Nominal Roll B – Baber to Byth

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BABER

Thomas James Desmond Baber,  C.M.f.B., M.i.D.  RNZAF NZ39857 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Monday, 23 September 1918 in Napier, New Zealand. Employed as a shop assistant prior to enlistment.
Arrived Tuesday, 09 April 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 21.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 29, including 2 DNC (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with IR Gow’s crew as  R/Gnr & F/Gnr , including 1 DNC – 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434.
11 Ops with DV Gilmour’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST
14 Ops with Wilson’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
25/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434. (DNC), 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST (Front Gunner), 06/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.73 and A.28. (Front Gunner), 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING, 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN, 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST (DNC), 04/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg, 07/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against A.70, Essen, Black Forest and Colnac Aerodrome, M.101., 10/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Ostend Harbour and Flushing Docks, 12/09/1940 Bombing Attack on Emden and Schwerte, 14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest, 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 29/09/1940 Bombing Atacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK, 02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83., 12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71., 14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL, 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN, 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26, 11/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Boulogne and Mannheim, 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55, 19/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.71, 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing, 01/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1., 04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61., 15/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 08/03/1941

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 months 11 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No.311 (Czech) Squadron – 7 Ops completed.
3/9/41 Attack on Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest, 10/9/41 Night Attack on Turin, 14/10/41 Attack against Nuremburg, 26/10/41 Attack against Hamburg, 7/12/41 Night Attack on Aachen, 28/12/41 Night Attack on Willemshaven, 9/1/42 Night Attack on Brest

3rd Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with R Sawrey-Cookson’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with JFK Sandys’s crew as  R/Gnr
08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel.

Tour History
08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel.

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 days

Total final Op count with 75(NZ) Squadron – 28
No.75(NZ) Squadron –27 Ops
No.311 (Czech) Squadron –7 Ops
No.75(NZ) Squadron –1 Ops
Total final Op count – 35

There are no details regarding the fate of X.3585 and her crew, all being lost without trace.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 12th of March 1942
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 114.

Awards & Citations
Czech Medal for Bravery (3 Jan 1942): For meritorious service with 311 Czech Sqn RAF.
No citation, but the following is communication between Czechoslovak and British governments.

President  of the Czechoslovak Republic, Chancellery, 9 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1, 26th of November 1941.
Dear Mr Dunbar, The Czechoslovak Minister of National Defence has the intention pf proposing to the President of Czechoslovak Republic that Flt.Lt TJD Baber, RNZAF should be decorated with the Czechoslovak Medal for Bravery.

This British officer is attached to Czechoslovak Squadron 311 an instructor in aerial gunnery. From the beginning he has shown great interest in the activity of the Squadron and had voluntarily taken part in 3 Operational flights, the last of which was especially difficult owing to bad weather and strong icing. I am writing to enquire whether the proposed measure will meet with the approval of His Majesty’s Government and will remain,
Sincerely yours J. Sejnoha, Chief of Protocol.

Robert Dunbar Esq., MC., Foreign Office, London
Flt.Lt. Baber was one of the first two RNZAF air gunners commissioned. His targets whilst with 75 Sqn included – Cologne, Berlin, Mannheim, Duisberg, Hamm, Essen, Krefeld, Dusseldorf, Hanover, Bottrop, Wesel, Leipzig, Gelsenkirchen, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, Le Havre, Brest, Lorient, Boulogne,  the docks at Ostend and Antwerp, Soesterburg airfield in Holland, and the dropping of incendiaries on the Black Forest. With 311 Sqn he attacked Nuremburg, Hamburg, Aachen, Wilhelmshaven, Turin, and Brest.

Mentioned in Dispatches
Date and circumstances required

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – , Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph – , Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand – , Hanson Colin M., 2001, ‘By Such Deeds: Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999’, Colin M. Hanson, Volplane Press, New Zealand.


BADER

Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot  
Arrived Saturday, 03 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.72 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8
total sorties undertaken 15 including 7 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RJ Pearson’s crew as  2nd Pilot
6 Ops as Pilot , plus 7 Post War flights

Tour History
05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen (2nd Pilot), 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau (2nd Pilot), 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria,
20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 03/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague, 08/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Rotterdam, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 15/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 04/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment, 28/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive,

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 23 days
Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 12 July 1945. Time with Squadron – 4 months 9 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BAGNALL

Frederick Nelson Bagnall, RNZAF NZ4216023 – Air Bomber  
Arrived Monday, 16 April 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 5 including 3 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with VR Egglestone’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with RN Drummond’s crew as  A/B, plus 3 Post War flights.
 CR Wagstaff’s crew with Tiger Force

Tour History
18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 27/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 month 9 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 30 August 1945 (exact date not known), . Time with Squadron – 4 months 14 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BAGNALL

Trevor Horace Bagnall, RNZAF NZ40640 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 11 November 1916 in Palm North, New Zealand. Employed as a clerk prior to enlistment.
Arrived Friday, 11 December 1942 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 26.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with V Mitchell’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
17/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Fallersleben (Opel Works) (V Mitchell as 2nd Pilot)

Operational Duration (arrival to last Op) – 6 days

Stirling Mk.I BF.396 AA-X was lost without trace and all crew presumed dead. They are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The Captain, W/C V Mitchell, DFC, RAF, was the Squadron Commander. W/O Bagnall and his crew had only arrived on the Unit a few days previously.

It is thought possible that BF.396 might have been brought down by Oblt. Werner Huseman of Stab NJG1 at 20.53, with the aircraft coming down in the North Sea approximately 5km West of Bergen aan Zee, however this has not been substantiated. (Source Aircrew Remembered http://www.aircrewremembered.com/mitchell-victor.html)

Lost without trace age 26 on the 17th of December 1942

Son of Henry Gordon Bagnall, and of Maud Janetta Bagnall (Nee Ames), of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.

Grave location – Panel 114.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – burial details, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand, aircrewremembered.com


BAIGENT

Cyril Henry ‘Mac/ Baige’ Baigent,  D.F.C., Bar to D.F.C., D.S.O., A.F.C.  RNZAF NZ411973, 70038 – Pilot  
Born on Tuesday, 16 January 1923 in Ashburton, New Zealand. Parents: Dr Cyril Victor Atmore Baigent OBE and Mabel Isabel (nee Miller) Employed as a Volunteered for the RNZAF aged 17 while still at university but told he was too young. Employed as a shipping clerk, Union Steamship Co., Wellington. Learned to fly at Wellington Aero Club. prior to enlistment.

Enlisted,  Sunday, 23 March 1941.
Training: Initial Training Wing (ITW), Levin as Airman Pilot under training, 23rd of March 1941. No.3 Elementary Flying Training School, Harewood, 3rd of May 1941. No.2 Flying Training School, Woodbourne, 14th of June 1941. Pilots Badge [with effect 26.7.41] & Commission, 6th of September 1941. Attached to the RAF. Embarked for the UK, 12th of September 1941. No.3 PRC 1st of November 1941. No.21 Operational Training Unit, Moreton-in-Marsh (Wellingtons), 18th of November 1941. No.12 Operational Training Unit, Chipping Warden (Wellingtons), 3rd of December 1941. No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit, Waterbeach (Stirlings), 9th of May 1942.

While still at No.1651 HCU, flew two war operations, ‘nickelling’ raids over France:
21/22 June 42,  Le Treport, 22/23 June 42 – Le Treport.

Operational history prior to arrival at 75(NZ) Squadron
1st Tour – No.15 Squadron – 32 Ops completed.
Arrived 15 Sqdn, Wyton (Stirlings) on the 22nd of June 1942, with rank of Flying Officer. 

24/25 June 42 St Nazaire, 25/26 June 42 Bremen, 28/29 June 42 St Nazaire, 29/30 June 42 Bremen, 2/3 July 42 Bremen,  19/20 July 42 Vegesack (Vulkan U-Boat yard),  21/22 July 42 Duisburg,  23/24 July 42 Duisburg, 26/27 July 42 Hamburg, 28/29 July 42 Hamburg, 31 July/1 Aug 42 Dusseldorf, 4/5 (6/7?) August 42 Duisburg, 9/10 August 42 Osnabrück, 10/11 August 42 Island of Samsos (minelaying), 12/13 August 42 Mainz, 24/25 August 42 Frankfurt, 27/28 August 42 Kassel, 28/29 August 42 Nurnberg, 3/4 (2/3?) September 42 Karlsruhe, 4/5 September 42 Bremen, 8/9 September 42 Frankfurt, 10/11 September 42 Dusseldorf, 13/14 September 42 Bremen (promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 14 Sep), 19/20 September 42 Munich, 23/24 September 42 Vegesack (Vulkan U-Boat yard), 5/6 October 42 Aachen, 12/13 (13/14?) October 42 Kiel, 24/25 (23/24?) October 42 Genoa, 7/8 November 42 Genoa, 8/9 November 42 Marseilles.

Posted to instruct at No.1651 HCU, Waterbeach 9th of December 1942. No.1505 BATF, Upper Heyford 20th of December 1942. No.3 Group HQ, Exning, 26th of March 1943. Air Fighting Development Unit (AFDU) , Wittering 16th of April 1943. No.3 Group HQ, Mildenhall 5th of May 1943. FAU, Newmarket 22nd of September 1943. No.1678 CU, Foulsham (Lancaster conversion) 15th of October 1943.

2nd Tour – No.115 Squadron – 23 Ops completed.
Arrived 115 Sqdn, Little Snoring (Lancaster IIs) on 15th of October 1943, with rank of Flight Lieutenant

18/19 November 43 Berlin, 22/23 November 43 Berlin, 23/24 November 43 Berlin, (promoted Squadron Leader and B Flight Commander, 24 Nov 43; squadron moved to Witchford on 26th Nov), 23/24 December 43 Berlin, 29/30 December 43 Berlin, 1/2 January 44 Berlin, 14/15 January 44 Brunswick, 21/22 January 44 Magdeburg, 28/29 (30/31?) January 44 Berlin, 14/15 February 44 Berlin, 19/20 February 44 Leipzig, 7/8 March 44 Le Mans, 15/16 March 44 Stuttgart, 18/19 March 44 Frankfurt, 10/11 April 44 Laon, 18/19 April 44 Rouen, 20/21 April 44 Cologne, 22/23 April 44 Dusseldorf, 24/25 April 44 Karlsruhe, 26/27 April 44 Essen, 27/28 April 44 Friedrichshaven.

No.3 Group HQ, Exning, 12th of May 1944, Operations Room duties then Tactics Officer.
Flew two daylight operations as Tactics Officer, No.3 Grp HQ:
10th of July 1944 Nucourt (with 622 Sqdn), 15th of November 1944 Dortmund (with 15 Sqdn)

Promoted to Wing Commander and appointed CO of 75 (New Zealand) Squadron, RAF.
Arrived Saturday, 06 January 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 21 from No.3 Group.

3rd Tour – 75(NZ) Squadron, 18 Ops completed.
Ops total with Squadron – 18
Total sorties undertaken 23, including 1 DNC (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 19 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken , plus 4 Post War flights

Tour History
13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken (DNC), 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Mac remained with 75(NZ) Squadron and oversaw the Squadron’s move from Mepal to Spilsby on 21st of July 1945 to form part of the newly created ‘Tiger Force’. The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the subsequent surrender of the Japanese Empire, negated further training and the Squadron was disbanded on the 15th of October 1945.

