A.F.A. Osborn crew 27.08.42 †

27/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington BJ.584 captained by Sgt. Burril met JU88 when about 30 miles from target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman claims to have shot down the JU88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700ft at the Dutch Coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt Osborn failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.708 AA-?

F/L Andrew Francis Atterbury Osborn, RAF 73033 – Pilot.
P/O Errol Thomas Peterson Dalzell, RNZAF NZ411738 – Observer.
Sgt. Denis Patrick Hogan, RNZAF NZ412331 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roderick McGregor, RNZAF 1100964 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Victor Arthur Tunbridge, RNZAF NZ411788 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

Wellington Mk.III BJ.708 was brought down near the town of Melsungen, 18miles south of Kessel, probably as a result of flak damage. There were no survivors.

All five crew were initially buried in the Korle Cemetery, Melsungen, but later reinterred at Hanover.
F/L Andrew Francis Atterbury Osborn, RAF 73033 – Pilot.
Killed age 25.
Son of Professor T. G. B. Osborn and May Osborn; Husband of Marjorie May Atterbury Osborn, of Paddington, London.
Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5. K. 11.
‘Rest in God’s heavenly peace
For ever’

P/O Errol Thomas Paterson Dalzell, RNZAF NZ411378 – Observer.
Killed age 22.
Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5. K. 10.

Sgt. Roderick Mcgregor, RAF 1100964 RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Killed age 20.
Son of Roderick and Bertha Mcgregor, of Potters Bar, Middlesex.
Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5. K. 7.
‘In memory of our dear son
Too dearly loved
To be forgotten.
Dad, mam & brother Tom’

Sgt. Denis Patrick Hogan, RNZAF NZ412331 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 23.
Son of John Joseph and Hilda Agnes Hogan, of Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5. K. 9.

Sgt. Victor Arthur Tunbridge, RNZAF NZ411788 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 28.
Son of Charles and Ada Maltilda Tunbridge, of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand; Husband of Violet Esther Tunbridge, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5. K. 8.