Flying Officer Charles Raymond Bennett RAAF

FO Bennett RAAFa

Flying Officer Bennett RAAF and Crew. Standing on the right is the crews navigator Pilot Officer Johnnie Smythe who originated from Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Crew                                        : Flying Officer Charles Raymond Bennett RAAF

Service Number                      : 409886 RAAF

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Known Postings

No.11 O.T.U                            : 16th June 1943

No.1657 HCU                          :29th August 1943

No.623 Squadron                    : 10th  September 1943

Operations

27.09.1943                                          

Pilot

Mining

Nectarines

EH994 IC-P

Visibility was good over the garden area with slight haze.  Mines were successfully dropped in allotted garden. Successful trip.

03.10.1943                          

F/Lt Overton & Crew

2nd pilot

Kassel

EJ128 IC-A

Returned early owing to both compasses being u/s. 810 x 4lb & 64 x 30lb incendiaries were jettisoned.

 08.10.1943                                          

F/Lt Overton & Crew

2nd pilot

Bremen

EF156 IC-E

Bombed from 16,000ft. The target was obscured by a layer of smoke or  cloud below the aircraft. No ground detail could be seen, Red TI’s markers were used. No fires seen.  

17.10.1943                                          

Pilot

Mining

“Deodars”

EF156 IC-E

Veg planted, duty carried out.

18.11.1943                          

Pilot

Mannheim

LJ454 IC-E

1751hrs – MISSING

Hit by barrage flak over the target area the pilot gave the order to bail out. All the crew successful vacated the Stirling. The aircraft subsequently flew on and made a remarkable landing. The location is believed to be the village of Kothausen, SW of Monchengladbach .  The crew were all captured and spent the remainder of the war in various PoW Camps.

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Short Stirling LJ454 IC-E. Is it possible that the aircraft flew on and landed itself ?

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This photograph shows the starboard Hercules engines, note that the outer engine has been feathered. There appears to be no further damage.