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Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot 1944 – LM104 JN-K, ‘Jock’s Box’

It’s always fantastic when someone new contacts me – bit I have to confess, its even more special when its a member of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF. A few months ago now, I was contacted by Andrew MacKenzie, who flew out of Mepal between 11th April and 29th August 1944. Over the last few months we have exchanged emails regarding Andrew’s time with the Squadron and I must thank him for his patience, regarding what in hindsight was a mountain of questions.

As well as simply thanking Andrew for getting in contact, he has also supplied some very useful information regarding the names of his crew and also, as seems to be the trend at the moment, the identification of another ‘named’ Lancaster that flew with 75(NZ) Squadron RAF. LM104 JN-K, in which the MacKenzie crew flew half of their tour (15 Ops) was known, because of Andrew’s country of origin as ‘Jock’s Box’.

The crew’s 26th Op to Amaye Sur Seulles on the 30th July 1944 was a close one, bombing from only 500ft, an anti aircraft shell went right through ‘Jock’s Box’, narrowly missing Mac McKellow, the Mid Upper Gunner, before exploding above the aircraft.

After the Amaye damage, LM104 did not fly operationally again till the 18th August (one assumes a rather lengthy repair job). Her 28th Op was to Bremen on the 18th August with S/L Neilson Williamson (and some days after Andrew and his crew’s last Op with the Squadron)

On the 3rd September (30 Ops) LM104 was taken to Eindhoven to attack the Aerodrome there by Leo McCartin and his crew – records indicate they were holed 18 times by flak.

A little over a month later – on the 6th October 1944, LM104, on her 34th Op took F/O Keith Southward and crew to Dortmund. LM104 was flying at 22,000ft, probably en route to the target, when it was brought down by an enemy night-fighter South West of Mönchengladbach, 50 miles South West of Dortmund, crashing near Willich.

The Skipper was able to control the aircraft long enough to enable his crew to bale out successfully, but was unable to do so himself and he bravely died in the crash. He was buried at Willich but later re-interred at the Rheinberg War Cemetery. All of Southward’s crew were captured as prisoners of war………..

Sadly, Andrew has no pictures of his time at Mepal with the Squadron, but it would be wonderful if by posting this information, someone out there might just have something……….

Administration
11.4.44
1564491 Sgt. McKenzie A and crew arrived on posting from No.31 Base.

18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen
Lancaster Mk.III ND796 AA-J (1)

Sgt. Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Mid Upper Gunner
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe – Rear Gunner

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 04:00

01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X (1)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 03:35

07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome
Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V (5)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 05:25

09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O (6)

Sgt. Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 03:05 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 02:05

11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain
Lancaster Mk.I ND904 JN- P (1)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 02:45

19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans
Lancaster Mk.I R5692 (8)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 04:35

21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg
Lancaster Mk.I ND904 JN-P (2)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 04:00

28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (1)

Sgt. Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. F. Crome – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 07:00

31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (2)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. F. Crome – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 04:45

02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (3)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 01:15 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 02:00

05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (4)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 03:30 – Landed 07:15
Flight Time 03:45

06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (5)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 03:25

08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (6)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 04:20

17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (8)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 01:30 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 03:10

21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (9)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:00
Flight Time 02:50

23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (10)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 00:00 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 00:00

24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (11)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 02:35

30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (12)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 03:00

07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires
Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M ‘The Captains Fancy’ (18)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:59 – Landed 03:29
Flight Time 04:30

10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt
Lancaster Mk.I HK558 AA-D (12)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 04:25 – Landed 07:33
Flight Time 03:08

12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires
Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O (22)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 18:13 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 03:32

15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine
Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O (23)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot

P/O Terence Cecil May – 2nd Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 02:45

23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (22)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:43 – Landed 03:46
Flight Time 05:03

24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (23)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 05:31
Flight Time 07:41

28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (24)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
Sgt. R. Hasler – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 21:56 – Landed 05:42
Flight Time 07:46

30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (25)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
Sgt. R. Hasler – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

‘This was a daylight attack on the front line where the troops were stalled so it was to be a more than accurate attack. Unfortunately, the ceiling dropped so, as we had aircraft above us, we had to fly lower and lower, Ultimately we bombed from 500 feet, flying through bomb burst shock and being hit by antiaircraft fire from the ground, one of the shells went through the aircraft, narrowly missing my mid-upper. Fortunately the shell exploded above us but as we left the target area it was apparent that poor old Jock’s Box had been hurt. We also lost two engines so, on the way home I told the crew to prepare to abandon the aircraft. By this time we had a fighter escort, so we decided to head for the emergency airfield at Woodbridge where we eventually landed our poor old friend – and that was the last we saw of her.’

