Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: 400723 - Unaccounted airmen - 23-7-1940

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Zelhem, Netherlands.
    Posts
    6,313
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Unaccounted airmen - 23-7-1940

    What caused the death of:

    P/O (Pilot) Eric W. BELL - 77775 - killed on active service (Flight Global), buried Bandon Hill Cem., Beddington, Surrey (UK4167).

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Blenheim I - L1105 - 5 OTU - crashed on approach Frampton Mansell, Glouchestershire
    Hind I - K5432 - RAFC - overshot on landing Barkston LG
    Magister I - L5913 - 504 Sqn - crashed on take-off Buldoo, Caithness
    Magister I - P6437 - 15 EFTS - flew into ground, Hollee, Dumfries
    Roc I - L3129 - 2 AACU - bellylanded Gosport,

    and

    P/O (Obs) Robert C. STERLING - 77981 - 149 Sqn (Wellingtons - Mildenhall/Suffolk) - killed in action while flying operations against the enemy (Flight Global), buried Belfast (Dundonald) Cem., County Down, N.Ireland.
    He may have been killed aboard a Wellington that safely returned to base; ORB 149 Sqn may give an answer.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    1,639
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Re: Sterling, from The Other Few:

    " thirty Wellengon crews were briefed to bomb targets at Gotha and Gelsenkirchen...an aircraft of 9 squadron and another of 149 squadron were attacked by Bf110s. The 149 crew claimed one 'kill' and one damaged, but their navigator was killed during the action"

    No serail numbers and no guarantee that this is the same man (with duties mixed up) but I hope that's a start

    Appears to be the only casualty for 149 on the CWGC for that date.

    A
    Last edited by Amrit; 7th February 2008 at 18:18. Reason: checked CWGC

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Berkshire
    Posts
    2,210
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Hi Henk
    There is a death of an Eric W Bell registered in 3rd Qtr of 1940 at Cirencester which is about 10Kms E of Frampton Mansell, he was age 23.
    A Robert C Sterling, age 22, has a death registered at Newmarket which would be consistent with an occurence at Mildenhall, say returning to home base dead or wounded.
    Regards
    Dick

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Bristol, England
    Posts
    1,314
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts

    Default

    Henk

    Can confirm Bell on the Blenheim

    DaveW

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    1,949
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    Henk,

    From Johnston and Carter's history of 149 Sqn, 'Strong by Night':

    23 Jul 40
    P.O. R C Sterling
    Wellington T2459
    Operation in troop combat area, Europe.
    Aircraft attacked by fighter on outward journey.
    Observer killed.
    Aircraft returned.

    Errol

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Zelhem, Netherlands.
    Posts
    6,313
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Unaccounted airmen - 23-7-1940

    Amrit - DaveW - Dick - Errol, thanks to all of you for helping me to solve my "unaccounted" list. Unfortunately again a disgusting "intruder" got access to this wonderful forum. Do hope Ross, Chris/Dakota and the provider will find a definitive solution to get rid of this (these) bastard(s).
    Regards - enjoy the weekend,
    Henk.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Berkhamsted & Malta
    Posts
    73
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Henk

    One further small detail. Bell was a 263 Sqn pilot who, like many others, underwent a brief conversion to twins at 5 OTU when it was decided to re-equip 263 with Whirlwinds rather than the Hurricanes it had been issued with on its return from Norway.

    Niall

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Zelhem, Netherlands.
    Posts
    6,313
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Thanks Niall for this additional info.

    Henk.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •