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Clifford Coombes

Servicenumber : 160156
Rank : Flying Officer
Regiment : Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit : 83 Squadron
Date of Death : 21-02-1945
Age : 22
Grave : Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 9.
Clifford Coombes was a son of Henry Philip and Alice Coombes. He was married to Hilda Gertrude Coombes, of Eastleigh, Hampshire.
In the night of 20/21 february 1945 Lancaster III NE165 OL-Y was shot down by a nightfighter near De Rips in The Netherlands during a raid against the Mitteland canal near Gravenhorst. Coombes was given a field burial in Oploo, The Netherlands.
The aircraft took off from Coningsby Airfield at 1701 hours on a mission to mark the Mitteland Canal for the following bombers of 5 Group to attack. Above De Rips the bomber was shot down by a Luftwaffe nightfighter and crashed at Gertruda Farm, the home of the Ypna family, killing seven of the crew of eight. The aircraft that shot it down was probably one of Nachtjagdgeschwader 4 or 2. 
Picture: 20-05-2016
In loving memory
Of those happy days together
Gone, but not forgotten
Sources: Website CWGC and website www.rafcommands.com 


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