Sgt. Robert James Terry (Flt. Eng.)

A Lancaster of the same type as PA993.

Service Number: 1290468 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Son of Frederick John and Isabel Amelia Terry of Cray Hill.

Sgt. Terry was the Flight Engineer onLancaster PA993 (nickname The Dodgem King ) of 626 squadron based at RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire, between Market Rasen and Lincoln. On 19th October 1944 the aircraft was airborne at 16.59 bound for Stutgart on a bombing mission. Sgt. Terry was the Flight Engineer on the aitcraft. Returning from the mission the aircraft was on approach and for some reason had to abort the landing and overshoot. The aircraft did not climb quickly enough and struck a tree at the edge of the airfield which ripped off one of the wheels and it then crashed amongst trees at 0013 on 20th October 1944 near Stainton by Langworth , South West of the airfield. Sgt. Terry died of his injuries whilst being treated in Lincoln Hospital later that day.
His body is buried at Ramsden Cray Churchyard. Sgt. Terry was 28.

626 Squadron in 1944

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