ND904 “Target for Tomorrow Night”

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – ND904

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 22/05/44 Dortmund AA-B P/O Wainwright 04:30
2 24/05/44 Aachen AA-B P/O Wainwright 03:25
3 27/05/44 Aachen AA-B F/L Clark 03:35
4 31/05/44 Trappes AA-B F/L Clark 04:50
5 05/06/44 Ouistreham AA-B P/O Young 03:25
6 06/06/44 Lisieux AA-B P/O Young 03:25
7 08/06/44 Fougeres AA-B F/L Clark 04:10
8 10/06/44 Dreux AA-B F/O Baker 04:10
9 12/06/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-B P/O Crawford 03:50
10 15/06/44 Valenciennes AA-B P/O Crawford 02:53
11 07/07/44 Vaires AA-B P/O Crawford 04:25
12 10/07/44 Nucourt AA-B P/O Crawford 03:43
13 12/07/44 Vaires AA-B S/L Williamson 03:30
14 15/07/44 Bois Des Jardine AA-B F/L Gunn 02:52
dnc 17/07/44 Vaires AA-B S/L Williamson 02:28
15 18/07/44 Aulnoye AA-B S/L Williamson 03:05
16 18/07/44 Cagny AA-B S/L Williamson 03:37
17 20/07/44 Homberg AA-B F/O Baker 03:20
18 30/07/44 Amaye Sur Seulles AA-B F/S O’Callaghan 03:46
19 01/08/44 Le Nieppe AA-B S/L Drummond 02:35
20 03/08/44 L’Isle Adam AA-B F/O Dare 03:56
21 05/08/44 Bassens AA-B F/O Kennedy 08:05
22 07/08/44 Mare De Magne AA-B F/O Kennedy 02:55
23 08/08/44 Lucheux AA-B W/C Leslie 03:08
24 09/08/44 Fort D’Anglos AA-B F/O Kennedy 02:35
25 11/08/44 Lens AA-B F/O Rees 03:28
26 12/08/44 Brunswick AA-B F/O Kennedy 04:40
27 14/08/44 Hamel AA-B F/O White 03:40
28 15/08/44 The Aerodrome at St. Trond AA-B S/L Drummond 03:45
29 16/08/44 Stettin AA-B F/L Earl 08:22
30 16/08/44 Stettin AA-B F/L Gunn 08:15
31 25/08/44 Russelsheim AA-B F/L Kennedy 08:04
32 26/08/44 Kiel AA-B F/L Kennedy 05:45
33 29/08/44 Stettin AA-B F/O Layton 09:30
34 31/08/44 Pont Reny AA-B F/L Kennedy 03:00
35 05/09/44 Le Havre AA-B F/S Galletly 03:50
36 06/09/44 Harqueboc Le Havre AA-B F/L Kennedy 03:50
37 08/09/44 Doudenville AA-B F/L Kennedy 02:55
38 10/09/44 Montivilliers AA-B F/L Kennedy 03:58
39 12/09/44 Frankfurt AA-B F/L Kennedy 06:33
40 17/09/44 Boulogne AA-B F/L Kennedy 03:00
41 17/09/44 Emmerich AA-B F/L Earl 03:03
42 20/09/44 Calais AA-B F/S Tweed 02:38
43 23/09/44 Neuss AA-B F/S Galletly 04:09
44 27/09/44 Calais AA-B F/O Glossop 02:42
45 29/09/44 Mining in the Kattegat Area AA-B F/O Bateman 07:01
46 03/10/44 the West Kapelle Dyke AA-B F/O Bright 02:57
47 05/10/44 Saarbrucken AA-B F/S Galletly missing
Total Op hours 197:18

 

05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/S Alan Russell Galletly, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Stuart Edwin Mosley, RNZAF NZ426106 – Navigator.
Sgt. Roy Albert Wells, RAFVR 1802473 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Reginald Samuel Hond, RAFVR 1214443 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Peter Eric Tuthill,   – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Kitchener Sutton, RAFVR 1816276 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Peter Cooke, RAFVR 1816385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:11 – Landed Missing
Flight Time – Missing

ND904 collided with Lancaster PD344 from 115 RAF Squadron over Wolsfeld, Kreis Bitburg, North West of Trier, Germany. There were no survivors on either aircraft. All crew members were initially buried in the Wolsfeld Churchyard but later re-interred in the British Military cemetery, at Rheinberg (North West of Duisburg)

P/O Alan Russell Galletly, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
Killed age 33.
Son of Charles David Galletly, and of Elizabeth Galletly (Nee Gray), of Hawarden, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 8. G. 8.

F/S Stuart Edwin Mosley, RNZAF NZ426106 – Navigator.
Killed age 29.
Son of William Alfred and Agnes Jane Mosley, of Ravensbourne, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 8. G. 9.

Sgt. Roy Albert Wells, RAFVR 1802473 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 21.
Son of Charles Albert and Evelyn May Wells; Husband of Joyce Violet Wells, of Egham, Surrey.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. G. 10-14.
‘Deep in our hearts
A memory is kept
Of one we loved
And shall never forget’

Sgt. Reginald Samuel Hond, RAFVR 1214443 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 23.
Son of Henry and Freda Hond, of Palmer’S Green, Middlesex.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. G. 10-14.
‘In loving memory.
May his soul rest in peace’

Sgt. Peter Eric Tuthill, RAFVR 2211929 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 21.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 8. G. 7.

Sgt. Arthur Kitchener Sutton, RAFVR 1816276 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 29.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. G. 10-14.

Sgt. John Peter Cooke, RAFVR 1816385 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 8. G. 1.