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* NOTE ON DATES: IMPORTANT: For consistency, the Date is given as the date the mission TOOK OFF since the precise time of a loss is not always certain. Take Off date is unambigous and fixed in the official records, but obviously in those cases where the incident occurred before midnight UK time, then the Take Off Date will be the same as the Incident Date. Of course, most Bomber Command missions flew through midnight, therefore a Luftwaffe claim against a plane - or a locally generated crash report - may record the incident as occurring on the day following our Take Off Date. Bear this in mind when cross-referencing to our Luftwaffe Victories by Name/Date Database and other Luftwaffe sources. In some cases other sources may quote the date following our date, using locally generated reports as their source. To add to the potential for confusion, remember to take into account a Luftwaffe recorded date will be in local time, 1 hour ahead of UK time. When we discover a validated Incident Date we change our record if necessary
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DFM awarded whilst with 44 Sqn, gazetted 28th April 1942. The following is a group citation that conveyed a number of bravery awards approved by the King on the MAN diesel works led by Sqn.Ldr. Jon Nettleton VC. Citation reads: "On the 17th April, 1942, a force of twelve Lancaster heavy bombers was detailed to deliver an attack in daylight on the diesel engine factory at Augsburg in Southern Germany. To reach this highly important military target, and return, a most daring night of some 1,000 miles over hostile country was necessary. Soon after entering enemy territory and whilst flying at a very low level the force was engaged by 25 to 30 enemy fighters. Later, the most intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Despite this formidable opposition 8 of the bombers succeeded in reaching the target and in delivering a successful attack on the factory. The following officers and airmen who participated, in various capacities, as members of the aircraft crews, displayed courage, fortitude and skill of the highest order"
Crashed at Quackenbruck
Rheinberg War Cemetery 17. B. 6.
Crashed at Quackenbruck
Rheinberg War Cemetery Coll. Grave 17. B. 2-4.
Crashed at Quackenbruck
Rheinberg War Cemetery
DFC Citation London Gazette 18 April 1941. ‘This officer has flown as Navigator and as Pilot for 182.40 hours in 27 operational flights, six of them against Berlin. On one occasion, when Navigator, his aircraft opened fire on an enemy aircraft which was last seen in a vertical dive towards the sea. On another, his aircraft, while making a low attack over the target, was hit, and largely owing to the accuracy of this officer’s navigation, was enabled just to reach the English coast before the petrol gave out. Since becoming a 1st Pilot this officer has not hesitated to go to the lowest levels to carry out his attacks and has not been deterred by the worst weather in his search for targets. On one occasion when returning from Berlin in bad weather, his petrol gave out, but his skill enabled him to land his aircraft in a small field without damage. This officer has always set a high example of skill and devotion to duty.’
Called up in September 1939 and first went operational as a Navigator in Hampdens of No. 61 Squadron in the following year. The Squadron participated in the first raid on Berlin on the night of 25-26 August 1940, most likely too, the first of Stewart’s trips to the “Big City”. As stated in the recommendation for his DFC he qualified as a pilot and completed a full tour of operations.
Returning to the operational scene in the summer of 1942, as a Squadron Leader in No. 44 Squadron, a Lancaster unit operating out of Waddington, Stewart completed sorties to Duisburg and Bremen in September. On the night of 6-7 October, however, he was killed in action during a strike against Osnabrück, his Lancaster crashing at Quackenbrück. He and his crew were buried at the Evangelical Friedhof but their remains were transferred to Rheinburg War Cemetery after the war. Medals sent to his mother at 85 Ashley Terrace, Edinburgh