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Military Branch:
Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)

General Information

Military Branch:
Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) 
Manufacturer:
De Havilland 
Model:
Mosquito 
Type:
B.Mk.XX 
Serial Number:
KB267 
Identifier:
AZ-E 
Nickname:
 
Command:
Bomber Command 
Squadron:
No. 627 Squadron RAF 
Comment:
Airborne evening of 19 Sep 1944 from Woodhall Spa as Master Bomber to a target in Rheydt. Homebound, the aircraft was shot down by friendly fire from a Lancaster, believing it to be an enemy Ju 88 night fighter. Aircraft crashed in flames near Steenbergen (Noord Brabant). Both, Pilot and Navigator, were killed in the crash and are buried in Steenbergen-en-Kruisland Roman Catholic Cemetery. W/Cdr Gibson had appointed himself to flying duty as a Master Bomber on that night‘s raid on Rheydt. S/L Warwick had completed two full tours prior to his appointment to RAF Coningsby as Station Navigation Officer, and was therefore screened from further operations unless he chose to volunteer.

W/C G.P.Gibson VC DSO & BAR DFC & BAR 39438 RAF (Pilot) killed
S/L J.B.Warwick DFC 156612 RAFVR (Navigator) killed

W/Cdr Guy Penrose Gibson VC DSO (bar) DFC (bar) (12 Aug 1918 – 19 Sep 1944), was the first Commanding Officer of No. 617 Squadron RAF, which he led in the "Dam Busters" raid (Operation Chastise) in 1943, resulting in the destruction of two large dams in the Ruhr area. He had been awarded the Victoria Cross and had completed over 170 operations. He was 24 year old and was affectionately known as ‘The Arch-Bastard‘ by his squadron.

SGLO_id: T4158
Date: 23:00 on 19 Sep 1944
Unit: [url0http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._627_Squadron_RAF]627 Sqdn[/url]
Crash Site: Steenbergen (land Hr. van der Riet)
Pilot: W/Cdr G P Gibson
Status: Complete - crew accounted for.
Source: Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945. 2008. http://www.defensie.nl/media/verliesregister_1944_tcm46-154755.pdf

http://en.tracesofwar.com/article/28454/Memorial-Crash-Mosquito-KB-267.htm

Serial range KB100 - KB299. 200 Mosquito B.Mk.XX. Part of a batch of 245 (including nine to the USAAF as F8) delivered by De Havilland (Toronto) Canada.

Morris, Richard. (1994). Guy Gibson. Penguin Books. ISBN: 0670828785.

Hadaway, Stuart. (2008). Missing Believed Killed: Casualty Policy and the Missing Research and Enquiry Service. Pen & Sword. ISBN: 1844157342, page 138.

Chorley, W R. (1997). RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Vol 5 – 1944. Midland Publishing. ISBN: 0904597911.
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Start Airport:
Woodhall Spa 
Mission:
Bombardement 
Destination:
Rheydt 
Date:
1944-09-19 
Losstime:
23:00 on 19 Sep 1944 
Loss Location:
Steenbergen (Noord Brabant) Netherlands
Cause:
friendly fire 
Shot by:
 
Damage:
100% 
Luftwaffe Casualty-No.:
 
Source:
Former/Ehemalige Website lostbombers.co.uk
www.cwgc.org
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ID Rank Name Position Destiny Date of birth Personal ID Burial Place
1 Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC DSO & BAR DFC & BAR Pilot killed 1918-08-12 39438 STEENBERGEN-EN-KRUISLAND ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY
2 Squadron Leader James Brown Warwick DFC Navigator killed 0000-00-00 156612 STEENBERGEN-EN-KRUISLAND ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY

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