J.R. Mayo crew 26.8.43 †

02/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb and 4lb. Six of the aircraft returned early owing to severe icing and engine trouble, two failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires and columns of smoke were seen although this attack was not considered to be a successful as the previous one. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which proved to be ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good at the beginning of outward journey, but cloud gathered and was 10/10ths at the target, icing and electrical storms were also encountered. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk. III EH928 captained by Sgt. Baille, P. and BF 557 captained by F/Sgt. Couper, J.A.

Stirling Mk.III EH901 JN-O †

P/O Alan Joseph Lyall Sedunary, RAAF AUS.416619 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Russell Mayo, RNZAF NZ417085 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Aubrey Lens, RAFVR 149672 – Navigator.
Sgt. Cecil Reginald Parish, RAFVR 1332576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas Hamilton Moss, RNZAF NZ404653 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frank Kitchener Alcock, RAFVR 532245 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jack Ernest Nicholson, RAFVR 1800467 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John James Gratton, RAFVR 1351568 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 04:45

06/08/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lb. One aircraft returned early owing to inter-communication failure and bought its mines back and one aircraft failed to return. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. Slight heavy A.A. fire and one searchlight were encountered, but were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good above 1,000ft. and visibility was fair to good. On the return journey, F/Sgt. Mayfields aircraft fired at a locomotive and the engine was seen to blow up with a brilliant flash. The missing aircraft was a Stirling Mk.I HK614 captained by F/Sgt. Mayo, J.R.

Stirling Mk.III BK614 JN-N

F/S John Russell Mayo, RNZAF NZ417085 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Edward Turner, RAFVR 1316391 – Navigator.
Sgt. Irvine Sydney Rothstein, RCAF R.123638 – Air Bomber.
F/S Thomas Henry Gittens, RAFVR 1067871 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Booth, RAFVR 1096896 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Henry Amstell, RAFVR 1455709 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stephen Tom Kitching, RAFVR 1215487 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.III BK614 JN-N was lost without trace. All seven crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

F/S John Russell Mayo, RNZAF NZ417085 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of John Frederick and Emily Mayo, of Bulls, Wellington, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 199.

Sgt. Albert Edward Turner, RAFVR 1316391 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of Edward Wallace Turner and Daisy Turner, of Redruth, Cornwall.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 167.

F/S Irvine Sydney Rothstein, RCAF 123638 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 20.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 185.

F/S Thomas Henry Gittins, RAFVR 1067871 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 24.
Son of Arthur and Margaret Ann Gittins, of Hengoed, Glamorgan.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 136.

Sgt. Ronald Booth, RAFVR 1096896 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Charles Wilfred and Eva Booth, of Royton, Lancashire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 143.

Sgt. Stephen Tom Kitching, RAFVR 1215487 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Gerald Currie Kitching and of Lily Kitching (Nee Copnell), of Leeds, Yorkshire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 156.

Sgt. Raymond Henry Amstel, RAFVR 1455709 – Rear Gunner .
Lost without trace age 20.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 140.

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