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    Default P/O Richard Vary Campbell Bolster 10 Squadron KIA 28.06.41 Whitley P-5016 ZA-V

    Dear all

    I am currently researching Pilot Officer 63435 Richard Vary Campbell Bolster, KIA 28.06.41, age 29yrs - 10 Squadron RAFVR

    London Gazette 2 May 1941 p.2515
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Leading Aircraftman Richard Vary Campbell Bolster granted a commission for duration of hostilities as Pilot Officer on probation

    AIR 27/142 p.15

    Leeming

    27 June 1941

    1030
    Informed by Station Operations Room that twelve crews would be required to operate tonight, the following Captains were detailed:- W/C.Bennett, P/O. Thompson, Sgt. Rickeerd, Sgt. Gregory, Sgt. Lewis, F/Lt. Landsle, P/O. Clapperton, Sgt. Knape, Sgt. Shaw, P/O. Barrett, Sgt. Farmery and Sgt. Jones

    1730
    All crews briefed for operations over BREMEN tonight

    2223/2234
    All 12 aircraft took off on operations over BREMEN
    Weather:- fair, strato-cumulus cloud at 3/4000ft. Light westerly wind.

    28 June 1941

    0010
    Sgt. Lewis returned to base having abandoned the mission owing to the Marconi tansmitter becoming unserviceable and the receiver very weak.

    0400
    P/O Clapperton landed at Base, he had experienced severe icing and had bombed a flashing light at Baltrum.

    0541/0630
    Five aircraft landed at Base. W/C Bennett landed at Bircham Newton at 0615hrs as his Observer P/O Bagnald had been wounded in the arm by Flak near Kiel.
    Bad weather was experienced and pin-pointing was impossible, four aircraft bombed target area, one overshot and bombed Hamburg and one other was unable to locate primary and bombed Westerhever. Fires were caused in the target area, opposition varying from slight to fairly intense. Four aircraft failed to return from this operation, no contact being made after they took off from Base.


    I know the aircraft was P-5016 ZA-V Whitley and the crew I have identified as the following

    CARSON, Arthur Stewart
    Sergeant W.Op./Air Gunner 635295
    28/06/1941
    Royal Air Force 10 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference: Coll. grave 4A. J. 4-5.
    Hamburg Cemetery

    KNAPE, Alan Harwood
    SergeantPilot918540
    28/06/1941
    Age:27
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 10 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference: 4A. J. 2.
    Hamburg Cemetery
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. William John Knape; husband of Audrey Harwood Knape, of Marylebone, London.B.Sc.

    LEWIS, Ernest Philip
    Warrant Officer 970467
    01/08/1944
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 10 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference: 3. A. 4.
    Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Poland

    WALKER, Denzil Philip
    SergeantPilot902458
    28/06/1941
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 10 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference: Coll. grave 4A. J. 4-5.
    Hamburg Cemetery


    It would appear that this aircraft may have mistakenly attacked HAMBURG along with others on the mission - I believe it crashed near Klein-Hansdorf and four of the crew were killed immediatly - these were originally buried in Bargteheid Cemetery and later reburied in Hamburg Cemetery 28.08.47. W/O Ernest Philip Lewis was taken POW but was shot 01.08.44 and is buried in Malbork, Poland

    A couple of questions:

    In AIR 27/142 p.16 - there is a note in the end column that states: Appendix C 541/280 B - Does anyone know where I might find this appendix?

    Does anyone know why W/O Lewis was shot?

    Any other avenues of research that I can explore or any information that anyone may have would be gratefully received

    Kind regards
    Andrew

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    Hello,

    According to Oliver Clutton-Brock's "Footprints on the Sands of Time" (pg 102):

    F/Sgt Lewis escaped from Heydekrug on 25 March 1944 by crawling along a trench into a wash house which was closed for repairs. He then strolled out of the camp dressed a civilian worker. According to one source (AIR40/280 at Kew) he planned to get through to France but nothing further is known about him except he was captured in July and shot by the SS on 1 August 1944.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by alieneyes View Post
    Hello,

    According to Oliver Clutton-Brock's "Footprints on the Sands of Time" (pg 102):

    F/Sgt Lewis escaped from Heydekrug on 25 March 1944 by crawling along a trench into a wash house which was closed for repairs. He then strolled out of the camp dressed a civilian worker. According to one source (AIR40/280 at Kew) he planned to get through to France but nothing further is known about him except he was captured in July and shot by the SS on 1 August 1944.

    Regards,

    Dave
    Thanks very much Dave - that is a sad story - to be the only survivor of the crash and to then escape and evade capture for four months to then be shot by the SS....

    Kind regards
    Andrew

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