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The book 'Bomber Command Losses 1943' has little information on BK716, only 'lost without trace'. BK716 came in view in 2019 as prospect for cross 75 (a war time crash position southeast of Marken) when the book 'Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1943 part 1' by Dr. Theo Boiten came out. This book mentions on page 52 that the German nightfighter Leutnant Werner Rapp of 7./NJG 1, guided by radar station 'Hase' (Harderwijk, nearby), shot down on 4300m and 2-4 km ESE of Marken Island a never identified Stirling coming from the Berlin raid, the last downed bomber that night at 04:49 hours (30 March 1943). A necessary renewed X-ray examination on the aluminium plate showed the last digit to be more a six than a zero...


Type: Short Stirling bomber
Owner: RAF
Length: 26,51 m
Hight: 6,91 m
Width: 30,11 m
Motoren: 4 Bristol Hercules XVI, 1650 pk
Speed: 430 km/u
Armament: 8 x 7,7 mm Browning mitrailleurs

1 Pilot F/O John F. Harris
2 Navigator F/O Harry G. Farrington (RCAF)
3 F/Eng. / AG Sgt. Ronald Kennedy
4 Bombardier Sgt. Charles A. Bell
5 W/Opp / AG F/O John M. Campbell
6 F/Eng. / AG Sgt. Leonard R.J. Shrubsall
7 Rear gunner F/Sgt. John F.J. McCaw (RCAF)


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