RAF 166 Squadron

--- Crashes in and around the Netherlands ---
KIA MIA POW
Date Time Aircraft Target Crew Service Area of Loss Reason for Loss
29 March 1943 23.15h Wellington Mk X  HE545  AS-H Bochum
(Germany)
Plt. Off. J. R. A Hodgson - Pilot - buried Arnhem-Moscowa
Plt. Off. S. R. Farley - Navigator - buried Arnhem-Moscowa
Plt. Off. F. L. E. Dupr
é - Air Bomer - reburied Groesbeek           
Sgt. D. Keenan - Wireless Op. -
buried Arnhem-Moscowa
Plt. Off. R. A. Weese - Rear Gunner -
reburied Groesbeek          
RAFVR
RAFVR
RCAF
RAFVR
RCAF
Schaarsbergen, Landgoed Zonheuvel, Gem. Arnhem / Prov. of  Gelderland downed by Maj. Werner Streib + crew
(Stab I / NJG.1)
30 March 1943 00.02h Wellington Mk.III  X3965  AS-L Bochum
(
Germany
)
Sgt.  O. E.  Collins - Pilot
Flg.
Off.  L.   Young -  Navigator
Sgt.  J.
G.    Hubbard - Bomb Aimer
Flt.
 Sgt. J. B.  Bayliss -   Wireless.Op.
F
lt.
 Sgt. S. N. Curtis -  Rear Gunner
RNZAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAAF
RAAF
North Sea, ± 20 km. W. of  Zandvoort, Prov. of  Noord-Holland downed by Ofw. Heinz Vinke + crew
(11. / NJG.1)
03 May 1943 01.55h Wellington Mk.X   HE923  AS-R   Dortmund (Germany) Flt. Sgt. A. P.  Uditsky -  Pilot - buried Vlagtwedde (from USA)
Flt. Sgt.  J. T. Macksimchuk - Navigator - buried Vlagtwedde
Flt. Sgt. E. N.  Moore -  Bomb Aimer - buried Vlagtwedde
Sgt.  T.A.S.  Buchanan - Wireless Op. - buried Vlagtwedde (from N.- Ireland)
Flt. Sgt. G. E.  Armstrong -
Rear Gunner - buried Vlagtwedde
RCAF
RCAF
RCAF
RAFVR
RCAF
Boertange, Gemeente Vlagtwedde,
Prov. of  Groningen (near the German borderl)
unknown reasons
(maybe damaged by FLAK ?)
14 May 1943 04.06h Wellington Mk.X   HZ280 AS-Q Bochum
(Germany)
Plt. Off. W.  Wahl - Pilot  - buried Amsterdam-Watergraafsmeer
Flt. Sgt. W. N.  Partridge - Wireless Op. - buried Stavoren (Frl.)
Sgt.  S. A. H. Davis -  Navigator  POW(nr. 1238) - Stalag Luft VI  Heydekrug (Lith.)
Plt. Off. H. W.   Newby -  Air Bomber   POW (nr. 1319) - Stalag Luft III  Sagan (Poland)
Sgt.  J. A.  Wright -    Rear Gunner  POW first (wounded) - repatriated to the UK later
RCAF
RCAF
RCAF

