My Great uncle Gordon Easley was an observer navigater with 207 Lancaster Bomber Squadron based at raf bottesford Linconshire. The crew were laying mines around Denmark and while on there return home they were attacked by a German fighter aircraft who shot them down. All crew lost (Lancaster numer R5499) 11th August 1942 age 21. Thank you from all the Sanders family.
R5499 of 207 Sqn took off from Bottesford, Nottinghamshire, at 2350 hours on 10 August 1942 to lay mines in the Silverthorn area. The aircraft carried 5 x 1500 lb mines. Other aircraft reported that the weather was very bad with 10/10 th cloud to all heights down to 800 feet base, and very dark. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. RCAF RCAF FO Spiers, J G Captain (Pilot) Sgt Cladis, L G (2nd Pilot) PO Easley, G (Observer) Sgt Atkins, M W (Navigator Bomb Aimer) FO Glazebrook, S DFM (Air Gunner) 406149 Sgt Musto, C W (Air Gunner) PO Hatwell, R R (Air Gunner) Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was recorded in 1949 that the missing crew had lost their lives at sea.
Submitted by Mark Sanders