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. Dupré - 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 - Commemorated Runnymede
Flg. Off L. Young - Navigator - Commemorated Runnymede
Sgt. J. G. Hubbard - Bomb Aimer - Commemorated Runnymede
Sgt. J. B. Bayliss - Wireless Operator - Commemorated Runnymede
Sgt. S. N. Curtis - Rear Gunner - Commemorated Runnymede

RNZAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAAF
RAAF

North Sea ± 20 km. W. of Zandvoort, Prov. Noord - Holland
downed by Ofw. Heinz Vinke + crew
(11. / NJG.1)

05 May 1943
01.55h
Wellington Mk.X  HE923

AS-R

Dortmund
(Germany)

Flt. Sgt. A. P. Uditsky (from USA) - Pilot - buried Vlagtwedde
Flt. Sgt. J. T. Macksimchuk - Navigator - buried Vlagtwedde
Flt. Sgt. E. N. Moore - Bomb Aimer - buried Vlagtwedde
Sgt. T.A.S. Buchanan (from N.- Ireland) - Wireless Op. - buried Vlagtwedde
Flt. Sgt. G. E. Armstrong - Rear Gunner - buried Vlagtwedde

RCAF
RCAF
RCAF
RAFVR
RCAF

Boertange, Gemeente Vlagtwedde, Prov. of Groningen (near the German border)
downed by Oberfeldwebel Karl-Heinz Scherfling + crew
10./NJG 1

05 May 1943
02.38h
Wellington Mk.X  HE244

AS-D

Dortmund
(Germany)

Sgt. A. I. Stark - Pilot - buried Werkendam Protestant Cemetery
Sgt. D. High - Navigator - buried Werkendam Protestant Cemetery
Sgt. H. J. Salisbury - Bomb Aimer - buried Werkendam Protestant Cemetery
Sgt. J. A. Beedim - Wireless Op. - buried Werkendam Protestant Cemetery
Sgt. T. LaFontaine - Rear Gunner - buried Werkendam Protestant Cemetery

RAFVR
RAVRF
RCAF
RAFVR
RCAF

Werekendam (Noord Brabant), on S bank of the Merwede
downed by Hauptmann Hans-Dieter Frank + crew
(2./NJG 1)

14 May 1943
04.06h
Wellington Mk.X  HZ280

AS-Q

Bochum (Germany)
Plt. Off W. Wahl - Pilot - buried Amsterdam-Watergraafsmeer
Sgt. S. A. H. Davis - Navigator
Plt. Off. H. W. Newby - Air Bomber
Sgt. W. N. Partridge - Wireless Operator - buried Staveren General
Sgt. J. A. Wright - Rear Gunner - 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 riesland and Noord-Holland
downed by Unteroffizier Kurt Scherer + crew
(10. / NJG.1)

24 May 1943
01.08h
Wellington Mk.X  HE290

AS-J

Dortmund (Germany)
Sgt. E. S. Morris - Pilot - buried Haaksbergen General
Sgt. H. B. Thompson - Navigator - buried Haaksbergen General
Sgt. F. V. Alloway - Air Bomber - buried Haaksbergen General
Sgt. R. F. Williamson - Wireless Operator - buried Haaksbergen General
Flt. Sgt. J. R. Stewart - Rear Gunner - buried Haaksbergen General

RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RCAF

Rutbeek (Overijssel), 8km SW of Enschede
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 - Air Bomber - buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt. W. P. Baxter - Wireless Operator - buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt. T. W. Shadgett - Rear Gunner - buried Eindhoven-Woensel

RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR

Oirschot (Noord Brabant), 13km NW off Eindhoven.
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 New Eastern Cemetery
Flt. Lt. J. G. Eldridge DFC + Bar - Navigator - buried New Eastern Cemetery
Sgt. J. H. Griffiths - Air Bomber - buried New Eastern Cemetery
Sgt. S. B. Jobes - Wireless Operator - buried New Eastern Cemetery
Sgt. J. F. Sanders - Rear Gunner - buried 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 Operator - buried Eindhoven-Woensel
Sgt. L. M. Chisnall - Rear Gunner - buried Eindhoven-Woensel

RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR

Proosdijk, S.E. of Eindhoven city, in the Prov. of Limburg
downed by Maj. Walter Ehle + crew
(Stab II. / NJG.1

28 May 1943
01.56h Wellington Mk.X  HE752

AS-W

Essen (Germany)
Flt. Lt. D. T. Tonkinson - Pilot - buried Hengelo General
Sgt. P. Guest - Navigator - buried Hengelo General
Flg. Off. T. D. Brown - Air Bomber - buried Hengelo General
Plt. Off. A. D. Johnson - Wireless Operator - buried Hengelo
Sgt. N. P. Rayner - Rear Gunner - buried Hengelo

RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR

Oele (Overijssel), 3km S of Hengelo
downed by Oblt. Hans-Heinz Augenstein + crew,
(III. / NJG.1)

22 June 1943
01.49h
Wellington Mk.X  HE924

AS-C

Krefeld (Germany)
Flt. Sgt. A. Burgess - Pilot - buried Jonkerbosch War
Plt. Off. G. R. Wright - Navigator - buried Jonkerbosch War
Flt. Sgt. W. F. Payne - Bomb Aimer - buried Jonkerbosch War
Plt. Off. J. K. Somers - Wireless Operator - buried Jonkerbosch War
Sgt. E. Jeffs - Rear Gunner - buried Jonkerbosch War

RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAAF
RAFVR

crashed near Haelen (Limburg), 6km NW of Roermond.
downed by Hptm. Rudolf Sigmund + crew,
(10. / NJG.1)

26 June 1943
02.37h
Wellington Mk.X  HF589

AS-W

Gelsenkirchen (Germany)
Flt. Sgt. M. J. Arthur - Pilot
Sgt. L. A. Butterworth - Navigator
Sgt. J. Bailey - Bomb Aimer - buried Utrecht-Soestbergen
Sgt. J. Orr - Wireless Operator - 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) - position 'Gouda'
26 June 1943
02.41h
Wellington Mk.X  HE346

AS-M

Gelsenkirchen (Germany)
Sgt. C.A. Mattress - Pilot - fieldgrave / crash site
Sgt. A. Mortimer - Navigator - fieldgrave / crash site
Sgt. J. P. Priestley - Bomb Aimer - fieldgrave / crash site
Sgt. N. R. Parry - Wireless Operator - fieldgrave / crash site
Sgt. T. Ball - Rear Gunner - fieldgrave / crash site

RAAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR

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 Westdongeradeel (Ternaard)
Flg. Off. G. W. Fitzgerald - Navigator - buried Westdongeradeel (Ternaard)
Sgt. V. F. Fernando - Bomb Aimer - Runnymede Memorial Panel 149
Sgt. R. J.Perrin - Wireless Operator - buried Westdongeradeel (Ternaard)
Sgt. J. Cowan - Rear Gunner - buried Westdongeradeel (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) - position '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 - Pilot - Runnymede Memorial Panel 134
Flg. Off. R. P. Swallow - Navigator - Runnymede Memorial Panel 175
Sgt. R. Carlon - Bomb Aimer - Runnymede Memorial Panel 144
Sgt. A. Bromby - Wireless Operator - Runnymede Memorial Panel 143
Sgt. G. W. D. Dean - Rear Gunner - Runnymede Memorial Panel 147

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 Cemetery
Sgt. E. C. Toms - Flight Engineer - buried Middelharnis Cemetery
Flt. Sgt. J. W. Thompson - Navigator - buried Middelharnis Cemetery
Flt. Sgt. A. B. Sheddan - Air Bomber - buried Middelharnis Cemetery
Flt. Sgt. J. F. Moore - Wireless Operator - buried Middelharnis Cemetery
Sgt. L. A. Henson - Mid Upper Gunner - buried Middelharnis Cemetery
Sgt. D. Bernard - Rear Gunner - - buried Middelharnis Cemetery

RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RNZAF
RAAF
RAFVR
RCAF

crashed at Middelharnis (Zuid Holland) on the Island of Overflakkee, S.W. Rotterdam and near the Haringvliet waters
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. K. Slater - Flight Engineer
Flt. Sgt. P. R. A. Pool - Navigator
Flt. Sgt. M. B. Brackley - Air Bomber
Sgt. R. J. Bond - Wireless Operator - 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

the 4 crew KIA were buried first in a temporary grave in Haamstede (Zld.); reburied in 1946 - Bergen op Zoom
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR

crashed Elkerzee (Zeeland), 10km NW of Zierikzee, Holland
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 General Cemetery
Sgt. J. F. Tomney - Flight Engineer
Sgt. B. F. Bird - Navigator
Sgt. S. D. Spencer - Air Bomber - buried Goudriaan Cemetery
Sgt. J. Kiltie - Wireless Operator - buried Goudriaan Cemetery
Flt. Sgt. A. A. Anderson - Mid Upper Gunner - buried Goudriaan Cemetery
Sgt. J. Moffatt - Rear Gunner - buried Goudriaan Cemetery

the human remains of the crew KIA are buried in one collective grave, there is a commemorative stone erected between the 4 grave markers

RAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RCAF
RAFVR
RCAF
RAFVR

crashed 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. Dordrecht (alt. 6000 mtrs.)

22 May 1944
02.124h
Lancaster Mk III  ND579

AS-H

Duisburg (Germany)
Plt. Off. J. W. Reilly - Pilot
Sgt. D. Dickson - Flight Engineer - buried Brielle Cemetery
Sgt. L. C. Clutterbuck - Navigator - buried Hoek van Holland Cemetery
Flg. Off. P. Pochaillo - Air Bomber - Evaded
Sgt. T. J. Meehan - Wireless Operator - buried Hoek van Holland Cemetery
Sgt. W. B. Rankin - Mid Upper Gunner - buried Den Haag-Westduin
Sgt. A. F. Patmore - Rear Gunner buried 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 from 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 ‘

13 June 1944
01.34h
Lancaster Mk III  LM581

AS-X

Gelsenkirchen (Germany)
Plt. Off. T. W. Boyce - Pilot - buried Epe General Cemetery
Sgt. J. B. Carter - Flight Engineer - buried Epe General Cemetery
Flg. Off. A. B. Leonard - Navigator - buried Epe General Cemetery
Flg. Off. M. A. Monks - Air Bomber - buried Epe General Cemetery
Sgt. S. Alldis - Wireless Operator - buried Epe General Cemetery
Sgt. H. Rothwell - Mid Upper Gunner - buried Epe General Cemetery
Sgt. I. M. Ross - Rear Gunner - buried Epe General Cemetery

RNZAF
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR
RAFVR

Tongeren estate and hamlet, appr. 4 km. W. of Epe, thus N. of Apeldoorn, 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 Cemetery
Sgt. J. E. Bawtree - Flight Engineer - buried Zelhem Cemetery
Flg. Off. J. H. Stopp - Navigator - buried Zelhem Cemetery
Flg. Off. H. W. Davies - Air Bomer - buried Zelhem Cemetery
Flt. Sgt. L. T. Hunt - Wireless Operator - buried Zelhem Cemetery
Flg. Off. H. A. B. Brown - Mid Upper Gunner - buried Zelhem Cemetery
Flg. Off. K. J. Moses - Rear Gunner - buried Zelhem Cemetery

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
Sgt. J. P. Coogan(from Ireland) - Flight Engineer - buried Ugchelen-Heidehof
Flg. Off. J. L. Lochhead - Navigator - buried Ugchelen-Heidehof
Flg. Off. P. L. Andrewes - Air Bomber - buried Ugchelen-Heidehof
Sgt. A. J. Brazier - Wireless Operator - 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
RAFVR
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)
Flg. Lt. J. A. Sherry - Pilot - reburied Nederweert War Cemetery
Sgt. A. Martin - Flight Enginner - reburied Nederweert
Flg. Off. M. Bernyk - Navigator - reburied Nederweert
Flg. Off. D. H. Bennett - Air Bomber - reburied Nederweert
Flt. Sgt. K. Surman - Wireless Operator - reburied Nederweert
Flt. Sgt. C. Young - Mid Upper Gunner - reburied Nederweert
Flt. 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
reason of the crash is not known, but most likely German night-fighter activity
        Last remarks: by the end of the war, in the days just

before VE-day (Victory in Europe, 8th May, 1945)

many crews of 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…. That 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*