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 12 days

Total final Op count for all Squadrons – 73
1651 HCU – 2 Ops
No.15 Squadron –30 Ops
No. 115 Squadron – 21 Ops
No.3 Group HQ – 2 Ops
No.75(NZ) Squadron –18 Ops

Returned to New Zealand on the S.S. Mooltan, arriving 20th of December  1945. RNZAF Ohakea, March 1946. Administration Officer RNZAF Mechanics Bay, 1st of May 1946. Flight Commander and three Mosquito ferry flights England-New Zealand, 75 Squadron RNZAF, Ohakea, 29th of October 1946. Permanent commission as Squadron Leader RNZAF December 1946. Commanding Officer 75 Squadron RNZAF, Ohakea, 13th of October 1947. Awarded AFC, New Year’s Honours, 1948. Officer Commanding Flying RNZAF Ohakea, 15th of April 1948. Instructor Training CFS 2nd of April 1949. Acting Station Commander and Officer Commanding Admin Wing RNZAF Taieri, 1st of February 1950. Officer Commanding Admin Wing RNZAF Whenuapai 1st of November 1952. Wing Commander and Base Commandant, RNZAF Whenuapai, February 1953. Took sick leave on the 28th of September 1953.

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 6 NOVEMBER, 1942 Distinguised Flying Cross

Acting Flight Lieutenant Cyril Henry BAIGENT (NZ411973), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 15 Squadron.
This officer, who has completed many sorties, has invariably displayed the greatest determination to complete his allotted task successfully. During an operation against a target in Bremen, he flew over the area for a considerable time to identify his objective correctly before releasing his bombs. Although his aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire, he flew it back to this country and effected a masterly emergency
landing. Flight Lieutenant Baigent has set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty.


LONDON GAZETTE, 7 MARCH, 1944 Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.
Acting Squadron Leader Cyril Henry BAIGENT, D.F.C. (N.7.411973), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 115 Squadron.
This officer has completed a very large number of sorties, including 8 attacks on Berlin. In an attack on the German capital one night in January, 1944, Squadron Leader Baigent’s aircraft was repeatedly hit by cannon fire when attacked by fighters on approaching the target area. One engine was set on fire, the turrets were rendered
unserviceable and other damage was sustained. In spite of this, Squadron Leader Baigent pressed home his bombing attack and afterwards flew the damaged bomber to base. He displayed great skill and determination to make the sortie a success.


LONDON GAZETTE, 17 JULY, 1945 Distinguished Service Order.
Acting Wing Commander. Cyril Henry BAIGENT, D.F.C. (N.Z.411973), 75
(N.Z.) Sqn
Throughout three years of operational duty this officer has displayed conspicuous gallantry and exceptional determination.  Since the award of a bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, he has taken part in many attacks against important and highly defended targets.  Both in the air and on the ground, Wing Commander Baigent has proved to be an able, keen and courageous leader, who has invariably set an inspiring example to all under his command

LONDON GAZETTE, 1 JANUARY, 1948, Air Force Cross
Squadron Leader Cyril Henry Baigent, DSO, DFC. (N.Z. 411973)
This officer was posted to 75 Squadron as a Flight Commander in October 1946 for Mosquito ferry training duties.  Early in 1947 he proceeded to the United Kingdom and delivered his first Mosquito to New Zealand.  Since then this officer has delivered two more aircraft from the United Kingdom.  Furthermore he has assumed command of the Squadron and despite the time occupied in flying, he has completed much valuable work in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and on the ferry route to make this difficult task of ferrying easier and more practical.  By his keenness and fine leadership he has maintained a high morale amongst aircrew of his Squadron and his never failing enthusiasm and energy have made him an outstanding figure and he has won the admiration and respect of all ranks.  Squadron Leader Baigent has now completed 1,572 hours flying of which 279 hours have been flown within the past six months

Married Mary Evelyn (nee Rhodes) 1948, two children.

A life lived…….
Passed Tuesday, 10 November 1953 aged 30. Buried, Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand New Presbyterian Plot 017 Block 08.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph , Hanson Colin M., 2001, ‘By Such Deeds: Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999′, Colin M. Hanson, Volplane Press, New Zealand – citation for awards, Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette) – awards and citations, ‘Flight’ magazine for award citations. Many thanks for Chris Newey for liaising and working with relatives of the family to access and gather material relating to biography and operational history.


BAILEY

Alistair Francis Hargreaves Bailey, RNZAF NZ424634 – Wireless Operator  
Operational history prior to arrival at 75(NZ) Squadron
1st Tour – No. 90 Squadron – N/A Ops completed.

Arrived Tuesday, 19 June 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.90  Squadron, RAF Tuddenham (unclear at this point if any Ops flown with Squadron).

1st Tour (possibly continued)
1st Tour with 75(NZ)
Ops total with Squadron – 0
total sorties undertaken 2 (post war) (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 sorties with WK Rendell’s crew as  Wireless Operator

Tour History
28/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 27 September 1945. Time with Squadron – 3 months 8 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, , The National Archives: AIR 27/733 No. 90 Squadron: Operations Record Book


BAILEY

John Mathers ‘Jack / Irish’ Bailey,  D.F.C, Bar to D.F.C  RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot  
Born on Wednesday, 19 August 1914 in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Enlisted,  Sunday, 13 April 1941.

Arrived Wednesday, 09 September 1942 at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk, aged 28.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 33
total sorties undertaken 33 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with WG Horne’s crew as  2nd Pilot
32 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
19/09/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 26/09/1942 Gardening off East Frisian Islands, 02/10/1942 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 05/10/1942 Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 20/11/1942 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 06/12/1942 Attack Against Targets at Manheim, 09/12/1942 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 08/01/1943 Gardening off the North Sea of Denmark, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 16/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 18/02/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 25/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 26/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 28/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 01/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 11/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 12/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 22/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 29/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 04/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay, 04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 months 15 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Sunday, 09 May 1943 to No. 1665 Heavy Conversion Unit for instructional duties.

Time with Squadron – 8 months

2nd Tour 75(NZ) Squadron
Ops total with Squadron – 23 as Pilot
total sorties undertaken 23 (100 % completion rate)

Tour History
28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld*, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel.

*Awarded Bar to D.F.C for actions during this Op

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 12 days

Total final Op count with 75(NZ) Squadron – 56

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 6 June, 1943
Distinguished Flying Cross

Throughout his operational career Pilot Officer Bailey has invariably displayed the utmost eagerness to proceed on operations. He always attacks his targets with skill and determination and has taken part in missions over heavily defended areas in enemy territory, such as Berlin, Cologne, Turin and Essen. Pilot Officer is an excellent captain of aircraft who has performed all his duties in an exemplary manner. Citation DFC* (1 Mar 1945): Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Bailey has participated in many sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in in enemy territory. He has consistently displayed a high standard of courage and skill, qualities which were well evident on a recent occasion in February 1945, when he led the squadron in an attack on an oil refinery at Osterfeld. Whilst over the target the aircraft was hit in several places. The starboard inner engine was rendered unserviceable and the propellor had to be feathered. In spite of this Squadron Leader Bailey executed a successful attack.

LONDON GAZETTE, 6 APRIL, 1945
Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Bailey has participated in many sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in enemy territory. He has consistently displayed a high standard of courage and skill, qualities which were well evident on a recent occasion in February, 1945, when he led • the squadron in an attack on an oil refinery at Osterfeld. Whilst over the target the aircraft was hit in several places. The starboard inner engine was rendered unserviceable and the propeller had to be feathered. In spite of this, Squadron Leader Bailey executed a successful attack.

Sadly, it would appear that after leaving the RNZAF in December 1946, Jack struggled to come to terms with the experiences of the War. A downward spiral resulted in destitution and finally a paupers grave. On discovery of this, the RNZAF donated funds to re-inter Jack with a headstone that remembered his rank, awards and bravery with the Squadron.

A life lived…….
Passed Thursday, 02 November 1967 aged 53Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph, Hanson Colin M., 2001, ‘By Such Deeds: Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999’, Colin M. Hanson, Volplane Press, New Zealand , Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette).



BAILEY

Martin Bailey, RCAF R.119568 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born on Friday, 29 December 1916 in Stockton, Manitoba, Canada. Employed as a School teacher prior to enlistment.

Enlisted,  December 1941.

Arrived Saturday, 05 June 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 26 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with FD Higham’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
15/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 12 days

Stirling Mk.III EE955 AA-D was brought down at Schwarzenau, 12 miles East North East of Würzburg. The circumstances are unclear as to how EE955 was brought down, although the location of the crash was some 60 miles North West of Nuremberg ground defences, suggesting the likelihood of night fighter action. All of the crew were killed and are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, 9 miles East of Bad Tölz.

Killed age 27 on the 28th of August 1943

Son of Reuben and Elizabeth Bailey, of Stockton, Manitoba, Canada.

Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 9. C. 23.

‘Blown, golden trumpets,
Mournfully,
For all the golden youth
That’s fled’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, The Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)


BAILEY

Robert Bailey, RNZAF NZ429072 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born on Tuesday, 11th of September 1923 in Auckland, New Zealand. Employed as an apprentice lithographer prior to enlistment.

Training: Prior to enlistment
Entered Papakura Camp on 20th of March 1942. 65th Battery, 15th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Narrow Neck, 15th of April 1942. Transferred to 22nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Narrow Neck, 18th of May 1942. Posted to 98th Battery, Whenuapai, 21st of May 1942. Transferred to Area pool for posting to RNZAF Air Defence Unit, Rukuhia, 31st of July 1942.

Enlisted in RNZAF, Rukuhia, on 5th of August 1942.

Boarded the S.S.  Bloemfontein for training in Canada. No. 7 Bombing and Gunnery School, Paulson, Manitoba.No. 1 Air Observer School, Malton, Ontario.

Arrived Monday, 20th of March 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 20 from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2    killed on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with M Lammas’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai, 05/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 28 days

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E was shot down by a night-fighter at 23:15hrs over Denmark, crashing in flames near Vemmenaes, East South East of Lundby on Tasinge Island. The aircraft broke up on impact and came to rest in shallow waters, where the bodies of all seven crew were recovered and later buried in Åbenrå cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 23rd of April 1944

Son of Inez Bailey, and Stepson of James Freeman, of Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark.

Grave location – Allied Mil. Plot.
Row 4. 6.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand.


BAILLE

Cyril Philip Bailie, RAF 1578834/ 155786 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Tuesday, 21 February 1922. Son of Matthias Godard Anthony Bailie and his wife Blanche Matilda.
Employed as a Bank Clerk, he joined the staff of Westminster Bank at its Derby Normanton Road branch in April 1939 and transferred to Alfreton branch six months later. prior to enlistment.

Enlisted,  August 1941.

Arrived Monday, 26 April 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 21 from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16    killed on 17th Op
total sorties undertaken 17 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with WD Whitehead’s crew as  2nd Pilot
16 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund (2nd Pilot), 05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 09/05/1943 Mining in the Ile De Re Area, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 17/05/1943 Mining off the West Coast of France, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943, Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 26 days

Stirling Mk.III EH928 AA-A was intercepted and shot down by a night-fighter (Hptm Hans Johchim Jabs, IV,/NJG1) and crashed into the North Sea off Terschelling, Frisian Island. P/O Bailie is buried in Lemvig Cemetery, Denmark. All other crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 21 on the 3rd of August 1943

Son of Matthias Godard Anthony and Matilda Blanche Bailie, of Allestree, Derby.

