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Stirling I N6005 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Stirling I N6005

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  31 Aug 43 Aircraft Name  Stirling I Serial Number  N6005
Unit  1651 HCU Operating Airfield   Country  UK
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/7301Pilot Officer L A J Mills: injured; Flying Officer D T Witt: uninjured; enemy action, Stirling N6005, 7 Squadron, 1 July 1941.C16756598

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Don Mason DSO with bar, DFChello, About the inclusion of a loss in BCL volume 2, there's no mention of a ditched Stirling of No. 7 Squadron. On the night 9/10th April 1941, No. 7 Squadron despatched 3 Stirlings to Berlin, and lost N6011 shot down by a night fighter near Lingen, Germany. The Stirling Story by Michael J.F. Bowyer mentions another Stirling being N6009 captained by Flying Officer J.F. SACHS, "which encountered propeller trouble which forced him to turn back at the dutch coast then jettison his load. No mention of a ditching." I keep on quoting the book about the third Stirling : George BLACKLOCKwas making his last flight in N6005, one of whose engines persisted in overheating on the climb forcing spells of level flying to allow it to cool off." Then over Lingen the aircraft was coned by searchlights and attacked by a nightfighter. He evaded the attack and diverted to Emden. He landed back OK. No mention at all of a ditched Stirling. The ORB for No. 7 Squadron for 1941 is indeed in AIR 27/98 (99 for 1942 and 1943). The ORB for No. 57 Squadron for 1941 is in AIR 27/537, appendices in AIR 27/541. Tom Docherty also published a book, "No. 7 Bomber Squadron in World War Two" but I don't have it. Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 2nd December 2008 11:17:00
Don Mason DSO with bar, DFCOnly 3 Stirlings set out for Berlin on 9/10 April 1941. One (N6009, pilot F/O J. Sach) turned back early with propeller trouble at the Dutch coast. A second aircraft, (N6005, pilot F/O G. Blacklock) was damaged by a night-fighter on its way to the target and bombed Emden instead and the third, (N6011, pilot F/Lt V. Pike) was shot down over Lingen before reaching the target. All three aircraft were from 7 Squadron who were the only ones flying Stirlings operationally at that time. The mystery deepens! Cheers all, Bill. ....Read More.BillG on 2nd December 2008 12:05:20
Squadron 7 Stirling Bombers - Can you help?Ian, I know about the 1st July 1941 when D T Witt witnessed my Father in the sea. "The dinghy was spotted by 3 Short Stirling 1ís from 7 Squadron, N6013 MG-A piloted by F/O John Kinnane, N6005 MG-G piloted by F/O D T Witt and N3655 MG-? piloted by Sgt. B K Madgwick, returning to Oakington from a daylight attack on Emden and Aurich. They had experienced lack of cloud cover over the target and bombed Borkum seaplane base by daylight with 16 x 500lb bombs as an alternative on their return. Bursts were seen across the harbour and on the slipway. They met a considerable defence from fighters. The Germans claimed 2 Stirlings at this point but none were lost at that time. Uffz Summerer from 3./JG52 claimed a Stirling at 14.00 hours 15Km West of Bokrum and another claim was made at 14.05 hours by Uffz Brey of 1./JG52 North of Bokrum." F/O Kinnane's crew were lost trying to co-ordinate the rescue attempt. Does this correspond with one of your Grand Fathers ops? If so, l have quite a bit more information. Regards, Nick ....Read More.NickFenton on 26th November 2009 02:25:05

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