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Pilot Officer Rustom Nariman DASTUR () of the Royal Indian Air Force

Pilot

Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Wellington W5577
 NA/PRO

Death of Death 1941-08-31 Age : 22 years.

Served in 12 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : H. 6. at Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, , France (Map)

More Details: SON OF NARIMAN PESTONJI DASTUR AND HOIABAI NARIMAN DASTUR, OF BANDRA, BOMBAY, INDIA.

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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/8755Pilot Officer R N Dastur (Indian Air Force), Sergeant W B Clark (RCAF), Sergeant R B Russell: killed; Pilot Officer C P Khosla (Indian Air Force), Sergeant P J Lewis, Sergeant J F Wolff (RCAF): missing believed killed; aircraft failed to return from operational flight over Boulogne, Wellington W5577, 12 Squadron, 31 August 1941.C16924597

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 31 Aug 41 Aircraft: Wellington II W5577 Unit 12 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Sea
DetailsTook off 2115 31 Aug 1941 from Binbrook. Crashed in the sea off the French coast.
SourceHenk Welting's Database
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Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantWilliam Brown CLARK (R/68182) Air Observe Wellington W5577  NA/PRO 1941-08-3112 Sqdn AIR27 FranceDieppe Canadian War Cemetery,
Pilot OfficerRustom Nariman DASTUR () Pilot Wellington W5577  NA/PRO 1941-08-3112 Sqdn AIR27 FranceDieppe Canadian War Cemetery,
Pilot OfficerChander Parkash KHOSLA () Wellington W5577  NA/PRO 1941-08-3112 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantPaul James LEWIS (917969) Wellington W5577  NA/PRO 1941-08-3112 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantRonald Benjamin RUSSELL (1377293) Air Gunner Wellington W5577  NA/PRO 1941-08-3112 Sqdn AIR27 FranceDieppe Canadian War Cemetery,
SergeantJames Fitzgerald WOLFF (R/53699) Wellington W5577  NA/PRO 1941-08-3112 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

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