WWII 7 Squadron image… dad’s plane?

Short Stirlings lined up at Oakington... prior to the night raid on Dortmund.

Short Stirlings lined up at Oakington… prior to the night raid on Dortmund.

A Facebook friend, Jack Craige, sent me a photo of Stirlings lined up at Oakington on the night of the Dortmund raid. Looking at the image and enlarging it a little I can just see that the 4th aircraft from the camera is ‘J’ … the plane in which dad was front-gunner on that very raid!

It was also the plane which was lost in Holland when they were shot down! So… 2 months later the plane was in pieces lying in the field of a farm owned by the Jansma family.

In the words of Romke Smidt, the Chief of Police in Ferwerderadeel:

“We established that there were no civilian casualties and there was no injury to cattle in the surrounding fields. There was no material damage to any building, but the fields in question were severely damaged, in particular, one owned by Willem Jansma at Blija where the aircraft actually came down. This field has been put out of action for the rest of the summer.
We were able to leave the scene of the crash after sufficient personnel of the Wehrmacht had arrived.”

I also like to imagine that dad was one of those who are shown on the ground around the plane… I wonder!

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One Response to WWII 7 Squadron image… dad’s plane?

  1. charts2012 says:

    Oh dear… public confession… a closer look reveals that it’s not a ‘J’ at the 4th place from the camera… it’s a ‘Z’ however, dad also flew in this aircraft on another night when they bombed Warsmunde. I’ll carry on trying to find the elusive ‘J – Johnnie’!

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