Eldridge, Roger Charles
|Date of Death
|Next of Kin
|Son of Alfred George and May Eldridge, of Carshalton, Surrey.
|Short Stirling I
|TILL WE MEET AGAIN
IBCC Memorial Information
|Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
|Country of Origin
|Note that many sources say the takeoff station was Marham but in fact these aircraft took off from Downham Market with the operational section of the squadron since this was an operational sortie. The Conversion Flight was still based at Marham at this time, whereas the operational crews had moved to Downham Market on 7 July 1942 (AIR 27-1350-29 refers). 218CF moved from Marham to Stradishall in October 1942 to form part of 1657CU.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Last Operation Information
|Night (98% moon)
|Hamburg. Was to have been a much larger raid but bad weather in the north of England prevented many Squadrons taking part. Further bad weather en route- the 91 Group OTU aircraft were recalled, the rest becoming scattered. Only 68 bombed the target but a hospital was hit. Heavy aircraft losses including 15.2% of 4 Group OTU Wellingtons
|Reason for Loss
|Shot down by a night-fighter flown by Leutnant Viktor Sorko of 4./NJG 3 (based at Westerland/Sylt airfield) and crashed off the island of Romo, Denmark