Take Off 06:12 – Landed 09:40
Flight Time 03:28

01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe
Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F (24)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S L. Edgerton – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 19:11 – Landed 21:53
Flight Time 02:42

03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam
Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F (25)

P/O Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O Sinclair Archibald Bain – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 15:37
Flight Time 03:42

04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes
Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M ‘The Captains Fancy’ (32)

P/O Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O Sinclair Archibald Bain – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 13:38 – Landed 21:13
Flight Time 07:35

05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens
Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M ‘The Captains Fancy’ (33)

P/O Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O Sinclair Archibald Bain – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 14:29 – Landed 22:07
Flight Time 07:38

130,000 Views

Many thanks as always to everyone regarding the continuing support for the blog – another 10,000 milestone was crossed yesterday with the blog now having over 130,000 views – utterly fantastic!

I think what is more amazing is that this last 10,000 was achieved in only a little over 3 weeks, which shows a level of consistent visiting of a volume that the blog has never seen before – so for this alone, thank you everybody.

Still the material and contacts keep coming in – I have to admit I am still working back through emails, but slowly I am beginning to catch back up with everything.

The database is getting a bit more added to it everyday – it will still take I think, at least a year to get the basic crew information into it, but I have now at least managed to enter aircraft and pilot information right up to the last Op the Squadron flew to Bad Oldsloe on the 24th April 1945 (the database currently beginning from the start of 1943) – so this means that we have all Lancaster Ops that the Squadron flew – whilst there now has to be a secondary checking activity, regarding serial numbers and flight/ letter designators, I hope with he help of Ian and Chris to be able to add some Lancaster Op histories to the one for ND801 JN-X that I put up a couple of weeks ago (recent information suggesting that this first one needs an update as well!)

So as always, thank you all for your continuing support and encouragement.

cheers

Simon

Worthing (Durrington) Cemetery, United Kingdom

WORTHINGTON, Jack Herbert. Sergeant  574819   RAF

Many thanks to Adrian for recording this image from Worthing Cemetery.

On the 9th April 1943, 9 Stirlings took off from Newmarket to join an attack on targets at Duisburg. On the return flight, a brief wireless message was received from Stirling Mk.III BK770, AA-L. This short distress signal was all that was heard from the aircraft. A ground report was later received advising an aircraft had crashed at Valley Farm, Bressingham, Norfolk. Soon after impact an explosion was observed and the aircraft burst into flames. None of the crew survived. BK770 was the first Mk.III Stirling to be lost by 75(NZ) Squadron.

Sgt Jack Herbert Worthington RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer. Age 19

Five of the crew now rest in Newmarket Cemetery. Their gravestones can be seen here.

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot. Age 27
F/S Bertram Augustus Moffatt RCAF R.802237 – Navigator. Age 25
Sgt Francis Henry Reddiclife RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber. Age 28
Sgt Stanley Arthur Curtis
RAFVR 1386838 – Mid Upper Gunner. Age 28
F/S Phillip Gordon Stuart RCAF R.93568 – Rear Gunner. Age 30

The final member of the crew is buried in Streatham Park Cemetery, Surrey.

Sgt John William Scudder RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator. Age 22

Wieringermeer (Middenmeer) General Cemetery, Netherlands.

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Thanks Philip for supplying this image of one of the airmen form the McCrorie crew

The target  for Bomber Command on the 22nd of June 1943 was Mülheim – almost in the centre of the Ruhr Valley. A total of 557 aircraft took part, comprising 242 Lancasters, 155 Halifaxes, 93 Stirlings (15 from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF), 55 Wellingtons and 13 Mosquito’s.

35 aircraft, including 4 Stirlings from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF were lost that night.

