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NOTE ON DATES: IMPORTANT: For consistency, the Date is given as the date the mission TOOK OFF since the precise time of a loss is not always certain. Take Off date is unambigous and fixed in the official records, but obviously in those cases where the incident occurred before midnight UK time, then the Take Off Date will be the same as the Incident Date. Of course, most Bomber Command missions flew through midnight, therefore a Luftwaffe claim against a plane - or a locally generated crash report - may record the incident as occurring on the day following our Take Off Date. Bear this in mind when cross-referencing to our Luftwaffe Victories by Name/Date Database and other Luftwaffe sources. In some cases other sources may quote the date following our date, using locally generated reports as their source. To add to the potential for confusion, remember to take into account a Luftwaffe recorded date will be in local time, 1 hour ahead of UK time. When we discover a validated Incident Date we change our record if necessary



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#Name*First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir ForceCommandUnitDateofIncident *See NoteAircraftTypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
1 AbercrombyWilliamWing Commander449711911PilotDFC & Bar

RAFBomber Command83Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIIIND354OL-AWyton11BerlinA later Missing Research & Enquiry team report stated “when outbound the aircraft was shot down and crashed approx 0300 hours at Lutten, 5km North East of Vechta. Possible claim by Lt Wendelin Breukel 5/NJG2 - at 0300 hrsKilledSage War Cemetery Plot 8 Row F Grave 12
Son of David Grewar Abercromby and Euphemia Abercromby, of Brechin, Angus
2 AllenRichard WilliamSergeant1529131Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command83Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIIIND354OL-AWyton11BerlinA later Missing Research & Enquiry team report stated “when outbound the aircraft was shot down and crashed approx 0300 hours at Lutten, 5km North East of Vechta. Possible claim by Lt Wendelin Breukel 5/NJG2 - at 0300 hrsKilledSage War Cemetery Plot 8 Row F Grave 13
3 HalloranWilliam RichardWarrant Officer Class 2R/11969124 Dec 1913CanadianNavigatorRCAFBomber Command83Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIIIND354OL-AWyton11BerlinA later Missing Research & Enquiry team report stated “when outbound the aircraft was shot down and crashed approx 0300 hours at Lutten, 5km North East of Vechta. Possible claim by Lt Wendelin Breukel 5/NJG2 - at 0300 hrsKilledSage War Cemetery Plot 8 Row F Grave 10
Paradie Archive Database Son of Michael Halloran, and of Jean Halloran, of St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada
4 JamesWalter JohnFlying Officer135088Bomb AimerRAFVRBomber Command83Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIIIND354OL-AWyton11BerlinA later Missing Research & Enquiry team report stated “when outbound the aircraft was shot down and crashed approx 0300 hours at Lutten, 5km North East of Vechta. Possible claim by Lt Wendelin Breukel 5/NJG2 - at 0300 hrsKilledSage War Cemetery Plot 8 Row F Grave 8
5 LewisLionel HSergeant1609465Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command83Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIIIND354OL-AWyton11BerlinA later Missing Research & Enquiry team report stated “when outbound the aircraft was shot down and crashed approx 0300 hours at Lutten, 5km North East of Vechta. Possible claim by Lt Wendelin Breukel 5/NJG2 - at 0300 hrsPoW/Dulag Luft/Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe)/PoW Number 369893 The explosion at 21,000ft threw Sgt Lewis clear and he was made a PoW. He describes his incredible escape from death. “This was to be our first operational flight with the target Berlin, and our Lancaster ND354 was brand new. At briefing the Squadron Commander Wg Cdr Abercromby DFC said he would fly with us as first pilot. Take off was perfect and we climbed to altitude and joined the bomber stream.

