Sad news passed on from the New Zealand Bomber Command Association Facebook page:
“RIP Jim McQueen (NZ404466)WOP/AG No. 75 (NZ) Squadron.
Died in Auckland last night.
Having lost his first skipper (on a first op trip) Jim re-crewed with NZ’er Dobbin but they were shot down on their second trip, 11/8/42.
Jim had a dry sense of humour and wrote ” full board was provided for us at Stalag VIIIB Lamsdorf until January 1945 when it was decided we should hike 500 miles west” .
What Jim didn’t say was he built and ran the secret radios in the camp to tune into BBC news, and the hike was the infamous Death March.
Many of his fellow “kreigies” considered he should have been decorated for his two and a half years as the camp radio man.
Post war Jim worked for the Union Bank in Fiji for many years, eventually retired and bought a motel in Whangarei and for the past three decades has lived in Manly just north of Auckland.
Jim was a great guy to listen to, extremely modest, and a bit shy about his “lack” of ops but totally enthusiastic when the subject of secret radios came up.
Another who will be greatly missed.”