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No. 98 Squadron
23.07.1944 No. 98 Squadron American Mitchell Mk II FV985 VO-S Sqr/Ldr. Paynter AFC

Operation: Railway Yards, Glos-sur-Risle, Eure, France

Date: 23rd July 1944 (Sunday)

Unit: No: 98 Squadron

Type: American Mitchell Mk II

Serial: FV985

Code: VO-S

Base: RAF Dunsfold, Surrey

Location: Glos-sur-Risle, Eure, France

Pilot: Sqr/Ldr. Hugh Paynter AFC 42721 RAF Age 28. Killed

Nav: P/O. Jack Dodd 54258 RAF Age 24. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Thomas Francis Riley 1309520 RAFVR Age 29. Killed

Air/Gnr: P/O. Ronald Angus McGregor AUS/400658 RAAF Age 25. Killed

American Mitchell Mk II FV985 VO-S of No. 98 Squadron based at RAF Dunsfold, Surrey in April 1944


Took off from RAF Dunsfold at 15:00hrs to bomb the railway yards at Glos-Montfort. The target was bombed on Gee-H from 10.000 feet with 500lb bombs. Mitchell FV985 while releasing their bombs over the target area exploded and the debris from this explosion hit Mitchell FW122 with the loss of all the crew.

The debris from Mitchell FV985 also damaged Mitchell FL186 which crash landed in the American sector of Normandy and Mitchell FV931 was also damaged and forced to land at RAF Tangmere, West Sussex, England

Sqd/Ldr. Paynter, P/O. Dodd, Fl/Sgt. Riley and P/O. McGregor. (pictures courtesy of Kate Tame)

Burial details:

The crew are all buried in St. Philbert-Sur-Risle Communal Cemetery. The village of St. Philbert-Sur-Risle is 12km south west of Pont-Audemer, Eure, France.

Sqr/Ldr. Hugh Paynter AFC. Son of John Paynter J.P. and May Wood Paynter of Speldhurst, Kent, England. Supplement to London Gazette 1st January 1943 Flight Lieutenant Hugh Paynter A.F.C.

P/O. Jack Dodd. Son of Jack and Mary Leona Jane Dodd. Husband of Sylvia Cottrell Hughes Dodd of West Kirby, Cheshire, England. At the time of his death Jack's address was 14 Groveland Avenue, Hoylake, Cheshire

Fl/Sgt. Thomas Francis Riley. Son of Joseph and Mary Riley. Husband of Philomena Riley of Walton Stone, Staffordshire, England.

P/O. Ronald Angus McGregor. Son of John and Mary Isabella McGregor of Stawell, Victoria, Australia. Ronald was born on the 17th May 1919 in Stawell, Victoria and enlisted in Melbourne, Australia.

Researched by Kate Tame for aircrewremembered and for all the relatives and friends of this crew.

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