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    Default Dortmund-Ems Canal Raid, 12-13 August 1940

    Dear All,

    I'm seeking information on 49 and 83 Squadrons famous raid on the aqueducts of the Dortmund-Ems Canal north of Munster on the night of 12-13 August 1940 during which Roderick Learoyd won the Victoria Cross.

    Any of the following would be very welcome:

    1. Crew lists
    2. Background information on the aircraft captain's
    3. Any information about the imprisonment of F/L Allen Mulligan and Sgt. W. Younger
    4. Information about the new delayed action 'cluster' bomb used in the attack
    5. I'd love to hear from any relatives of the men involved
    6. Anything else pertinent to the raid would be much appreciated

    Many thanks.

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    49sqdn...
    P4304, S/Ldr Lowe, Sgt Unsworth, P/O Halls, Sgt Appleton.

    P4403, F/Lt Learoyd, P/O Lewis, LAC Rich, Sgt Ellis.

    L4195, F/O Drakes, Sgt Boyd, LAC Farnell, Sgt Watson.

    P1347, F/O Riley, Sgt Roberts, Sgt Simpson, LAC Wright.

    L4060, Sgt Haskell, Sgt Butcher, Sgt Boyns, AC Briggs.

    P4404, P/O Matthews, Sgt Fennell, Sgt Gadsby, AC Allwood.

    83sqdn....
    P1355, S/Ldr Collier, Sgt Stubbings, Sgt Johnson, Sgt Threfall.

    L4095, Sgt Sawell, Sgt Maybury, Sgt Price, Sgt French.

    P4340, F/Lt Mulligan, Sgt Hill, Sgt Abel, Sgt Younger.

    P4402, F/Lt Pitcairn-Hill, F/O Harrison, Sgt Roscoe, AC Bale.

    P4410, F/O Ross, Sgt Dewhurst, Sgt Sayer, LAC Buckley.

    Mulligan, pow number 166, Camps L1, L3, 21b, L3.
    Younger, pow number 455, Camps L1, L6, 357.
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    Losses:


    Hampden I P4340 OL-?. 83 Sqn.
    F/Lt A.R. Mulligan DFC (POW), Sgt S.D. Hill (KIA), Sgt W.G.W. Younger (POW), Sgt R. Abel (KIA).
    Took off from Scampton. Hit by flak and crashed near Mesum on the West bank of the Ems river, 7 km SSE of Rheine, Germany. Sgt Hill and Sgt Abel are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany (c. 20 km east of Nijmegen, NL).

    Hampden I P4410 OL-H. 83 Sqn.
    F/O E.H. Ross DFC (MIA), Sgt J.L. Dewhurst (MIA), Sgt K.A. Sayer (MIA), LAC R.J. Buckley (MIA).
    Took off from Scampton. Lost without trace. The crew is commerorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Source: W.R. Chorley. Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War. Volume 1. 1939-1940 (1992).
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    Many thanks chaps. Two questions. I notice in the list we have two Squadron Leader Collier's listed from each squadron. Typo? I was also under the impression that Guy Gibson took part in this raid as part of the diversion force.

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    Ooops, typo indeed, will amend the 49sqdn list. Guy Gibson not involved according to ORB. Just checked ORB again, and Gibson did not fly on ops with the squadron, from the end of July 40 until 24th August, nothing in Summaries to say why. Sawell and Collier flew diversionary raids.
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    Thanks Alan. So which squadron had a Squadron Leader Collier, and what was the name of the officer who is missing from the list? Many thanks. Mark

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    Hi Mark,
    I've edited the list, in my first reply to your original post. Collier was 83sqdn, and Lowe was 49sqdn.
    Alan

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    Many thanks.

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    From what date then were all aircrew flying as Sgts as a minimum. I had always thought it was around May/June 1940 but from this it appears it might well have been somewhat later.

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    Always thought that the date was around end of June 1940, but 49sqdn were still using AC's and LAC's in operational crews, in October/November 1940. Last entry i can see for the rank, is an LAC Upton, being on board Hampden X3029, which crashed on take off for Kiel 3/11/40.
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