Personnel Index - Detail

Name
PATERSON
First Names
Robert Campbell
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
628327
Crew Position
Flight Engineer
Age
36
Date of Death
23/09/1943
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke

49Sqn Association

L to R:
Jock Paterson, Jimmy Green, Doug Bickle, Arthur Buck, Cyril Anderson and John Nugent

This airman flew Lancaster ED999 at least once....click for an image and information about this aircraft.

23/24 September, 1943; MANNHEIM:

The northern part of Mannheim suffered bombing from 628 aircraft. It cost Bomber Command 18 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes and 7 Wellingtons.
After their mid-afternoon bus trip from Fiskerton, 13 crews had climbed away from Dunholme Lodge by 18.56hrs. Once over the target, fighters were again much in evidence. The use of searchlights in co-ordination with fighters accounted for many of the losses.
Sadly, the luck of two other 49 Squadron crews did not hold out. Cyril Anderson and his 'Dambuster' crew flying in the Wingco's aircraft, D-Donald, failed to return and were all later reported killed... this would have been their 21st operation.

ED702 (EA-D)
P/O C T. Anderson Pilot (Killed)
Sgt R.C. Paterson F/E (Killed)
F/Sgt J.P. Nugent NAV (Killed)
F/Sgt W.D. Bickle W/AG (Killed)
Sgt A.W. Buck A/G (Killed)
F/Sgt G.J. Green B/A (Killed)
F/Sgt E. Ewan A/G (Killed)
 

There is also a memorial tree planted at East Kirkby to remember this crew
 

Offenbach an der Queich.............................Ottersheim bei Landau

A=Position of crash site with memorial nearby
B=Location where F/Sgt Green was found with memorial nearby
 

The crew memorial


The memorial to Sgt G J Green


This airman flew Lancaster ED999 at least once....click for an image and information about this aircraft.