NE148 “Hells Angel”

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – NE148

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 05/06/44 Ouistreham AA-H F/O Myers 03:19
2 10/06/44 Dreux AA-H F/O Myers 04:15
3 11/06/44 Nantes AA-H F/L Berney 05:15
4 12/06/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-H F/L Berney 03:40
5 15/06/44 Valenciennes AA-H F/S Baker 03:19
6 24/06/44 Rimeux AA-H F/S Adolph 02:24
7 27/06/44 Biennais AA-H S/L Drummond 02:50
8 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir AA-H F/L Stokes 04:00
9 05/07/44 Watten AA-H F/L Stokes 02:15
10 09/07/44 Linzeux AA-H F/L Stokes 02:52
11 10/07/44 Nucourt AA-H W/O Gilmour 02:53
12 12/07/44 Vaires AA-H P/O Kennedy 03:50
13 15/07/44 Chalons Sur Marne AA-H P/O Kennedy 06:05
dnc 17/07/44 Vaires AA-H F/L Stokes 02:25
14 18/07/44 Aulnoye AA-H F/L Stokes 03:15
15 18/07/44 Cagny AA-H F/L Stokes 03:15
16 20/07/44 Homberg AA-H F/L Stokes 03:55
17 23/07/44 Kiel AA-H F/L Stokes 05:15
18 24/07/44 Stuttgart AA-H F/L Stokes 07:25
19 28/07/44 Stuttgart AA-H F/L Stokes missing
Total Op hours 72:27

 

28/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Twenty aircraft successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers, but it is thought that several aircraft undershot, as they appeared to be two concentration of fires 2-3 miles apart. Fighters were very active in the target area and also en route, several aircraft having combats. The aircraft captained by NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond, was attacked five times by a JU88, all of which were indecisive, followed by an attack by an unidentified enemy aircraft which is claimed as destroyed, being seen to go down in flames. At the same time as this our aircraft was also being attacked by two JU88s, one of which was damaged by fire from our aircraft. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ421403 A/F/L. N. Stokes & NZ421469 F/O. I. Blance.

Lancaster Mk.III NE148 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/L Noel Alfred Deal Stokes, RNZAF NZ421403 – Pilot. F/O John Moore Morris, RNZAF NZ422424 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O George Herbert Sanders, RNZAF NZ424242 – Navigator.
F/S Newton Trevor Sampson, RNZAF NZ421774 – Air Bomber.
F/S William George Raynel, RNZAF NZ424998 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ralph Meanley, RAFVR 1520572 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Maurice Kennett Peter Drummond, RNZAF NZ425389 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Vaughan Wilding, RAFVR 1836301 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.III NE148 AA-H was one of the aircraft intercepted by night-fighters en route to the target. It was critically damaged by such an attack in which the Rear Gunner was killed; Mid Upper Gunner seriously injured, and one engine put out of action. The bomb load was jettisoned and the Captain initiated a return to base. He ultimately was unable to prevent the aircraft losing height and ordered the crew to bale out. Minutes later NE148 crashed close to the village of Yevres, a mile East of Brau. Both the Pilot and Rear Gunner, who died, were buried in the village cemetery. The remaining six who baled out, all successfully evaded capture.

F/L Noel Alfred Deal Stokes, RNZAF NZ421403 – Pilot.
Killed age 25.
Son Of Frank Deal Stokes And Alice Stokes; Husband Of Mona Louise Stokes, Of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Yevres Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Joint grave.

F/O John Moore Morris, RNZAF NZ422424 – 2nd Pilot.
Evader
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/O George Herbert Sanders, RNZAF NZ424242 – Navigator.
Evader
Date of return to United Kingdom: 16th of August 1944

P/O Newton Trevor Sampson, RNZAF NZ421774 – Air Bomber.
Evader
Date of return to United Kingdom: 16th of August 1944

F/S William George Raynel, RNZAF NZ424998 – Wireless Operator.
Evader
Date of return to United Kingdom: 17th of August 1944

Sgt. Ralph Meanley, RAFVR 1520572 – Flight Engineer.
Evader
Date of return to United Kingdom: 16th of August 1944

F/S Maurice Kennett Peter Drummond, RNZAF NZ425389 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Evader
Date of return to United Kingdom: 17th of August 1944

Sgt. Norman Vaughan Wilding, RAFVR 1836301 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son Of George And Elsie Wilding, Of Brockweir, Gloucestershire.
Buried Yevres Communal Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Joint grave.
‘They are in peace
For God proved them
And found them
Worthy of Himself’