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Mission: Bremen

Date: 13/14th September 1942

Unit: No. 11 O.T.U

Type: Wellington IC

Serial: X3169

Code: KJ-X (Using C/S - 320X)

Base: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire

Location: Lingen, Germany

Pilot : F/O. Michael Edward Scott Dickenson 68809 R.A.F.V.R P.O.W. No: 704 Camp L1 Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang

Fl/ Eng: W/O. D.H. Dow 401203 R.N.Z.A.F. P.O.W. No: 27018 Marlag Ind Milag Nord Westertimke

Obs: Sgt. Hilary Charles Morton Jarvis 1387187 R.A.F.V.R. P.O.W. No: 27010 Stalag Lamsdorf

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. John (Jake) Akehurst D.F.M. 751666 R.A.F.V.R. P.O.W. No: 27152 Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

Air/Gnr: Sgt. R.S. Davey 1303262 R.A.F.V.R. P.O.W. No: 27009 Stalag Lamsdorf

Stalag Luft III
F/O. Michael Edward Scott Dickenson second right with other crew members when P.O.W.s


Took off at 23.41 hrs to attack Bremen along with 13 other training aircraft and 433 other Squadron aircraft.
It is reported that the raid was heavy with 848 houses destroyed and Bremen industry suffering considerable damage with the Lloyds dynamo works put out of act for some two weeks and various parts of the Focke-Wulf factory for up to 8 days. 5 nearly copulated aircraft were destroyed and 3 more damaged. 70 people on the ground were killed and a further 371 injured.15 Wellington's, 2 Lancaster's 1 Halifax, 1 Hampden, 1 Stirling and 1 Whitley were lost together with 87 aircrew killed and another 28 being made P.O.W.'S.Wellington X3169 we shot down by Uffz. Wolf Gutter of 3./NJG3 25 Km. East North East of Lingen at a height of 4,500 Mtrs. The combat took place at 03.45 hrs. Uffz. Gutter was wounded on the 14/15th July 1944 after baling out after air combat. It is thought that he survived the war but no further information is available to us.F/O. Michael Edward Scott Dickenson had an older brother Sq/Ldr. Peter Dickenson who was killed on 7/8th November 1941.

Michael & Peter Dickenson
Michael and Peter Dickenson

Burial details: None - all taken as P.O.W.'s

Research: With information supplied to us by 51 Squadron History Society.With thanks to Bill Chorley - Bomber Command Losses Vol 3, Theo Boiten - Nightfighter claims, Martin Middlebrook Bomber Command War Diaries
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