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Stansel, Edward Howard (Flying Officer)

Prisoner of War 1944-05-22

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576 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Carpe Diem (Seize the opportunity)
Flying Officer
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers

Took off from Elsham Wolds at 22:35 in Lancaster Mk I (Sqn code: UL-Z2 Bomber Command).

Crashed Roosendall-en-Nispen, Noord-Brabant, Holland, where those killed are buried in the town's general cemetery.

Of the seven crew, four were killed and 3 survived (POW); Sgt Ronald Alec Moodey RAF KIA Hotton War Cemetery VIII. E. 1. F/Sgt Harold Leslie Arrowsmith RAF POWStalag Luft L7 Bankau near Kreuzburg, Upper Silesia P/O Edward Howard Stansel RCAF POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan & Belaria Sgt Gurth Webster RAF POW Stalag Luft L7 Bankau near Kreuzburg, Upper Silesia Sgt Robert Walter Ball RAF KIA Roosendaal-En-Nispen General Cem. Row 2. Grave 5. F/Sgt Arthur Wilfred Cooper RAF KIA Roosendaal-En-Nispen General Cem. Row 2. Grave 7. Sgt Arthur Leslie Green RAF KIA Roosendaal-En-Nispen General Cem. Row 2. Grave 8.Roosendaal-En-Nispen General Cem. Row 2. Grave 6.

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I/III DV365

S-RAF Roundel2

With No. 166 Sqn (AS-Z2). On operation to Berlin 26/27 Nov 1943 the aircraft was attacked and damaged. The rear gunner, Sgt. G. W Meadows, though severely wounded, fought off the fighters and was given the immediate award of CGM. The aircraft landed damaged at Ford, with 150 operational hours. It was repaired and sent to No. 576 Sqn as UL-N2 and later UL-Z2. Missing from an operation to Duisburg 21/22 May 1944.

576 Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Carpe Diem

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