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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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19/20.11.1940 No. 78 Squadron Whitley V T4158 EY-L P/O. George

Operation: Ruhland

Date: 19/20th November 1940 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: 78 Squadron

Type: Whitley V

Serial: T4156

Coded: EY-L

Base: RAF Dishforth

Location: 20 miles North of Dresden. .

Pilot: P/O. R.E.H. George 81058 RAF PoW No. 331 Camp: Stalag Luft Bogelsang and then to Stalag Luft Sagan

Obs: Sgt. J.W. Knight 808427 RAF PoW No. 373 Camp: Stalag Luft Bogelsang and then to Stalag Luft Heydekrug finally to Stalag Kopernikus

W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O R.C. Mordaunt 82958 RAF PoW No. 753 Camp: Stalag Luft Bogelsang and then to Stalag Luft Sagan

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. S. Cawkwell 646976 RAF PoW No. 323 Camp: Stalag Luft Bogelsang and then to Stalag Luft Heydekrug finally to Stalag Kopernikus

Air/Gnr: Sgt. J. Wilkinson 937482 RAF PoW No. 344 Camp:Stalag Luft Bogelsang and then to Stalag Luft Sagan


Took-Off at 17:30 hrs from Dishforth to bomb a synthetic oil plant, Ruhland.

Shot down by flak 20 miles north of Dresden. All crew members were subsequently reported as prisoners of war.

The remains of Whitley V T4156 (Aircrew Remembered archive)

Burial Details:

None, all survived as PoW.

With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses', The C.W.G.C.

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