Buried Lemvig Cemetery, Denmark..
Grave location – Grave 715.

‘Sadly missed by all at home.
Allestree, Derby,
England R.I.P.’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives:AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – , NatWest Group Remembers memorial website – Alfreton branch


BAIN

Andrew Bain, RAF  658930 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born in 1916 in Glasgow, Scotland, son of Alexander and Helen Cumming Bain.

Enlisted.  Monday, 06 October 1941 – Transferred to RAF form British Army.

Training: One of 2 airmen (so far identified) who originally joiined the British Army before transferring to the RAF.

British Army Service Number 2579675
Called up for Military service on the 1st of September 1939. Sailed for France on the 9th of June 1940 –
evacuated from France on the 17th of June 1940.

Transferred to the RAF on the 6th of October 1941, sailed for South Africa on the 13th of April 1942 to begin training. No.24 Air School, Oudtshoon – arrived 26th of June 1942 to 9th of October 1942. No.43 Air School, Port Alfred – arrived 11th of October 1942 to 31st October 1942. Promoted to Sgt. October 1942 (date suggests this is also point of qualification and achievement of brevet).

Arrived back in the United kIngdom on the 19th of December 1942. No.14 Operational Training Unit, Cottesmore – arrived 26th of January 1943 to 24th of May 1943. No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit, Waterbeach – arrived 5th of June 1943 to 30th of June 1943.

Arrived Tuesday, 29 June 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 27 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with T Fear’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
03/07/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 05/07/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 08/07/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Interestingly, in the letter sent to Isabel, Andrew’s wife, from the Squadron Commander reporting his loss, he is listed as being lost on his 11th Op, however the ORB database and Andrew’s own log book show this was his 10th Op.

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 20 days

Stirling Mk.III EE938 AA-X was brought down at Mahlsdorf, 7 miles East South East of Berlin. There were no survivors. All crew members, except Sgt C Munro, are buried in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery. The flight engineer has no known grave.

Killed age 27 on the 24th of August 1943

Son of Alexander and Helen Cumming Bain; Husband of Isabella Dougall Bain, of Burnside, Glasgow. A.C.1.I.

Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 4. K. 13.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives:AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – , International Bomber Command Centre Digital Archive.



BAIN

David Percy Bain,  D.F.C.  RAF NZ415814 – Navigator  
Born on Monday, 01 May 1911 in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.

Enlisted,  Sunday, 19 October 1941.
Training: RCAF, 10 Service Flying Training School, Dauphin, Manitoba
Course 1: Graduation Date: 11/09/1942
RCAF, 9 Air Observer School, Saint-Jean (St. John), Quebec

Arrived Sunday, 16 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 32 from No.1657  Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25
total sorties undertaken 25 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with JM Mee’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at  Aachen, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 9 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 01 November 1943 to No. 7 P.F.F. Squadron, Oakington.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 16 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No. 7 Squadron RAF P.F.F
., Oakington – 16 Ops completed.

Arrived 1st of November 1943, posted in from 75(NZ Squadron) as part of the original JM Mee crew. (no date recorded – based on arrival of Pilot)

22/11/43 Attack against Berlin, 23/11/43 Attack against Berlin, 26/11/42 Attack against Berlin, 2/12/43 Attack against Berlin (DNC), 16/12/43 Attack against Berlin, 24/12/43 Attack against Berlin, 1/1/44 Attack against Berlin, 2/1/44 Attack against Berlin, 05/01/1944 Attack against Stettin, 15/02/1944 Attack against Berlin, 19/2/44 Attack against Leipzig, 20/2/44 Attack against Stuttgart, 24/02/1944 Attack against Schweinfurt, 1/3/44 Attack against Stuttgart, 18/3/44 Attack against Frankfurt, 22/3/44 Attack against Frankfurt, 24/3/44 Attack against Berlin.

Took off 1842 on the 24th of  March 1944, from Oakington. Shot down by a German night-fighter as it neared Berlin from the North-East. The subsequent impact causing wreckage to  being spread over a wide area.

Killed age 33 years old on the 25th of March 1944

Son of David Patrick and Violet Ethel Sybil Bain, of Laingholm, Auckland, New Zealand

Runnymede Memorial
Panel 262.

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 21 DECEMBER, 1945
Distinguished Flying Cross

Acting Flight Lieutenant. David Percy BAIN (N.Z.415814), 7 Sqn., with effect from 24th March 1944

This officer has completed, as a navigator, many successful operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – , Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph – , Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand – , Hanson Colin M., 2001, ‘By Such Deeds: Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999’, Colin M. Hanson, Volplane Press, New Zealand – , National Archives Operational Record books No.7 Squadron RAF – AIR-27-100 to 101


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BAIN

Sinclair Archibald ‘Archie’ Bain, RNZAF NZ415983 – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Friday, 04 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron, Woolfox Lodge (does not appear to have flown operationally with 218 Squadron).


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 29 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with AD MacKenzie’s crew as  W/Op
26 Ops with HC Yates’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, (AD MacKenzie), 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos (HC Yates), 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel , 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen , 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 2 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 16 January 1945.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 12 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, National Archives: AIR-27-1352 Operational Records, From 540/ Form 541 No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron


BAINES

E.P. Baines, RAF 1880749 – Air Gunner  

Arrived Wednesday, 07 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 29, including 2 DNC (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 27 Ops with ED O’Callaghan’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 17/07/1944  Attack Against Vaires
1 Op with LM O’Connor’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
1 Op with JA Flemming’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes), 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 17/07/1944  Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel (LM O’Connor), 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart (JA Fleming), 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens (logbook of AD McKenzie lists this a/c), 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 29/08/1944 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig, 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt , 14/09/1944 Attack Against Waasenaar, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


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BAIRD

Alexander Hugh Baird, RAAF AUS.414636 – Pilot  

Arrived Wednesday, 27 October 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with EF Witting’s crew as  2nd Pilot
3 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (2nd Pilot), 25/11/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 20/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/12/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 11 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BAITTLE

Horace David Baittle, RCAF R.79439 – Observer   (killed in action)
Born in 1923.

Arrived Monday, 17 August 1942 at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk, aged 19.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with SBT Davis’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Wellington Mk.III BJ.673 was brought down at about 23:15hrs, 10 miles West of St Niklaas (13miles South West of Antwerp), Belgium. There were no survivors. The time and position of the crash, proximity from base and known strategies of enemy night-fighters in this area, indicates a strong possibility that the aircraft was shot down while en route to the target. The bodies were first buried in the Moerbeke Cemetery but were later reinterred in the Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem.

Killed age 19 on the 29th of August 1942

Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium.
Grave location – XII. E. 8.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BAKER

Arthur Donald Baker, RNZAF NZ4214043 – Navigator   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Saturday, 17 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.73 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with AE Brown’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 days

LM733 was bombing the target at Munster when it was seen to break into two sections and enter a downward spiral before crashing in flames among trees near Coesfeld at 13.30hrs. The cause of the catastrophic damage was thought to be a combination of flak damage and being struck by a bomb from another 3 Group aircraft flying above. Two crew, the pilot and air bomber, were killed and later buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. The other five crew parachuted to safety and were captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: 25659
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft. StalagVIIIB/344.Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 22nd of April 1945.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BAKER

Bernard Charles Baker, RNZAF NZ425447 – Air Bomber   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Thursday, 27 July 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with GA Brunton’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 days

Lancaster Mk.I HK567 AA – C crashed in the target area, having been attacked by a JU.88. The crew were unable to extinguish the starboard outer engine which had been set alight as a result of the attack. At his point, F/O Brunton, the Pilot, gave the order to abandon the aircraft.

The two RAF Air Gunners did not survive the crash and were buried in the St-Valery-en-Caux Cemetery. All the remaining five crew survived and 4 successfully evaded capture.

P.o.W Number: 86437
P.o.W Camps: Stalags XIIA and Luft I
Returned to the United Kingdom: 14th of May 1945.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BAKER

Colin Roy Baker,  D.F.C.  RNZAF NZ42999 – Pilot  
Born on Sunday, 30 July 1922 in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Enlisted,  Saturday, 07 February 1942.

Arrived Thursday, 28 October 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 21 from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 32, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AR Spiers’s crew as  2nd Pilot
31 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 13/03/1944 Mining off Brest

Tour History
18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (2nd Pilot),  25/11/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay*, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 20/02/1944 Mining off Morlaix, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 6 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off Brest (DNC)**, 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg

*28/1/44 Mining in Kiel Bay
The aircraft captained by P/O C. BAKER, whilst on the homeward journey was attacked by a M.E.110, which raked our aircraft with machine gun and cannon fire, from the tailplane to the Navigator’s compartment, causing considerable damage. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt. Renwick was slightly injured, and the Flight Engineer Sgt. Watson was seriously injured. On return the aircraft crash-landed at Coltishall.

**13/3/44 Mining off St. Nazaire, Lorient, La Rochelle and Brest
Another aircraft (Captain NZ42999 P/O. C. Baker) returned early with aileron trouble and crashed at Castle Comb, without injury to the crew although the aircraft was burnt out.


Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 8 months 2 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 05 August 1944 to No.11 Operational Training Unit.

Time with Squadron – 9 months 8 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
No.11 Operational Training Unit, RAF Westcott

Wellington LP651, took off at 00:30 on the 16th of April 1945, on a night dual operation. Only 8 minutes later they were struck by another Wellington, that was coming into land. Immediately prior to impact the Pilot had been told to overshoot. With the loss of 12 aircrew – it was the largest loss by No.11 O.T.U. of the War.

Killed age 22 on the 16th of April 1945

Son of Stanley Roy and Kathlyn Ada Baker, of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand.

Oxford (Botley) Cemetery,  Unitied Kingdom
Plot H/1. Grave 199.

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 6 JUNE, 1944
Distinguished Flying Cross

Pilot Officer Colin Roy BAKER (NZ.42999), No. 75
(R.N.Z.A.F.) Squadron

This officer has taken part in many successful sorties against some of the most heavily defended industrial areas of Germany. An excellent captain of aircraft, he has displayed always, a fine fighting spirit, great determination and devotion to duty. In January 1944, whilst returning from a mine-laying sortie his aircraft was attacked by a Me.110 and severely damaged, two members of his crew being wounded. Pilot Officer Baker displaying fine airmanship, flew his crippled bomber back to this country where he made a masterly crash-landing.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – , Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand, Hanson Colin M., 2001, ‘By Such Deeds: Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999’, Colin M. Hanson, Volplane Press, New Zealand, Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette), Details of incident : http://aircrewremembered.com/baker-colin-roy.html


BAKER

Dennis Cygent  Baker, RAF 574826 – Flight Engineer   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Thursday, 01 October 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 3, including 1 DNC (33 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with A Scott’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 29/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin

Tour History
22/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 29/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin (DNC), 02/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 10 days

Stirling Mk.I BK.618 AA-Q was shot down by two enemy night-fighters 10 minutes after bombing the target, Frankfurt. The aircraft crashed in flames at Ida Oberstein, approximately 55 miles South West of the target. Five crew members parachuted to safety and were taken as prisoners. The Pilot and Mid-Upper Gunner died in the crash and were buried at Rheinberg, 10 miles South of Wesel.

P.o.W Number: 905
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft 1 and Luft VI/357. Promoted to F/Sgt whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BAKER

Henry George Baker, RAF 1814627 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1925.

