C.J. Shalfoon crew 08.10.42 †

06/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Scattered fires were seen, flares were lighting up the whole area. Considerable light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Searchlights were numerous and operating mainly in cones. The weather was good with low cloud and slight haze at target area. Navigation was good bt D.R. , T.R. visual, pinpoints, loop and fixes. Wellington DF639 captained by Sgt. Rhodes G.W. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BK.341 AA-?

S/L Robert Stanway Crawford, RAFVR 39717 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles John Shalfoon, RNZAF NZ413897 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Wolfenden, RAFVR 1237318 – Observer.
Sgt. Algernon Parsons, RAFVR 1196149 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sydney Posner, RCAF 1078313 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roy Harold Scott, RCAF R.137578 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 05:10

08/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Ostend
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Mines were successfully planted by two aircraft and the parachutes seen to open, the other aircraft returned early owing to receivers signal thought to be a recall. No A.A. fire searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good but misty. Navigation was by pinpoints and fixes.

Wellington Mk.III BK.341 AA-?

Sgt. Charles John Shalfoon, RNZAF NZ413897 – Pilot.
Sgt Henry Wolfenden, RAFVR 1237318 – Observer.
Sgt. Algernon Parsons, RAFVR 1196149 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sydney Posner, RAFVR 1078313 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roy Harold Scott, RCAF R.137578 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 02:00

11/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening in the Kattegat and Little Belt
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. vegetables were successfully planted in the allotted area. Wellington X.3597 captained by F/Sgt. Curr bombed a bridge near Middlefort with three 500lb. G.P. bombs, the first bomb was just short, others very close and might have hit the edge of the bridge. Light A.A. fire was encountered at Middlefort Bridge. No searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen.
There was no cloud, visibility was good. Navigation was good by D.R. T.R., and visual pin point. Wellington BK341 captained by Sergt. Shalfoon failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BK.341 AA-?

Sgt. Charles John Shalfoon, RNZAF NZ413897 – Pilot.
Sgt Henry Wolfenden, RAFVR 1237318 – Observer.
Sgt. Algernon Parsons, RAFVR 1196149 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sydney Posner, RAFVR 1078313 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roy Harold Scott, RCAF R.137578 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

BK341 was brought down at 23.30hrs between the island of Langli and the Skallengen, near the entrance to Esbjerg Harbour on the Danish coast. All five crew of BK341 were killed, three of whom were buried at Fourfelt, near Esbjerg. Two others are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sgt. Charles John Shalfoon, RNZAF NZ413897 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Anthony and Amine Shalfoon, of Opotiki, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 118.

Sgt. Harold Wolfenden, RAFVR 1237318 – Observer.
Killed age 32.
Son of Harold and Mary Elizabeth Wolfenden, of Hull.
Buried Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – AIII. 9. 16.
‘God be with you
Till we meet again’

Sgt. Sydney Posner, RAFVR 1078313 – Front Gunner.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Simion Posner, of Cheetham, Manchester.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 91.

Sgt. Algernon Parsons, RAFVR 1196149 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Harry Fredrick and Mary Ann Parsons, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
Buried Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – AIII. 9. 15.
‘To live in our hearts
Is not to die’

Sgt. Roy Harold Scott, RCAF 137578 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 20.
Son of Daniel R. and Annie B. Scott, of Cobalt, Ontario, Canada.
Buried Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – AIII. 9. 14.
‘His cheery smile
And heart of gold
No dearer son this world
Could hold.
Mum & dad’