Request for information – Roy George Tawa Iles crew, 1945

I have been contacted by David and Simon, the sons of Roy George Tawa Iles, Pilot, who flew with the Squadron during the last months it was part of the RAF.

David and Simon would love to reconnect with any relatives that come across this post either directly or perhaps, by someone else seeing it who then might recognise a surname in the crew list.

From a historical point of view, Roy’s logbook will hopefully hold some information that sheds light on the Squadron’s activities once it had changed to Tiger Force and moved to Splisby – Whilst the Squadron ORB’s broadly describe activities, we might be able to add an extra bit of detail to The Iles crew history as currently listed below.

25.4.45
Weather
. Fine becoming cloudy. Visibility 4 – 8 miles.

Operational Flying. Nil.
Non-Operational Flying. H2S and cross country exercises were carried out. Practice Supply dropping and G.H. Bombing was practised. Fighter Affiliation exercises were carried out. Air Tests were carried out.
Administration. NZ4212581 F/Sgt Iles R. and crew arrived on posting from No.73 Base. NZ4212596 F/Sgt Parry G, and crew arrived on posting from 73 Base.

The Form 541 for May and June list the 4 following Ops for the Iles crew, before the documentation of crews cease to be recorded.

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/S Roy George Tawa Iles, RNZAF NZ4212581 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert John Samuel Wilson, RNZAF NZ432826 – Navigator.
F/S Ian Dudley McLellan, RNZAF NZ4216740 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Caverhill McLaren, RNZAF NZ4213174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Taylor, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Staples,   – Passenger.
Sgt. John Cresswell, RNZAF NZ42114 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:18 – Landed 14:31
Flight Time 02:13

09/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/S Roy George Tawa Iles, RNZAF NZ4212581 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert John Samuel Wilson, RNZAF NZ432826 – Navigator.
F/S Ian Dudley McLellan, RNZAF NZ4216740 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Caverhill McLaren, RNZAF NZ4213174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Taylor, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S John Cresswell, RNZAF NZ42114 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Laurie Clay, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:16 – Landed 18:16
Flight Time 04:00

18/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/O Roy George Tawa Iles, RNZAF NZ4212581 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert John Samuel Wilson, RNZAF NZ432826 – Navigator.
F/S Ian Dudley McLellan, RNZAF NZ4216740 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Caverhill McLaren, RNZAF NZ4213174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Taylor, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S John Cresswell, RNZAF NZ42114 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Laurie Clay, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:41 – Landed 18:46
Flight Time 04:05

25/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S. Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V) had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

F/O Roy George Tawa Iles, RNZAF NZ4212581 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert John Samuel Wilson, RNZAF NZ432826 – Navigator.
F/S Ian Dudley McLellan, RNZAF NZ4216740 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Caverhill McLaren, RNZAF NZ4213174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Taylor, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S John Cresswell, RNZAF NZ42114 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Laurie Clay, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:50 – Landed 15:40
Flight Time 05:50

 

SO, if you are a relative of one of the Iles crew, or perhaps you know or have contact with one, as always, please get in contact with me, so I can pass on any information to David and Simon.

2 thoughts on “Request for information – Roy George Tawa Iles crew, 1945

  1. H & M Schofield

    Hello from New Zealand. Perhaps you have already been informed, but in our main newspaper this weekend is a notification of the death of a George Stanley (Stan) Davies, DFC, NZ427262 RNZAF Flight Lieutenant 75 (NZ) Squadron RAF Bomber Command – Ex POW died 12 June 2016 aged 93. Dearly loved husband Berni.ce and the late Pat. I didnt know of him, but my father who was in 75 would have, I am sure. Just for your records. Cheers Helen Schofield

    On Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 9:25 AM, 75(nz)squadron wrote:

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  2. Chris Newey

    Thanks Helen, I am putting together a brief tribute to Stan and will post it here in the next day or so. His family gave him a very nice farewell on Saturday. Cheers, Chris

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