Arrived Saturday, 27 May 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 19 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 22 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops with RS Barker’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux (R/Gnr), 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 15 days

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-S “Swingtime” was brought down over Germany, crashing near Untereisesheim, about a mile North of Heilbronn. There were no survivors. All of the crew were buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery.

Killed age 19 on the 26th of August 1944

Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5. H. 12.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BAKER

Hugh Lincoln Baker, RNZAF NZ427244 – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Saturday, 31 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.73 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 8 including 7 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JC Westbrooke’s crew as  W/Op plus 6 Post War flights
 Op with IS CarolW/Op’s crew as  , plus 1 Post War flights.
 Op as Pilot , plus 1 Post War flights

Tour History
09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 20 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Sunday, 09 September 1945.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 9 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BAKER

James Guthrie Baker, RNZAF NZ41142 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 08 July 1916 in Westport, New Zealand. Employed as a bush contractor prior to enlistment.

Arrived Saturday, 29 July 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 28 from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with KA McGregor’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with M Wyatt’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (M. Wyatt), 22/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 25 days

Stirling Mk.III EF501 AA-K was shot down by a night-fighter SW of Berlin, crashing at Potsdam. All crew except the flight engineer and mid upper gunner were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The two survivors, Sgt Bond and Sgt Dummett, were captured as POW’s.

Lost without trace age 27 on the 1st of September 1943

Son of Henry and Charlotte Baker; Husband of Ellen Baker, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 198.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BAKER

Phillip Baden Baker, RNZAF  NZ416976 – Air Gunner  

Arrived Friday, 13 October 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 30, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with DP Leadley’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer

Tour History
21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Bottrop, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 03/01/1945 Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer (DNC), 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 11 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 20 February 1945.

Time with Squadron – 4 months 7 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BAKER

Robert Charles Baker, RAF 1624103 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1923.

Arrived Wednesday, 03 May 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 21 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 23, including 1 DNC (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 19 Ops with KO Whitehouse’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier
4 Ops with DGG Horgan’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldor f(DGG Horgan), 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen (KO Whitehouse), 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 2 days

Lancaster Mk.I HK568 AA-K was brought down at 02.10hrs by an enemy fighter near the French/German border, on the northern outskirts of Strasbourg. All crew members were killed. They are buried in a collective grave in the French National Cemetery, at Chronenbourg.

Killed age 21 on the 25th of July 1944

Buried Cronenbourg French National (Mixed) Cemetery, Strasbourg, France.
Grave location – L. 9. Coll. grave 5-11.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BAKER

Ronald Thomas Baker, RNZAF NZ4211681 – Navigator

Arrived Friday, 01 September 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 31 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with DA Gawith’s crew as  Nav
1 Op with RJA Leslie’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre , 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt , 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne , 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss , 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken (RJA Leslie), 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 1 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 02 February 1945.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 1 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BAKER

Thomas Henry William Baker, RAF 107286 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born in 1916.

Arrived Saturday, 01 August 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 26.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with A Ashworth’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with GEF Bradey’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
04/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (2nd Pilot), 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (2nd Pilot), 09/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck (2nd Pilot), 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz (2nd Pilot)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 days

On the 12th of August 1942 Wellington Mk.III X3646 crashed into the North Sea. Piloting the aircraft that night was George Edward Francis Bradey, who had earlier been severely wounded in the abdomen by flak, whilst attacking the target of Mainz with 8 other aircraft from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF.

The aircraft was struck by flak on the return flight, severely wounding the Captain in the abdomen. He was able to keep the aircraft on a westerly course till they were over the Dutch coast. A descent was made to 2,000ft and the crew was ordered to bale out but soon after, the aircraft ditched in the sea.

The remaining details of the incident do not seem that clear. Of the crew of 6, 5 were killed. The only survivor being the Rear Gunner Sgt. J. E. London, who was captured and spent the remainder of the War as a Prisoner.

Of the remaining 5 airmen who were killed, Pilot Officer George Bradey, Squadron Leader Ronald Ernest Kimber, the Navigator, Flight Sergeant Arden Ivan Ellis, Wireless Operator and Front Gunner, Flight Sergeant Cyril Vincent Green have no known resting place and are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 26 on the 11th of August 1942

Son of Matthew Botham Baker and Edith May Baker, Husband of Elizabeth Montgomery Baker, of Cheadle.

Buried Wilmslow Cemetery, Cheshire, England..
Grave location – Sec. A. Grave 128.

‘I am He that liveth,
And was dead;
And, behold, I am alive
For evermore
Rev.I.18’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BAKER

Baker, RAF – Air Gunner

Arrived Monday, 01 September 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8
total sorties undertaken 8 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with GS Nunn’s crew as  F/Gnr
3 Ops with Spencer’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 26/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden, 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg, 10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre (Spence), 23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 6 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BALL

Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot  

Arrived Thursday, 26 March 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 28, including 2 DNC (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops with EC Ball’s crew as  Pilot, including 2 DNC – 15/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen

Tour History
05/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne, 09/04/1942 Operations – Daylight Attack on Essen, 12/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen, 14/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre, 15/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund (DNC), 17/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 22/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 23/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock, 25/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk, 27/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland, 29/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Gennevilliers, 02/05/1942 Gardening – St. Nazaire, 06/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart, 07/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 15/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 19/05/1942 Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire, 30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 08/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (DNC), 17/06/1942 Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 23/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening), 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 24 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Sunday, 09 August 1942 to No.54 Operational Training Unit.

Time with Squadron – 4 months 14 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – 488(NZ) Squadron, Ops completed currently unknown
Posting in and Ops completed currently not known.

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF Mk XII HK204 flying out of Bradwell bay – suffered engine power loss. Flew into ground in mist at Tiptree Essex. F/Lt Edward Cecil BALL (NZ40749), Pilot and F/O (122.557) William KEMP (122557), Navigator both killed.

Killed age 33 years old on the 9th of October 1943

Son of Edward and Amelia Matilda Ball; husband of Joy Ball, of Lower Edmonton Middlesex.

Maldon Cemetery, United Kingdom
Row 61. Grave 94.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BALL

Frank Ball, RAF  – Air Gunner  

Arrived Thursday, 23 March 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 32 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 32 Ops with CA Megson’s crew as  R/Gnr & Mu/Gnr

Tour History
25/03/1944 Attack Against targets at Aulneye (R/Gnr), 26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai (R/Gnr),30/03/1944 Mining off Le Havre (R/Gnr), 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen


BALLARD

William John Scott Ballard, RAF 1853215 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Thursday, 23 March 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No. 218(Gold Caost) Squadron. Originally posted in to No. 218 Squadron froM No.31 Base on the 20th of March, but posted out to 75(NZ) Squadron with effect from the 22nd of March.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25  shot down on 26th Op
total sorties undertaken 28, including 2 DNC (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops with HE Gilmour’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary, 17/07/1944 Attack Against

Tour History
20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary (DNC), 22/04/1944 Attack Against Laon, 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months

Lancaster Mk.III ND915 AA-A was brought down by an enemy night-fighter at 01:35hrs between Keldost (Noord-Brabant) and Erp, 3 miles South East of Veghel. Five of the seven crew died and two, the Navigator and Mid Upper Gunner, escaped uninjured only to be taken as prisoners.

P.o.W Number: 602
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII.
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen


BALLINGAL

Alexander Stewart Ballingall, RNZAF NZ2286 – Pilot  

Arrived Tuesday, 08 May 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.73 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0
total sorties undertaken 5 post war flights.

Undertook 5 Post War flights as Pilot –

Tour History
10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 26/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England, 22/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 15 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BAMFORTH

William Bamforth, RAF 1729043 – Flight Engineer  

Arrived Tuesday, 13 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.72 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 9 including 5 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with IS Carroll’s crew as  F/E plus 5 Post War flights

Tour History
18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 05/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 28/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 10 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BANCROFT

Ernest Alfred ‘Buster’ Bancroft, RNZAF NZ433220 – Navigator  

Arrived Tuesday, 13 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.73 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 7 including 4 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  Nav
2 Ops with PL Trevarthen’s crew as  Nav, plus 4 Post War flights.

Tour History
04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 05/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 25/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 21 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BANDY

Frederick Alexander Bandy, RAF 1318948 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born in 1920.

Arrived Saturday, 26 December 1942 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 42.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8    killed on 9th Op
total sorties undertaken 9 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with RF Bennett’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with KF Debenham’s crew as  A/B
2 Ops with DG McCaskill’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
01/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 22/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire (KF Debenham), 28/03/1943 St. Nazaire (DG McCaskill), 08/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (DG McCaskill), 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 28 days

Stirling Mk.III BK776 AA-R was brought down at Odenspiel, 12 miles West North West of Siegen (about 35 miles South East of the target). Only the Flight Engineer, Navigator and Rear Gunner survived but were taken as P.o.W’s. The Captain, P/O Bennett, is now at rest in Rheinberg War Cemetery while the four other deceased were reinterred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Killed age 23 on the 30th of May 1943

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 31. B. 15-17.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BANFIELD

Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer  

Arrived Friday, 06 September 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 21, including 1 DNC (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with MH Hankins’s crew as  Obs, including 1 DNC – 01/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1.(
4 Ops with CK Saxelby’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with JK Collins’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory, 26/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Le Havre, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 14/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24., 16/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL, 21/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28, 25/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets B.8, D.1, and AERODROME at BRUSSELS, 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83., 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70, 16/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME, 23/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN, 26/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138, 29/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.138 and M.66, 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26, 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.55, 01/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1.(DNC), 11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven, 15/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 22/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 23/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 3 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BANGS

Archibald Robert Bangs, RAF 1891699 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1924.

Arrived Friday, 10 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 19 from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RE Martin’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
21/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 days

Stirling Mk.III EF515 AA-F was brought down, probably by enemy night-fighter action, in the vicinity of Haverbeck-Hamelin. The pilot succeeded in making a crash landing, allowing all but one of the crew to escape uninjured. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt A R Bangs, did not survive the crash and was buried in Hannover War Cemetery. The remaining crew were captured as P.o.W’s.

Killed age 19 on the 27th of September 1943

Son of Harry and Florence Bangs, of Kingston-On-Thames, Surrey.

Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. E. 18.

Deep in our hearts
Your memory is kept
We who loved you
Can never forget”
.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BANKS

J. Banks, RAF  – Air Gunner  

Arrived Monday, 16 April 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.73 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0
total sorties undertaken 3 post war flights.

