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    Default "Sunrise" loss on Exeter's airfield

    ORB of Exeter states:

    "Sunrise" operation took place today.(...) Towards late afternoon some of the bombers damaged in the raid landed here. 3 Wellingtons and a Hampden. One of the Wellingtons had to make a belly landing which was magnificently done, but one of it's crew was so badly wounded he died later in hospital. The station fire tender, Ambulance, doctor and padre were on the spot almost before the Wellington stopped".

    I couldn't find this loss in Chorley's book. Does anyone know who was this poor guy. Also I would like to know some details of those Wellingtons and Hampden, actually which squadron they were from?

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    Peter,

    From my old copy of PRO docs - CODE NAMES. 'SUNRISE' - Daylight raid on 'Scharnhorst' at La Pallice and 'Gneisenau' at Brest (7/41). Probably 24-7-1941.

    Could this be your man?

    937441 Sgt Thomas Frederick EBRILL RAF + 24-7-1941 No.104 Sqn. Commemorated Panel 1. Stoke-on-Trent Crematorium.

    ROYAL AIR FORCE - Died of Wounds or Injuries Received in Action .

    Sgt T. F. Ebrill

    Flight, Sept 4, 1941. p.140

    See also:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?p=17698

    Col.
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    Thanks!

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    Dear Peter
    Both Hampden's lost on the raid of 24 / 7 / 41 were from 44 squadron. Maybe their ORB may show an aircraft landing at Exeter? Was this the date for the "Sunrise"?
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    I've for EBRILL: Killed on board of a Wellington by an attacking fighter. Death registered Exeter. Pilot of the stricken Wellington was S/Ldr H. BUDDEN - 37275 (later PoW on Wellington W5461 of 104 Sqn - raid on Berlin).

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    Apologies Peter
    AD962 was from 44 squadron, while AE225 was from 144 Squadron

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