Sergeant Robert Edward Chantler RAFVR

Crew Sergeant Robert Edward Chantler
Service Number 658241 – 172981 RAFVR
Awards
Awarded
Citation
Squadrons No.623 Squadron – No.115 Squadron
   
Known Movements No.1651 Con Unit 06.11.1943 (Out) *
  No.623 Squadron 08.11.1943 (In)
  No.623 Squadron 06.12.1943 (Out)
  No.1678 Con Unit  26.12.1943 (Out)
  No.115 Squadron 6.12.1943 (In)
Promotions Pilot Officer 26.02.1944 (LG April 14th 1944)

 The 1651 ORB records a Sgt G Chantler being posted on this date to No.218 Squadron.  Within the pages of 218 ORB Posting In document no mention of a posting by a Sgt G Chantler was found. It is therefore surmised that this is a typo and should read 623 Squadron

Operations Flown

No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market

19.11.1943
Pilot
Mining (Il  De Re)
EF157 IC-B

Veg planted Duty Carried Out.

No.115 Squadron RAF Witchford (Avro Lancaster Mk.II)

01.01.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
DS795 KO-E

Identified target by means of sky markers on which he dropped his bombs from 20000ft. Glow of `fires seen under the clouds. Aircraft crashed landed about 2 miles from base. All the crew escaping with some minor injuries.

* crashed at 0739hrs at Stretham, 4 miles SSW of Ely. Port engines cut due to fuel shortage. Switched over tanks too late. Flight Sergeant Chandler received a 3” laceration to his sculp. Bombaimer sprained foot and concussion, both admitted SSQ. Rest of crew minor abrasions only.

01.03.1944
Pilot
Stuttgart
LL716 A4-K

Identified target by indicators  on which he bombed from 20000ft. Fires could be seen from 130 miles away.

 

07.03.1944
Pilot
Le Mans
LL662 KO-F

Bombed centre of red glow on cloud-red markers from 12000ft.  Fires below red glow seemed well concentrated.

18.03.1944
Pilot
Frankfurt
DS826 A4-L

Identified target by means of indictors on which he bombed from 19000ft. Not able to access results. Monica U/S.

24.03.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
LL646 A4-G

Target identified by flak and searchlights.  No target markers of indictors seen.  Bombed on incendiaries and fires from 20000ft.  Rear turret hold by flak. Attack seem unsuccessful at time of bombing. No notice taken of altered bombing hour.  At FLENSBURG at 2131hrs 4 enemy aircraft seen falling in flames.  7 parachutes opened. Landed Tangmere short of fuel.

09.04.1944
Pilot
Villeneuve St George
 ND752 A4-K  (Lancaster Mk.III)

Identified target visually and by PFF. Bombed on red target indicators  from 14500ft. Many bursts seen with orange glow.

18.04.1944
Pilot
Rouen
 ND753 A4-K  (Lancaster Mk.III)

Identified by red and green target markers from 14500ft. Several fire burning.

20.04.1944
Pilot
Cologne
 ND753 A4-K  (Lancaster Mk.III)

Identified target by red sky markers  and yellow stars on which we bombed from 20500ft. No results observed PFF late, glow of fires seen from Dutch coast.

 

22.04.1944
Pilot
Dusseldorf
 ND753 A4-K  (Lancaster Mk.III)

FTR

The crew took off from RAF Witchford at 23:02hrs, hit by flak and crashed at Unterrath in the northern outskirts of Dusseldorf, bursting into flames.  All the crew of which six were original 623 Squadron lie in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.