Research update on Lancaster PB265. I have recived 3 pieces of the wreckage and a newspaper clipping on the 1989 excavation. Further details to come. thanks to the RAF Elsham Wolds Association for this: "The next night Robert and his crew were detailed to take part on an operation against the German city of Stuttgart. A difficult target situated in a series of narrow valleys deep inside Germany. 576 Sq tasked 16 crews for this attack. The total Bomber Command effort was 461 Lancasters and 153 Halifaxes. Robert and his crew took off from Elsham Wolds at 2108 in Lancaster PB265. They headed south with the main force across the Channel to Dieppe and on to Rouen and Dreux. Approaching the turning point near Orleans Robert's aircraft was attacked by a night fighter. The Lancaster was seriously damaged and he had no option but to abandon the operation. They headed North West in an attempt to seek refuge at the Allied held Normandy Beachhead Nearing Carentan at 8,500 ft the Lancaster was fired on by US anti aircraft units and further damaged. The aircraft was now well ablaze. Robert gave the order to bale out and the rest of his crew left the aircraft in good order. All survived. Sgts Balfour and Gordon evaded capture. Sgts Weir, Coates, Reed and Clark all landed in Allied held territory and were safe. All returned to the UK. At least one, Sgt Coates, returned to 576 Sq.What happened after crew baled out is unclear. The aircraft crashed onto a road between Carquebut and Liesville, possibly attempting a wheels up landing although it does seem unlikely. Be that as it may the results were sadly fatal and Robert was killed. He is now buried at the American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer, Calvados. The remains of the aircraft were bulldozed off the road into swampy ground next to the road.In 1989, during a road widening project, wreckage of the aircraft was found along with further human remains were discovered. The remains were buried in Robert's grave. The wreckage recovered included a number of interesting items in surprisingly good condition. These included machine guns, parachute and oxygen bottles.Like a good captain Robert ensured the safety of his crew but was tragically unable to save himself. "Have recived some photos as well, so view my photo page for Sarvis crew and Lancaster PB265.