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16.04.1941 No. 10 Squadron Whitley V Z6557 Sgt. Salway

Operation: Bremen, Germany. 

Date: 16th April 1941 

Time: 22.40 hours. (Approx. - last transmission received - exact time of crash not known)

Unit: No.10 Squadron 

Type: Whitley Mk.V 

Serial. Z6557

Code: ZA-?

Location: South East of Papenburg off Dutch coast

Pilot: Sgt. Robert Victor Salway 745138 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. Victor John Stickland 745430 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op: Sgt. Norman Albert Morant 902874 RAFVR Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Gerard Lyynch 551822 RAF Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Norman Frederick Jackson 972564 RAFVR Age ? Killed

We do not seem to have the current details of Mr. Duncan Lee, who contacted us with some details - perhaps he would like to email us?


Delivered by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft between 24 Feb 41 and 12 Mar 41. Contract No.106962/40. 10 squadron was based at R.A.F. Leeming in Yorkshire - this event was part of a raid consisting of 107 aircraft and the only one lost that night. 


This aircraft was last heard of returning/on route to Bremen at around 22.40hrs. when contact was lost and the aircraft crashed into the sea. All the crew member bodies were recovered. 


Sergeant Robert Victor Salway (courtesy Duncan Lee)


Burial details: 

Sgt. Robert Victor Salway. Sage War cemetery. Grave 13 A 13. N.o.K. details currently unavailable.

Sgt. Victor John Stickland.  Sage War cemetery. Grave 10 D 10. N.o.K. details currently unavailable.

Sgt. Norman Albert Morant. Sage War cemetery. Grave 1 B 6. N.o.K. details currently unavailable.

Sgt. Gerard Lyynch. Sage War cemetery. Grave 13 B 5.  N.o.K. details currently unavailable.

Sgt. Norman Frederick Jackson. Sage War cemetery. Grave 13 A 11.  N.o.K. details currently unavailable.

Details kindly supplied by Mr Duncan Lee who is the nephew of the pilot Sgt. R.V.Salway. Duncan is trying to find further photographs to accompany this article which we will add as soon as we receive them. If anyone has any further information on the other members of the crew we would be most interested to hear from them. With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses', The C.W.G.C.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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