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Three members of the Going crew with Stirling N6123 AA-Q “Queenie”; Frank Stewart centre. – Martin Stewart.

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Four members of the Going crew with Stirling N6123 AA-Q “Queenie”. L-R: Sgt Francis Barkhouse (Frank) Stewart (M/U/Gnr), Sgt Clarence Sydney (Syd) Burton (R/Gnr), Sgt Kenneth Cedric Eyre (W/Op) and possibly Sgt Emrys Herbert Weaver (F/E)? – Martin Stewart.

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 23/01/43 Attack Against Targets at Lorient AA-Q Sgt. Dalzell 06:45
2 03/02/43 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg AA-Q S/L Allcock 02:20
3 07/02/43 Attack Against Targets at Lorient AA-Q P/O Bennett 02:20
4 13/02/43 Attack Against Targets at Lorient AA-Q P/O Lowe 05:20
5 14/02/43 Attack Against Targets at Cologne AA-Q P/O Lowe 03:55
6 16/02/43 Attack Against Targets at Lorient AA-Q Sgt. Davey 05:25
7 03/03/43 Mining off the Frisian Islands AA-Q Sgt. Going Missing
Total Op hours 26:05

03/03/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations, with mines of 1500 lb. Two of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, the other aircraft failed to return. No A.A. fire or searchlights were encountered. Sergt. French the Captain of Stirling 1 BF398, met a JU88 on the homeward journey, after a short exchange of firing the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was very clear and visibility was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 N6123, captained by Sgt. R.C.Going.

Stirling Mk.I N6123 AA-Q

Sgt. Raymond Cyril Going, RNZAF NZ414278 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Mervyn Bridgman, RNZAF NZ41866 – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick Arthur William Willis, RAFVR 1382215 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Cedric Eyre, RAFVR 1071970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emrys Herbert Weaver, RAFVR 1409013 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Francis Barkhouse Stewart, RAFVR 547841 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Clarence Sydney Burton, RNZAF NZ414493 – Rear Gunner.

Took off from Newmarket to lay mines off the Frisian Islands. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Take Off 00:43 – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

The crew took off from Newmarket to lay mines off the Frisian Islands, off the coast of Denmark, part of the Squadron’s continuing efforts to disrupt German shipping. Mine-laying operations were often given to rookie crews as they were considered slightly less dangerous. Bomber Command code-named all the waterways after vegetables or fruit, hence these op’s became known as “gardening”. Sadly, on their very first operation, the Going crew was lost without trace.

Sgt. Raymond Cyril Going, RNZAF NZ414278 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Cyril Milton Cutforth Going and Irene Margaret Going, of Maromaku, Bay of Islands, Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.

P/O Arthur Mervyn Bridgman, RNZAF NZ41866 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 26.
Son of Arthur Leslie and Evelyn Bridgman, of Nelson, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.

F/S Frederick Arthur William Willis, RAFVR 1382215 – Air bomber.
Lost without trace age 26.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 140.

Sgt. Kenneth Cedric Eyre, RAFVR 1071970 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 21.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 149.

Sgt. Emrys Herbert Weaver, RAFVR 1409013 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of Francis Herbert and Mary Hannah Weaver, of Woodchester, Gloucestershire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 169.

Sgt. Francis Barkhouse Stewart, RAF 547841 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of Peter Wilson Stewart and Dorothy Isabella Stewart, of Redcar, Yorkshire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 166.

Sgt. Clarence Sydney Burton, RNZAF NZ414493 – Rear Gunner.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Christopher Burton, and of Bertha Burton, of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.