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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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106 Squadron Crest
15/16.06.1941 No. 106 Squadron Hampden I AD863 P/O. Dickie

Operation: Cologne

Date: 15/16th June 1941 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 106 Squadron 5 Group (motto: 'Pro Libertate - 'For Freedom)

Type: Hampden I

Serial: AD863

Code: ZN-?

Base: RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire

Location: Lost without trace

Pilot: P/O. David Gray Dickie 43029 RAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed

Obs: Sgt. Albert Leslie Glaves 973029 RAFVR Age 25. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Peter Somers 550679 RAF Age 23. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward Ralph Hall 749477 RAFVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed


Taking off at 23:00 hrs joining some 90 other aircraft to bomb Cologne.

This was the only aircraft lost and no further details as to where - lost without trace.

Burial details:

Pilot: P/O. David Gray Dickie. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 32. Son of David and Mary Dickie, of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. A total of 353 flying hours logged and having completed 6 operational sorties.

Obs: Sgt. Albert Leslie Glaves. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 43. Son of George and Amelia May Glaves; husband of Margaret Emma Glaves, of Treforest, Glamorgan, Wales.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Peter Somers. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 37. Husband of Joan Isabel Somers, of St. Anne's-on-the-Sea, Lancashire, England.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward Ralph Hall. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 44. Son of Ralph Edgar and Hilda Martha Hall, of Cambridge, England.

Researched with the assistance of Jenifer Lemaire and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

Image of P/O. David Gray Dickie reproduced under licence: Auckland Library Heritage Collection: 23 July 1941: AWNS19410723-34-18.

JL/KTY 23.05.2019

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', 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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