ND920

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – ND920

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 26/04/44 Essen AA-P P/O McCardle 04:25
2 27/04/44 Friedrichshafen AA-P P/O McCardle 07:45
3 09/05/44 Cap Gris Nez AA-P P/O McCardle 02:00
4 10/05/44 Courtrai AA-P F/S Burtt 03:25
5 11/05/44 Louvain AA-P F/S Bonisch 03:10
6 21/05/44 Duisberg AA-P F/S McRae 03:50
dnc 22/05/44 Dortmund mechanical problems AA-P F/S McRae 01:50
7 24/05/44 Aachen AA-P F/O Fauvel 03:35
8 27/05/44 Mining off La Rochelle AA-P F/S Burtt 05:35
9 30/05/44 Boulogne AA-P F/S Perfrement 01:52
10 31/05/44 Trappes AA-P F/S Burtt 04:55
11 02/06/44 Wissant AA-P F/S Donaghy 02:05
12 03/06/44 Calais AA-P F/S Donaghy 02:00
13 05/06/44 Ouistreham AA-P F/S Burtt 03:30
14 06/06/44 Lisieux AA-P F/S Burtt 03:45
15 10/06/44 Dreux AA-P P/O Burtt 04:05
16 11/06/44 Nantes AA-P P/O Burtt 05:40
17 12/06/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-P F/S Brown 04:00
18 14/06/44 Le Havre AA-P P/O Burtt 02:35
dnc 17/06/44 Montdidier AA-P F/S Meyer 03:25
19 21/06/44 Domleger AA-P P/O Burtt 03:00
20 23/06/44 L’Hey AA-P F/S Bateson 02:20
21 24/06/44 Rimeux AA-P F/S Bateson missing
22 30/06/44 Villers Bocage erroneous entry for this a/c post lost at Rimeux AA-P P/O O’Connor 03:04
23 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir erroneous entry for this a/c post lost at Rimeux AA-P F/S Barker 03:10
Total Op hours 78:47

 

24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND920 AA-P

F/S Benjamin William Bateson, RNZAF NZ424788 – Pilot.
Sgt. Geoffrey Leonard Startin, RAFVR 1600846 – Navigator.
Sgt. Maurice Frederick Morgan, RAFVR 1394772 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Francis Cassidy McIntyre, RAFVR 1562888 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Colin Harry Slater, RAFVR 1815706 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ernest Lewis Connett, RAFVR 1236363 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Bruce Milne, RNZAF NZ428017 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:18 – Landed missing
Flight Time Missing

Lancaster Mk.III ND920 AA-P was shot down by a German night-fighter near Fruges (Pas-de-Calais), 27 mils South East of Boulogne, probably while en route to attack a V1 flying-bomb site at Rimeaux. According to local eye witnesses of the crash, the plane exploded on impact, and buried itself in a deep crater, all the members of the crew being instantly killed, such remains as were recovered were buried by French civillians in Grave No.7 in the Fruges Communal Cemetery.

F/S Benjamin William Bateson, RNZAF NZ424788 – Pilot.
Killed age 22.
Son of Benjamin and Ethel May Bateson, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Fruges Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. 7

Sgt. Geoffrey Leonard Startin, RAFVR 1600846 – Navigator.
Killed age 20.
Son of Charles Henry and Lily Florence Startin, of Kenton, Middlesex.
Buried Fruges Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. 10
‘Always in our thoughts’

Sgt. Maurice Frederick Morgan, RAFVR 1394772 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 23.
Son of Maurice Dennis Victor and Hilda Mary Morgan, of Hythe, Kent.
Buried Fruges Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. 9
‘Ever in our thoughts.
Mum, dad, brother and sister’

Sgt. Francis Cassidy Mcintyre, RAFVR 1562888 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 25.
Son of Archibald and Jeannie Cassidy McIntyre, of Bellshill, Lanarkshire; husband of Agnes Murray McIntyre.
Buried Fruges Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. 8
‘Eternal rest
Grant unto him, O Lord;
And let perpetual light
Shine upon him’

Sgt. Colin Harry Slater, RAFVR 1815706 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 20.
Son of Harry and Ethel Slater, of Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.
Buried Fruges Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. 10
‘Treasured memories
Of our dear Colin.
Mother, dad and Marion’

Sgt. Ernest Lewis Connett, RAFVR 1236363 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of Herbert and Elizabeth Connett; husband of Teresa Josephine Connett, of Stretford, Lancashire.
Buried Fruges Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. 7
‘From the rising of the sun
Unto the going down thereof
We shall remember him’

F/S Bruce Milne, RNZAF NZ428017 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of Alex Keith and Ruth Milne, of Taupo, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Fruges Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. 8