Personnel Index - Detail

Name
SAUNDERS
First Names
Christopher Arthur
Rank
W/O
Service
RAF
Service Number
562617
Crew Position
Pilot
Age
28
Date of Death
08/11/1941
Cemetery

 

Awarded the DFM

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 


 


 


 


 


 

Photographs courtesy of Ed Ijsbrandij and Dick Schilder
 

On the 69th anniversay flowers were laid by Ed Ijsbrandij and Dick Shilder of the Dutch Aircraft Research & Excavation group (DARE)

8/9 November, 1941; ESSEN/INTRUDER:

At 10.00hrs, 5 of the squadron's aircraft were detailed for operations against Essen; 3 on bombing sorties and 2 for searchlight-suppression and intruder attacks. The two intruders took off just after 17.14hrs. Bomber Command had dispatched 54 aircraft on the bombing raid assisted by 8 Hampden intruders. Large fires were started in the target area but the cost was high with 3 Wellingtons, 2 Whitleys and 1 Hampden reported missing. One Hampden failed to return from the intruder operations and it unfortunately came from 49 Squadron.

W/O Christopher Saunders DFM (P1206) and crew were shot down by a German night fighter flown by Ofw Ney of II/NJG 2. The aircraft was hit over the Dutch coast and set on fire; it was seen to circle before crashing at Berkhout, south west of Hoorn in Holland.

Hampden P1206 (EA-Z)
W/O C.A. Saunders DFM Pilot (Killed)
Sgt J.M. D'Arcy NAV (Killed)
Sgt J.E. Kehoe W/AG (Killed)
Sgt S.G. Mullenger W/AG (Killed)
 

Courtesy of RAF Scampton
 

The remains of P1206 were returned to RAF Scampton and are now displayed in the Station Museum.