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Stirling III EJ108 attacked over Skagerak 4/11 1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 75 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded AA-O.
T/O Mepal 16:00. OP: Gardening Silverthorn. Landing Mepal 23:20.
When returning from Silverthorn on course 250 degree with the three mines still
onboard EJ108 was attacked by a German night fighter piloted by Oberleutnant
Hermann Müller of 10./NJG 3 on position 57`48N 09`48E (North west of Skagen) at
The rear gunner Sgt Walter Hurdle RNZAF was killed by the first bust of the
enemy aircrafts cannon shell. When Pilot P/O E. Witting saw the tracers he
corkscrewed to starboard and by doing that got away from the night fighter. The
mines were afterwards jettisoned safe on position 57`37½N 08`45E.
After landing back at Mepal the following damage was found: Holes in fuselage,
Starboard flap shot away, port elevator practically severed.
Sgt Walter Hurdle was laid to rest in Cambridge City Cemetery.
The rest of the crew were Navigator F/O W. Anderson, Air bomber P/O J. Thomas,
Wop Sgt O. Marshall, Flt.Engr. Sgt A. Gunn and Mid upper gunner Sgt R. Morfett.
Headstone in Cambridge
Sources: AIR 50/192, AIR 25/70, Nonnenmacher file, TW.
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