OL-W P/O. Slater-Eiggert
Operation: Braunschweig railway station
Date: 14/15th August 1941 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: No. 83 Squadron
Type: Hampden I
Base: RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Location: Pattensen, Germany
Pilot: P/O. Peter Henry Slater-Eiggert 102591 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Pilot 2: Fl/Sgt. Leonard Samuel Thorrowgood 905008 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frank Stephens 983447 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/O. Walter Charles Rasbary 81413 RAFVR Age 38. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On the evening of 14th August 1941, Hampden AE131 of No. 83 Squadron with a crew of four took off from RAF Scampton, at 21.10 hrs to take part in a bombing raid on the city of Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany.
Seven out of the 17 aircraft that returned successfully to Scampton said they had bombed Hannover instead of Brunswick due to thick cloud cover over the target. It seems highly likely that AE131 did the same as the plane crashed near Pattensen, which is a town about 12 kilometres south of Hanover. Hannover was known to have a heavy flak belt. The aircraft was shot down by flak killing all crew members. Three were recorded as being killed on the 14th August 1941 and the fourth member of the crew, Walter Rasbary, is recorded as dying on the 15th August 1941.
83 Squadron crews in front of Hampden I (courtesy wikipedia)
They are all now buried in the Hanover War Cemetery pictured left (courtesy CWGC)
P/O. Peter Henry Slater-Eiggert. Hanover War Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 11. Further information: Son of William Henry and Florence Alberta Slater-Eiggert, of Hampstead, London, England.
Fl/Sgt. Leonard Samuel Thorrowgood. Hanover War Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 13. Further information: Son of Charles Francis and Martha Mary Jane Thorrowgood, of Purbrook, Hampshire, England.
Sgt. Frank Stephens. Hanover War Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 12. Further information: Next of Kin details not currently available.
F/O. Walter Charles Rasbary. Hanover War Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 14. Further information: Son of William George and Harriet Annie Rasbary, husband of Harriet Gordon Rasbary, of Aspenden, Hertfordshire, England.
Researched by Nick Watson (related to Peter Henry Slater-Eiggert). Acknowledgements: Aviation Research Neustadt