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570 Squadron Crest
29/30.07.1944 570 Squadron Stirling IV LK133 V8-J Fg.Off. Robson

Operation: S.O.E Operation (Hermit 15)

Date: July 29/30th 1944

Unit: 570 Squadron

Type: Stirling MkIV

Serial: LK133

Code: V8-J

Base: RAF Harwell, Berkshire

Location: 81 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Jean, Orleans, France

Pilot: Fg.Off. Douglas Robson 170888 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

Flt.Eng: Sgt. Stanley William Thompson 1019644 RAFVR Age 32. Killed

Nav: Fg.Off. Arthur Walter William Nipper 170995 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Air/Bmr: Fg.Off. Dallas Eugene Belt J/28877 RCAF Age 25. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: WOI Linton Arthur Sydney Hambrooke R/129321 RCAF Age 34. Killed (1)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: (Air Dispatcher) Sgt. Leslie Hodgson 1621779 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: Flt.Sgt. Myles Alphonsus Murphy 798722 RAFVR Age 22. Killed


Operation area: Dijon. Took off at 22:40 Hrs and shot down by Flak and crashed on 0:55 Hrs in the courtyard of Mr. M Boutrou's house.

The seven bodies of the crew were buried by the Germans on July 31st 1944 at the Orleans Grand Cemetery, now known as the Orleans Main Cemetery.

(1) WOI Linton Arthur Sydney Hambrooke - Served as Lionel Wilfred Lawrence Hambrooke

Burial details:

Fg.Off. Douglas Robson. Orleans Main Cemetery. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 1. Son of Thomas James Robson and Ethel Robson, of 140 Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England.

Sgt. Stanley William Thompson. Orleans Main Cemetery. Plot 2. Row A. Collective grave 14-16. Son of William and J. Thompson, of Bridlington, and husband of Edith Mary Thompson, of Bridlington, Yorkshire, England.

Fg.Off. Arthur Walter William Nipper. Orleans Main Cemetery. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 2. Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Nipper - no further details - are you able to assist?

Fg.Off. Dallas Eugene Belt. Orleans Main Cemetery. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 3. Born on the 07th December 1918 in Alberta, Canada, the son of Harley J. Belt and Esther Pearl Belt, of Leedale, Alberta, Canada.

WOI. Linton Arthur Sydney Hambrooke. Orleans Main Cemetery. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 4. Born on the 27th May 1920 in Hastings, England, the son of Lewis and Nina Hambrooke - believed to be from Toronto, Canada.

Sgt. Leslie Hodgson. Orleans Main Cemetery. Plot 2. Row A. Collective grave 14-16. Son of Lena Hodgson, of Halton Moor, Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

(left: Courtesy Debra McDonald) Flt.Sgt. Myles Alphonsus Murphy. Orleans Main Cemetery. Plot 2. Row A. Collective grave 14-16. Born on the 14th April 1923 in Newfoundland, the son of John Benjamin and Gertrude Ellen Murphy, of Bell Island, Newfoundland, Canada.

Right: Medals of pilot, Fg.Off. Douglas Robson.

Researched Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - August 2017. Grave photographs courtesy Auzeau, France, the others from the collection of Michel Beckers. Thanks to Debra McDonald for the photograph of her uncle Flt.Sgt. Murphy.

RS 12.01.2020. - Addition of photograph for Flt.Sgt Murphy

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