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F/O Robert Armstrong RAFVR and crew – 103 Squadron – RAF Elsham Wolds – 1944

Failed to Return – 28/29th July 1944 – Avro Lancaster III – ME799 – Op Stuttgart.

Robert Armstrong and crew were posted to 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds from Heavy Conversion Unit 11 Base on the 11th April 1944. This experienced crew were lost nearing the end of their tour :-

26-Apr-44 - Essen – Lancaster – JB733 – F/O R Armstrong

27-Apr-44 – Friedrichshafen – Lancaster – JB733 – F/O R Armstrong – Did not take off

03-May-44 – Mailly-le-Camp – Lancaster – LM538 – F/O R Armstrong

07-May-44 – Rennes-St-Jacques – Lancaster – LM538 – F/O R Armstrong

09-May-44 – Mardyck – Lancaster – LM538 – F/O R Armstrong

19-May-44 – Orleans – Lancaster – JB555 – F/O R Armstrong

21-May-44 – Duisburg – Lancaster – LM538 – F/O R Armstrong

02-Jun-44 – Calais – Lancaster – LM131 – F/O R Armstrong - Returned with full bomb load

03-Jun-44 – Wimereaux - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

05-Jun-44 - St-Martin-de-Varreville/Crisbec Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

06-Jun-44 – Vire - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O  R Armstrong

09-Jun-44 – Flers - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

12-Jun-44 – Gelsenkirchen - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

14-Jun-44 - Le Havre Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

16-Jun-44 – Sterkrade - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

17-Jun-44 – Aulnoye - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

22-Jun-44 – Mimoyecques - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

23-Jun-44 – Saintes - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

25-Jun-44 – Flers - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

28-Jun-44 - Chateau Benapres - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

29-Jun-44 – Domleger - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

02-Jul-44 – Domleger - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

04-Jul-44 – Orleans-les-Aubrais - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

05-Jul-44 – Dijon - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

07-Jul-44 – Caen - Lancaster - PA999 - F/O R Armstrong

18-Jul-44 - Scholven Buer - Lancaster – JB655 - F/O R Armstrong

20-Jul-44 – Wizernes - Lancaster – PB365 - F/O R Armstrong

23-Jul-44 – Kiel - Lancaster – PB147 - F/O R Armstrong

25-Jul-44 – Stuttgart - Lancaster – PB365 - F/O R Armstrong

28-Jul-44 – Stuttgart - Lancaster - ME799 - F/O R Armstrong – FTR - Night fighter victim. Crashed near Glonville, France

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103 Squadron Armstrong R crew

Above - Back - L to R. Cyril Shaw - Navigator, Robert Armstrong - Pilot. Keith Kibbey - Air Gunner. Terry Holmwood - Air Bomber. Front, L to R. Albert Cutting - Air Gunner,  Douglas Thomas - Wireless operator. Malcolm Macrae - Flight Engineer.

Above - The Armstrong crew - Robert Armstrong middle and Malcoln Macrae second from the right.

F/O Robert Armstrong RAFVR – Pilot - 20 – 103 Sqn - Son of William and Mary Armstrong of Camelon, Falkirk, Stirlingshire - Glonville Communal Cemetery, France

Sgt Malcolm E T Macrae RAFVR – 103 Sqn - Evaded capture until liberated by Allied forces in Oct 44

F/S A A Holmwood RAFVR – 103 Sqn – POW – Camp 9C – POW No 53392

F/S Cyril Shaw RAFVR – 103 Sqn - Evaded capture until liberated by Allied forces in Oct 44

Sgt Douglas Jerome Thomas RAFVR – Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - 103 Sqn - Glonville Communal Cemetery, France

Sgt Albert M B Cutting RAFVR – 103 Sqn – POW – Camp 9C/L7 – POW No 52466 – Broke leg

Sgt Keith Dawson Kibbey RAFVR – Air Gunner - 19 – 103 Sqn - Son of Maj. Frederick Victor Kibbey MC and Elizabeth Kibbey of Staple Hill, Gloucestershire - Glonville Communal Cemetery, France

103 Squadron - Robert Armstrong - Falkirk

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28-Jul-44 – Stuttgart

This attack is described in the Stuttgart 28/29th July 1944 Article in the relevant section here.

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Lancaster - ME799

This machine was lost on its 28th operation. See below :-

21-May-44 – Duisburg - Lancaster -  ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

22-May-44 – Dortmund - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem - Combat. Attacked by 2 single engined night fighters. Evaded. Aircraft not damaged.

24-May-44 – Aachen - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

05-Jun-44 - St-Martin-de-Varreville/Crisbec Lancaster - ME799 – P/O A West

06-Jun-44 – Vire - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

09-Jun-44 – Flers - Lancaster - ME799 - F/L VG Gane - Unable to identify target so brought back bombs

12-Jun-44 – Gelsenkirchen - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

14-Jun-44 - Le Havre - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

16-Jun-44 – Sterkrade - Lancaster - ME799 - F/L JTA Marsden

17-Jun-44 – Aulnoye - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem - Bombed on Gee fix

22-Jun-44 – Mimoyecques - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

23-Jun-44 – Saintes - Lancaster - ME799 - F/L VG Gane

25-Jun-44 – Flers - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

28-Jun-44 - Chateau Benapres - Lancaster -  ME799 - F/L VG Gane

29-Jun-44 – Domleger - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

30-Jun-44 - Oisemont Neuville au Bois - Lancaster - ME799 - F/L VG Gane

02-Jul-44 – Domleger - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

04-Jul-44 – Orleans-les-Aubrais - Lancaster - ME799 - F/L VG Gane

05-Jul-44 – Dijon - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

07-Jul-44 – Caen - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

07-Jul-44 – Caen - Lancaster - ME799 - F/L VG Gane

12-Jul-44 – Revigny - Lancaster - ME799 - F/L VG Gane - Diverted due to rain and low cloud at base

17-Jul-44 – Sanneville - Lancaster - ME799 – S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

18-Jul-44 - Scholven Buer - Lancaster - ME799 - F/L VG Gane

20-Jul-44 – Wizernes - Lancaster - ME799 - F/L VG Gane

23-Jul-44 – Kiel - Lancaster - ME799 - F/O JB Moss

24-Jul-44 – Stuttgart - Lancaster - ME799 - F/L VG Gane

28-Jul-44 – Stuttgart - Lancaster - ME799 - F/O R Armstrong – FTR - Night fighter victim. Crashed near Glonville, France

Item compiled by David Fell with photos from my archive. Thanks to Wessel Scheer for the newspaper cutting from the Stirling Observer 31st August 1944

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