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106 Squadron Crest
23/24.02.1942 No 106 Squadron Hampden I P4323 ZN-Z Sgt. Stanley Kent

Operation: Gardening

Date: 23/24th February 1942 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 106 Squadron

Type: Hampden I

Serial: P4323

Code: ZN-Z

Base: RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire

Location: Sylt, Germany

Pilot: Sgt. Stanley Arthur Kent 1182493 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Reginald Stephen Anderson 1280773 RAFVR Age 25. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Albert William Blake 932614 RAFVR Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Stanley Ronald McLeod 1006997 Age 20. Killed


Taking off at 02:00 hrs on a Gardening operation to the Wilhelmshaven and Heligoland areas (Code name: Eglantine / Hawthorne) A total of 23 Hampdens taking part in this operation (6 from 106 Squadron) with P4323 the only aircraft failing to return.

The aircraft was coned by Scheinweferstaffel & I Zug 1/988. Hit by Flak of Marine Flak Abt 264 (Batteries Wittun and Puan Klent) and 3/lei Res Flak Abt 988. The aircraft crashed in dunes at Sylt at 0612 hours. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives The Early Years - Theo Boiten).

Reg Anderson was a prominent member of the pre-war Dulwich Hamlet team and was a teacher by profession. He played one match for Cardiff City but decided that the life of a professional footballer wasn't for him and returned to play at an amateur level for Dulwich Hamlet. Reg also played for the England Amateur football team. He was said by some to be the finest player ever to appear in Dulwich Hamlet's colours.

Burial details:

Sgt. Stanley Arthur Kent. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 3.B.14. Son of Stanley Henry Gladstone Kent and Kate Puttock Kent, of West Dulwich, London, England.

Sgt. Reginald Stephen Anderson. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 3.B.17. Son of William Thomas Anderson and Ellen Leete Anderson (née Strickland) of 19 Woodwarde Road, Dulwich, London, England.

Sgt. Albert William Blake. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 3.B.15. Son of Albert John and Sarah Ethel Blake, of Brockley, London, England.

Sgt. Stanley Ronald McLeod. Kiel War Cemetery. Grave 3.B.16. Son of Elsie McLeod, of Carlisle, England.

Researched by Stephen Hunnisett for Aircrew Remembered - December 2016. With thanks to BobBoston for grave photographs. Thanks to John Jones for the Theo Boiten information. For further details our thanks to the following sources:

RS 20.03.2019 - Inclusion of flak ship claim

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