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170 Squadron Crest
07/08.01.1945 No. 170 Squadron Lancaster III PB397 TC-X F/O. Norman K. Dunlop

Operation: München

Date: 07/08th January 1945

Unit: No. 170 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: PB397

Code: TC-X

Base: RAF Hemswell

Location: Hengen, Germany

Pilot: F/O. Norman Kenneth Dunlop AUS/419166 RAAF Age 21. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. John Henry Pinsent 1852125 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Nav: Sgt. Thomas Miller 873380 RAF (Aux) Age 31. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Robert Sidney Bennett 1335173 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Jack Mace. 1589239 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Peter Day 2213761 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Charles Albert Robinson 2209776 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

The researcher for this loss, Mr. John Williams, would very much like contact with any relatives - please contact us in the first instance.


Taking off at 18:26 hrs from RAF Hemswell. It is understood that they collided with Lancaster I NG290 AS-B from 166 Squadron on route to the target.

The pilot of the 166 Squadron Lancaster, 22 year old, F/O. Walter Young James Soper J/35275 RCAF from Ottawa, Canada killed with all of his crew. (Also buried at Durnbach War Cemetery)

Norman Dunlop as a second pilot, did his first operation to on 18/19th November 1944 to Wanne-Eickel.

The rest of his crew flew with Dunlop from here on in.

21/22nd November 1944 to Aschaffenburg - 27/28th November 1944 to Freiburg - 4/5th December 1944 to Karlsruhe - 6/7th December 1944 to Merseburg - 12/13th December 1944 to Essen - 28/29th December 1944 to Bonn - 2/3rd January 1945 to Nuremburg - 7/8th January 1945 to Munich. Failed to return.

Burial details:

F/O. Norman Kenneth Dunlop. Durnbach War Cemetery. Coll. grave 4.H.27-30. Born on the 27th October 1923 in Carlton, Victoria, Australia, the son of Archibald John and Mary Dunlop, of North Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.

Sgt. John Henry Pinsent. Durnbach War Cemetery. Coll. grave 4.H.27-30. Son of Donovan Henry and Vera Gweneth Pinsent, of Torquay, Devon, England.

Sgt. Thomas Miller. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 4.H.26. Son of John and Barbara Miller, of New Stevenston, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Sgt. Robert Sidney Bennett. Durnbach War Cemetery. Coll. grave 4.H.27-30. Son of Sidney Leslie and Emily Maud Bennett, of Hassocks, Sussex, England.

Fl/Sgt. Jack Mace. Durnbach War Cemetery. Coll. grave 4.H.27-30. Son of William and Catherine Mace, of Mill Hill, Blackburn, Lancashire, England.

Sgt. Peter Day. Durnbach War Cemetery. Coll. grave 4.H.27-30. No further details - are you able to assist?

Fl/Sgt. Charles Albert Robinson. Durnbach War Cemetery. Coll. grave 4.H.27-30. Son of Arthur and Mary Robinson, of Saltney, Cheshire, England.

Researched by John Williams for Aircrew Remembered - August 2016 (who also supplied the photographs used) and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as quoted below.

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