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08/09.05.1942 No. 15 Squadron Stirling I W7528 LS-G Fl/Sgt. Ivan Charbonneau

Operation: Warnemünde

Date: 8/9th May 1942 (Friday/Saturday)

Unit: No. 15 Squadron

Type: Stirling I

Serial: W7528

Code: LS-G

Base: RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire

Location: Brodersby, Germany

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Ivan Lee Charbonneau R/69135 RCAF Age 20. Killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. William Craig Brodie 655081 RAF Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. John Ernest Baillie 559161 RAF Age 26. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Kenneth Archibald Evans 1166119 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Humphrey Charles Knipe 1001321 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Victor Frank Munt 1151780 RAFVR Age 24. Killed 

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Archibald Mounteney 1069031 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Algernon Guy Strickland 904495 RAFVR Age 22. Killed


Took off at 22.16 hrs from RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire to attack the German town of Warnemünde and also the Heinkel factory nearby. A total of 193 aircraft took part in this raid (98 Wellingtons, 27 Sterlings, 21 Lancasters, 19 Halifaxes, 10 Hampdens and 9 Manchesters)


Above left: Sgt. Kenneth Archibald Evans on his wedding day to Maureen in 1941. Right: Sgt. John Ernest Baillie (see credits)

Above 12 Squadron Stirling (courtesy IWM)

No details regarding the raid itself from the German town but the raid was classed as moderately successful. 

Losses for the raid amounted to 20 aircraft - The majority victims of the heavy German flak over the target and Rostock, however W7528 was claimed to have been shot down by Oblt Heinz Strüning (1) of 7./NJG2 at between 01.02 - 01.30 hrs.

(1) This was the 12 claim by the ace Oblt Heinz Strüning. (shown right) He went on to make a further 5 kills before being shot down by a Mosquito from 157 Squadron flown by Sq/Ldr. Doleman and Fl/Lt. Bunch DFC (2) Heinz Strüning was shot down over Referather woods near Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany, he baled out of his aircraft which was on fire but hit the tail of his Bf110 and killed.
(2) They made 2 confirmed kills on this night of the 24/25th December 1944, both Bf110's.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Ivan Lee Charbonneau. Kiel War Cemetery Grave 2.H.12. Son of Wilfred Roy and Edna Jane Charbonneau, of Fort William, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt. William Craig Brodie. Kiel War Cemetery Grave 2.H.13. Son of Alexander A. L. and Margaret S. Brodie, of Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Sgt. John Ernest Baillie. Kiel War Cemetery Collective Grave 2.H. 8-11. Son of Peter and Nellie L. Baillie, of Barnet, Hertfordshire, England.

Sgt. Kenneth Archibald Evans. Kiel War Cemetery Collective Grave 2.H. 8-11. Further information: Son of Archibald and Amy Elizabeth (née James) Evans. Born on 12th August 1920 at 132 Tewsbury Street, Cardiff. Family originated from Hampshire. Married Maureen Clara (née Coombs) on 11th October 1941 in Bristol. Living at 77 Egerton Road, Bishopston, Bristol. (see credits)

Sgt. Humphrey Charles Knipe. Kiel War Cemetery Collective Grave 2.H. 8-11. Son of Frederick John and Mabel Margaret Knipe, of Dumfries, Scotland.

Sgt. Victor Frank Munt. Kiel War Cemetery Collective Grave 2.H. 8-11. Son of Frank and Elizabeth Ellen Munt, of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

Sgt. Archibald Mounteney. Kiel War Cemetery Collective Grave 2.H. 8-11. N.o.K details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Sgt. Algernon Guy Strickland. Kiel War Cemetery Collective Grave 2.H. 8-11. Son of Algernon Walter Strickland, and of Mary P. M. S. Strickland, of Gloucester, England.

Researched for the nephew of Sgt. John Ernest Baillie, Mr. Robert Phillips and all the relatives of the crew. Information from our archives, with further details supplied by Mike Evans - cousin of Sgt. Kenneth Evans, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and  2', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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