Stirling MkIII EH889 AA-Z was shot down by a night-fighter (Oblt Lothar Linke, IV /NJG1 (credited with 27 kills before his death)) at 01.58hrs, crashing into the Ijsselmeer. All of the crew were killed, 5 of the airmen’s  bodies later being found, after washing ashore.

Sgt Raymond Anthony Kennedy
RAFVR 1003148 – Rear Gunner. Age 28

The remainder of the crew were buried, one must assume, relative to where they were found.

Hemelumer-Oldeferd (Molkwerum) Protestant Churchyard, Holland.
F/L Thomas Fraser McCrorie,
DFC , RAFVR1365093, 68770 – Pilot. Age 27

Wonsuradeel (Makkum) Protestant Churchyard Netherlands
P/O William Stuckey
, mid, RAFVR 51042 – Navigator. Age 29

Mebemblik General Cemetery, Holland.
WO2 Richard Douglas Tod
, RCAF R.91741 – Wireless Operator. Age 23

WO2 Robert Ernest Tod , DFM, RCAF R.91742 – Mid Upper Gunner. Age 23
Citation DFM (7 May 1943): This airman was the wireless operator of an aircraft which was damaged by anti-aircraft fire during an operational flight over enemy territory. The aircraft gradually lost height and the pilot was eventually compelled to bring it down on the sea. Meanwhile Sergeant Tod coolly worked his apparatus, maintaining contact with base. His excellent work enabled the aircraft to be continuously plotted from the ground and plans for rescue to be made. The entire crew of the aircraft were picked up within 15 minutes of coming down on the sea. This airman displayed great coolness and unswerving devotion to duty throughout. Died Wednesday 23rd June 1943, age 23, during a raid on Mulheim. Buried Mebemblik General Cemetery Netherlands.

Runnymede Memorial
F/S James Leonard Richards
RNZAF NZ404946 – Air Bomber. Age 25
Sgt Eric Grainger RAFVR 625045 – Flight Engineer. Age 21

Medemblik General Cemetery, Netherlands.

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Thanks Philip for supplying these images of two of the airmen form the McCrorie crew

The target  for Bomber Command on the 22nd of June 1943 was Mülheim – almost in the centre of the Ruhr Valley. A total of 557 aircraft took part, comprising 242 Lancasters, 155 Halifaxes, 93 Stirlings (15 from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF), 55 Wellingtons and 13 Mosquito’s.

35 aircraft, including 4 Stirlings from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF were lost that night.

Stirling MkIII EH889 AA-Z was shot down by a night-fighter (Oblt Lothar Linke, IV /NJG1 (credited with 27 kills before his death)) at 01.58hrs, crashing into the Ijsselmeer. All of the crew were killed, 5 of the airmen’s  bodies later being found, after washing ashore.

Richard Douglas Tod and Robert Ernest Tod were twin brothers from St. Vital Manitoba. They enlisted in the RCAF on the same day, trained to be Air Gunners at the same schools, went overseas together and were assigned to the same unit, No.75(NZ) Squadron RAF. They were, perhaps surprisingly, allowed to fly as members of the same crew. Read a post regarding the action that earnt Robert Tod his DFM here.

WO2 Richard Douglas Tod, RCAF R.91741 – Wireless Operator. Age 23

WO2 Robert Ernest Tod, DFM, RCAF R.91742 – Mid Upper Gunner. Age 23
Citation DFM (7 May 1943): This airman was the wireless operator of an aircraft which was damaged by anti-aircraft fire during an operational flight over enemy territory. The aircraft gradually lost height and the pilot was eventually compelled to bring it down on the sea. Meanwhile Sergeant Tod coolly worked his apparatus, maintaining contact with base. His excellent work enabled the aircraft to be continuously plotted from the ground and plans for rescue to be made. The entire crew of the aircraft were picked up within 15 minutes of coming down on the sea. This airman displayed great coolness and unswerving devotion to duty throughout. Died Wednesday 23rd June 1943, age 23, during a raid on Mulheim. Buried Mebemblik General Cemetery Netherlands.

The remainder of the crew were buried, one must assume, relative to where they were found.

