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Fidler, Royce (Sergeant)

Evader 1943-08-23

Age: 21

100 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Sarang Tebuan Jangan Dijolok (Malay)
RAF Grimsby
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Lancaster Mk.I/III LM333

Bombing Berlin Germany 1943-August-23 to 1943-August-23

100 Squadron RAF (Sarang tebaun jangan dijolok) RAF Grimsby. Lancaster BIII aircraft LM 333 HW-V was struck by heavy flak from a Marine Flak Battery crossing the Dutch coastline on the way to attack targets in Berlin, Germany. The port outer engine failed and the order to bail was given before the bomber exploded and crashed near De Franschman between Bergen and Bergen aan Zee, Noord-Holland

Pilot Officer FA Preston (RAAF) and Sergeant H Chadwick (RAFVR) were killed in action

Warrant Officer Class 1 JJ Adelstein (RCAF) and Sergeant J Noble (RAFVR) survived and were taken as Prisoners of War

Sergeant EJ Gargini (RAFVR) and Warrant Officer EA Henry (RAFVR) survived, evaded for a time but were captured and became Prisoners of War

Sergeant R Fidler (RAFVR) survived as an Evader, avoided capture and eventually made his way back to the UK 1944-01-23

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Sergeant Fidler was aided in his evasion by "Service EVA" until October 1943 and used both the Bordeaux and Burgundy Escape Lines. He was returned to the UK from Britanny, France aboard the vessel "Breizh-Izel" 1944-02-23

RAF Evaders, The Comprehensive Story of Thousands of Escapers and Their Escape Lines, Western Europe, 1940-1945 by Oliver Clutton-Brock, page 175,177,366

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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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