E.R. Hunting crew 01.09.42 †

28/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. And 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen, A.A. fire was heavy but inaccurate, there were large concentrations of searchlights, enemy aircraft were very accurate. Wellington BJ.837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday reported that the whole town was ablaze and fires were observed 70 miles from the target. Four bomber and one presumed to be fighter were seen falling in flames. The nacelle tanks were pulled in the Amiens region, approximately 60 miles from the coast. Aircraft landed at Tangmere owing to shortage of petrol. On landing one tyre was discovered to be burst. Wellington X.3936 captained by P/O Trott, was attacked by ME.110 fire was returned and the rear gunner, Sgt. Hamerton, reported that the enemy aircraft was hit, no further fire was exchanged. the weather was excellent being clear moonlight over the target, navigation was very good by D/R and T/R. Wellington BJ.673 captained by Sgt. Davis and Wellington X.3389 captained by Sgt. Perks failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.765 AA-L

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric Richmond Hunting, RAFVR 1291752 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 07:25

01/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. 1,00lb. 500 lb. 250 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area. Large fires were seen in the target area. Light and heavy predicted A.A. fire was accurate but not intense, few searchlights were seen. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good and extra clear over target, navigation was good. Fires were seen by Sgt. Hunting, Captain of Wellington X3794 20 minutes before E.T.A.

Wellington Mk.III X.3794 AA-?

Sgt. Eric Richmond Hunting, RAFVR 1291752 – Pilot.
Sgt. Edwin Harry Beyer, RAFVR 657044 – Observer.
Sgt. Harry Edward Goldie, RAFVR 1187044 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Glenville McArter, RNZAF R.87459 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Anderson, RAFVR 650736 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 06:05
Flight Time 06:15

03/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Emden
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lb. Were dropped in target area by two aircraft. Two failing to reach the target. A.A. fire was slight, searchlights were few. The weather was bad, being heavy cloud all the way to target and 10/10ths cloud over target. Navigation was good. Wellington X.3396 captained by Sergt. Law and Wellington X.3794 captained by Sergt. Hunting, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3794 AA-?

Sgt. Eric Richmond Hunting, RAFVR 1291752 – Pilot.
Sgt. Edwin Harry Beyer, RAFVR 657044 – Observer.
Sgt. Harry Edward Goldie, RAFVR 1187044 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Glenville McArter, RNZAF R.87459 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Anderson, RAFVR 650736 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

Wellington Mk.III X.3794 was lost without trace, but assumed to have been brought down in the sea off the Netherlands coast where the body of Sgt Anderson (A/g) was recovered. He was buried in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland. The other four crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

F/S Eric Raymond Hunting, RAFVR 1291752 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Ernest Alfred and Ellen Rose Hunting, of Stamford-Le-Hope, Essex.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 74.

Sgt. Edwin Harry Beyer, RAF 657044 – Observer.
Lost without trace age 25.
Son of Edwin and Ruth Madeline Beyer, of Teddington, Middlesex.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 78.

F/S Glenville Mcarter, RCAF 87459 – Front Gunner.
Lost without trace age 29.
Son of William Alexander Mcarter and Annie Ida Mcarter, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; Husband of Frances Mcarter (Nee Salzwadel), of Saskatoon.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 105.

Sgt. Harry Edward Goldie, RAFVR 1187044 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Edward James Goldie and Ivy Alice Goldie, of Chichester, Sussex.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 84.

Sgt. William Anderson, RAF 650736 – Rear Gunner .
Killed age 20.
Son of William Edwin anderson, and of Louisa anderson, of Litherland, Liverpool.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – 34. B. 8.
‘He died that we might live’