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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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88 Squadron Crest
23/24.05.1940 No. 88 Squadron Battle I P2356 P/O. Bert Wickham

Operation: Bingen-on-Rhine

Date: 23/24th May 1940 (Tuesday/Wednesday/

Unit: No. 88 Squadron (75 Wing, Advanced Air Striking Force)

Type: Fairey Battle I

Serial: P2356

Code: RH-?

Base: Les Grandes Chappelles, France

Location: Springen, Germany

Pilot: P/O. Albert Edgar Wickham 36200 RAF Age 22. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Edward Hibbert 564863 RAF Age 26. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC2. Matthew Whelan 630351 RAF Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from the airfield at Les Grandes Chappelles to attack Bingen-on-Rhine - understood to have been hit by flak and aircraft exploded in the air.

Various sources quote that the target area was where they were shot down, others state that they came down at the village of Springen - both marked on the map.

Burial details:

P/O. Albert Edgar Wickham. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 6.B.17-19. Son of Richard Edgar and Ruth Wickham, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. A total of 243 flying hours logged.

Sgt. Edward Hibbert. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 6.B.17-19. No further details - are you able to assist?

AC2. Matthew Whelan. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 6.B.17-19. Son of Matthew and Mary Elizabeth Whelan, of Waterloo, Liverpool. Grave inscription reads: "In Health And Strength He Left His Home, The Good Lord Bidding Him Come".

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources indicated below.

KTY - 11.02.2018

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 (both 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', 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 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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