J.Law crew 03.09.42 †

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 X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Law, RAFVR 1101018 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 05:20

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.3396 AA-S

Sgt. James Law, RAFVR 1101018 – Pilot.
Sgt. Horace Llewellyn Grant, RNZAF NZ405254 – Observer.
Sgt. Rupert Ernest Renton, RNZAF NZ412352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Richard Alfred William Newman, RCAF NZ405309 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Trevor Vivian Gill, RNZAF NZ403362 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S was brought down near Wittmund, West North West of Wilhelmshaven and 55 miles from Emden. There were no survivors. All five crew are now buried at Sage, south of Oldenburg.

Since neither X3396 nor X3794  reached their target at Emden, and both were brought down at similar locations in Northern Germany/Netherlands, it seems likely they were victims of enemy night fighter action.

Sgt. James Law, RAFVR 1101018 – Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of William Law, and of Millicent Law, of Deepdale, Lancashire.
Buried Sage War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 3. B. 2.
‘We miss him most
Who love him best’

Sgt. Horace Llewellyn Grant, RNZAF NZ405254 – Observer.
Killed age 27.
Son of Leonard and Constance Grant, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Sage War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 3. B. 4.

Sgt. Rupert Ernest Renton, RNZAF NZ412352 – Front Gunner .
Killed age 22.
Son of Alexander Cameron Renton and of Adeline Jane Renton (Nee Broadwood), of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Sage War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 3. B. 3.

Sgt. Richard Alfred William Newman, RNZAF NZ405309 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 24.
Son of Alfred and Ada Newman, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Sage War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 3. A. 1.

Sgt. John Trevor Vivian Gill, RNZAF NZ403362 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 27.
Son of George R. Giles and of Isabella Giles (Nee Bayne), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Sage War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 3. A. 2.