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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1 ButlerVictor John ArthurSergeant567473RAFBomber Command97 Sqd
1942-08-24LancasterIR5537OF-BWoodhall Spa2310Frankfurt Shot down by nightfighter of Hptm. Kurt Loos. Crashed Westmalle Belgium Killed Age 24Westmalle ChurchyardLancaster R5537 was detailed to attack Frankfurt on 24-25 August 1942, on the second ever Pathfinder led raid. It was not a success. Aircraft was intercepted and shot down by the German ace Hptm. Kurt H Loos, crashing near the Trappist Abbey at Westmalle, Belgium. All the crew were killed. The crew are all buried here in the small churchyard.

Attacker Kurt Loos
2 GrundyLeonardFlight Sergeant1057465RAFVRBomber Command97 Sqd
1942-08-24LancasterIR5537OF-BWoodhall Spa2310Frankfurt Shot down by nightfighter of Hptm. Kurt Loos. Crashed Westmalle Belgium KilledWestmalle ChurchyardLancaster R5537 was detailed to attack Frankfurt on 24-25 August 1942, on the second ever Pathfinder led raid. It was not a success. Aircraft was intercepted and shot down by the German ace Hptm. Kurt H Loos, crashing near the Trappist Abbey at Westmalle, Belgium. All the crew were killed. The crew are all buried here in the small churchyard.

Attacker Kurt Loos
3 HooeyGilbert CampbellFlying Officer65525PilotDFC

RAFVRBomber Command97 Sqd
1942-08-24LancasterIR5537OF-BWoodhall Spa2310Frankfurt Shot down by nightfighter of Hptm. Kurt Loos. Crashed Westmalle Belgium Killed Age 32Westmalle ChurchyardLancaster R5537 was detailed to attack Frankfurt on 24-25 August 1942, on the second ever Pathfinder led raid. It was not a success. Aircraft was intercepted and shot down by the German ace Hptm. Kurt H Loos, crashing near the Trappist Abbey at Westmalle, Belgium. All the crew were killed. The crew are all buried here in the small churchyard.

Attacker Kurt Loos
4 MartinRonald ClaudeSergeant1315825RAFVRBomber Command97 Sqd
1942-08-24LancasterIR5537OF-BWoodhall Spa2310Frankfurt Shot down by nightfighter of Hptm. Kurt Loos. Crashed Westmalle Belgium KilledWestmalle ChurchyardLancaster R5537 was detailed to attack Frankfurt on 24-25 August 1942, on the second ever Pathfinder led raid. It was not a success. Aircraft was intercepted and shot down by the German ace Hptm. Kurt H Loos, crashing near the Trappist Abbey at Westmalle, Belgium. All the crew were killed. The crew are all buried here in the small churchyard.

Attacker Kurt Loos
5 ParryPercy VintonSergeant1272284RAFVRBomber Command97 Sqd
1942-08-24LancasterIR5537OF-BWoodhall Spa2310Frankfurt Shot down by nightfighter of Hptm. Kurt Loos. Crashed Westmalle Belgium KilledWestmalle ChurchyardLancaster R5537 was detailed to attack Frankfurt on 24-25 August 1942, on the second ever Pathfinder led raid. It was not a success. Aircraft was intercepted and shot down by the German ace Hptm. Kurt H Loos, crashing near the Trappist Abbey at Westmalle, Belgium. All the crew were killed. The crew are all buried here in the small churchyard.

Attacker Kurt Loos
6 SmithermanEdward JamesPilot OfficerAir Gunner1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; War Medal 1939-45RAFVRBomber Command97 Sqd
1942-08-24LancasterIR5537OF-BWoodhall Spa2310Frankfurt Shot down by nightfighter of Hptm. Kurt Loos. Crashed Westmalle Belgium KilledWestmalle Churchyard Belgium

Posted to 97 Squadron from 10 Officer Training Unit at Abingdon on 8 June 1942, flying Lancasters. His first operational sortie was against Danzig on 11 July 1942- this was an experimental raid, with 44 Lancasters bombing U Boat pens from normal height having formed up and flown at low altitude across the North Sea in daylight. This target was the farthest that Bomber Command had operated up to that point, a round trip of some 1,500 miles. The Bomber Command War Diaries state two Lancasters were shot down by Flak over the target area, and that the novel routing and tactics prevented enemy fighter contact. E. J. Smitherman was killed in action when Lancaster R5537, piloted by Flying Officer G. C. Hooey, D.F.C., was detailed to attack Frankfurt on 24-25 August 1942, on the second ever Pathfinder led raid. It was not a success. Smitherman’s aircraft was intercepted and shot down by the German ace Hptm. Kurt H Loos, crashing near the Trappist Abbey at Westmalle, Belgium. All the crew were killed. The crew are all buried here in the small churchyard. E. J. Smitherman is buried alongside his crew in Westmalle Churchyard, Belgium.

Attacker Kurt Loos
7 WithersArthur HenryFlight Sergeant922083RAFVRBomber Command97 Sqd
1942-08-24LancasterIR5537OF-BWoodhall Spa2310Frankfurt Shot down by nightfighter of Hptm. Kurt Loos. Crashed Westmalle Belgium Killed Age 23Westmalle ChurchyardLancaster R5537 was detailed to attack Frankfurt on 24-25 August 1942, on the second ever Pathfinder led raid. It was not a success. Aircraft was intercepted and shot down by the German ace Hptm. Kurt H Loos, crashing near the Trappist Abbey at Westmalle, Belgium. All the crew were killed. The crew are all buried here in the small churchyard.

Attacker Kurt Loos

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