BK768

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 11/06/43 Dusseldorf AA-L F/O Perrott 04:30
2 14/06/43 Estuary AA-L F/S Burbidge 06:45
3 19/06/43 Krefeld AA-L F/O Perrott 06:24
4 21/06/43 Krefeld AA-L F/O Perrott 03:41
5 22/06/43 Mannheim (actually Mülheim) AA-L F/O Perrott 04:03
6 24/06/43 Wuppertal AA-L F/O Perrott 04:29
7 25/06/43 Gelsenkirchen AA-L F/O Perrott Missing

 

25/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return and the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Owing to 10/10ths cloud it was difficult to estimate the effectiveness of the attack, although the glow of fires below the cloud, could be seen over a large area. Both moderate and heavy A.A.fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered, but were ineffective. Sergt. Burley’s aircraft sighted an unidentified aircraft from astern, the Stirling corkscrewed and the mid-upper-gunner and rear gunners opened fire. The unidentified aircraft was seen to dive to the ground and a fire and flash were seen. The aircraft was claimed to be destroyed. Some enemy aircraft were seen and three short combats took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. It was very cloudy in the target area and visibility was poor. Navigation was good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III BK768 captained by F/O Perrott.

Stirling Mk.III BK768 AA-L

P/O William Rosser ‘Ross’ Perrott, RNZAF NZ416155 – Pilot.
F/S Gordon Douglas Thompson, RNZAF NZ42317 – Navigator.
F/S Clifford James Whitelaw, RNZAF NZ416188 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Charles Cyril Mould, RAFVR 1314162 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Webster Hilditch, RAFVR 611325 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gordon William Colyer, RAFVR 1809432 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harry Squire , RAFVR 1302829 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.III BK768 AA-L fell victim to the fearsome German night-fighter defensive system, operating as a radar-controlled ‘box’ along the Netherlands/ Belgium coast. Following a night-fighter attack, the Stirling crashed into the Ijsselmeer. The bodies of both Air Gunners and the Captain were recovered and buried in Amsterdam. The Navigator’s body was washed ashore on the 4th of  July near Harderwijk, where he was buried.

The Flight Engineer, Air Bomber and Wireless-operator are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

F/O William Rosser Perrott, RNZAF NZ416155 – Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of William Rosser Perrott and Elizabeth Jane Perrott, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Plot 69. Row B. Coll. grave 15.

F/S Gordon Douglas Thomson, RNZAF NZ42317 – Navigator.
Killed age 22.
Son of James Alexander Thomson and of Catherine Thomson (Nee Laird), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Harderwijk General Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – British Plot 2. Grave 12.

F/S Clifford James Whitelaw, RNZAF NZ416188 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. M. Whitelaw, of Whangarei, Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.

Sgt. Charles Cyril Mould, RAFVR 1314162 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 29.
Son of William Charles and Ethel Mould; Husband of Amelia Emily Mould, of Welling, Kent.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 160.

Sgt. William Webster Hilditch, RAF 611325 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of Edward and Catherine Hilditch; Husband of Margaret Hilditch, of Blackpool, Lancashire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 153.

Sgt. Gordon William Colyer, RAFVR 1809432 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son of George B. and Hazel W. Colyer, of Kingswood, Surrey.
Buried Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 69. Row B. Coll. grave 14.
‘In loving memory of Gordon.
May he for ever
Rest in peace’

Sgt. Harry Squire, RAFVR 1302829 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 31.
Son of George and Catherine Squire, of Tottenham, Middlesex.
Buried Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 69. Row B. Coll. grave 14.
‘For his Country’s sake
His life he gave
And rests in peace In a hero’s grave’