Stagg, Harry Herbert

Personal Information

Rank Sgt
Forename(s) Harry Herbert
Surname Stagg
Gender M
Age 29
Date of Death 18-11-1943
Next of Kin Son of Herbert William and Margaret Mary Stagg, of Portsmouth. Husband of Jean Thomson Stagg, of North End, Portsmouth.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster II
Serial Number DS784
Markings JI-C

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Belgium
Burial/Memorial Place Assesse Communal Cemetery
Grave Reference Grave 5.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 246

Enlistment Information

Service Number 1332705
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 3
Squadron 514
Trade Flight Engineer
Country of Origin United Kingdom

Other Memorials

Location Crossroads of chemin des Quinze Bonniers & rue Pourrain, Assesse, Namur Province
Country Belgium
Memorial Type Stone memorial & stencilled composite plaque
Memorial Text Passant souviens-toi. Le 18 novembre 1943 un Lancaster (DS 784) de la 514 escradille de la Royal Air Force a ete abattu dans les campagnes environnantes
Translation "Passer-by remember. 18 November 1943 a Lancaster (DS784) of 514 Sqn RAF was shot down here."
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Location Juction of High St & Reepham Rd, Foulsham, Norfolk
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Slate Tablets at base of Village Sign
Memorial Text Remembering all who served at RAF Foulsham 1942-1947 The airfield lay one mile North of this sign, Units based at Foulsham Airfield, 98 Sqdn 1678 HC Flight RAF, 180 Sqdn RAF, 192 Sqdn RAF, 12 Gliderb MU RAF, 514 Sqdn RAF, BSD Unit RAF, 462 Sqdn RAAA+F, El
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Location Church of St. John the Evangelist, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone Memorial and RoH
Memorial Text Roll of Honour and memorial to the members of 514 Sqn who served at RAF Waterbeach 1943-1945
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Last Operation Information

Start Date 18-11-1943
End Date 19-11-1943
Takeoff Station Foulsham
Day/Night Raid Night (59% moon)
Operation Mannheim. 395 aircraft, 23 losses (5.8%). This was one of the larger diversionary raids and accounts for the high losses. By comparison, the main raid (On Berlin) registered 2.0% losses. There was cloud cover over the target and bombing was scattered as a result. Most of the damage fell to the north of the town, where the Daimler Benz car plant suffered a 90% loss in production as a result. 21 deaths on the ground and 7500 people were bombed out.
Reason for Loss Crashed at Assesse, SE of Namur, Belgium

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