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106 Squadron Crest
29/30.05.1943 No 106 Squadron Lancaster I R5677 ZN-A Sgt. Hugh R.B. Whyatt

Operation: Barmen-Wuppertal

Date: 29/30th May 1943 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 106 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: R5677

Code: ZN-A (Admiral Chatanooga)

Base: RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire

Location: Wuppertal / Düsseldorf area

Pilot: Sgt. Hugh Richard Belcher Whyatt 1314530 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Louis Thomas Delorme R/70694 RCAF Age ? Killed

Nav: Sgt. Reginald Francis Coverdale 1324110 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Eric William Cosnett 1575352 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Maurice William Moore 1042799 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Anthony William Chapman 1160856 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Joseph Leadbetter 1237320 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Page dedicated to the memory of Fl/Lt. Noel Ernest Burton DFM 778740 (160039)RAFVR who knew some of the crew and flew this aircraft as the pilot prior to its loss. Sadly Noel Burton passed away December 2015 and was unable to read the page. We hope to be able to place a page dedicated to Noel in 2017.


Lancaster R5677 took off from RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire at 22:45hrs to attack the town of Barmen -Wuppertal.

719 aircraft taking part, bombing the home of the Goldschmitt firm between 00:49 hrs and 01:43 hrs which produced Tego-Film, a wood adhesive used in the production of the HE162 and TA154.

Around 1000 acres were destroyed in the firestorm that followed - 211 industrial buildings and nearly 4,000 houses were totally destroyed. A figure of 3,500 fatalities on the ground has been recorded. Reported that some 1186 high explosive bombs were dropped together with 342,000 incendiaries and 28,454 phosphorous canisters.

33 allied bombers failed to return this night, no claims by night fighters for R5677, it is thought that they were probably hit by anti-aircraft fire over the target area.

Log book entry prior to the night operation for R5677. On the date marked 27 May 1943, 106 Squadron lost Lancaster I W4842 ZN-H Flown by Sgt. E.A. Robbins 1336699 RAFVR taken PoW No. 33 and held at Stalag Kopernikus - all remainder of his crew also made PoW at various camps (details held)

Burial details:

Sgt. Hugh Richard Belcher Whyatt. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 5.F.4. No further details - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Louis Thomas Delorme. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 5.E.17. No further details - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Reginald Francis Coverdale. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 5.E.18. Son of Moses Delorme (fatherj, Lebret. Saskatchewan, Canada. No further details - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Eric William Cosnett. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 5.F.1. Son of William Lindley Cosnett and Edith Emily Cosnett, of Handsworth, Birmingham, England.

Sgt. Maurice William Moore. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 5.F.3. Son of William L. L. and Esther Moore, of Coundon, Co. Durham, England.

Sgt. Anthony William Chapman. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 5.F.5. No further details - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Joseph Leadbetter. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 5.F.2. Son of Henry and Frances Leadbetter, of Bryn, Lancashire, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Diana, who’s father had been piloting this aircraft prior to its loss and had fond memories of it. Thanks also to sources as quoted below,

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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