A.D. Mackay crew 22.5.42 †

02/05/1942 – Gardening – St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed for the above operation. The bomb load consisted of 1500lbs, and 500lbs. The gardening was carried out and bombs were dropped on a number of land targets – aerodromes and dock buildings. Some light flak was encountered from a flak ship in St. Nazaire harbour, and searchlights were not numerous. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather conditions were fair, there being no cloud, but a heavy sea haze made pinpointing difficult.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

S/L Frank Henderson Denton, RAF 36238 – Pilot.
P/O Andrew Donald McKay, RNZAF NZ411919 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
F/O Cyril Vincent Green, RNZAF NZ402997 – Wireless Operator. listed in records as an Observer, but no other Hodson and no ‘Hodgson’ exists in records within this timeframe
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RAF NZ403758 – Front Gunner.
F/S James McQueen, RNZAF NZ404466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 07:40

15/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operation. One aircraft, X3482, captained by F/S. Fraser, failed to return to base. Vegetables were sown successfully and bombs were dropped on shipping in the vicinity. Inaccurate flak from flak ships was encountered. The weather was fine throughout the whole operation. Navigation was D/R. Astro, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3751 AA-P

P/O Eric George Delancey Jarman , RAAF AUS.404507 – Pilot.
P/O Andrew Donald MacKay RNZAF NZ411919 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Alexander Fernie, RAFVR 980003/ 127783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.S. Davey, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Richard James Harris, RNZAF NZ402999 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 06:10
Flight Time 06:30

19/05/1942 – Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington III aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with a bomb load consisting of 4 lbs. incendiaries and 250lbs. bombs. The bomb load was dropped in the target area where fires and explosions were observed. A.A. fire was slight but ineffective, and searchlights were inaccurate. Weather conditions were good though there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was by TR, D/R, Loop, astro.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

S/L Frank Henderson Denton, RAF 36238 – Pilot.
P/O Andrew Donald McKay RNZAF NZ411919 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
Sgt. Cyril Vincent Green, RNZAF NZ402997 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Front Gunner.
F/S James McQueen, RNZAF NZ404466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 06:30

22/05/1942 – Cross Country Night Flying Training
Wellington Mk III, Z.1566 AA-K, was undergoing a night cross-country training flight when the weather deteriorated. The Pilot-in-command elected to remain above the cloud layer for some time before he was able to descend through a gap in the cloud in the early morning hours so that the navigator could visually establish their position. At 03.40 hrs, the aircraft flew into a hillside at Grindon Farm, six miles East South East of Leek, Staffordshire. The sole survivor of the crash was the rear gunner, Sgt Chappell, who was injured. All remaining members of the crew were killed.

Wellington Mk III, Z.1566 AA-K

P/O Andrew Donald Mackay, RNZAF NZ411919 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilfred Herbert Smeaton, RNZAF NZ405331 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John William Bode, RAFVR 1185743 – Observer.
Sgt. Cyril Hayton, RAFVR 1113610 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Wilfred Beaven, RNZAF NZ403566 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sidney John Chappell, RNZAF NZ41571 – Rear Gunner.

All are buried at Buxton, Derbyshire, except Sgt Hayton, RAF, who is buried in the Byker and Heaton Cemetery, Newcastle-on-Tyne, his hometown.

P/O Andrew Donald Mackay, RNZAF NZ411919 – Pilot.
Killed age 22.
Son of David Ferguson Mackay and Maud Frances Mackay, of Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Buxton Cemetery, Derbyshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 4178

Sgt. Wilfred Herbert Smeaton, RNZAF NZ405331 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 28.
Son of Smith and Lucy Smeaton; Husband of Heather Hinemoa Smeaton, of Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Buxton Cemetery, Derbyshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 4179

Sgt. John William Bode, RAFVR 1185743 – Observer.
Killed age 22.
Son of Howard James Bode and Caroline Bode, of Northfield, Birmingham.
Buried Buxton Cemetery, Derbyshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 4181
‘Rest in peace’

Sgt. Cyril Hayton, RAFVR 1113610 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of Moses and Ellen Maria Hayton, of Walker, Newcastle-On-Tyne.
Buried Newcastle Upon Tyne (Byker Heaton) Cemetery, England..
Grave location – Sec. A.N. Grave 152.
‘God’s greatest gift,
Remembrance’

Sgt. James Wilfred Beaven, RNZAF NZ403566 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 31.
Son of Alfred James Beaven and Margaret Beaven.
Buried Buxton Cemetery, Derbyshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 4180

Sgt. Sidney John Chappell, RNZAF NZ41571 – Rear Gunner.
Injured