G.W. Sharman crew 04.09.42 †

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 BJ.721 AA-A

Sgt. Francis Lawrence Curr, RAAF AUS.404005 – Pilot.
Sgt. George William Sharman, RNZAF NZ412746 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Clarence Hugh Sullivan, RNZAF NZ404990 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RNZAF NZ41594 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:25

02/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Karlsruhe
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000lb. 500lb. 250lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen on the target, concentrated mainly in centre of target area. A.A. fire was moderate, searchlights were few. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe was attacked by a JU88, the front gunner fired a burst at very short range, the enemy aircraft then broke off the attack, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was clear over the target, navigation was very good by T.R. and D.R. A large fire suspected to be a dummy, was seen 30 to 40 miles West of Target.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.721 AA-A

Sgt. Francis Lawrence Curr, RAAF AUS.404005 – Pilot.
Sgt George William Sharman, RNZAF NZ412746 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Clarence Hugh Sullivan, RNZAF NZ404990 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Stevens, RAFVR 942319 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RAFVR NZ41594 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 06:50

04/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area by nine aircraft. Three aircraft were forced to return to base owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen with smoke rising up to 8,000feet. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered on the way to target and in target area, searchlights were concentrated and accurate over a large area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine over target area, visibility was good. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.974 AA-?

Sgt. George William Sharman, RNZAF NZ412746 – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Priestly Saul, RNZAF NZ411730 – Observer.
Sgt. Claude Joseph Frederick Jarvis, RNZAF NZ411722 – Wireless Operator.
P/O George William Alfred Mills, RNZAF NZ411769 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Edward Coles, RNZAF NZ40161 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:25 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 01:35

06/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load of 4,000lb. 1,00lb. 500lb. 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen to be growing in intensity. A.A. fire was heavy and intense but was bursting high above aircraft, searchlights were intense, particularly at target area.
Wellington BJ772 captained by F/Lt. Womersley was attacked from rear on return by an enemy aircraft, one bursts was fired by the rear gunner and the enemy aircraft was driven off. No other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good, clear over target with slight ground haze. Navigation was good. Wellington BJ.765 captained by Sergt. Sharman G.W and Wellington X.3867 captained by F/Sgt.Parkes W.R. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.765 AA-L

Sgt. George William Sharman, RNZAF NZ412746 – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Priestly Saul, RNZAF NZ411730 – Observer.
Sgt. Claude Joseph Frederick Jarvis, RNZAF NZ411722 – Wireless Operator.
P/O George William Alfred Mills, RNZAF NZ411769 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Edward Coles, RNZAF NZ40161 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Wellington Mk.III BJ.765 AA-L was brought down over Germany, crashing near Krefeld, 11 miles South West of the target, Duisburg. There were no survivors.

All five crew were initially buried in the military Cemetery, Krefeld, but later reinterred at Reischwald Forest Cemetery, South West of Kleve.

Sgt. George William Sharman, RNZAF NZ412746 – Pilot.
Killed age 27.
Son of George Edward Sharman, and of Ada Helen Sharman (Nee Carseldine), of Whangarei, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 16. F. 12.

Sgt. Norman Priestley Saul, RNZAF NZ411730 – Observer.
Killed age 30.
Son of Walter Saul, and of Eleanor Louisa Saul (Nee Holton), of Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 16. F. 8-10.

P/O George William Alfred Mills, RNZAF NZ411769 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 27.
Son of William George Thomas Mills and of Caroline Helen Mills (Nee Hall), of Dannevirke, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 16. F. 8-10.

Sgt. Claude Joseph Frederick Jarvis, RNZAF NZ411722 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Frederick Joseph Jarvis, and of Blanche Jarvis (Nee Ball), of Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 16. F. 8-10.

Sgt. Thomas Edward Coles, RNZAF NZ40161 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 28.
Son of Thomas and Margaret Coles, of Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 16. F. 11.