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    Sgt F.E. BAMBERGER - 1385206 - 15 Sqn - became PoW on 27/28-7-1943 during a raid on Hamburg. He may have been shot off/blown off/baled in error from a Stirling aircraft that safely returned to base. He broke his right thigh and was hospitalized until 2-12-1943. Later transferred to PoW-camp 4B, PoW-Nr. 263647.
    Looking for the serial number of the aircraft.
    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk,

    Via the No.15 (B) Squadron ORB.

    Short Stirling BF427 LS-A

    Take Off 2220hrs
    Landed 0435hrs

    Crew in order as per ORB, no ref to their roles given, I have added what I have on file.

    F/O Waugh * (Pilot) *
    Sgt Boards D ( 2nd Pilot) **
    Sgt Bamberger F
    Sgt Slatter A (Nav)
    Sgt Cole A (BA)
    Sgt Branston N
    Sgt Hyde N
    Sgt Watson F ( F/E )


    At position 5410N - 1025E pressure dropped in S/I engine and caught fire. Captain tried diving and feathering but fire continued. P/I revs then dropped, bombs jettisoned.

    Both port engines gave trouble and captain ordered crew to bail out. Captain, 2nd pilot and F/E S/O (sic) base at 3000ft and on way jettisoned equipment. Landed safely.

    * Arrived from No.1651 CU 25.04.1943
    * Promoted to F/O 03.01.1943
    * Awarded DFC for this action
    * Completed tour and was posted to No.1657 CU September 15th 1943

    ** Awarded DFM for this action.

    All the best

    Steve
    No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Association Historian
    No.623 squadron Research

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    Thanks Steve for this info; much appreciated. Bamberger, perhaps an airgunner, may have been only crew member that baled out; remaining names not in PoW-index "Footprints on the sands of time".
    Good weekend,
    Henk.

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