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Lancaster JA934 was flown by the F/Sgt R E Woodger crew when it was lost on 15/16 February 1944 on a raid on Berlin.
The F/Sgt Woodger crew were posted to 550 Sqdn from 1662 Con.Unit w.e.f. 12/1/44:
- F/Sgt R E Woodger (P) (KIA)
- Sgt D L Jones (F/Eng) (KIA)
- F/Sgt J D McIntosh (Nav) (KIA)
- F/Sgt A H Stockton (A/B) (KIA)
- Sgt R W J Wivell (W/Op) (KIA)
- Sgt V H Mate (MU/AG) (KIA)
- Sgt D Willsdon (R/AG) (KIA)
The crew were reported as "missing" from operations w.e.f 16/2/44. The crew were only on their second recorded operation with 550 Sqdn and had been with the squadron barely one month.
Other information about the flight and the target available here.
The entry on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour is available here.
Recent researches have indicated that the aircraft crashed near TRIBOHM (http://maps.google.de/maps?hl=de&tab=wl) circa 12 km SE Ribnitz-Damgarten. The crew were laid to rest at Tribohm Cemetery.
[Three casualties from Halifax LW557 of 578 Sqdn (http://www.bomber-command.info/c578haliloss.htm) which was lost during same night at Marlow 6 km SSE of Tribohm were also buried at Tribohm.]
It is thought that JA934 was shot down by a NiFi after crossing German Baltic Coast while still heading for target. The German pilot is not known with any certainty.