NN710

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – NN710

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 12/09/44 Frankfurt AA-Q F/S Gordon 06:37
2 16/09/44 Moerdijk AA-Q F/S Cooper 02:54
3 20/09/44 Calais AA-Q F/O Gawith 03:00
4 23/09/44 Neuss AA-Q F/O Johnson 04:20
5 25/09/44 Calais AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:00
6 26/09/44 Cap Gris Nez AA-Q F/O Gawith 01:14
7 27/09/44 Calais AA-Q F/O Winter 02:55
8 28/09/44 Calais AA-Q F/S Gordon 02:51
9 04/10/44 Mining in the Kattegat Area AA-Q F/O Plummer 07:50
10 05/10/44 Saarbrucken AA-Q F/S Gordon 05:10
11 05/10/44 Saarbrucken AA-Q F/S Atkin 05:25
12 06/10/44 Dortmund AA-Q F/S Gordon 05:10
13 07/10/44 Emmerich AA-Q F/S Gordon 04:05
14 14/10/44 Duisburg AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:00
15 14/10/44 Duisburg(2) AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:45
16 19/10/44 Stuttgart AA-Q F/O Gawith 06:00
17 21/10/44 Flushing AA-Q F/O Gawith 02:55
18 23/10/44 Essen AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:25
19 25/10/44 Essen AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:05
20 26/10/44 Leverkusen AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:15
21 28/10/44 Flushing AA-Q P/O Gordon 02:16
22 29/10/44 West Kapelle AA-Q P/O Sadgrove 02:26
23 30/10/44 Cologne AA-Q F/O Gawith 05:10
24 31/10/44 Cologne AA-Q F/O Osbourne 04:55
25 02/11/44 Homberg AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:15
26 04/11/44 Solingen AA-Q F/O Cooper 04:35
27 05/11/44 Solingen AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:50
28 06/11/44 Coblenz AA-Q F/O Ford 05:11
29 11/11/44 Sea Mining in Oslo Fjord A/C returned to Tain, owing to unsatisfactory weather at Base AA-Q F/O Osbourne 07:35
30 15/11/44 Dortmund AA-Q F/O Kilpatrick 05:05
31 20/11/44 Homberg AA-Q P/O Gawith 04:25
32 21/11/44 Homberg AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:14
33 23/11/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:38
34 27/11/44 Cologne Marshalling Yard Hit by flak (possibly?) 59 times AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:34
35 04/12/44 Oberhausen Hit by flak 3 times AA-Q F/O Atkin 03:51
36 05/12/44 Hamm Marshalling Yards Hit by flak 5 times (AC) AA-Q F/O Gawith 04:51
37 19/12/44 Sea Mining in Dornbusch Area AA-Q F/O Atkin 07:22
38 23/12/44 Trier AA-Q F/O Miles 04:26
39 27/12/44 Rheydt MISSING – Hit by falling bombs. HK576, F/O Pearson & crew, witnessed one such aircraft bombing from 23,000ft, that appeared to collide with a Lancaster flying alongside, which went down in a spin. It was later determined that NN710, F/O Miles and crew, was the aircraft going down out of control – possibly hit by falling bombs. AA-Q F/O Miles Missing
Total Op hours 170:35

 

27/12/1944 – Attack Against Rheydt
As many crews as possible were required for an attack on Cologne. The target was cancelled and an attack on Rheydt was substituted. Inexperienced and special equipment leaders not being required the offer of 26 was reduced to 20. Aircraft took off carrying 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. and 250 G.P. Bombs. Visibility over the target was excellent and crews were able to identify the target, the flares being accurately placed. Clouds of smoke were seen to rise from the target. One aircraft AA”Q” captained by NZ421746 F/O H. Miles failed to return. This aircraft was seen to be hit by bombs and to spiral down.

Lancaster Mk.I NN710 AA-Q
MISSING – Hit by falling bombs. HK576, F/O Pearson & crew, witnessed one such aircraft bombing from 23,000ft, that appeared to collide with a Lancaster flying alongside, which went down in a spin. It was later determined that NM710, F/O Miles and crew, was the aircraft going down out of control – possibly hit by falling bombs.

F/O Haddon Shaw Miles, RNZAF NZ421746 – Pilot.
P/O Michael McLoughlin Dowding, RAFVR 165070 – Navigator.
F/O Frederick John Gunn, RAFVR 1586226/ 163631 – Air Bomber.
F/S Trevor Walter Coombridge, RNZAF NZ42653 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. George Frederick Haslam, RAFVR 2219498 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Edward Left, RAFVR 1819854 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Denis Norman Mephan, RAFVR 1843114 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:26 – Landed missing
Flight Time Missing

Lancaster Mk.I NN710 AA-Q was officially deemed to have crashed in the target area after being struck by a bomb, dropped from an aircraft above, when approaching the target. Only the air bomber, F/O Gunn, survived the crash but was captured as a prisoner of war.

Other aircraft in the lower stream also were in the firing line from aircraft in the upper stream. HK576, F/O Pearson & crew, witnessed one such aircraft bombing from 23,000ft, that appeared to collide with a Lancaster flying alongside, which went down in a spin. It was later determined that NM710, F/O Miles and crew, was the aircraft going down out of control – possibly hit by falling bombs.

Those who died were buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

F/O Haddon Shaw Miles, RNZAF NZ421746 – Pilot.
Killed age 27.
Son of Alfred Edward Miles, and of Gertrude Mary Miles (Nee Shaw), of Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. E. 20.

F/O Michael McLoughlin Dowding, RAFVR 165070 – Navigator.
Killed age 20.
Son of Harry Mcloughlin Dowding and Maud Christine Dowding, of Winchmore Hill, Middlesex.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. E. 21.
‘Ad majorem
Dei glorium’

F/O Frederick John Gunn, RAFVR 1586226/ 163631 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S Trevor Walter Coombridge, RNZAF NZ42653 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of Walter John and Matilda Harriet Coombridge, of Hamilton, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. E. 23.

Sgt. George Frederick Haslam, RAFVR 2219498 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 35.
Son of George Edward and Maria Haslam; Husband of Phyllis Haslam, of Burnage, Manchester.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. E. 22.
‘He loved sunshine
Home and life –
All this he gave
In sacrifice’

Sgt. Edward Left, RAFVR 1819854 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 35.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. E. 24.

Sgt. Denis Norman Mepham, RAFVR 1853114 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. E. 25.