RCAF

RCAF
IJsselmeer (former Zuiderzee), ± 15 km. E. of  Wieringen island and S. of  the Afsluitdijk, between Prov. of  Friesland and Noord-Holland damaged by FLAK first; downed by Uffz.  ..?.. Scherer + crew (10. / NJG.1) - pilot was more or less successful in ‘rescue ditching’ into the waters -
24 May 1943 01.08h Wellington Mk.X   HE290   AS-J   Dortmund
(Germany)
Sgt.  E. S. Morris  -  Pilot - buried Haaksbergen
Sgt.  H. B.    Thompson  -   Navigator  - buried Haaksbergen
Sgt.  F. V. G. Alloway
 -  Air Bomber  -  buried Haaksbergen
Sgt.  R.
F.  Williamson  -  Wireless Op. -  buried Haaksbergen
Flt. /Sgt.  J. R.  Stewart  -   Rear Gunner  -  buried Haaksbergen
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RCAF
Rutbeek hamlet, between Haaksbergen and Enschede, a/d. Leppepaalweg,  Gemeente Enschede, Landstreek Twenthe, Province of  Overijssel downed by Hptm. Wolfgang Thimmig + crew (Stab III. / NJG.1)
24 May 1943 01.55h Wellington Mk.X    HE655   AS-D Dortmund (Germany) Sgt.  C. W. H. Westwood  -  Pilot - buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt.  A.  Benson  -   Navigator  -  buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt.  H. W.  Fields
 -  Bomb Aimer  -  buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt. W.
P.  Baxter
 -  Wireless Op.  -  buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt. T.
W.   Shadgett  -  Rear Gunner  -  buried Eindhoven-Woensel
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
Oirschot, NW off  Eindhoven, Gem. Oirschot, Prov. of  Noord-Brabant downed by Oblt. Manfred Meurer + crew
(3. / NJG.1)
24 May 1943 02.42h Wellington Mk.X   HF486  AS-L   Dortmund (Germany) Flg. Off. A. E. Steward  -  Pilot - buried A’-dam-Watergraafsmeer
Sgt.  J. H. Griffiths  -  Navigator - buried A’-dam-Watergraafsmeer
Flt. Lt.  J. G. Eldridge
(DFC + Bar)  -  Air Bomber - buried A’-dam-Watergraafsmeer
Plt. Off.  S. B. Jobes
 -  Wireless Op. - buried A’-dam-Watergraafsmeer
P
lt. Off.  J. F.  Sanders  - 
Rear Gunner - buried A’-dam-Watergraafsmeer
  - all buried in the Nieuwe Ooster Begraafplaats (New Eastern Cemetery) -
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR

RAFVR
RAFVR
North Sea  ± 7 km. W. of  Katwijk village (Province of  Noord-Holland) it’s not known why they were lost, but there was a lot of  Luftwaffe night- fighter activity that night, over Holland and the coastal waters too
