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532066   Sergeant George Fleck
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 24/11/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force (British Air Force)
Died: 05/09/1942 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
Summary      
George Fleck was the son of William and Elizabeth Fleck. George was born about 1917. Flight Engineer Sergeant George Fleck served with the Royal Air Force. Sgt Fleck was on a mission to Bremen in a Lancaster bomber with No. 207 Squadron Syerston. There were no wireless communications received from R5755 from the time of take off. The aircraft failed to return to base. Reports from other Captains of squadron aircraft stated, that the visibility over the target was good and no cloud with fairly light winds. One Captain reported no enemy opposition of any form. It is thought that R5755 had been shot down by Oberfeldwebel Heinz Vinke of 11./NJG2 at 02:50 hrs and had ditched in the Ijsselmeer. George was 25 years old.
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George Fleck was the son of William and Elizabeth Fleck. George was born about 1917.
Flight Engineer Sergeant George Fleck served with the Royal Air Force.
Sgt Fleck was on a mission to Bremen in a Lancaster bomber with No. 207 Squadron Syerston. Lancaster R5755 took off 00:30 hours from RAF Station Syerston on the 4th September 1942. The aircraft was carrying a bomb load consisting of 5 X 1900 Lb. G.P. Bombs detailed to bomb Bremen. There were no wireless communications received from R5755 from the time of take off. The aircraft failed to return to base. Reports from other Captains of squadron aircraft stated, that the visibility over the target was good and no cloud with fairly light winds. One Captain reported no enemy opposition of any form. It is thought that R5755 had been shot down by Oberfeldwebel Heinz Vinke of 11./NJG2 at 02:50 hrs and had ditched in the Ijsselmeer.
The CWGC record Flight Engineer Sergeant George Fleck’s death as 5th September 1942. George was 25 years old.
George has also attachments to Ballymena and he is on the family plot headstone in Saltersland Presbyterian Church in the Loup, County Londonderry.
The CWGC record George Fleck as the son of William and Elizabeth Fleck, of Glengormley, Co. Antrim
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Saltersland Presb. Church Loop-Ballyronan Mentioned on family plot headstone 54.700542 -6.596786
References and Links
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1 'Aircrew Remembered' Details of Fl/Eng: Sgt. George Fleck's final mission
2 Bomber Command Details of flight and crash
3 Magherafelt War Dead Also listed on Magherafelt War Dead
4 RAF Commands Details of crew and air crash
5 Runnymede - panel 83 Top Photo of Sergeant George Fleck's inscription
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