Undertook 3 Post War flights with EC Munt’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 16/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 26 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BANKS

Lawrence William Edwin Banks, RAF 1315127/ 190308 – Air Gunner  

Arrived Friday, 04 June 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 26 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 26 Ops with GS Phillips’s crew as  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr

Tour History
05/06/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (R/Gnr), 14/06/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at  Aachen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 08/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bremen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 3 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 27 November 1943.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 23 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, , Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette) – date of  commission


BANKS

Russell Ashley Banks, RNZAF NZ416437 – Pilot  

Arrived Friday, 09 February 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.3 Lancaster Finishing School.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 22 including 8 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  2nd Pilot
13 Ops as Pilot , plus 8 Post War flights

Tour History
13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden (2nd Pilot), 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel
22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 03/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 05/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 23 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 21 July 1945.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 12 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BANKS

D(?) Banks, RAF  –   Wireless Operator

Arrived Saturday, 01 March 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 28 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops with GN Parker’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
31/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Rotterdam, 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest, 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel, 09/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 14/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Brest
16/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Bremen, 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel, 02/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden, 04/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 23/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser, 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 12/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm, 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 07/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster, 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen, 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 8 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BANNAN

Alfred Thomas Bannan, RNZAF NZ425760 – Air Gunner  

Arrived Thursday, 27 July 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 35
total sorties undertaken 35 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RJA Leslie’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
34 Ops with ME Dare’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux RJA Leslie), 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny , 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne , 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich , 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 08/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 7 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 16 January 1945.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 20 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BANTING

Peter Banting, RAF 1399810 – Air Bomber  
Arrived Tuesday, 16 January 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17
total sorties undertaken 17 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  A/B
16 Ops with KJ Rothwell’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 20/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 17 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 30 April 1945 to No.7 Squadron P.F.F. Oakington. Time with Squadron – 3 months 14 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No.7 Squadron P.F.F., Oakington – 8+1 Manna & 2 Repatriation Ops completed.
Arrived on the 31st of March 1945 with all but one (Nav) of original 75(NZ) crew

Undertook 8 Ops and one food drop to Rotterdam & 2 repatriation flights

3/4/45 Nordhausen Supp, 4/4/45 Harburg, 8/4/45 Hamburg, 9/4/45 Kiel, 10/4/45 Plauen, 13/4/45 Kiel, 14/4/45 Postsdam, 22/4/45 Bremen Sup, 4/5/45 Rotherdam Food Supplies, 9/5/45 Repatriation Transport – Lubeck, 23/5/45 Repatriation Transport – Juvencourt

After leaving the RAF, Peter worked as an architect for the Comonwealth War Graves Commision and married Hazel.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives:AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, No. 7 Squadron P.F.F. ORB’s/ National Archive – AIR-27-102-1 to AIR-27-102-10


BARCLAY

Thomas Smith Barclay, RNZAF NZ411358 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 29 October 1919 in Durham, County Durham, England. Employed as a clerk prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 06 July 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with IJ McLachlan’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops with PJ Wilson’s crew as  2nd Pilot
4 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven (2nd Pilot with IJ McLachlan), 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg (2nd Pilot with PJ Wilson), 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg (2nd Pilot with PJ Wilson), 29/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 3 days

Little is known of the circumstances that led to the aircraft being brought down near Dusseldorf, although flak damage was considered to be the main cause. All crew except Sgt Atkin, the Rear Gunner, died.and were initially buried in the Dusseldorf Cemetery. Sgt Atkin escaped with slight injuries and was taken prisoner.

Killed age 22 on the 12th of August 1942

Son of Thomas Young Barclay, and of Janet Barclay (nee Smith), of Pelaw, Co. Durham, England; stepson of Olive Mary Barclay.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 9. H. 4.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BARCLAY

William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer 

Arrived Thursday, 11 June 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25
total sorties undertaken 25 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with RSD Kearns’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 28/06/1942 Attack Against St. Nazaire and Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 02/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 07/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening), 08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven, 10/07/1942 Daylight Sortie Against Dusseldorf, 13/07/1942 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/07/1942 Attack Against Targets Near Terschelling (Gardening), 23/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 25/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 26/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 04/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 09/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz, 12/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz, 17/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 24/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg, 01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 7 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 10 September 1942.

Time with Squadron – 2 months 30 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No.156 Squadron (P.F.F.)
– ? Ops completed.
Operational history required

Final Ops total for Dick Kearns states 88 – this means technically 36 Ops with No.156 Squadron – this needs to be established from the relevant Squadron documents.


3rd Tour – No.617 Squadron – 26 + 4DNC Ops completed.

11/11/43 Attack against Antheor Viaduct, 16/12/43 Attack against a Special Target France, 20/12/43 Attack against Liege Armaments Works, 22/12/43 Attack against a Special Target Belgium, 4/1/44 Attack against a Special Target France, 21/1/44 Attack against a Special Target France, 25/1/44 Attack against a Special Target France, 8/2/44 Attack against Limoges, 2/3/44 Attack against Albert, 4/3/44 Attack against St. Etienne (DNC), 10/3/44 Attack against St. Etienne, 15/3/44 Attack against Woippy (DNC), 16/3/44 Attack against Clermont Ferrand, 18/3/44 Attack against Bergerac, 20/3/44 Attack against explosive works Angonlemme , 23/3/44 Attack against Lyons, 25/3/44 Attack against Lyons, 29/3/44 Attack against Lyons, 18/4/44 Attack against Marshalling yards Juvisy, 20/4/44 Target marking La Chappelle, 24/4/44 Target marking Brunswick, 24/4/44 Target marking Munich, 3/5/44 Attack against military camp Mailly, 5/6/44 SPECIAL OPERATIONS (Operation Overlord), 8/6/44 Bombing railway bridge Saumar, 14/6/44 Bombing submarine pens Le Havre, 15/6/44 Bombing E boats Boulogne, 20/6/44 Recalled (DNC), 22/6/44 Recalled (DNC), 25/6/44 Bombing constructional works Siracourt

Incredibly William flew  all his Ops with he same Pilot, Terry Kearns – who he began his Operational career with in 75(NZ) Squadron.

Awards & Citations
THE LONDON GAZETTE, 12 MARCH, 1943
Distinguished Flying Medal.

N.Z.404454 Flight Sergeant William John Muir Low BARCLAY, Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 156 Squadron.

In the  course  of his operational career this airman has participated  in numerous attacks on targets in Germany and Italy. At all times he has displayed high courage and skill in the execution of his duties and it is largely due to his navigational ability that these operational missions   have been successfully completed.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 14 MAY, 1943
Distinguished Flying Cross

Pilot Officer William John Muir Low BARCLAY, D.F.M.  (N.Z.404454), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 156 Squadron

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal this officer has completed a number of sorties. He has continued to display exceptional skill in navigating his aircraft and always the greatest keenness to take part in operation. Pilot Officer Barclay’s courage and devotion to duty have played no small part in the success attained by his crew.

A life lived…….
Passed Tuesday, 08 July 1986 aged 65

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Hanson Colin M., 2001, ‘By Such Deeds: Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999’, Colin M. Hanson, Volplane Press, New Zealand, National Archives No.617 Squadron Operational forms AIR 27 – 2128, 1943 – 1945


BARDSLEY

Milton Edwin Bardsley, RNZAF NZ43211 – Air Gunner  

Arrived Friday, 20 April 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.72 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 2 including 1 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
1 Post War flight with ER Plowman’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 8 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 03 July 1945.

Time with Squadron – 2 months 13 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


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BARKER

Richard Charlwod Barker, RAF 1006997 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born in 1920.

Arrived Tuesday, 01 July 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 20.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 12 (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with IO Breckon’s crew as  2nd Pilot
8 Ops with RW Bray’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais  (IO Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg  (IO Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne  (RW Bray as 2nd Pilot), 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim  (RW Bray as 2nd Pilot), 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls  (RW Bray as 2nd Pilot), 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel  (RW Bray as 2nd Pilot), 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel  (RW Bray as 2nd Pilot), 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest  (RW Bray as 2nd Pilot), 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg  (RW Bray as 2nd Pilot), 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt  (RW Bray as 2nd Pilot), 03/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk, 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 9 days

The first of the two 75(NZ) Squadron Wellingtons lost this night was Wellington Mk.Ic W.5663 AA-O, which crashed to the North of Dusseldorf, possibly as a result of night fighter action – they were known to be operating in that area; accounting for the loss of 57 Squadron’s Wellington, shot down. The two Air Gunners, Cole and Stephenson, survived the impact and were taken Prisoners of War. The other four crew were all killed. They were buried in the Nord Friedhof. At the end of hostilities their remains were disinterred and taken to the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 15th of October 1941

Son of George Guyse Barker and Annie Barker, of Deganwy, Caernarvonshire.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 11. B. 1-4.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BARKER

Richard Stockdale ‘Snow’ Barker, RNZAF NZ421345 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 27 October 1915 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Employed as a bricklayer prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 29 May 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 28 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22    killed on 23rd Op
total sorties undertaken 23 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 23 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 22/07/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 15 days

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-S “Swingtime” was brought down over Germany, crashing near Untereisesheim, about a mile North of Heilbronn. There were no survivors. All of the crew were buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery.

Killed age 28 on the 26th of August 1944

Son of Arthur Barker and of Rebecca Barker (Nee Bailey).

Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5. H. 15.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand – , Nickname from Colin Woonton’s war-time diary


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BARKER

William John Barker, RAF 1378561 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1908.

Arrived Friday, 01 August 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 33.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JE Johnson’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls

Operational Duration (first to last Op) –  N/A

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9767 AA-S was intercepted by a German night fighter (flown by Oblt Emil Woltersdorft, Unit 111, NJG1) over Holland. The Wellington crashed into the sea at 00.11hrs near Borculo (Gelderland) South East of Lochem, Holland. None of the crew survived. Their bodies were subsequently recovered and later buried at Borculo General Cemetery.

Killed age 33 on the 6th of September 1941

Son of George Henry and Maud Barker; Husband of Mary Barker, of North Kensington, London.

Buried Borculo General Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Plot U. Coll. grave 1-5.

In loving memory of William’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BARKHOUSE

Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Friday, 01 August 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 20.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 12 (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 12 Ops with JA Matetich’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 12/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre, 14/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 17/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne, 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 9 days

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9916 was lost over Cologne.The circumstances are unclear as to what caused the aircraft to crash. All the crew were killed and later buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 15th of October 1941

Son of Robert Mcdonald Barkhouse and Anna Grace Barkhouse, of Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 1. C. 2.

‘The souls of the righteous
Are in the hand of God,
… they are in peace’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BARNBROOK

Biographical details.

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BARNES

James George Barnes, RNZAF NZ405362 – Air Bomber   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Tuesday, 08 September 1942 at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with HJ Hugill’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
30/09/1942 Operations. Gardening off Terschelling, 02/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 05/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 23/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Genoa, 24/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Milan

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 24 days


Wellington Mk.III Z.1652 was shot down over France, crashing at Ville-aur-Retourne (Ardennes) on the south bank of the River Retourne, 13 miles South South East of Rathel. The Pilot and the Navigator were both killed and were buried in the Ville-sur-Retourne churchyard.
Sgt’s Worsdale, Newbold and Barnes survived. The first two evaded capture but Barnes was taken prisoner.

P.o.W Number: 803
P.o.W Camps: not known – Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 16th of May 1945.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


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BARNES

Raymond James Barnes, RCAF R.87330 – Navigator   (killed in action)
Born in 1917.

Arrived Thursday, 11 February 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 26.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 12 (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 12 Ops with KF Debenham’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
26/02/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 27/02/1943, Mining off the Frisian Islands, 03/03/1943, Mining off the Frisian Islands, 09/03/1943, Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 11/03/1943, Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 12/03/1943, Attack Against Targets at Essen, 22/03/1943, Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire, 27/03/1943, Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 29/03/1943, Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 04/04/1943, Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 14/04/1943, Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943, Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 21 days

t/o 2217 Newmarket. Crashed at Katzenbach. Those who died are buried in Rheinberg Cemetery.

The circumstances surrounding the loss of Stirling Mk.I W7469 AA-O are unclear. It crashed at Katzenbach, south of Frankfurt, and all but the Flight Engineer, Sgt Wainwright, were killed. The sole survivor was listed as a P.o.W, suggesting he either baled out or escaped from the wrecked aircraft and was captured. The crew members who died are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wesel.