26 May 1943 02.36h Wellington Mk.X   HE699  AS-M Düsseldorf (Germany) Sgt.  R.  Lowe  -  Pilot - buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt.  G. J.  Mitchener
 -  Navigator - buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt.  J. G.  Watkins  -   Air Bomber - buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt.  S. F.  Barrow  -   Wireless Op. - buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt.  L. M. Chisnall  -  Rear Gunner - buried Eindhoven-Woensel
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
Nederweert, a/d. Proosdijk, S.E. of  Eindhoven city, in the Prov. of  Limburg downed by Maj. Walter Ehle + crew
(Stab II. / NJG.1) - position ‘ 52.6.8 ‘
28 May 1943 00.56h Wellington Mk.X   HE752  AS-W Essen
(Germany)
Flt Lt.  D. T. Tonkinson  -  Pilot - buried Hengelo
Sgt.   P.  Guest - Navigator  -  buried Hengelo
F
lg. Off.  T. D. Brown  - Air Bomber - buried Hengelo
Plt. Off.  A. D. Johnson  -  Wireless Op. - buried Hengelo
Sgt.  N. P.  Rayner
 -  Rear Gunner - buried Hengelo
RAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
Oele hamlet, a/d. Nijhuisbinnenweg, W. of  Hengelo city, Gem. Hengelo,Landstreek Twenthe, Province of  Overijssel downed by Oblt. Hans-Heinz Augenstein + crew
(7. / NJG.1) - position ‘Hengelo’
22 June 1943 02.49h Wellington Mk.X   HE924  AS-C   Krefeld
(Germany)
Flt. Sgt.  A.  Burgess  -  Pilot - buried Nijmegen-Jonkerbosch
Plt. Off.  G. R.  Wright  -  Navigator - buried Nijmegen-Jonkerbosch
F
lt. Sgt. W. F. Payne  -  Bomb Aimer 
P
lt. Off.   J. K.   Somers
 -  Wireless Op. - buried Nijmegen-Jonkerbosch
Sgt.  E.   Jeffs
 -    Rear Gunner - buried Nijmegen-Jonkerbosch  
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAAF
RAFVR
Neerkant village, S.E. of  Eindhoven city, Gemeente Deurne, Province ofNoord-Brabant (near the Limburg border) downed by Hptm. Rudolf  Sigmund + crew (10. / NJG.1) - some sources are saying by Hptm. Siegfried Wandam (of  NJG.5), but the interception time  and also the No. of  the night-fighter unit is not correct
26 June 1943 02.37h Wellington Mk.X   HF589  AS-W Gelsenkirchen (Germany) Flt. Sgt. M. J. Arthur  -   Pilot  POW (nr. 292)  Stalag  XIB(357)
Sgt.  L. A. Butterworth - Navigator  POW (
nr. 300)  Salag Luft. VI Heydekrug (Lith.)
Sgt.   J.   Bailey  -  Bomb Aimer  -  buried Utrecht-Soestbergen
Sgt.   J.   Orr  -   Wireless Op.
 -  buried Utrecht-Soestbergen
Sgt.   S.   Gaskin  -  Rear Gunner   -  buried Utrecht-Soestbergen
RAAF
RAFVR

RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
Hekendorp village, E. of  Gouda city, Gem. Oudewater, Prov. of  Utrecht downed by Hptm. Hans-Dieter Frank + crew (2. / NJG.1) - pos. ‘ Gouda ‘
26 June 1943 02.41h Wellington Mk.X   HE346  AS-M   Gelsenkirchen (Germany) Flt. Sgt. C.A. Mattress  -   Pilot  -  ieldgrave / crash site
Sgt.  A.  Mortimer  -  Navigator  -  fieldgrave / crash site
Sgt.  J. P.  Priestley  -  Bomb Airmer  -  fieldgrave / crash site
Sgt.  N. R.  Parry
 -   Wireless Op.  -  fieldgrave / crash site
Sgt.     T.     Ball (Jr.)
 -   Rear Gunner  -  fieldgrave / crash site


-
there is a War Memorial on the local sea dike, since 24 June 1992; and there is an ‘Unknown Airman Grave’, in the Canadian War Cemetery in  Groesbeek, near Nijmegen city, in the Prov. of  Gelderland, since 1977 (reburial of  bones)  
RAAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
near Holwerd, in front of  the sea dike, in the outside summer meadows area,  Gemeente (West-)Dongeradeel, Province of  Friesland downed by Luftwaffe night-fighter, most likely by Hptm. Rudolf Sigmund +  crew
(10. / NJG.1)
03 August 1943 03.48h  Wellington Mk.X   HE464  AS-W Hamburg
(Germany)
Sgt.  H.  Nash  -  Pilot  -  buried Ternaard
Flg. Off. G. W.  Fitzgerald  -  Navigator  -  buried Ternaard)
Sgt.  V. F.  Fernando  -  Bomb Aimer  -  from Ceylon
Sgt.  R.  J.  Perrin  -  Wireless Op.  -  buried Ternaard
Sgt.  J.   Cowan
 -    Rear Gunner  -  buried Ternaard
RAFVR
RCAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
Wadden Sea,  ± 3.5 km. N.W. off  Ternaard village, in the Gemeente (West-)Dongeradeel, in Friesland (South of  Ameland island) downed by Oblt. Hermann Greiner + crew (11. / NJG.1) - pos. ‘ CM-38h ‘
16 August 1943 00.36h  Wellington Mk.X   HF596  AS-A ‘Mussels Lane’ (Nectarines area I) laying sea mines in between the Frisian isles (the Netherlands) W/O. A. P.  Bates (Jr.)  -  Pilot
Flg. Off.   R.P.  Swallow  -   
Navigator
Sgt.  R.  Carlon  -   Bomb Aimer 
Sgt.  A.  Bromby  -  Wireless Op.
Sgt.  G. W. D.  Dean  -  Rear Gunner
RAFVR
RCAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
North Sea, ± 45 km. N.N.W. of  Terschelling and N. of  Vlieland island downed by Leutnant Heinz Grimm + crew
 (12./ NJG.1) position BK-23r
20 December 1943 19.30h Lancaster Mk.I   R5552   AS-P2 Frankfurt am Main (Germany) Flt. Sgt. K. B. Renelt  -  Pilot  -  buried Middelharnis
Sgt.
  E.
C.  Toms  - Flight Engineer  -  buried Middelharnis
F
lt. Sgt. J. W. Thompson  -  Navigator  -  buried Middelharnis
F
lt. Sgt. A. B. Sheddan  -   Air Bomber  -  buried Middelharnis
Flt. Sgt.  J. F.  Moore  -  Wireless Op.  -  buried Middelharnis)
Sgt.
  L.
A. Henson  -  Mid Upper Gunner  -  buried Middelharnis
F
lt. Sgt.  D.  Bernard  -  Rear Gunner  -  buried Middelharnis
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RNZAF
RAAF
RAFVR
RCAF
Middelharnis, a/d. Pottersweg, Gem. (and island too) Goeree-Overflakkee,  S.W. of  Rotterdam and near the Haringvliet waters, Prov. of  Zuid-Holland   crashed for unknown reasons, after circling around many times over the area 
12 May 1944 01.14h  Lancaster Mk.I   ME779  AS-S   Hasselt
(Belgium)
Plt. Off.  G. J. R.  Clark  -  Pilot  -  reburied Bergen op Zoom
Sgt.
  R.
J.   Bond  -  Wireless Op.  -  reburied Bergen op Zoom
Sgt.
  H.
S. D. Tulett  -  Mid Upper Gunner  -  reburied Bergen op Zoom
Sgt.  L. G.  Smith  -  Rear Gunner  -  reburied Bergen op Zoom
Sgt.  K.   Slater  -  Flight Engineer  -  POW (nr. 3835) - Stalag 357 Kopernikus
Flt. Sgt. P. R. A.  Pool   -  Navigator - POW (nr. 3836) - Stalag 357 Kopernikus
F
lt. Sgt. M.
B.  Brackley  -  Bomb Aimer - POW (nr. 3834) - Stalag 357 Kopernikus
 - the 4 crew KIA were buried first in a temporary grave in Haamstede (Zld.); reburied in 1946
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
Elkerzee hamlet, ± 2 km. S. of  Scharendijke, Gemeente (and island also)Schouwen-Duiveland, nearby todays Grevelingenmeer, Prov. of  Zeeland downed by Oblt. Godfried Hanneck + crew (II./NJG.1)
22 May 1944 01.12h Lancaster Mk III  ND956  AS-I Duisburg
(Germany)
Flt. Sgt. T. G. Franklin  -  Pilot  -  buried Goudriaan
Sgt.  J. F. Tomney  -  Flight Engineer  -  POW (nr.63) - Stalag Luft VII  Bankau
Sgt.    B.F.  Bird  -
   Navigator  -  POW (nr.3) - Stalag Luft XVIII-A  Wolfsberg, in  Austria + Stalag Luft VII  Bankau, in todays Poland 
Flt. /Sgt.  S. D. Spencer  -
  Air Bomber  -  buried Goudriaan
Sgt.
  
