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No 9 Squadron
09/10.11.1941 No 9 Squadron Wellington III X3280 WS-? P/O Hugh Vincent Wilgar-Robinson

Operation: Hamburg, Germany

Date: 9/10th November 1941 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No 9 Squadron

Type: Wellington III

Serial: X3280

Code: WS-?

Base: RAF Honington, Suffolk

Location: East of Heligoland in the Waddenzee off Vlieland

Pilot: P/O. Hugh Vincent Wilgar-Robinson 63492 RAFVR Age 30 Killed (1)

2nd Pilot: Sgt. Robert Bamber Fielding 1001686 RAFVR Age 27 Killed (2)

Obs: Sgt. Reginald Burchell How 959988 RAFVR Age 25 Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Herbert Dartnall 917066 RAFVR Age 22 Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. William Smithson 935541 RAFVR Age 24 Killed (3)

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kenneth Quick 1161595 RAFVR Age 21 Killed (4)

Wellington Mk III (courtesy Imperial War Museum) RAF Honington airfield (courtesy Fold)

REASON FOR LOSS:

Seven aircraft from the Squadron took off from RAF Honington on this operation to Hamburg. Wellington X3280 took off at 17.30hrs and attacked the target at 19.52hrs. A S.O.S. call was sent at 21.09hrs, but was then cancelled and a last message was heard from East Heligoland. Wellington X3280 may have been hit by flak or attacked by enemy night fighter and crashed in the Waddenzee off Vlieland, Holland

A map showing the area of the crash site

Of the five remaining Squadron aircraft that took off that night. Wellington X3352 WS-? took off at 17.31hrs and while in the target area was hit by flak in the port engine but the pilot Sgt. W E Pendleton managed, on a single engine to bring his crew back. While trying to land at RAF East Wretham, Norfolk crashed at 22.10hrs in a wood near the airfield. All the crew were injured and taken to hospital

Wellington X3287 landed back at base having completed the operation and was being dispersed for the night when Flight Mechanic AC2 Davis 1148222 a member of the ground crew was hit by an airscrew and severly injured. He was taken to the West Suffolk General Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds and a few days later was taken off the DI list(dangerous ill)

Burial details:

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey and Vlieland General Cemetery

Headstone pictures for P/O Hugh Vincent Wilgar-Robinson. A family headstone in All Hallows Church for Sgt. Robert Bamber Fielding and Sgt. George Herbert Dartnall (courtesy Michel Beckers for P/O. Wilgar-Robinson and Sgt. Dartnall and Sgt. Fielding courtesy Charles Sale)

P/O. Hugh Vincent Wilgar-Robinson. Vlieland General Cemetery, Holland Grave Ref: Grave 37. Son of Hugh and Annie Wilgar-Robinson of Belfast, Northern Ireland (1) Hugh Vincent Wilgar-Robinson was granted commission for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officer 17 April 1941 and is remembered on the Queen's University War Memorial, Belfast

Sgt. Robert Bamber Fielding. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 43. Son of John Robert and Mary Jane Fielding of Blackpool. Lancashire (2) Robert was born in 1914 and is remembered on a family headstone in All Hallows Church burial ground, Bispham, Lancashire. His last known address was The Knowle, Devonshire Road, Blackpool

Sgt. Reginald Burchell How. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 45. Son of James William and Emily Ada How. Husband of Mary Una How of Ipswich, Suffolk

Sgt. Dartnall is buried in Lemvig Cemetery (courtesy Euro-T-Guide and Fl/Sgt. Smithson is remembered on the Batley Carr War Memorial (courtesy Gordon Hodgson )

Sgt. George Herbert Dartnall. Lemvig Cemetery, Denmark. Grave Ref: Grave 714. Son of George Herbert Lanworth Dartnall and Ellen Elizabeth Datrnall no further information as yet

The memorial gate at Batley Carr Holy Trinity Church, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire (courtesy Gordon Hodgson)

Fl/Sgt. William Smithson. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 37. Son of Albert and Ellen Smithson of Batley Carr, Dewsbury, Yorkshire (3) William is remembered on the Batley Carr Holy Trinity Church war memorial, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Sgt. Kenneth Quick. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 50. Son of Arnold and Ethel Quick of Velindre, Port Talbet, Glamorgan (4) Kenneth is remembered on the Port Talbot Roll of Honour

Researched by: Kate Tame Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew. With special thanks to Michel Beckers, Charles Sale - Gravestone Photographic Resources, Gordon Hodgson - Yorkshire Indexers,British Newspaper Archives, Find a Grave ABD48, Euro-t-guide, National Archives AIR 27/126 and other sources as indicated below

KT. Page uploaded 04.06.2016

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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