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Ted Stocker, flight engineer – obituary

Ted Stocker

Flight Lieutenant Ted Stocker, who has died aged 95, flew 102 operations with the heavy bomber force over occupied Europe. He received the DSO, the only flight engineer to be awarded the decoration.

By early October 1944 the Allied armies were established in Belgium but German coastal gun batteries dominated the approaches to the strategically important port of Antwerp.

It was decided to bomb the sea walls on Walcheren Island and flood the island, most of which was reclaimed polder below sea level. Stocker was the flight engineer and bomb aimer in the master bomber’s crew (Group Captain Peter Cribb). It was his 86th bombing operation.

The crew were the first to arrive and over a long period remained over the target as Cribb directed eight waves of bombers, correcting the aiming point with flares and markers, dropped by Stocker, to widen the first breach. The sea poured in and the Germans...

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