CROFT, Robert McKerlie

Plane was a Lancaster LL882 which took off from RAF Waddington to bomb marshalling yards at Lille, France. It was established the aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and dived into an old waterlogged clay pit at the Dumoulin brickworks abour 8 kn north of Ypres, France. All the crew were killed.

Last Name
CROFT
Given Names
Robert McKerlie
Service Number
407199
Date of Birth
06/12/1916
Birth Location
Adelaide S.A
Enlistment Date
20/07/1940
Enlistment Location
Adelaide
1Wags Start Date
19/08/1940
Course Details
WAGS Course 4
Intake Date
18/08/1940
Finish Date
10/02/1941
To
1 BAGS
Kill or Discharge Date
11/05/1944 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
463 SQN
Rank
Flying Officer
Operations
Missing Air ops. From UK Target Lille France
Date of Death
11/05/1945
Age
27
Cemetery / Memorial
Wevelgem Communal Cemetery West-vlaanderen Belgium
Medals
AIr Gunners badge
Notes

Plane was a Lancaster LL882 which took off from RAF Waddington to bomb marshalling yards at Lille, France. It was established the aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and dived into an old waterlogged clay pit at the Dumoulin brickworks abour 8 kn north of Ypres, France. All the crew were killed.

Posting on Death
463 Squadron
NAA Status
DIGITIZED
1WAGS - CROFT Robert McKerlie - Service Number 407199 (edited-1)

Acknowledgements

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