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Military Branch:
Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)

General Information

Military Branch:
Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) 
Manufacturer:
Avro 
Model:
Lancaster 
Type:
Mk.III 
Serial Number:
PB371 
Identifier:
60-V 
Nickname:
 
Command:
Bomber Command 
Squadron:
No. 582 Squadron RAF 
Comment:
Airborne 10:27 on 23 Dec 1944 from Little Staughton as Master Bomber on a raid to Cologne / Köln. Shot down by Flak over the target. For his outstanding valour, S/L Palmer, who had been attached from No.109 Sqdn, was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross, gazetted 23 Mar 1945. He had completed 110 operational sorties. They are all buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

The only survivor, the Rear AG, F/S R.K.Yeulett was confined in Hospital due injuries. No PoW No.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Anthony_Maurice_Palmer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oboe_(navigation)

PB371 was one of five No.582 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See: PB120, PB141, PB523, PB558.

Serial range PA964 - PD196 This aircraft was one of 800 Lancasters ordered from A.V.Roe Apr 1943 of which 756 were delivered as 255 Mk.Is, 500 Mk.II1s and one Lancastrian between May 1944 and Mar 1945 mainly from Chadderton with 87 from Yeadon. The Mk.IIIs had Merlin 38 engines initially installed except the late production models with Merlin 224 engines PB371 was a Mk.III and was delivered to No.7 Sqdn Jul 1944, to No.9 Sqdn Aug 1944 to 582 Sqdn Nov 1944 No operational history. No record of total hours.

Chorley, W R. (1997). RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Vol 5 – 1944. Midland Publishing. ISBN: 0904597911.

McNeill, Ross (ed.). (2003). Air Force PoWs 1939 to 1945: Compiled from AIR 20/2336.
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Start Airport:
Little Staughton 
Mission:
Bombardement 
Destination:
Cologne / Köln 
Date:
1944-12-23 
Losstime:
 
Loss Location:
Köln (vicinity/Umgebung) Germany
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 Squadron Leader Robert Anthony Maurice Palmer VC DFC & Bar Pilot killed 1920-07-07 115772 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Joint grave 14. C. 13-14.
2 Flight Lieutenant Owen Strachan Milne DFC Flight Engineer killed 0000-00-00 132625 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, 14. C. 12.
3 Squadron Leader Albert Leslie Carter DFC RAF Navigator killed 0000-00-00 44553 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, 14. C. 10.
4 Flight Lieutenant George Russell DFC Bomb Aimer killed 0000-00-00 129583 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Joint grave 14. C. 13-14.
5 Flight Sergeant Bert Nundy WOp AG killed 0000-00-00 1671822 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, 14. C. 9.
6 Flying Officer William Dalgarno Mid Upper Gunner killed 0000-00-00 161283 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, 14. C. 11.
7 Flight Sergeant R K Yeulett RCAF Rear Gunner prisoner of war 0000-00-00 552477

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