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 Stirling III  EH889


Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 23 Jun 43 Aircraft Name Stirling III Serial Number EH889
Unit 75 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country
Aircrew details
Details Took off 2348 22 June 1943 from Newmarket. Shot down by a night-fighter (Oblt Lothar Linke 1V.
Source Henk Welting's Database

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Stirling III EH889

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantEric GRAINGER (625045) Stirling III EH889  IBCC 1943-06-2375 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantRaymond Anthony KENNEDY (1003148) Air Gunner Stirling III EH889  IBCC 1943-06-2375 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsWieringermeer (Middenmeer) Gen
Flight LieutenantThomas Fraser McCRORIE (68770) Pilot Stirling III EH889  IBCC 1943-06-2375 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsHemelumer Oldeferd (Molkwerum)
Flight SergeantJames Leonard RICHARDS (404946) Stirling III EH889  IBCC 1943-06-2375 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Pilot OfficerWilliam STUCKEY (51042) Navigator Stirling III EH889  IBCC 1943-06-2375 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsWonseradeel (Makkum) Protestan
Warrant Officer Class IIRichard Douglas TOD (R/91741) Wireless Op Stirling III EH889  IBCC 1943-06-2375 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsMedemblik General Cemetery
Warrant Officer Class IIRobert Ernest TOD (R/91742) Wireless Op Stirling III EH889  IBCC 1943-06-2375 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsMedemblik General Cemetery

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Brothers buried side by sideHello Mark and Pete, Pete means the Tod brothers who rest at Medemblik cemetery in Holland. The 23 years old W/O II Robert Ernest Tod, R/91742 RCAF and W/O II Richard Douglas Tod, R/91741 RCAF were both WO/AG with 75 Squadron and died on 23 June 1943 when their Stirling EH889 AA-Z was shot down by night fighter ace Fw Heinz Vinke. Both brothers washed ashore seperately, but on request of the family the brothers were reinterred next to each other after the war. Best wishes, Hans Nauta ....Read More.Hans Nauta on 27th December 2009 04:23:08
Siblings in same aircraftWarrant Officers R.D. Tod and R.E. Tod (RCAF) were twin brothers (Wireless Operator/Air Gunners) who were crewed together and died together in Stirling EH889 of No.75 (NZ) Squadron, 22 June 1943. It has struck me that allowing siblings (twins or not) to fly as members of the same bomber crew was somewhere between irresponsible and reckless. Had there not been earlier instances of such tragedies that might have cautioned against permitting brothers in the same crew ? Was any policy formulated to prevent it happening ? Would it have at least been practice (as opposed to policy) to place siblings in different crews, even if they were serving iin the same unit ? I am aware of at least two other cases of RCAF twins in the same unit, but they are not comparable. Bruce and Douglas Warren (No.66 Squadron) were pilots in a unit flying single-seater fighters. Eric and Allen Sherlock were pilots in No.424 Squadron and as such would have flown in seperate aircraft. ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 19th February 2013 02:54:19


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