J.H.R. Carey crew 27.5.43 †

23/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Some very large fires were seen, and the bombs were seen to explode amongst large buildings. Medium and Heavy A.A. Fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered. One aircraft was hit whilst over the target, and the port outer propeller was shot off, but the aircraft successfully returned to base. Some enemy aircraft were seen, and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but identification was difficult owing to smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III,BK.783 captained by Sergeant S.M. Tietjens failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U

S/L Richard Broadbent, RNZAF NZ391339 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Henry Roy Carey, RNZAF NZ414242 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Kennedy Fabian, RAFVR NZ413720 – Navigator.
F/S Earl Ray Belford, RCAF R.88751/ J.17419 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D.J. McIver, RAFVR 1059993 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C.A. Fenn, RAFVR 1085958 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Richard Kurton, RAFVR 1477334/ 161621 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:08 – Landed 03:18
Flight Time 04:10

27/05/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. Some light A.A. Fire was encountered, but it was ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good in the mining area, except for slight sea haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF412 AA-Y

Sgt. John Henry Roy Carey, RNZAF NZ414242 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Lewes Roberts, RNZAF NZ411593 – Navigator.
Sgt. Percy Gibson Knight, RNZAF NZ417282 – Air Bomber.
F/S Maurice Archibald Brady, RNZAF NZ39987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Beaver, RAFVR 1276184 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RNZAF NZ41594 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Alexander McLeod, RNZAF NZ404079 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:59 – Landed 02:53
Flight Time 03:54

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 EH881 AA-Z

Sgt. John Henry Roy Carey, RNZAF NZ414242 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Lewes Roberts, RNZAF NZ411593 – Navigator.
Sgt. Percy Gibson Knight, RNZAF NZ417282 – Air Bomber.
F/S Maurice Archibald Brady, RNZAF NZ39987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Beaver, RAFVR 1276184 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William Alfred Owen, RAFVR 1250494 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Alexander McLeod, RNZAF NZ404079 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.III EH881 AA-Z was brought down at Eilendorf, outside the township of Aachen (35 miles South West of Cologne). The Captain and two gunners died in the crash and are buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery. The other four crew all escaped uninjured, either by parachute or from the wrecked aircraft, and were captured as POW’s.

F/S John Henry Roy Carey, RNZAF NZ414242 – Pilot.
Killed age 27.
Son of Thomas Carey and of Ivy Carey (Nee Dimmick), of Westport, Nelson, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 6. A. 11.

F/S John Lewes Roberts, RNZAF NZ411593 – Navigator .
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 236
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft VI and 357. Promoted to W/O while interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 8th of May 1945

Sgt. Percy Gibson Knight, RNZAF NZ417282 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 192
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft III, and 357. Promoted to W/O whilst interred.
Date of return to United Kingdom: 8th of May 1945

W/O Maurice Archibald Brady, RNZAF NZ39987 – Wireless Operator .
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 79
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft VI and 357. Promoted to W/O while interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 7th of May 1945

Sgt. T. E. Beaver, RAFVR 1276184 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S William Alfred Owens, RAFVR 1250494 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Owens, of Gelli, Glamorgan; Husband of Edna Mary Owens, of Gelli, Glamorgan.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 6. A. 13.

F/S Norman Alexander Macleod, RNZAF NZ404079 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 26.
Son of Norman Alexanda Macleod, and of Grace Macleod (Nee Bell), of Hinakura, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 6. A. 12.

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