J.   Kiltie  -  Wireless Op.  -  buried Goudriaan
F
lt. Sgt. A. A. Anderson  -  Mid Upper Gunner
 -  buried Goudriaan
Sgt.
  J.   Moffatt
 - 
Rear Gunner  -  buried Goudriaan
 - the human remains of  the crew KIA are buried in one collective grave in the Gen. Cemetery;  there is erected a commemorative stone in between the 4 grave markers of  the CWGC
RAF
RAFVR
RAFVR

RCAF
RAFVR
RCAF
RAFVR
near Goudriaan village, in the ‘Polder Zuidzijde’ (Southside Polder), Gem.)  Giessenlanden, E. of  Rotterdam, in the Prov. of  Zuid-Holland downed by Oblt. Wilhelm Henseler + crew
(1. / NJG.1) - pos. 10 km. N.E.  of  Dordrecht (alt. 6000 mtrs.)
22 May 1944 02.124h Lancaster Mk III  ND579  AS-H Duisburg
(Germany)
Plt. Off.  J. W. Reilly  -  Pilot  -  POW (nr. 5504 injured) - brought to hospital first then Stalag Luft III  Sagan (Poland)
Sgt.   D.  Dickson  -   Flight Engineer  -  buried Brielle
F
lt. Sgt. L. C. Clutterbuck  -  Navigator  -  buried Hoek van Holland
Flg. Off.   P.   Pochaillo   Bomb Aimer
Sgt.   T. J.  Meehan  -   Wireless Op.
 -  buried Hoek van Holland
Sgt.   W.
B. Rankin  -    Mid Upper Gunner
 -  buried Den Haag-Westduin
Sgt.   A.  
Patmore
 -   Rear Gunner  -  reburied Bergen op Zoom
RAFVR

RAFVR
RAFVR
RCAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
North Sea, into the area of  todays ‘Maasvlakte’, the newest reclaimed land /  habour sector of  Rotterdam-Seaside, named ‘Yangtzehaven’ (near Hook of  Holland), in the Prov. of  Zuid-Holland; some remains of  the plane were recovered / ‘dredged away’ from the new habour basin under construction, in June 1971, by the Recovery Unit of  the Royal Dutch Air Force (dossier No.  RNLAF-69); the rest is still at the location, under meters of  sand of  the  fuel tanker terminal, or into the bottom of  the habour basin (Yangtze Habour) downed by Maj. Hans Karlowski + crew
(2. / NJG.1) - position ‘ JJ-1 ‘
(over  sea off  Hoek van Holland / Hook of  Holland); by the way, he was claiming
 another type of  4-engined RAF bomber… a Halifax; this would seem to be a mistake
13 June 1944 01.34h Lancaster Mk III  LM581  AS-X Gelsenkirchen
(Germany)
Plt. Off. T. W. Boyce  -  Pilot  -  buried Epe
Sgt.
  J.
B.  Carter  -    Flight Engineer  -  buried Epe
F
lg. Off. A. B.  Leonard  -  Navigator  -  buried Epe
F
lg. Off. M. A. Monks  -    Air Bomber  -  buried Epe
Sgt.
  S.  Alldis
 -   Wireless Op.  -  buried Epe
Sgt.
  H.  Rothwell
 -  Mid Upper Gunner  -  buried Epe
Sgt.
  I.
M. Ross  -   Rear Gunner  -  buried Epe        
RNZAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
Tongeren estate and hamlet, appr. 4 km. W. of  Epe, thus N. of  Apeldoorn, in Gemeente Epe, Province of  Gelderland   downed by Luftwaffe night-fighter, most likely by Fw. Karl Pfeiffer + crew
13 June 1944 01.23h Lancaster Mk III  ME777  AS-K2 Gelsenkirchen
(Germany)
Flg. Off.  W. G. Grant (BEM)  -  Pilot  -  buried Zelhem
Sgt.
  J.
E.  Bawtree  -   Flight Engineer  - buried Zelhem
F
lg. Off.   J. H. Stopp  -  Navigator  -  buried Zelhem
F
lg. Off.  H. W.  Davies  -  Air Bomer  -  buried Zelhem
Flt. Sgt.  L. T.  Hunt  -   Wireless Op.  -  buried Zelhem
F
lg. Off.
   H. A. B.  Brown  -   Mid Upper Gunner  -  buried Zelhem
F
lg. Off.
   K. J.   Moses  -   Rear Gunner  -  buried Zelhem
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAAF
RAAF
RAAF
RAAF
RAAF
Zelhem-Wassinkbrink, East of  Arnhem city, Gem. Bronckhorst, Landstreek            Achterhoek, Province of  Gelderland (near the German border) German night-fighter (crew unknown)
13 June 1944 02.30h  Lancaster Mk I  ND399  AS-R Gelsenkirchen
(Germany)
Plt. Off. J. S. Kirton  -  Pilot  -  buried Ugchelen-Heidehof (Pilot)
Sgt.
  J.
P. Coogan(from Ireland)  -  Flight Engineer  -  buried Ugchelen-Heidehof
F
lg. Off. J .L. Lochhead  -  Navigator  -  buried Ugchelen-Heidehof
F
lg. Off. P.  L. Andrewes -  Air Bomber  -  buried Ugchelen-Heidehof
Sgt.
 
