Arthur George Bernard RNZAF NZ424964 – Rear Gunner. 1943 – Single crew

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Many belated thanks to Kerry for contributing another logbook from his collection. This logbook was owned by Arthur Bernard, rear Gunner with Alan Single’s crew. The crew arrived at Mepal on the 28th September 1943 (Alan, the Pilot arriving 6 days earlier. 2 months later, 6 of this original crew  were  lost on an Op to Berlin.

02.10.43. Gardening – Frisian Islands
Stirling Mk.III EH 939 JN-J ‘Johnny’
F/S Alan Roy Single RAAF AUS.413144 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Brothwell RAFVR 135042 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Edward Stanley Margetts RNZAF NZ422665 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Richmond Whittingham RNZAF NZ416030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Harrington RAFVR 1477334 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Victor Stanley Hughes RAFVR 1796312 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Arthur George Bernard RNZAF NZ424964 – Rear Gunner.

4.10.43. Gardening – Gironde Estuary
Stirling Mk.III EJ901 (more likely EH901) JN-R
Same crew

18.11.43. War Ops – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Stirling Mk.III LK396
Same crew

22.11.43. War Ops – Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Stirling Mk.III LJ453 AA-K
Sgt. Ivor Hollbrook  replaces Sgt. Harrington as Flight Engineer.

AIRCRAFT FAILED TO RETURN
Crashed between Gemmerich and Dolberg, 6km SSE of Ahlen.
F/S Alan Roy Single RAAF AUS.413144 – Pilot.
Died Age 26.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
P/O Jack Brothwell RAFVR 135042
– Navigator.
Died Age 24.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Sgt. John Edward Stanley Margetts RNZAF NZ422665 – Air Bomber.
Died Age 25.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Sgt. Eric Richmond Whittingham
RNZAF NZ416030 – Wireless Operator.
Died Age 22.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Sgt. Ivor George Holbrook, RAFVR 937367 – Flight Engineer.
Died age 23.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Sgt. Victor Stanley Hughes RAFVR 1796312 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Died age 19.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Sgt. Arthur George Bernard RNZAF NZ424964 – Rear Gunner.
Died age 22.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.

View Arthur’s logbook here.

3 thoughts on “Arthur George Bernard RNZAF NZ424964 – Rear Gunner. 1943 – Single crew

  1. stephen say

    slight mistake here! sgt d harrington was replaced by srt i holbrook on the final flight (berlin 22.12.1943) further down it states d harrington died…this is incorrect as desmond harrington was my uncle…he recently passed away after a long illness, regards stephen say

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    1. 75nzsquadron Post author

      Many thanks for that correction Stephen – and thank you also for your Uncles Christian name – did he have any middle names – if so I can as these to my records and update his entries on the site

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      1. stephen say

        just found this reply!! i do apologise for missing this, yes dessies full name was desmond norman robert harrington, by the way he was given leave due to severe headaches otherwise he would certainly have been on the fatal bombing run over berlin, regards steve

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