Accident Short Stirling Mk I W7576, Sunday 26 July 1942
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Date:Sunday 26 July 1942
Time:01:32
Type:Silhouette image of generic strl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:15 Sqn RAF
Registration: W7576
MSN: LS-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Tienrayseweg road, Horst, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:40 hrs for a bombing operation to Duisburg in Germany.
Outward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Oberleutnant Reinhold Knacke & Unteroffizier Kurt Bundrock of the 1./NJG 1, who were flying a Lichtenstein-equipped Bf 110 from Venlo airfield - (claim) Eickenbosch 3 km NW Horst (5B): 4,000m at 01:31.
The three crew members who died were initally buried in Venlo:

Pilot:J/7035 Plt Off Wilbert Andrews Shoemaker DFC RCAF - Jonkerbos War Cemetery 8 G 4
Flight Engineer:53432 Sgt Phillip Denis Byrne - Jonkerbos War Cemetery 8 G 5
Navigator:1257538 Sgt H A Robinson PoW Stalag Luft 4 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 39735.
Bomb Aimer:R/71637 Sgt D L Evans RCAF PoW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. PoW Number 6455.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:990828 Sgt R J Fletcher PoW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. PoW Number 25034.
Air Gunner:627757 Sgt G D G Muir PoW
Air Gunner:R/88211 Flt Sgt John Chisholm Fitzgerald RCAF - Jonkerbos War Cemetery 16 H 4

Sources:

http://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/item2.php?SGLO=T1716
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
Google Maps
CWGC
RAF Prisoners of War

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
09-Aug-2017 09:27 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Feb-2018 16:45 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2018 20:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
08-May-2020 15:17 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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