C.J. Kinross crew 16.12.43 †

16/12/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs. One aircraft returned early and one crashed on return. The remaining two aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, but the parachutes were not seen to open. No opposition was met. The weather was very poor, low cloud and fog impairing visibility. Navigation was good. The aircraft which crashed wa captained by F/SGT.KINROSS C.J. The pilot F/SGT KINROSS C.J, Nav.F/O R.F.JENKIN, A/B. SGT. EMMERSON R.H., WO/AIR SGT. SAVAGE W.A, F/ENG. SGT. ASKEW R. and R.GUNNER SGT. WARNER J.A. were killed. The Mid Upper Gunner SGT. NEWMAN S.T. was slightly injured.

Stirling Mk.III EF163 JN-L

F/S Colin John Kinross, RNZAF NZ417069 – Pilot.
F/O Ralph Francis Jenkin, RNZAF NZ416119 – Navigator.
Sgt. Ronald Harry Emmerson, RAAF AUS.410330 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Willis Arthur Savage, RAFVR 1503913 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Askew, RAFVR 1477972 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. S. Newman, RAFVR 928207 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Albert Warner, RAFVR 2209337 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Crashed

Stirling Mk.III EF163 JN-L was attempting to land in poor weather conditions when the pilot lost visual reference at low level and crashed at Biddington Farm, Sutton. The aircraft burst into flames. All crew members, except an injured mid-upper gunner, died.

The cause of the crash may have been due to the aircraft’s centre of gravity being effected by a mine that had failed to release.

This was one of 41 other crashes occurring that night by aircraft returning to England in extremely poor weather conditions. This scale of losses by aircraft in these circumstances was the heaviest ever experienced by Bomber Command in a single night.

P/O Colin John Kinross, RNZAF NZ417069 – Pilot.
Killed age 30.
Son of Lewis James Kinross and Alice Kinross; Husband of Ellie Amina Kinross, of Tauranga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 14548.

F/O Ralph Francis Jenkin, RNZAF NZ416119 – Navigator.
Killed age 23.
Son of Carl Reginald Jenkin and of Ivy Clarace Jenkin (Nee McMahon), of Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 14348.

F/S Ronald Harry Emmerson, RAAF AUS.410330 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 24.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 14148.

Sgt. Willis Arthur Savage, RAFVR 1503913 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 20.
Son of Richard Willis Savage and Edith Annie Savage, of Swinton.
Buried Pendelbury (St.John) Churchyard, Lancashire, England..
Grave location – Plot C. Grave 84.

Sgt. Raymond Askew, RAFVR 1477972 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 21.
Son of Thomas and Susannah Askew, of Ashington.
Buried Seaton Hirst (St.John) Churchyard, Ashington, Northumberland, England..
Grave location – Sec. T. Row 6. Grave 22.

Sgt. S. Newman, RAFVR 92807 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Injured

Sgt. John Albert Warner, RAFVR 2209337 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Buried Bootle Cemetery, Lancashire, England..
Grave location – Sec. 7.
C. of E. Grave 312.