Daily Archives: July 29, 2014

Doetinchem (Loolaan) General Cemetery – Netherlands


Many thanks to Phillip for supplying these gravestone images of the Nunn crew.

A force of just 54 aircraft, including 13 Wellington bombers from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF took off to bomb the German city of Essen, on the 8th of November 1941. 3 Wellingtons were lost on this raid – all from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF.

Wellington IC, X9977, captained by Sgt. Geoffrey Nunn  is believed to have been shot down at approximately 21.36hrs by a German night-fighter, piloted by Lt Werner Rowlin, III./NJG1. The aircraft crashed to the ground at Ijzevoorde (Gelderland), East of Doetinchen, Holland. All crew members were killed.

Sgt Geoffrey Sidney Nunn RAF 1252728 – Pilot. Age 20
Sgt Thomas Young Wylie  RNZAF NZ40401 – 2nd Pilot. Age 25
Sgt Richard Dundas RAF 986084 – Observer. Age 23
F/S Thomas Edison Elliot  RCAF R.52050 – Front GUnner. Age 20
Sgt Alfred Hubert Harrison RNZAF NZ403000 – Wireless Operator. Age 25
Sgt William Massey RAF 1365268 – Rear Gunner. Age 33