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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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15 Squadron Crest
07/08.09.1941 No. 15 Squadron Stirling I N6045 LS-U Fl/Lt. R.P. Wallace-Terry

Operation: Berlin

Date: 07/08th September 1941 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 15 Squadron

Type: Stirling MkI

Serial: N6045

Code: LS-U

Base: RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire

Location: Between Steenderen and Hengelo, Holland

Pilot: Fl/Lt. R.P. Wallace-Terry RAF PoW No: Not known Camp: Stalag Luft 3 (1)

Fl/Eng: Sgt. William "Jock" Moir 540438 RAF PoW No: 9662 Camp:Stalag 357

Nav: Sgt. Richard B. ‘Ginger’ Pape RAF PoW No: 24463 Camp: Stalag VIIIB / L6 (1)

Sgt. H.J. Dunnett 958518 RAF PoW No. 9853 Stalag Luft 6

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. R.D. Hooley 751071 RAF PoW No: 9587 Stalag 357

Air/Gnr: Sgt. R. Harper 1057680 RAF PoW No: 9649 Stalag 357

Air/Gnr: Sgt. C.S. Aynsley 986897 RAF PoW No: 9585 Camp: Stalag 357

Sgt. J.E. Dodd 1168327 RAF PoW No: 9584 Camp: Stalag Luft 3 


Taking off from RAF Wyton mid evening to attack Berlin. 197 aircraft taking part in clear visibility with reports of good bombing on the target.

Reports state that 4 war-industry factories were hit, 10 transport, 13 public utilities damaged. As well as a zoo, 16 farms, 260 dwellings. Ground casualties amounted to 36 killed, 212 injured with some 2,873 bombed out of their homes.

The allies lost some 21 aircraft, either over the target or returning home. Some 57 aircrew killed, 42 injured with 5 others interned in Sweden.

Stirling N6045 hit by flak and eventually crash landed between Steenderen and Hengelo, Holland. All the crew survived as PoW.

Boldness Be My Friend. Written by Richard Pape. ISBN: 978-0755316267 Published by Headline Press 2008. 352 pages. The author passed away in Canberra, Australia on the 19th June 1995.

(1) Fl/Lt. Wallace Terry repatriated in May 1944 - no further details. Sgt. Richard Pape repatriated September 1944 no further details.

Burial details:

None - all crew survived.

Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered October 2015. With thanks to Jim Torys for photo of Richard Pape - other photographs from the collection of Michel Beckers.

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