Killed age 26 on the 16th of April 1943

Son of Edward Wilson Barnes and Millicent Kate Barnes, of Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 20. A. 13-14.

Rest in peace’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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BARR

Derek Singleton Barr, RAF 1394583, 190947 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born in 1916.

Arrived Wednesday, 17 January 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 29 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 15, including 3 DNC (73 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops as Pilot , including 3 DNC – 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne, 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel

Tour History
22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen (DNC), 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel (DNC), 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutte, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 27 days

Lancaster Mk.I RA564 JN-P was bombing the target at Munster when it was struck by a bomb falling from another aircraft flying above, which exploded. There were no survivors. Only the body of the rear gunner was found and buried at Margraten, Holland. The other crew members have no known graves.

Lost without trace age 29 on the 21st of March 1945
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 266.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BARRACLOUGH

Harry Barraclough, RAF 1590144 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Thursday, 15 March 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.73 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with AE Brown’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 days

Lancaster Mk.III LM733 AA – R, was bombing the target at Munster when it was seen to break into two sections and enter a downward spiral before crashing in flames among trees near Coesfeld at 13:30hrs. The cause of the catastrophic damage was thought to be a combination of flak damage and being struck by a bomb from another 3 Group aircraft flying above. Two crew, the pilot and air bomber, were killed and later buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. The other five crew parachuted to safety and were captured as POW’s.

P.o.W Number: not known
P.o.W Camps: not known
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen


BARRETT

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BARSON

Jack Frank MacDonald Barson, RAF 1324529 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1923.

Arrived Tuesday, 20 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 21.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8    killed on 9th Op
total sorties undertaken 9 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 9 Ops with GB Roche’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 26 days

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E was brought down by a night-fighter at 01:15hrs at Heythuysen in the Dutch province of Limburg, 7 miles East of Weert. All crew members, except the Air Bomber and Mid-Upper Gunner, died in the crash and were first buried in the Heythuysen cemetery but are now lying in Jonkerbos War Cemetery.

Killed age 21 on the 21st of July 1944

Son of Louisa Ann Barson, of Ilford, Essex.

Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – 12. J. 4.

‘He has out soared
The shadow of our night;
Envy and calumny
And hate and pain’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BARTLETT

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BARTON

Arthur James Douglas Barton, RNZAF NZ413700 – Navigator   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 23 June 1920 in Masterton, New Zealand. Employed as a audit clerk prior to enlistment.

Arrived Friday, 29 January 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 22.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RE Redding’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
05/02/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

t/o 1943 Newmarket for mine laying duties off the Frisians. Outbound, caught fire in the air at 1,500 ft and dived into the sea some 2 miles off Cromer, Norfolk. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

At 19.42hrs – 1hr 32mins after take-off – the crew of the third aircraft, Stirling Mk.I BK617 AA-D, despatched a signal to base indicating they had a further message to report, but none was received. It was later reported that the aircraft was seen to crash in flames just off Cromer, on the Norfolk Coast, on track for base. Nothing further was heard of the crew or the aircraft, although a thorough search was conducted by the Air Sea Rescue service. The circumstances seemed to indicate the likelihood of a catastrophic on-board fire resulting from a possible enemy air attack about 50miles from the SW end of the Frisian Islands, necessitating an emergency return to base.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 5th of February 1943

Son of Richard John and Georgina Barton, of Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 198.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


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BATES

Colin Frank Bates, RAF 1819553 – Air Gunner  
Born in 1925.

Arrived Monday, 28 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 19 from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16
total sorties undertaken 16 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with LT Friedrich’s crew as  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr

Tour History
03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 29/09/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 30 days
Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 15 November 1944. Time with Squadron – 2 months 18 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour
– No. 7 Squadron RAF P.F.F. – (changed to Rear Gunner)
21/12/44 Attack Against Bonn
24/12/44 Attack Against Mulheim Luftwaffe Station
5/1/45 Attack Against Hanover FTR – all crew killed

Lancaster Mk III, serial PB 526 (MG-N) loaded with 6 x 2,000 lb H.C. (high capacity) bombs, took off at 16:28 but was shot down over Germany at 18:50.  According to a report by Luftgaukommando XI, after an aerial battle with German night fighters over Edewechterdamm, PB 526 crashed with a full bomb load and exploded on impact. All the crew were killed.

Died 05 January 1945 age 20 years old

Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Bates, of Leicester.

Buried Sage War Cemetery
Grave location – 1. A. 2.

“How bright to us his glorious spirit shines. Good Night, son”.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – , Many thanks also to Michael Ward, relative of Louis Thomas Friedrich, Pilot of the crew, who provided biographical and service details for the whole crew.


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Benjamin William Bateson, RNZAF NZ424788 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Tuesday, 30 August 1921 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Employed as a signwriter prior to enlistment.

Arrived Saturday, 27 May 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 22 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8    killed on 9th Op
total sorties undertaken 9 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 9 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 22 days

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.

Killed age 22 on the 25th of June 1944

Son of Benjamin and Ethel May Bateson, of Auckland City, New Zealand.

Buried Fruges Communal Cemetery, France.
Grave location – Coll. grave 7. 7

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BATGER

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BATTEN

Hector Austin Charles Batten, RAF 61948 – Observer   (killed in action)
Born in 1919.

Arrived Saturday, 30 May 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 23.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with DM Johmson’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

A ‘borrowed’ Wellington Mk IA, T2894, from Central Gunnery School, Sutton Bridge, was shot down by a night-fighter over Holland.

The only survivor was the rear gunner, who was taken prisoner of war. All other crew members died.

Killed age 23 on the 31st of May 1942

Buried Apeldoorn (Ugchelen-Heidehof) General Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Plot 4. Grave 138.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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Ronald John Morton Batty, RAF 548542 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1918.

Arrived Monday, 12 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 26 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with H Whittington’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 27/06/1944 Attack Against Biennais, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 3 days

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R was brought down by an enemy aircraft at 01:33hrs beside a road near Veghel (Noord Brabant), 4 miles South West of Uden. All but the flight engineer perished in the crash and were buried in the local War Cemetery, Uden. Sgt Gore, the flight engineer, survived but was taken as a P.o.W.

Killed age 26 on the 21st of July 1944

Buried Uden War Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – 5. A. 9. 104

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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BAYES

Joseph Thomas Bayes, RAF 1595589, 185783 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1909.

Arrived Tuesday, 08 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 35 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24    killed on 25th Op
total sorties undertaken 25 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with JH Scott’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 11/09/1944 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 29/09/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 21 days

Killed age 35 on the 4th of November 1944
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. C. 5.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O was brought down by flak about 9 miles southeast of the target, crashing near Werrmelskirchen. None of the crew survived and they were buried at that small township, but later reinterred at Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wessel.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BAYLISS

Alfred

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BEARD

John Lawrence Beard, RAF 3006185 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1926.

Arrived Tuesday, 05 December 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 19 from No. 1668 Heavy Conversion Unit,  Bottesford.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29    killed on 30th Op
total sorties undertaken 30 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with EG Parsons’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 30/12/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Bight, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 02/01/1945 Attack Against Nurnburg, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Mining off Pilau, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 04/03/1945, Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 07/03/1945 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 14/03/1945 Attack Against Heinrich Hutt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 6 days

At 16.35hrs on the run up to the target PB741, F/L Parsons & crew, was seen to have been hit by flak in the port-inner engine, which was then feathered. It also appeared to have been hit in the port-outer engine, which was feathered as the aircraft began descending quickly. Part of the wing caught fire and soon after, the complete wing broke off just as the Lancaster was diving through cloud.

All on board were killed in the resultant crash. The flight engineer and air bomber have no known graves. The other five crew members are buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
Killed age 19 on the 14th of March 1945

Son of Arthur Lawrence Beard and Lilian Ethel Florence Beard, of East Dulwich, London.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 25. D. 1.

‘God gave thy soul
Brave Wings’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen


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BEARDMORE

John Thomas Beardmore, RAF 1818755 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1925.

Arrived Tuesday, 08 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 19 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24    killed on 25th Op
total sorties undertaken 25 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with JH Scott’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against the Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 29/09/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 15/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 21 days

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O was brought down by flak about 9 miles south east of the target, crashing near Werrmelskirchen. None of the crew survived and they were buried at that small township, but later reinterred at Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wessel.

Killed age 19 on the 4th of November 1944

Son of John Thomas Beardmore and Bertha May Beardmore, of Stoke-On-Trent.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. C. 2.

‘Dearly loved son
Of James Thomas And Bertha May Beardmore,
Stoke-on-Trent, England’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BEARNE

Wilfred Bearne, RAF 976174 – Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1919.

Arrived Thursday, 01 May 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22    killed on 23rd Op
total sorties undertaken 23 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with RP Widdowson’s crew as  F/Gnr
16 Ops with PG Fletcher’s crew as  W/O
1 Op with JW Thomson’s crew as  W/O
2 Ops with JE Johnson’s crew as  W/O

Tour History
06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (F/Gnr RP Widdowson), 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (F/Gnr RP Widdowson), 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim (F/Gnr RP Widdowson), 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (F/Gnr RP Widdowson), 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne (PGF Fletcher), 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser, 02/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 11/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne, 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen, 30/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster (PGF Fletcher), 07/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster (JW Thomson), 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen (PGF Fletcher),, 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 08/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 12/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre (PGF Fletcher), 18/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Docks at Dunkirk (JE Johnson), 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months
 
Killed age 22 on the 6th of September 1941


Son of Alfred James Beaven and Margaret Beaven.
Buried Borculo General Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Plot U. Coll. grave 1-5.

‘In loving memory of my dear son’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BEASLEY

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BEAVER

Thomas Edward Beaver, RAF 1276184 – Flight Engineer   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Saturday, 15 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from 1657 Heavy Conversion Unit, Waterbeach.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with JHR Carey’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 days

Stirling Mk.III EH881 AA-Z was brought down at Eilendorf, outside the township of Aachen (35 miles South West of Cologne). The Captain and two gunners died in the crash and are buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery. The other four crew all escaped uninjured, either by parachute or from the wrecked aircraft, and were captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: not known
P.o.W Camps: not known
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen


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BEECH

Cyril Beech, RAF 1584473 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1924.

Arrived Saturday, 04 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 20 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10    killed on 11th Op
total sorties undertaken 12 (83 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with WW Morgan’s crew as  F/E
1 Op with CA Gunn’s crew as  F/E
6 Ops with RJ Watson’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 70 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne (WW Morgan), 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 18/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 08/10/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target (RJ Watson), 27/01/1944 Mining of the East Coast of Denmark, 03/02/1944 Mining in St. Malo (CA Gunn), 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour(RJ Watson), 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 70 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 (RESULT UNKNOWN)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 25 days

The wreckage of Stirling Mk.III EF215 AA-M was found on a mountainside at Rochefort-Montagne, 15 miles West South West of Clermont-Ferrand, where six of the deceased crew were buried. The only survivor was Sgt C. B. Armstrong, who escaped with relatively few injuries. He was taken into custody as a POW.

Killed age 20 on the 5th of May 1944

Son of Herbert and Nellie Beech, of Halmer End, Staffordshire.

