BK770

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 08/04/43 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg AA-L W/O Walsh crashed
Total Op hours  00:00

 

08/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks, with bombs of 1000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Four of the aircraft however were forced to return early owing to severe icing conditions, which prevented the aircraft from gaining height. Four of the remaining aircraft successfully bombed the target through cloud. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds. A fair amount of heavy predicted A.A.Fire was encountered, some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was 10/10ths cloud, with electrical storms, rain and severe icing. Which prevented this operation from being a complete success. Navigation was very good. Stirling III, BK770, captained by W/O Walsh, was returning to base at 01.10 hours a message was received from him, but this was the last heard of the aircraft until it was reported to have crashed at Bressingham, Norfolk, soon after this time. The aircraft exploded on impact and burnt out, and unfortunately the whole of the crew were killed.

Stirling Mk.III BK770 AA-L

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
F/S Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF R.93568 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed –
Flight Time – Crashed

Stirling Mk.III BK770 AA-L was returning to base when at 01:10hrs, a brief W/T distress signal was received from the aircraft but nothing more. 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. The three Commonwealth airmen, along with Sgt’s Reddicliffe and Curtis, are buried in the Newmarket cemetery.

This was the first Mk III Stirling written off in 75(NZ) Squadron.

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
Killed age 27.
Son of Arthur Ernest and May Walsh; Husband of D. D. Walsh, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England..
Grave location – Plot O. Grave 378.

F/S Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF 80237 – Navigator.
Killed age 25.
Husband of Lilian Mary Moffatt, of Littleport, Cambridgeshire.
Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England..
Grave location – Plot P. Grave 431.
‘Sunshine fades
And shadows fall
But sweet remembrance
Outlasts all’

Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 28.
Husband of Lilian Mary Moffatt, of Littleport, Cambridgeshire.
Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England..
Grave location – Plot P. Grave 415.
‘Greater love hath no man’

Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of John and Louise Scudder, of Brixton, London.
Buried Streatham Park Cemetery, Mitcham, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Square 24. Grave 31609.

Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAF 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 19.
Son of Herbert Gerald and Rose Worthington, of Worthing.
Buried Worthing (Durrington) Cemetery, Sussex, England..
Grave location – Sec. 9. Row 8. Grave 42.

Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 28.
Son of Samuel and Martha Curtis; Husband of Rose Winifred Alice Curtis.
Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England..
Grave location – Plot O. Grave 397.
‘At rest’

Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF 93568 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 30.
Son of John William Stuart and of Lillian Elizabeth Stuart, of Wainwright, Alberta, Canada.
Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England..
Grave location – Plot P. Grave 446.
‘Your love
Will light our way;
Your memory
Will ever be near us’