Pilot: Sgt Cliff S Chatten - Injured.
F/E: Sgt C Baumber       
Nav: P/O L R Armitage  
B/A: Sgt Standen
W/Op: Sgt  W.A. Reffin
M/U Gunner: F/S John Rober Kraemer (401699) - Killed, aged 23
Rear Gunner: Sgt L V Smith


The Pathfinder Year - 97 Squadron at Bourn
DETAILS
From 97 Squadron's ORB
23.8.43        21 aircraft and one reserve have been detailed to operate against Berlin. Early briefing and take off at 8.15 hours [ORB should have read '20.15'].  21 aircraft took off, 2 aircraft abandoned their sorties, in one case the rear turret was u/s and in the other the mid upper gunner was very sick.  All the remaining aircraft attacked the target at Berlin.  Large area of fires seen in target area after bombing and were well concentrated.  Moon was just rising - no cloud and visibility good.  W/Cmdr Burns DFC was selected and acted as Master of Ceremonies over the target.  Bundles of windows were dropped.  P/O Fairlie and crew failed to return.  Sgt Chatten was attacked by enemy intruder when over Norfolk and was shot down, the aircraft catching fire.  All the crew baled out except for the mid upper F/S Kraemer (Aus) whose body was found later in the wreckage.  Sgt Chatten landed safely, but was wounded from gunshot in the leg and ribs and was taken to Ely Hospital - he is progressing favourably.  The remainder of the crew baled out safely and were uninjured beyond minor bruises. 

EE105Q  Sgts C.S.Chatten, C.Baumber, P/O L.R.Armitage, Sgts Standen, W.A.Reffin, F/Sgt J.R.Kraemer, Sgt L.V.Smith.  1 x 4000lb, 9 x 500lb.  Up 2015  Down 0300 (approx - shot down).  Berlin bombed.  19,000'.  No cloud.  Slight haze.  Bombed centre of three red TI markers.  Built up area and big white buildings were seen visually.  Bombs believed on aiming point.  Fires seen after bombing, numerous and well concentrated and visible about 40 miles away.  On reaching English coast were shot down by an intruder.  All safely baled out except mid upper gunner who was killed.  Captain received leg injuries.  Aircraft a total loss.


Information from Bill Welbourne
(Secretary and Chief Researcher of The Fenland and West
Norfolk Aviation Museum, based in Wisbech, who have recently received permission from the MOD to excavate the crash site)
Lancaster EE105 was returning from Berlin on 23/8/43 when it was intercepted and set ablaze by a German Me410 intruder piloted by Oblt Wilhelm Schmitter, Sgt Chatten ordered the crew of EE105 to bale out, which they did - he then saw some runway lights which he decided to head for and try to land the aircraft. These would have been either RAF Marham or RAF Downham Market, however as was the case when an Intruder was in the circuit, these lights were turned off, leaving him no alternative than to bale out himself, albeit very late and in fact landing in the same field that the Lanc crashed.
It was at first thought that all the crew had escaped safely but later Kraemer's body was found within the aircraft wreckage.  He is buried at Cambridge City Cemetery.

Information from "Achieve Your Aim" by Kevin Bending
Sergeant Chatten and his crew ... were homeward bound from Berlin, and had reached the Kings Lynn area of Norfolk at about 3am, when they were attacked by a German night fighter on an intruder mission. Chatten had his navigation lights on, and the aircraft was down to a height of only 2,000 feet when the rear gunner, Sergeant Smith, saw white tracer and cannon fire passing above his rear turret. No fighter was seen, but the attack seemed to be coming from the starboard bow below the Lancaster. The attack crippled the Lancaster ...
Chatten succeeded in extinguishing the fire in the engine, using the built-in extinguisher. However, as soon as the engine fire had been put out, flames were seen coming from the starboard main plane, and the starboard centre petrol tank was on fire. With the Lancaster becoming enveloped by fire, Chatten gave the order to his crew to abandon the aircraft and then he headed for some airfield lights that he could see in the distance. When the lights were put out suddenly, Chatten baled out himself, managing to get out just in time, before the bomber hit the ground and exploded.



CAPTAIN: CHATTEN

LANCASTER OF-Q - EE105
Shot down over England by German intruder, 24th August 1943

CREW
Pilot: Sgt Cliff S Chatten - Injured.
F/E: Sgt C Baumber       
Nav: P/O L R Armitage  
B/A: Sgt Standen
W/Op: Sgt  W.A. Reffin
M/U Gunner: F/S John Rober Kraemer (401699) - Killed, aged 23
Rear Gunner: Sgt L V Smith
Below: Cliff Chatten standing with his crew on their Lancaster (taken at Coningsby, presumably in 1944, with Tattershall Castle in the background).
Left: Cyril Baumber on the left and on the right his pilot, Cliff Chatten
The memorial window for Cliff Chatten commissioned by his family