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Crash site of Stirling R9281-MG-V
25/06/1943

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Unit: 7 Squadron
Aircraft: Stirling
Code: R9281-MG-V
Base: Oakington
Mission: Wuppertal
Crew officer: F/O. Arthur J. Davis
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)

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Facts

Took off at 2328 from RAF Oakington to attack the Elberfeld half of Wuppertal, the Barmen half of the town having been devastated at the end of May.
The Pathfinder marking was accurate and the Main Force bombing started well but the creep-back became more pronounced than usual. 30 aircraft bombed targets in more western parts of the Ruhr (Wuppertal was at the eastern end of the area). A total of 171 factories and businesses were destroyed and another 53 seriously affected. There was also an estimated 18.000 people lost their lives.
Believed to be shot down by Lt. Heinz Strüning of 2./NJG1 at 03:02 over the Dutch coast, crashing into the North sea.

Sources:
WW2 Aircraft.net
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
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