HK558

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – HK558

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 06/06/44 Lisieux AA-D F/S Nairne 04:00
2 08/06/44 Fougeres AA-D F/S Lethbridge 04:40
3 10/06/44 Dreux AA-D F/O Washer 04:40
4 12/06/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-D F/S Wisker 03:25
5 14/06/44 Le Havre AA-D F/S O’Callaghan 03:30
6 15/06/44 Valenciennes AA-D F/S O’Callaghan 03:10
7 24/06/44 Rimeux AA-D F/S Wisker 02:40
8 30/06/44 Villers Bocage AA-D F/S Nairne 03:20
9 02/07/44 Beauvoir AA-D F/S Nairne 03:19
10 05/07/44 Watten AA-D F/S Nairne 02:07
11 07/07/44 Vaires AA-D F/O Nairne 04:31
12 10/07/44 Nucourt AA-D F/S MacKenzie 03:08
13 12/07/44 Vaires AA-D F/S Nairne 03:36
14 15/07/44 Bois Des Jardine AA-D F/S Nairne 02:57
dnc 17/07/44 Vaires AA-D F/S Nairne 02:32
15 18/07/44 Aulnoye AA-D F/S Nairne 03:57
16 18/07/44 Cagny AA-D F/S Nairne 02:37
17 20/07/44 Homberg AA-D F/L Gunn 03:17
18 23/07/44 Kiel AA-D F/S Nairne 05:00
19 24/07/44 Stuttgart AA-D F/S Nairne 07:29
20 28/07/44 Stuttgart AA-D F/S Nairne 07:43
21 30/07/44 Amaye Sur Seulles AA-D F/S Nairne missing
 Total Op hours 81:38

 

30/07/1944 – Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to take part in an early morning attack on enemy troops and armoured concentrations near Amaye-Sur-Seulles. All crews successfully attacked from a low level and reports indicate that the bombing was well concentrated and ably controlled with a gradual advance southwards as ordered. No results other than clouds of smoke were seen. One aircraft (Captain NZ42117 F/S. Nairne, C.) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK558 AA-D

F/S Colin George Nairne, RNZAF NZ42117 – Pilot.
P/O Lyndon Clifford Perry, RNZAF NZ428925 – Navigator.
W/O Denis Alfred Kidby, RAFVR 1391158 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alfred Richard Stannard, RAFVR 1338510 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Raymond Charles Smith, RAFVR 1235250 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Woodford, RAFVR 922095 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Philip Falkiner, RNZAF NZ425140 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:10 – Landed missing
Flight Time Missing

Although formally recorded as ‘lost without trace’, the circumstances of the disappearance of HK558 was more accurately explained in ‘For Your Tomorrow’ by author Errol Martyn. A Royal Navy minesweeper on patrol in the Channel observed two Lancasters collide in mid-air at approximately 08.00hrs while HK558 was flying northwards in the base of heavy low cloud. The other aircraft was a 514 Sqn Lancaster, LL733, probably from the same raid. The Minesweeper steamed to where the two aircraft crashed into the sea, a short distance away. After an hour’s search, only the body of an RAF Air Bomber was recovered, who was buried at sea. All seven crew of each aircraft are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

P/O Colin George Nairne, RNZAF NZ42117 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son Of William Joseph And Alice Elizabeth Nairne; Husband Of Betty Olive Nairne, Of Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 263.

P/O Lyndon Clifford Perry, RNZAF NZ428925 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son Of Lyndon And Grace Perry, Of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 263.

W/O Dennis Alfred Kidby, RAFVR 1391158 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 22.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 214.

Sgt. Alfred Richard Stannard, RAFVR 1338510 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son Of Alfred Richard And Martha Stannard, Of Shepherd’S Bush, London.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 238.

Sgt. Raymond Charles Smith, RAFVR 1235250 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 22.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 238.

Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Woodford, RAFVR 922095 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Lost without trace age 29.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 241.

F/S Philip Falkiner, RNZAF NZ425140 – Rear Gunner.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Clifford Falkiner.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 263.