BK778

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 26/04/43 Duisburg JN-U P/O French 04:55
2 28/04/43 Mining in Kiel Bay JN-U P/O French 06:35
3 01/05/43 Mining in the Gironde Estuary JN-U F/L Broadbent 07:46
4 12/05/43 Duisburg JN-U S/L Broadbent 04:00
5 13/05/43 Bochum JN-U S/L Broadbent 04:48
6 16/05/43 Mining off the Frisian Islands JN-U P/O Perrott 04:09
7 23/05/43 Dortmund JN-U S/L Broadbent 04:10
8 25/05/43 Dusseldorf JN-U Sgt. Mee 03:40
9 29/05/43 Wuppertal JN-U Sgt. Mitchell 05:07
10 11/06/43 Dusseldorf JN-U S/L Broadbent 03:58
11 19/06/43 Krefeld JN-U S/L Broadbent 06:35
12 21/06/43 Krefeld JN-U P/O Sedunary 03:32
13 24/06/43 Wuppertal JN-U Sgt. Rankin 04:32
14 25/06/43 Gelsenkirchen JN-U S/L Broadbent 03:42
15 03/07/43 Mining off the Frisian Islands JN-U Sgt. Couper 05:25
16 04/07/43 Mining off Ille de Re JN-U P/O Logan 05:40
17 24/07/43 Hamburg JN-U S/L Broadbent 05:45
18 29/07/43 Hamburg JN-U S/L Broadbent 05:30
19 12/08/43 Turin JN-U S/L Broadbent 07:50
20 16/08/43 Turin details in Mepal log regarding fog at base and alternate return destinations for aircraft – try to sort out which went where JN-U F/S Mayfield 08:35
21 17/08/43 Peenemunde JN-U F/S Mayfield 08:00
22 22/08/43 Mining in the Frisian Islands JN-U F/S Lundon 03:15
23 23/08/43 Berlin JN-U P/O Logan 08:00
24 27/08/43 Nurenbburg JN-U P/O Logan 07:10
25 05/09/43 Mannheim JN-U F/S Masters 07:00
26 16/09/43 Modene JN-U S/L Broadbent 07:30
27 21/09/43 Mining in the Frisian Islands JN-U F/S Parker 03:20
28 07/10/43 Mining in the Frisian Islands JN-U F/O Fauvel 09:25
29 08/10/43 Bremen JN-U F/O Grubb 04:20
30 25/10/43 Mining in the Baltic Sea JN-U F/O Grubb 08:23
31 04/11/43 Mining in the Baltic Sea JN-U P/O Masters Missing
Total Op hours 172:37

 

04/11/1943 – Mining in the Baltic Sea
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1500lbs. This was an unfortunate night as three aircraft failed to return and the other aircraft returned early having jettisoned its mines. This aircraft met an enemy night fighter and sustained damage to the port wing, starboard flap, rear turret and many large holes in the fuselage, the rear gunner, Sgt.W. HURDIE, was killed during the combat. The weather was bad and ten tenths cloud made visibility poor. Navigation was good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings MKIII BF461, Captained by P/O.G.K.WILLIAMS, BK&&* Captained by P/O.W.S.MASTERS and XXXXX Captained by F/O. N.WILSON.

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U

P/O William Stuart Masters, RNZAF NZ421077 – Pilot.
F/O George Burns Imrie, RNZAF NZ422676 – Navigator.
F/S Charles James, RNZAF NZ426333 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Reginald James Thomas, RAFVR 1316730 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Alfred Copeland, RAFVR 1166829 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Leslie Grimwood, RAFVR 1438024 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Lewis Stanley Crawford-Watson, RNZAF NZ42734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U was shot down by a night-fighter, crashing at Berstedgaard, near Thisted, Denmark. There were no survivors. All but the flight engineer were buried at Frederickshaven Cemetery. Sgt Copeland is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

P/O William Stuart Masters, RNZAF NZ421077 – Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of Clifford Arundel Masters and Daisy Caroline Masters, of Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Frederikshavn Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – Allied Plot. grave 52.

F/S George Burns Imrie, RNZAF NZ422676 – Navigator.
Killed age 22.
Son of David and Kathleen Margaret Imrie, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Frederikshavn Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – Allied Plot. grave 51.

F/S Charles James, RNZAF NZ426333 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 34.
Son of Isaac James and of Elizabeth James (Nee Richardson), of Haydock, Lancashire; Husband of Joan C. James, of Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Frederikshavn Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – Allied Plot. grave 56.

Sgt. Reginald James Thomas, RAFVR 1316730 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of John H. and Gladys Thomas, of Reading, Berkshire.
Buried Frederikshavn Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – Allied Plot. grave 53.
‘At the going down
Of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them’

Sgt. Arthur Alfred Copeland, RAFVR 1166829 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of Alfred Henry and Edith Ellen Copeland; Husband of H. T. Copeland, of Derby.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 146.

Sgt. Leslie Grimwood, RAFVR 1438024 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 20.
Son of Alfred S. S. and Emma Grimwood, of Dagenham, Essex.
Buried Frederikshavn Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – Allied Plot. grave 49.
‘At rest.
In loving memory
Of my dear son.
God be with you
Till we meet again’

F/S Lewis Stanley Crawford-Watson, RNZAF NZ42734 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of Lewis and Elsie Ruth Crawford-Watson, of Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Frederikshavn Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – Allied Plot. grave 50.