At the Dutch coast the pilot asked me to go into the bomb aimer’s position to push window out, which I did, taking my parachute with me. By now we had reached our operational height of 21,000ft and Wg Cdr Abercromby engaged the auto pilot and we were flying straight and level on a very predictable course. In quite a short time we saw the whole sky lit up like a cauldron; twice this happened, and the pilot requested the navigator to log that it was an aircraft blowing up. We had no warning when the aircraft gave a lurch and went into a steep dive, and I could see a glow coming from the bomb bay area, and the order came to abandon aircraft. I grabbed my parachute and put it on, removed my helmet and oxygen mask and remember putting my hands on the cushion to get at the escape hatch, but did not make it. There were vivid colours and an explosion. When I came to, I was falling through the air, on my back, spinning round and round. I pulled the parachute release and the handle and cable just came away and nothing happened. I got my fingers under the flap and pulled at the press studs, and the parachute opened with such a jerk that I passed out again. I came to and felt very cold and found that my flying boots had gone. I came down amongst fir trees and the parachute caught up and I was swinging six feet off the ground. I released the harness and fell to the ground. The feeling of utter loneliness and wondering what to do next is something I will never forget. I was not injured, only superficial wounds to my head and hands, and very heavy bruising down my left side. It was too dark to move around so I sat down and cut up my Mae West and parachute to make some footwear. As soon as it was light I started to head towards Holland. I’d found bits of newspaper with Bremen on, so had some idea where I was. Lots of aircraft debris was scattered around, one section was the nose, forward of the bomb bay, with the escape hatch intact.I stayed in the trees which gave very good cover; at one clearing I saw a farmer looking at one of our engines that had fallen into his field. Late that afternoon, having walked some distance I heard voices. I got back in the trees and thought I was well hidden, but the next thing I remember was being confronted by the biggest German shepherd dog I have ever seen, followed by a Werhmacht and five civilians who each searched me and asked where I had come down, and where was my parachute. They took me to a house and sat me in a room and gave me a piece of hard brown bread and a glass of Schnapps. The entire population then came to view this RAF man.I was later collected by two servicemen in a Volkswagen and taken to an army camp and put in a cell, prior to my wounds being treated by nuns in a small hospital. The doctor called me ‘baby killer, murderer, terror flier’ and I was glad when a Werhmacht Feldwebel collected me and I was taken by rail to Bremen, and then to Dulag Luft 3 at Frankfurt for interrogation etc. With a number of other prisoners we were taken in cattle trucks on a long tiring journey, stopping at night in sidings because of bombing raids to Stalag Luft 4B at Muhlberg/Elbe, where we remained until we were relieved by the Russians who handed us over to the Americans, who flew us to Brussels, and the RAF flew us back to England.”
6 NairnAlex FrederickPilot Officer4153505 Sep 1919, Perth, WA, AustraliaAustralianPilotRAAFBomber Command83Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIIIND354OL-AWyton11BerlinA later Missing Research & Enquiry team report stated “when outbound the aircraft was shot down and crashed approx 0300 hours at Lutten, 5km North East of Vechta. Possible claim by Lt Wendelin Breukel 5/NJG2 - at 0300 hrsKilledSage War Cemetery Plot 8 Row F Grave 7
Son of Frederick Thomas Nairn and Ellen Annie Nairn, of North Perth, Western Australia. A.F.I.A
7 PearsonArthur BartonFlight Sergeant42138228 Apr 1920, Chatswood, NSW, AustraliaAustralianAir GunnerRAAFBomber Command83Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIIIND354OL-AWyton11BerlinA later Missing Research & Enquiry team report stated “when outbound the aircraft was shot down and crashed approx 0300 hours at Lutten, 5km North East of Vechta. Possible claim by Lt Wendelin Breukel 5/NJG2 - at 0300 hrsKilledSage War Cemetery Plot 8 Row F Grave 9
Paradie Archive Database Son of Joseph Barton Pearson and Eugenie Catherine Pearson, of Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
8 WallWilliam AlfredSergeant15765311924Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command83Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIIIND354OL-AWyton11BerlinA later Missing Research & Enquiry team report stated “when outbound the aircraft was shot down and crashed approx 0300 hours at Lutten, 5km North East of Vechta. Possible claim by Lt Wendelin Breukel 5/NJG2 - at 0300 hrsKilledSage War Cemetery Plot 8 Row F Grave 11
Son of William Henry George and Beatrice May Wall, of Worcester

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