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16.04.1941 No. 10 Squadron. Whitley MK V. Z6557. Sgt. Salway Location: South East of Papenburg Germany +
Mission: Bremen, Germany.
 
Date: 16th April 1941
 
Time: 22.40 hours. (Approx - last transmission received - exact time of crash not known)
 
Unit: No.10 Squadron R.A.F.V.R.
 
Type: Whitley Mk.V
 
Serial. Z6557
 
Code: ZA-?
 
Location: South East of Papenburg off Dutch coast
 
Pilot: Sergeant Robert Victor Salway 745138 R.A.F.V.R. Age.? Killed
 
Co. Pilot: Sergeant Victor John. Stickland 745430 R.A.F.V.R. Age: 22 Killed
 
W/Op: Sergeant Norman Albert. Morant 902874 R.A.F.V.R. Age.? Killed
 
W/Op/A/G: Sergeant Gerard Lyynch 551822 R.A.F. Age.? Killed
 
W/Op/A/G: Sergeant Norman Frederick Jackson 972564 R.A.F.V.R. Age:? Killed

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REASON FOR LOSS:

 
Whitley Z6557 took-off from R.A.F. Leeming, Yorkshire at 20.44 hrs. This aircraft was last heard of returning from the raid on Bremen at around 22.40 hrs. plotted near the Dutch coast, when contact was lost and the aircraft was thought to have crashed into the sea. All the crew member bodies were recovered. Thanks to investigations undertaken by Hermann Adams who has recorded many crash sites, it is now known that this aircraft crashed at Papenburg Germany, close to the Dutch/German border.
 

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Norman Jackson rear gunner. 
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We are indebted to Rhys Griffiths for this photo of Norman who was a friend of his fathers. Rhys was also able to inform us of Norman’s age at the time of his death which was just 23.

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Burial details:
 
All crew members buried at the Sage War cemetery, which is 28 kilometres north of Bremen.
 
Sgt. R.V.Salway: 13 A 13, Sgt. V.J. Stickland: 10 D 10, Sgt. N.A.Morant: 1 B 6,
 
Sgt. G. Lynch: 13 B 5. Sgt. N.F. Jackson: 13 A 11

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The crash site of Whitley Z6557 today, Kindly supplied by Hermann Adams.

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Another view of the site again curtisey of Hermann Adams.

Pilots photo and details kindly supplied by Mr Duncan Lee who is the nephew of the pilot Sgt. R.V.Salway. Duncan is trying to find further photographs to accompany this article which we will add as soon as we receive them. If anyone has any further information on the other members of the crew we would be most interested to hear from them. Special thanks also to Hermann Adams for current crash site photos, Thanks also to Henning Hiestermann for additional information for this remembrance page.
 
With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses", The superb work of the C.W.G.C.

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