The aircraft was hit by FLAK over the dropzone. The starboard inner engine was on fire. The pilot Pilot Officer Denis Peel got the message that the fuselage was also on fire an that the two air despatchers had bailed out. Peel made a belly landing just north of A12 motorway under construction. The crew of the Stirling was taken POW:
Pilot Officer Denis Peel, pilot
Pilot Officer Barrington, navigator
Sergeant John Conroy, flight engineer
Flight Sergeant Jones, wireless operator
Flight Sergeant Alan Thornton, bomb aimer
Pilot Officer Newton, tail gunner
Of the two air despatchers only the body of Driver James Johnston has been found. Driver William Thompson is still MIA.
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