Stirling 1, W7514, crashed near Kravlund, 26th May 1942.

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Stirling 1, W7514, crashed near Kravlund, 26th May 1942.

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Hi, My name is Mike Hume & I am researching the life history of my cousin Gordon Herbert Surridge, who was born 18th Oct. 1915. He married Eileen Kennedy in 1939, and joined the RARVR in Aug. 1940. Sgt. Gordon Surridge 1376704, was a wireless operator/gunner, and his plane a Stirling 1 Serial No.W7514 of No. 15 Squadron, No.3 Group, Bomber Command, took off from RAF Wyton on 25th April 1942 on a bombing raid over Rostock. His plane was shot down, and although he baled out, he was severely wounded and died the following day at a hospital in Tonder. He is buried in an allied military plot at Aabenraa Cemetery in Denmark.

Would very much appreciate any additional information that any members may have , or indeed any descendants of the survivors of the crew of that Stirling aircraft.

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Re: Stirling 1, W7514, crashed near Kravlund, 26th May 1942.

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Hi Mike,
If you have not found the following site in your search, i can recommend a visit, and click on the 1942 section and scroll down to April, you will find some information and crashsite photo's on the loss of this aircraft.... http://www.flensted.eu.com
Regards.....Alan.
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Re: Stirling 1, W7514, crashed near Kravlund, 26th May 1942.

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Hi Mike and welcome to the forum. Further to Alan's comments, please find as listed.
These details come from Chorleys RAF Bomber Command Losses 1942.
John
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Stirling W7514 Information

Type Stirling
Serial Number W7514
Squadron 15
X1D LS-B
Operation Rostock
Date 1 25th April 1942
Date 2 26th April 1942

Further Information

"Serial Range W7500 - W7539. 40 Stirling Mk.1. Part of a batch of 150 Short S.29 Stirling Mk.1. W7426-W7474; W7500- W7359; W7560-W7589; W7610-W7639. Delivered by Austin Motors Ltd between Feb42 and May42. Contract No.B982939/39. Delivered to No.15 Sqdn 28Mar42. Airborne 2150 25apr42 from Wyton. Abandoned after being attacked at 0105 be a Me110 from 5.NJG3. Sgt East was killed during the engagement and Sgt Surridge was mortally wounded in the stomach although he managed to bale out. He died from his injuries 28Apr42, while being treated in Tonder Hospital. Of those captured following the crash at Kravlund, 3 km SW of Tinglev, Denmark, Sgt Stephen was killed by a lightning strike in captivity 29Jul44 and he is buried in the Old Garrison Cemetery at Poznan in Poland. It is also reported that the night-fighter crew were obliged to force-land at Bylderup-Bov and although they escaped injury, their Me110 (Werk No.2276) was wrecked. F/O J.E.M.Conran PoW F/O A.B.Bateman PoW Sgt R.T.Stephen PoW P/O A.H.H.Young PoW Sgt R.R.Lawson PoW Sgt G.H.Surridge Inj Sgt R.A.J.Skinner PoW Sgt D.J.East KIA F/O A.B.Bateman was interned in Camp 9C/L3. PoW No.39647. F/O J.E.M.Conran in Camps L1/L3, PoW No.766. Sgt R.A.J.Skinner in Camps L3/L6/357, PoW No.274 with Sgt R.T.Stephen, PoW No.184. (See above). P/O A.H.H.Young in Camp L3, PoW No.217. "
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from the Campaign War Diaries ........... Royal Air Force Bomber Command 60th Anniversary site -

Campaign Diary
April 1942

25/26 April 1942

Rostock

128 aircraft of 6 types, 110 to the town and 18 to the Heinkel factory. No aircraft were lost although crews reported that Rostock's Flak defences had been strengthened. Heavy bombing of the town and many fires were achieved. Some aircraft also hit the Heinkel factory for the first time; the crews achieving this were flying Manchesters from 106 Squadron, which was commanded by Wing Commander Guy Gibson.

Minor Operations: 6 Stirlings carried out a long-range attack on the Sköda armaments factory at Pilsen in Czechoslovakia. Cloud covered the target on arrival but at least 5 Stirlings bombed. 32 aircraft to Dunkirk, 2 Blenheim Intruders, 5 leaflet flights to France. 1 Stirling lost from the Pilsen raid.
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From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site ..........

Casualty Details

Name: SURRIDGE, GORDON HERBERT
Initials: G H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 15 Sqdn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 28/04/1942
Service No: 1376704
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Surridge; husband of Eileen Nora Surridge, of Abbey Wood, Kent.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Allied Mil. Plot. Row 1. Coll. grave 11.
Cemetery: AABENRAA CEMETERY
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Re: Stirling 1, W7514, crashed near Kravlund, 26th May 1942.

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mike hume wrote:Hi, My name is Mike Hume & I am researching the life history of my cousin Gordon Herbert Surridge, who was born 18th Oct. 1915. He married Eileen Kennedy in 1939, and joined the RARVR in Aug. 1940. Sgt. Gordon Surridge 1376704, was a wireless operator/gunner, and his plane a Stirling 1 Serial No.W7514 of No. 15 Squadron, No.3 Group, Bomber Command, took off from RAF Wyton on 25th April 1942 on a bombing raid over Rostock. His plane was shot down, and although he baled out, he was severely wounded and died the following day at a hospital in Tonder. He is buried in an allied military plot at Aabenraa Cemetery in Denmark.

Would very much appreciate any additional information that any members may have , or indeed any descendants of the survivors of the crew of that Stirling aircraft.

Hi Mike and welcome,

I would direct you to the official squadron historian for No.XV squadron, Martyn Ford Jones, if you contact me off board I will forward his telephone number and email address. I think from memory Martyn researched this loss a few years back.

Regards

Steve
No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron 1918-1945
The Nomads

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