A. J. Brazier  -   Wireless Op.  -  buried Ugchelen-Heidehof
Sgt.  C.   McClean  -   Mid Upper Gunner  -  buried Ugchelen-Heidehof
Sgt. F. I.  Spencer  -  Rear Gunner  -  buried Ugchelen-Heidehof
RAFVR
RAFVR

RNZAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAF
RAFVR
Ugchelen-Willemsbos, direct W. of  Apeldoorn town, also Gem. Apeldoorn,  Landstreek Veluwe, Province of  Gelderland   German night-fighter (crew unknown)
31 December 1944 19.30h Lancaster Mk I  ME647  AS-J Osterfeld
(Germany)
Flt. Lt.  J. A.  Sherry  -  Pilot  -  reburied Nederweert
P
lt. Off.  A.  Martin  -   Flight Enginner  -  reburied Nederweert
F
lg. Off.  M.  Bernyk  -  Navigator  -  reburied Nederweert
F
lg. Off.   D. H. Bennett  -  Ait Bomber  -  reburied Nederweert
Flt. Sgt.  K.  Surman  - Wireless Op.  -  reburied Nederweert
Flt. Sgt.  C.  Young  -  
Mid Upper Gunner  -  reburied Nederweert
F
lt. Sgt.  J. C. Daze  -   Rear Gunner  -  reburied Nederweert
RCAF
RAFVR
RCAF
RCAF
RAFVR
RCAF
RCAF
Eygelshoven, inside of  the Rimburgerweg, near Heerlen, just inside Dutch territory and in the already liberated Prov. of  Zuid-Limburg(since halfway through September 1944, after Operation ‘Market Garden’ etc.)   reason of  the crash is not known, but most likely German night-fighter activity again, but… we have to realize in this case, the ‘Reichsverteidigung’ over the Netherlands, the Luftwaffe ‘home defence’ was already reduced in a dramatic way...
  (‘Fliegerhorst’ Deelen out of use, Airfield  Gilze-Rijen lost, ‘Fliegerhorst’ Leeuwarden almost empty, etc. etc., and the ‘Luftwaffe Central Command Structure’ near Arnhem even blown up !)
        Last remark: by the end of  the war, in the days just before VE-day (Victory in Europe, 8th of  May, 1945)   many crews of  No. 166 Squadron were flying their most wonderful and happy operations over Holland, without enemy fire at all, while dropping food in the Western ‘Randstad’ areas  of  the Netherlands, because in the cities the people there were almost dying of  starvation….
 
T
hat bloody air war came to an end indeed via Operation ‘Manna’, although, alas even then  some more crews were lost (in other squadrons ?), never to come home again !    
     
* Information Researched and Compiled by Willem de Jong  & David R. Swallow*
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