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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202874
Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Date:26-APR-1942
Time:00:06
Type:Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Royal Air Force (218 (Gold Coast) Sqn RAF)
Registration: W7506
MSN: HA-K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hüffelsheim, Rheinland-Pfalz -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Marham
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A/C one of 6 aircraft from 218 Squadron participating that night in Operation Canonbury - the first of 2 raids on the Skoda factory in Pilsen Czechoslovakia. Operation supported by Czech partisans who went on to to deliver Operation Anthropoid - the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich.

The aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Oberfeldwebel Haisch & Unteroffizier Fritz of the 4./NJG 3, who were flying Bf 110 C-4 D5+HM from Mainz-Finthen airfield.
The bomber left a crater measuring 20 by 30 metres and around 10 metres deep. The Messerschmitt in return was hit by return fire, leading to an engine failure.
All eight men rest in the Rheinberg War Cemetery:

Pilot: J/15307 Plt Off Harold Reuben Millichamp - Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll. grave 18. D. 11-15.
Pilot:1006950 Sgt Thomas Cunningham Bird - Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll. grave 18. D. 11-15.
Flight Engineer: 570264 Sgt Philip Harold Bullock - Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll. grave 18. D. 11-15.
Observer: 107988 Plt Off John Albert Stokes Banting - Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll. grave 18. D. 11-15.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:1181384 Sgt David Holley Bird - Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll. grave 18. D. 11-15.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:1062947 Sgt Thomas MacFarlane - Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll. grave 18. D. 11-15.
Air Gunner:1281123 Sgt Percy George Detmold - Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll. grave 18. D. 11-15.
Air Gunner: 1378331 Sgt Stuart Alan Bain Kellie - Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll. grave 18. D. 11-15.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
Google Maps
CWGC
Bomber Command Losses 1942.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Dec-2017 15:34 Red Dragon Added
15-Jan-2018 18:27 XindelX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport, Narrative]
01-Jan-2019 17:34 Phil Bullock Updated [Narrative]
26-Nov-2019 20:35 Adam Hauner Updated [Narrative]
22-May-2021 09:38 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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