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Cumberlidge, Roy Barton (Flight Sergeant)

Prisoner of War 1944-July-29

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Birth Date: 1920-September-17 (age 23)

550 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Per Ignem Vincimus Through fire we conquer
RAF North Killingholme
Flight Sergeant
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
Air Gunner (Mid-Upper)
Service Numbers
PoW: 509

Lancaster Mk.III NE164

Bombing Stuttgart Germany 1944-July-28 to 1944-July-29

550 (B) Sqn (RAF) RAF Stn North Killingholme
Memorial Stone to those executed from Lancaster NE164

Shot Down By A Night Fighter At Ottrott 2 Miles West of Obernai Returning From A Raid on Stuttgart, 4 of the Crew Survived, 1 of Whom Evaded

Pilot Officer Harry Jones died in the crash and Sergeant Idwal Williams (both RAF) died as a result of his parachute jump.

The others landed safely and had to consider their chances of evading capture. Sergeant Don Hunter, Sergeant James Drury and Sergeant Roy Barton (all RAF) were captured quickly and taken in charge of the Feld Gendarmerie and the Luftwaffe. Flight Sergeant Fred Habgood was captured in Niederhaslach which is approximately10 kilometres NNW of the crash site Oliver Clutton-Brock, Footprints ..., however other sources say that he was helped by people of Ottrott who were then denounced and taken to the nearby concentration camp at Natzweiler-Stuthof. Sergeant Fred Habgood was hung at Natzweiler-Stuthof and his body was never found. In a trial held at Wuppertal in 1946, five men were found guilty of the crime, two of whom were executed on the 11th of October.

Habgood's identification bracelet was found in 2018 near the concentration camp site. See the story on Habgood's page.

Museum Habgood Bracelet

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General Search for France-Crashes 39-45

General 28/29.07.1944 550 Squadron Lancaster III NE 164 Fg Off Harry Jones RAF...

Took off from North Killingholme at 21:36 in Lancaster Mk III, (Sqn code BQ-O Bomber Command) on an operation to Stuttgart Germany.

Out-bound, the aircraft was shot down by a night fighter At Ottrott 2 Miles West of Obernai, Germany.

Killed: Sergeant Frederic Harold Habgood RAF Executed by the Nazis and buried in an un-marked grave Runnymede Memorial Panel 230. Flying Officer Harry Jones RAF pilot KIA Ottrott Communal Cemetery. Sergeant Idwal Williams RAF KIA (died in parachute jump) Ottrott Communal Cemetery.

POWs: Sergeant Donald Hunter RAF POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. Flight Sergeant Roy Barton Cumberlidge RAF POW Stalag Luft L7 Bankau near Kreuzburg, Upper Silesia. Sergeant James Roy Drury RAF POW Stalag Luft L7 Bankau near Kreuzburg, Upper Silesia.

Evader: Flying Officer William (Bill) Dinney RCAF J/22061 Evader.

Footprints on the Sands of Time, RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45 by Oliver Clutton-Brock, page 275

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Lancaster NE164

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.III NE164

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Shot down in France prior to arrival at target Stuttgart

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