BK776

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 16/04/43 Ludwigshaven AA-R P/O Bennett 05:55
2 20/04/43 Rostock AA-R P/O Bennett 07:35
3 22/04/43 Mining in the Gironde Estuary AA-R P/O Bennett 06:30
4 01/05/43 Mining in the Gironde Estuary AA-R F/L Appleton 07:48
5 04/05/43 Dortmund AA-R Sgt. Sedunary 04:49
6 09/05/43 Mining in the Ile De Re Area AA-R Sgt. Wright 05:36
7 12/05/43 Duisburg AA-R P/O Bennett 04:04
8 13/05/43 Bochum AA-R F/L Andrews 05:25
9 13/05/43 Bochum AA-R P/O Bennett 03:32
10 23/05/43 Dortmund AA-R P/O Bennett 04:05
11 25/05/43 Dusseldorf AA-R P/O Bennett 03:47
12 29/05/43 Wuppertal AA-R P/O Bennett Missing
Total Op hours 59:06

 

29/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb, and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take-off owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, and two returned early. Four aircraft failed to return. The remaining thirteen aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires were seen and also some big explosions. Some heavy A.A.Fire was encountered, but it was ineffective. No searchlights were seen. A few enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but visibility was impaired by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III BK776 Captained by P/O. R.F.Bennett, Mk.I EF398, captained by F/O. R.B. Vernazoni, MK.III EH881 captained by Sgt. J.H. Carey and Mk.III Bf561 captained by Sgt. S.R. Thornley.

Stirling Mk.III BK776 AA-R

P/O Raymond Frederick Bennett, RNZAF NZ415282 – Pilot.
Sgt. Raymond Francis Norman RNZAF NZ416145 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Alan Lloyd Davidson, RNZAF NZ411864 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Alexander Bandy, RAFVR 1318948 – Air Bomber.
F/S Stanley Leo Kavanagh, RNZAF NZ403579 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.B. Harrison, RAFVR 1052295 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Allan Pirie, RCAF R.108000 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Christopher Patrick Middleton, RNZAF NZ413337 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:09 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.III BK776 AA-R was brought down at Odenspiel, 12 miles West North West of Siegen (about 35 miles South East of the target). Only the Flight Engineer, Navigator and Rear Gunner survived but were taken as P.o.W’s. The Captain, P/O Bennett, is now at rest in Rheinberg War Cemetery while the four other deceased were reinterred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

P/O Raymond Frederick Bennett, RNZAF NZ415282 – Pilot.
Killed age 29.
Son of Frederick William and Ruby Elizabeth Bennett, of Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 4. G. 11.

F/S Raymond Fraser Norman, RNZAF NZ416145 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 23.
Son of William Matthew and Annie Norman, of Winton, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 31. B. 15-17.

Sgt. Alan Lloyd Davidson, RNZAF NZ411864 – Navigator .
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 111
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft 1. Luft VI and 357.
Date of return to United Kingdom: 7th of May 1945

F/S Frederick Alexander   Bandy, RAFVR 1318948 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 23.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 31. B. 15-17.

W/O Stanley Leo Kavanagh, RNZAF NZ403579 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 24.
Son of Edward Francis and Mildred A. Kavanagh, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 31. B. 15-17.

Sgt. J. B. Harrison, RAFVR 1052295 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 10646
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft III.
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S James Allan Pirie, RCAF 108000 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of James Duncan Pirie and Esther Pirie, of Pennant, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 31. B. 15-17.
‘His all for God, His home and Canada’

F/S Christopher Patrick Middleton, RNZAF NZ413337 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 212
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags VI then 357
Date of return to United Kingdom: 7th of May 1945