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Military Branch:
Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)

General Information

Military Branch:
Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) 
Manufacturer:
Short 
Model:
Stirling 
Type:
Mk.I 
Serial Number:
BF372 
Identifier:
OJ-H 
Nickname:
 
Command:
Bomber Command 
Squadron:
No. 149 Squadron RAF 
Comment:
Airborne 18:14 on 28 Nov 1942 from Lakenheath to bomb the Fiat aircraft works at Turin, Italy. Hit by Flak over the target which severely wounded both pilots. Despite the most appalling difficulties, they managed the return journey and succeeded in regaining the south coast of Britain, where F/S Middleton insisted on remaining at the controls while his crew abandoned the struck aircraft. Five baled out before the Stirling crashed 03:00 into the sea off Dymchurch, Kent. For his outstanding airmanship and devotion to duty, F/S Middleton was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross, gazetted 13 Jan 1943. DFMs were gained by F/S Hyder, Sgt Cameron and Sgt Gough, these awards being promulgated 12 Feb 1943. F/O Royde was awarded the DFC for his part in this incident. Tragically, he was KIA 13/14 May 1943. See: BF479.

F/S R.H.Middleton VC RAAF KIA 22 July 1916
F/S L.A.Hyder Inj Pilot2
Sgt J.E.Jeffrey KIA Flt Engineer
F/O G.R.Royde
P/O N.E.Skinner Inj
Sgt J.W.Mackie KIA
Sgt D.Cameron
Sgt H.W.Gough Inj

http://www.aircrewremembered.com/raf1942/middleton.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawdon_Hume_Middleton
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._149_Squadron_RAF

Serial range BF372 - BF416. 46 Stirling Mk.I. Part of a batch of 200 Short S.29 Stirling Mk 1/111/1V. BF309- BF358; BF372-BF416; BF434-BF454 (116) Mk.I; BF455-BF483; BF500- BF534; BF561-BF580 (84) Mk.II1; BF464; BF468; BF532-BF575; Bf580 were convert4d to Mk.IV. Delivered by Short & Harland between Sep 1942 - Feb43. Contract No.774677/38. Delivered to No.149 Sqdn 11 Sep 1942.

Chorley, W R. (1998). RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Vol 3 – 1942. Midland Publishing. ISBN: 090459789X.
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Start Airport:
Lakenheath 
Mission:
Bombardement 
Destination:
Turin 
Date:
1942-11-28 
Losstime:
 
Loss Location:
at sea, off Dymchurch, Kent United Kingdom
Cause:
antiaircraft gun 
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 Flight Sergeant Rawdon Hume Middleton VC RAAF Pilot killed 1916-07-22 402745 BECK ROW (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD, Row D. Grave 1.
2 Flight Sergeant L A Hyder Pilot injured 0000-00-00
3 Sergeant James Ernest Jeffery RAF Flight Engineer killed 0000-00-00 576050 POOLE CEMETERY, Sec. 12. Grave 13164.
4 Flying Officer G.R.Royde Navigator safe 0000-00-00
5 Pilot Officer N.E.Skinner Bomb Aimer injured 0000-00-00
6 Sergeant John William Mackie WOp AG killed 0000-00-00 994362 ALVA CEMETERY, Sec. 2. West Part. Grave 59.
7 Sergeant D Cameron DFM Mid Upper Gunner safe 0000-00-00
8 Sergeant H W Gough Rear Gunner injured 0000-00-00

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