Buried Clermont-Ferrand (Des Carmes Dechaux) Communal Cemetery, France.
Grave location – Row A. Coll. grave 4-6.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BEESTON

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BELL

Harold Bell, RAF 1159189 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Monday, 01 September 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7  shot down on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with SJG Isherwood’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg, 13/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf, 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 26/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburgh and Cherbourgh

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 15 days

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1168 AA – H, failed to return to base. The aircraft suffered catastrophic damage from heavy AA fire over Hamburg but all but one of the crew successfully baled out and were subsequently taken prisoners of war. The Front Gunner, Sgt B W Shelnutt, went down with the aircraft and was killed.

P.o.W Number: 24461
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags, VIIIB, Luft III, Luft VI/357. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen


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BELL

John Robson Bell, RAF 173943 – Navigator   (killed in action)
Born in 1910.

Arrived Tuesday, 29 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 34 from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17    killed on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 20, including 2 DNC (85 % completion rate)

Undertook 20 Ops with R Gordon’s crew as  Nav, including 2 DNC – 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 136 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
20/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 20/02/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off Lorient, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 136 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 11/04/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 4 days

PB609 encountered heavy flak after bombing, when approximately 8 miles North East of Moers and the aircraft was seen to explode and crash. There were no survivors. All the crew were buried in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

Killed age 34 on the 20th of November 1944

Son of Harry and Mary Bell, of Newcastle-On-Tyne; Husband of Jean Doreen Bell, of Jesmond, Newcastle-On-Tyne.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 29. B. 1-16.

‘Always in our thoughts,
Darling.
Your loving wife Jean,
The twins and Alan’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BELL

Maurice Perrott Bell, RNZAF NZ404882 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 25 August 1915 in Stratford, New Zealand. Employed as a farm manager prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 29 September 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 26 from No.22 Operational Training Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 8    killed on 9th Op
total sorties undertaken 9 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with C Taylor’s crew as  2nd Pilot
5 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne (2nd Pilot), 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg (2nd Pilot), 13/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf (2nd Pilot), 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne (2nd Pilot), 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 13/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dunkirk, 25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen, 26/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 28/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Lubeck

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 18 days

The precise circumstances of the loss of this aircraft and crew, are unknown. Whilst the raid report states that there were no combats with E/A, a combat report held in the National Archives (AIR50/192/6) describes a Pilot witnessing an enemy aircraft firing first on what is believed to be another Wellington. This Wellington was reported as going down into the sea and burning furiously. The fact that all the crew’s bodies were buried in the German Naval Garrison Cemetery, before being re-interred in the Kiel War Cemetery, perhaps suggest this might have been the Bell crew, however it should be noted that the Naval Garrison also had gun batteries near it, so this does not discount A.A. fire as the source of this crew loss.

Killed age 26 on the 29th of March 1942

Son of George John and Mary Bell, of Tuna, Taranaki, New Zealand.

Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 2. A. 4-6.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BELL

Ronald Bell, RAF 1077692 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Wednesday, 03 March 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 22 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with SM Tietjens’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
21/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 days

Stirling Mk.III BK783 AA-Q was shot down by an enemy night-fighter over the Netherlands on the return flight home. The aircraft came down in a ditch at Beesd, (Gelderland), 5 miles South South West of Culemborg, All but the Rear Gunner, Sgt L R Vale, died in the crash. They were buried in a collective grave at Beesd General Cemetery. Vale miraculously survived the major crash with an injured leg and temporary memory loss. He was later taken prisoner by German soldiers.

Killed age 22 on the 24th of May 1943

Son of Bernard and Hilda Bell, of Otley, Yorkshire; Husband of Marguerite Bell, of Otley.

Buried Beesd General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-2.

‘At the going down
Of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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David Levick Beney, RAF 960078 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1922.

Arrived Monday, 01 September 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 19.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RC Barker’s crew as  W/Op & F/Gnr

Tour History
03/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk, 15/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 12 days

The first of the two 75(NZ) Squadron Wellingtons lost this night was Wellington Mk.Ic W.5663 AA-O, which crashed to the North of Dusseldorf, possibly as a result of night fighter action – they were known to be operating in that area; accounting for the loss of 57 Squadron’s Wellington, shot down. The two Air Gunners, Cole and Stephenson, survived the impact and were taken Prisoners of War. The other four crew were all killed. They were buried in the Nord Friedhof. At the end of hostilities their remains were disinterred and taken to the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Killed age 19 on the 15th of October 1941

Son of Arthur and Evelyn Annie Beney, of Limpsfield, Surrey.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 11. B. 1-4.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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BENNETT

Raymond Frederick Bennett, RNZAF NZ415282 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Tuesday, 21 October 1913 in Otahuhu, New Zealand. Employed as a clerk prior to enlistment.

Arrived Saturday, 26 December 1942 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 29.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27    killed on 28th Op
total sorties undertaken 28 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CR Davey’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops with FA Sandeman’s crew as  2nd Pilot
25 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
12/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (2nd Pilot), 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (2nd Pilot), 04/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (2nd Pilot), 18/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 05/02/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 26/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 27/02/1943 Mining off St. Jean de Lurz, 01/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 05/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 29/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 12/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 17 days

Stirling Mk.III BK776 AA-R was brought down at Odenspiel, 12 miles West North West of Siegen (about 35 miles South East of the target). Only the Flight Engineer, Navigator and Rear Gunner survived but were taken as P.o.W’s. The Captain, P/O Bennett, is now at rest in Rheinberg War Cemetery while the four other deceased were reinterred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

Killed age 29 on the 30th of May 1943

Son of Frederick William and Ruby Elizabeth Bennett, of Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 4. G. 11.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BENNETTON

Frederick Horace Bennetton, RAF 1281626 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1923.

Arrived Tuesday, 18 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 20 from No.1657  Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RF Westwood’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Stirling Mk.I EF430 AA-Q was engaged by AA fire while transiting the Dutch coastal area and was brought down in the Waddenzee, South East of Vlieland, at 01:15hrs. None of the crew survived. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 20 on the 5th of May 1943.

Son of Edward E. and Nellie M. Bennetton, of Grappenhall, Cheshire.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 142.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BENSON

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BENTHAM

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BENTLEY

Loch Lomond Bentley, RNZAF NZ403936 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 06 December 1913 in Te Kuiti, New Zealand. Employed as a driver prior to enlistment.

Arrived Thursday, 02 October 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 27


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with H Machin’s crew as  2nd Pilot
8 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend (2nd Pilot), 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (2nd Pilot), 23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend, 11/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Le Havre, 12/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 17/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Le Havre, 23/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 16 days

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P, captained by F/Sgt L L Bentley, RNZAF, arrived in the circuit at base awaiting landing clearance but inexplicably flew into the ground near Burner’s Heath, some 5 miles South West of Thetford. Although all his crew escaped the crash with non-life-threatening injuries, Bentley’s were more severe and he failed to recover. He is buried at RAF Feltwell.

Killed age 28 on the 23rd of December 1941

Son of Harry and Margaret Daziel Bentley, of Waitoms Caves, Auckland, New Zealand, Husband of Winifred Kathleen Bentley.

Buried Feltwell (St. Nicholas) Churchyard, Norfolk, England.
Grave location – Row B. Grave 6.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BENTLEY

Robert Henry Waldron Bentley, RNZAF NZ414580 – Navigator   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 20 September 1919 in Aukland, New Zealand. Employed as a bank clerk prior to enlistment.

Arrived Sunday, 18 April 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 23 from No.1657  Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RF Westwood’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Stirling Mk.I EF430 AA-Q was engaged by AA fire while transiting the Dutch coastal area and was brought down in the Waddenzee, South East of Vlieland, at 01:15hrs. None of the crew survived. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 5th of May 1943

Son of Henry Arthur Bond Bentley and Jessie Eleanor Bentley, of Auckland, New Zealand.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 198.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


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BERESFORD

John Bosford Beresford, RAF 1583723 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1923.

Arrived Friday, 20 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 20 from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7    killed on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 8 (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 8 Ops with RC Whitmore’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
02/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 03/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 25 days

The Whitmore crew in Stirling MK.III EH877 JN-C, took off between 19:45 and 20:00hrs to join a main force of 678 aircraft attacked Hanover the second time that month. Although the attack was well concentrated, incorrectly forecast wind speeds, used by the Pathfinders to mark the target, resulted in the centre of the city being spared – the majority of bombs falling approximately 5 miles North of Hanover city centre.

There is little information regarding the exact cause of loss of EH877. Some, sources report seeing it falling in flames, the aircraft apparently breaking up in the air prior to final impact.

Killed age 20 on the 28th of September 1943

Son of John Bosworth Beresford and Florence Maud Beresford, of Meadows, Nottingham.

Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 8. C. 2.

‘Though absent,
You are always near,
Still loved,
Still missed and ever dear’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BERGIN

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BERGMAN

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BERNARD

Arthur George Bernard, RNZAF NZ424964 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Thursday, 12 May 1921 in Hawerra, New Zealand. Employed as a mechanic prior to enlistment.

Arrived Tuesday, 28 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 22 from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with AR Single’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
02/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 04/10/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 22/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 20 days

Stirling Mk.III LJ453 AA-K was brought down over Germany, crashing about a mile South South East of Arlen, between Gemmerich and Dolberg. The lack of AA fire in the target area suggested that a night fighter was probably responsible for the loss of the Stirling.

There were no survivors. The seven crew were buried at Achmer, and later reinterred at Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 22nd of November 1943

Son of Frank Horace and May Bernard, of Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 9. A. 22-25.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BERNEY

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BERRIMAN

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BERRY

Eric Berry, RAF 1380078 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1923.

Arrived Saturday, 19 December 1942 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 20.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RM Kidd’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Stirling Mk.I R9248 AA-H was hit by AA fire shortly after bombing, causing catastrophic damage. The captain attempted a crash landing at St Thégonnec (Finistère), about 8 miles Southeast of Morlaix, France. All but one of the crew died in the crash and were laid to rest in St Thegonnec Communal Cemetery. Sgt Kidd escaped slightly injured from the wreck and managed to evade capture.

Killed age 20 on the 23rd of January 1943

Son of William Berry and of Evelyn Berry, of Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Buried St.Thegonnec Communal Cemetery, France.
Grave location – Plot 2. Row 1. Grave 3.

‘Greater love
Hath no man than this,
That a man lay down
His life for his friends’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BERTRAM

Robert Bertram, RAF 1112264/ 128536 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born in 1916.

Arrived Saturday, 01 November 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 26.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 33    killed on 34th Op
total sorties undertaken 34 (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with Spence’s crew as  2nd Pilot
10 Ops with JK Climie’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with RJ Newton’s crew as  2nd Pilot
5 Ops with Turner’s crew as  2nd Pilot
14 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre  (Spence as 2nd Pilot), 23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk  (Spence as 2nd Pilot), 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend  (Spence as 2nd Pilot), 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg  (Spence as 2nd Pilot), 23/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest  (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf  (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 12/02/1942 Daylight Attack – German Battleships in the Channel  (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen  (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen  (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel  (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen  (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 05/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne  (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 06/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen  (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 08/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg  (JK Climie as 2nd Pilot), 12/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen  (RJ Newton as 2nd Pilot), 17/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg  (Turner as 2nd Pilot), 22/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne  (Turner as 2nd Pilot), 23/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock  (Turner as 2nd Pilot), 25/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk  (Turner as 2nd Pilot), 27/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland  (Turner as 2nd Pilot), 29/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Dieppe, 30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 08/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 22/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 23/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening), 25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 months 23 days

Wellington Mk.III Z.1616 AA-D completed a normal take-off at 23:20, but approximately 5 minutes after becoming airborne, fire was seen to break out on the aircraft (witnesses say the aircraft was on fire before it crashed). The Wellington then crashed in flames near Red House Farm, Methwold, a few miles north of Feltwell. All five crew were killed.