Hemelumer-Oldeferd (Molkwerum) Protestant Churchyard, Holland.
F/L Thomas Fraser McCrorie,
DFC , RAFVR1365093, 68770 – Pilot. Age 27

Wonsuradeel (Makkum) Protestant Churchyard Netherlands
P/O William Stuckey
, mid, RAFVR 51042 – Navigator. Age 29

Wieringermeer (Middenmeer) General Cemetery, Holland.
Sgt Raymond Anthony Kennedy
RAFVR 1003148 – Rear Gunner. Age 28

Runnymede Memorial
F/S James Leonard Richards
RNZAF NZ404946 – Air Bomber. Age 25
Sgt Eric Grainger RAFVR 625045 – Flight Engineer. Age 21

Thomas Fraser McCrorie, Eric Grainger, James Leonard Richards, Raymond Anthony Kennedy, William Stuckey, Robert Ernest Tod, Richard Douglas Tod, Stirling MkIII EH889 AA-Z, 22nd  June 1943 Mülheim, Newmarket, 1943, 75(NZ) Squadron RAF

Aircraft Database update 6th August 2014

composite aircraft image

Many thanks as always to Ian for another update to the 75(NZ) Squadron Aircraft Database. The database contains some new updates particularly relating to the Lancaster section and Ian has also added a note at the bottom relating to ‘Flight’ identification. Ian feels and I completely agree with him, that there appears to now be substantive evidence that a lot of existing sources for information on the aircraft that flew in the Squadron are in parts incorrect – there clearly seems to be errors relating to ‘C’ Flight and it would appear in some cases, aircraft have been identified as ‘AA’ (A or B Flight), simply through the ignorance that ‘C’ Flight (JN) even existed.

I suppose to this end, if anybody has the time to check through our database and is able to provided definitive evidence of particularly, Flight coding (photograph/ logbook entries etc) then please, as always contact us!

See the Wellington database here.
See the Stirling database here.
See the Lancaster database here.

Wonsuradeel (Makkum) Protestant Churchyard, Netherlands

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Thanks Philip for supplying this image of one of the airmen form the McCrorie crew

The target  for Bomber Command on the 22nd of June 1943 was Mülheim – almost in the centre of the Ruhr Valley. A total of 557 aircraft took part, comprising 242 Lancasters, 155 Halifaxes, 93 Stirlings (15 from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF), 55 Wellingtons and 13 Mosquito’s.

35 aircraft, including 4 Stirlings from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF were lost that night.

Stirling MkIII EH889 AA-Z was shot down by a night-fighter (Oblt Lothar Linke, IV /NJG1 (credited with 27 kills before his death)) at 01.58hrs, crashing into the Ijsselmeer. All of the crew were killed, 5 of the airmen’s  bodies later being found, after washing ashore.

P/O William Stuckey, mid, RAFVR 51042 – Navigator. Age 29

The remainder of the crew were buried, one must assume, relative to where they were found.

Hemelumer-Oldeferd (Molkwerum) Protestant Churchyard, Holland.
F/L Thomas Fraser McCrorie, DFC , RAFVR1365093, 68770 – Pilot. Age 27

Mebemblik General Cemetery, Holland.
WO2 Richard Douglas Tod
, RCAF R.91741 – Wireless Operator. Age 23

WO2 Robert Ernest Tod , DFM, RCAF R.91742 – Mid Upper Gunner. Age 23
Citation DFM (7 May 1943): This airman was the wireless operator of an aircraft which was damaged by anti-aircraft fire during an operational flight over enemy territory. The aircraft gradually lost height and the pilot was eventually compelled to bring it down on the sea. Meanwhile Sergeant Tod coolly worked his apparatus, maintaining contact with base. His excellent work enabled the aircraft to be continuously plotted from the ground and plans for rescue to be made. The entire crew of the aircraft were picked up within 15 minutes of coming down on the sea. This airman displayed great coolness and unswerving devotion to duty throughout. Died Wednesday 23rd June 1943, age 23, during a raid on Mulheim. Buried Mebemblik General Cemetery Netherlands.

Wieringermeer (Middenmeer) General Cemetery, Holland.
Sgt Raymond Anthony Kennedy
RAFVR 1003148 – Rear Gunner. Age 28

Runnymede Memorial
F/S James Leonard Richards
RNZAF NZ404946 – Air Bomber. Age 25
Sgt Eric Grainger RAFVR 625045 – Flight Engineer. Age 21