Killed age 26 on the 29th of June 1942

Son of Walter and Catherine Bertram; Husband of Kathleen Beatrice Bertram, of Gipsyville, Hull.

Buried Hull Crematorium, Kingston-Upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.
Grave location – Screen Wall. Panel 1.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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BETLEY

Roland Desmond Ernest Betley, RNZAF NZ421495 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Tuesday, 02 August 1921 in Hastings, New Zealand. Employed as a electrical engineering apprentice prior to enlistment.

Arrived Saturday, 03 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 22 from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 days

LL888 was brought down by a night-fighter SW of the target, crashing near Rieux, just NE of Cambrai. There were no survivors, six of the seven crew members were located in or near the wreckage and later buried at Rieux, The body of the seventh crew member was found some distance away indicating he probably had attempted to bale out, without success.

Killed age 22 on the 16th of June 1944

Son of John Ernest Betley and of Amy Violet Betley (nee Shaw), of Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand; husband of Barbara Isobel May Betley, of Oroua Downs, Wellington, New Zealand.

Buried Rieux Communal Cemetery, France.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8-10. 9

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BETTLES

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BEVAN

Leslie Sydney Bevan, RNZAF NZ41565 – Front Gunner/ Air Bomber   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Tuesday, 25 August 1942 at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with J McCullough’s crew as  F/Gnr
2 Ops with KJ Bettles’s crew as  R/Gnr
2 Ops with EWP Johnson’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg (J McCullough as R/Gnr), 03/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Emden (KJ Bettles as R/Gnr), 04/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen (KJ Bettles as R/Gnr), 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (EWP Johnson R/Gnr), 08/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt (EWP Johnson R/Gnr)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 11 days

BJ.596 was hit by flak in the target area causing catastrophic damage. The crew was forced to abandon the burning aircraft and all successfully reached the ground, only to be taken Prisoners of War.

P.o.W Number: 26976
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 9th of April 1945

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BEVANS

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BEYER

Edwin Harry Beyer, RAF 657044 – Observer   (killed in action)
Born in 1917.

Arrived Saturday, 01 August 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 25.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with ER Hunting’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken, 03/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Emden

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 days

Wellington Mk.III X.3794 was lost without trace, but assumed to have been brought down in the sea off the Netherlands coast where the body of Sgt Anderson (A/g) was recovered. He was buried in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland. The other four crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 25 on the 3rd of September 1942

Son of Edwin and Ruth Madeline Beyer, of Teddington, Middlesex.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 78.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BICKHAM

Charles John Bickham, RAF 49977 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born in 1919.

Arrived Saturday, 13 March 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 24.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5    killed on 6th Op
total sorties undertaken 6 (83 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with AE Lewis’s crew as  A/B
2 Ops with GA Lane’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
10/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 26/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 16 days

Stirling Mk.I R9290 AA-Y was operating in the ‘Radish’ area of the Fehmar-Belt, in the Baltic, and was brought down in the sea off the Danish Island of Lolland, to the West of the Vesternaes. There were no survivors.

The crew is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 24 on the 28th of April 1943

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 123.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BICKNELL

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BIGGAR

John Matthew Biggar, RNZAF NZ427945 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 11 March 1922 in Wanganui, New Zealand. Employed as a farm worker prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 10 July 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 22 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15    killed on 16th Op
total sorties undertaken 16 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with WO Hadley’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel , 29/08/1944 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig, 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre , 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers , 11/09/1944 Mining in the Baltic Sea

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 12 days
 
Lancaster Mk.I LM268 AA-D was brought down at 00:15hrs by a night-fighter near the southern end of Sjælland Island, Denmark. The aircraft crashed onto a farmhouse near the township of Orslev, killing five members of the family. Only two of the crew, the Fight Engineer and Air Bomber, succeeded in baling out, the former evading capture and the latter, although badly hurt, was aided by locals and hospitalized before being turned over to the authorities.

Of those in the crew who died, the Pilot and Rear Gunner were buried in the local Churchyard at Orslev while the other three were buried at the Svino Churchyard.

Killed age 22 on the 12th of September 1944
Son of Peter and Ivy Biggar, of Nakirikiri, Wellington, New Zealand.

Buried Orslev Churchyard, Denmark.
Grave location – Joint grave 11B.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BILLIING

Bertram William Billing, RAF 1318831 – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Thursday, 23 March 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 37
total sorties undertaken 40, including 3 DNC (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 38 Ops with DC Brown’s crew as  W/Op, including 3 DNC – 09/04/1944 Attack Against Lille , 11/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen
2 Ops with LM O’Conner’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
09/04/1944 Attack Against Lille (DNC), 11/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle (DNC), 18/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (LM O’Connor),, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai (LM O’Connor),, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen (DNC), 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin , 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre , 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville , 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen , 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne , 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss (DNC),, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 24 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 04 November 1944.

Time with Squadron – 7 months 12 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BILLINGTON

Clifford Billington, RAF 539902 – Air Gunner 

Arrived Thursday, 29 July 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 33, including 4 DNC (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with WH Batger’s crew as  R/Gnr
23 Ops with R Hunt’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 4 DNC – 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 80 (ABORTIVE) , 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 11A ABORTIVE), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 17 (SUCCESSFUL), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 78 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (R/Gnr), 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Boulogne, 18/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 10/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 02/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 80 (ABORTIVE) (DNC),, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC),, 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 11A ABORTIVE) (DNC),, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 17 (SUCCESSFUL), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 78 (ABORTIVE) (DNC),, 13/03/1944 Mining off St. Nazaire, 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 9 months 1 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 07 March 1944.

Time with Squadron – 7 months 7 days

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


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BISHOP

Arthur John Bishop, RAF 1271480 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Saturday, 15 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 22 from No.1657  Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16    killed on 17th Op
total sorties undertaken 17 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 17 Ops with GV Helm’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 14/06/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 4 days

Stirling Mk.III EH905, AA-R was reported to have been struck by at least one bomb, dropped from an aircraft flying at a higher level over the target area.

The damaged aircraft came down near Ludwigsfelde-Heide, 18 miles south-south-west of Berlin. All crew except the two Air Gunners died and were buried initially in a collective grave in the Russian Prisoner of War Cemetery near where the aircraft crashed. They later were re-interred in the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 1st of September 1943

Son of Archibald John Bishop and of Ethel Dorothy Bishop (Nee Smith); Husband of Teresa Bishop, of Darlington, Co. Durham.

Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 7-17.

‘My John. R.I.P.’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BISHOP

Sidney Thomas Bishop, RAF 1322249 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1922.
Arrived Monday, 03 January 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 22 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9    killed on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 11, including 1 DNC (82 % completion rate)

Undertook 11 Ops with GW Rowberry’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 174 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 30/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 03/03/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 174 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 71 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off St. Nazaire

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 21 days

No official account of the loss of the crew exists, or is officially accepted and as such the Rowberry crew are recorded as lost without trace.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 14th of March 1944

Son of Henry Edward and Edith Ethel Bishop, of East Acton, London.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 225.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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BISSET

Stuart Richard Bisset, RNZAF NZ415738 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born on Monday, 23 October 1922 in Kaitaia, New Zealand. Employed as a clerical cadet prior to enlistment.

Arrived Sunday, 14 March 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 20 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5    killed on 6th Op
total sorties undertaken 6 (83 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with BB Wood’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
21/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 01/06/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 1 days

Stirling Mk.III EF408 AA-P was hit by flak and crashed at Gelsenkirchen. There were no survivors. All were buried in the Bismarck Friedhof, but later reinterred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 23rd of June 1943

Son of Alexander and Aline Constance Bisset, of Kaitaia, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 19. G. 4-6.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives:AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


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BLACK

Charles Thomas Black, RAF 1377719 – Front Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1911.

Arrived Friday, 01 August 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 30.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 19    killed on 20th Op
total sorties undertaken 20 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with DL Pritchard’s crew as  F/Gnr
3 Ops with RP Widdowson’s crew as  R/Gnr
10 Ops with A Saunders’s crew as  R/Gnr
5 Ops with JW Black’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (Prichard), 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg (Widdowson), 24/07/1941 Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 14/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne (Saunders), 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg, 10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nuremburg, 24/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden (Black), 26/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Cherbourg, 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 4 days

The other Wellington lost, X9976, was shot down by a German night fighter (pilot Ob Lt Helmut Lent, 4/NJG1) over the Netherlands, crashing at 01.20hrs at Oldeboorn (Friesland), 4 nautical miles East of Akkrum, Holland.

Killed age 30 on the 7th of November 1941

Son of Thomas and Bridget Black; Husband of Alice Josephine Black, of Islington, London, England.

Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. H. 3-7.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BLACK

John Arthur Black, RAAF AUS.425420 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Saturday, 10 July 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9  shot down on 10th Op
total sorties undertaken 10 (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with GK Williams’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 04/11/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 10 days

According to the returning crews   from 75 (NZ) Sqn the weather was bad with poor visibility. One of the lost Stirlings was Stirling MK.III BF461 JN-B, which took off from Mepal just after 16:59 hrs. Nothing was heard from it after take-off. Like many of the aircraft BF-461 encountered German night fighters over Denmark, in this instance two Ju.88’s. The damage caused to the Stirling in the ensuing confrontation forced it to jettison its mines and attempt to return early to base. The Stirling crashed at Kallerup in Jutland, Denmark

P.o.W Number: 1766
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft 1 and Luft III
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BLACK

John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 01 August 1914 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Employed as a salesman prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 01 September 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 27.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with A Saunders’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops with Talbot’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops with NGC Ramsey’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel (A Saunders as 2nd Pilot), 15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (Talbot as 2nd Pilot), 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe (Talbot as 2nd Pilot),30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg (A Saunders as 2nd Pilot),10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne (A Saunders as 2nd Pilot),26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend (NGC Ramsey as 2nd Pilot), 24/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden, 26/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburgh and Cherbourgh, 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 27 days

The other Wellington lost, X9976, was shot down by a German night fighter (pilot Ob Lt Helmut Lent, 4/NJG1) over the Netherlands, crashing at 01.20hrs at Oldeboorn (Friesland), 4 nautical miles East of Akkrum, Holland.

Killed age 27 on the 7th of November 1941

Son of Allan and Elizabeth Welsh Black, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. H. 3-7.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BLACKBEE

Kenneth Arthur Blackbee, RAF 1898447 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Tuesday, 30 January 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.3 Lancaster Finishing School.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with LEB Klitscher’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 9 days

Lancaster Mk.III LM740 AA-B was en route to the target and was seen to leave the stream near Wesel (some 50mls from the target) with the port-inner engine feathered after being hit by heavy flak. The seven crew then apparently abandoned the aircraft after turning for home and landing relatively uninjured in enemy territory. They were all captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: not known
P.o.W Camps: not known
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


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BLACKMAN

George Joseph Blackman, RAF 1398967 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1920.

Arrived Saturday, 09 October 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23 from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with JC Turner’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
17/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 07/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 22/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 5 days

Stirling Mk.III EF148 AA-R was brought down over Germany, crashing near Achner, 10 miles North West of Osnabruck. There were no survivors. The seven crew members were buried at Achner but later reinterred at Reichswald Forest Cemetery, SW of Cleve.

Killed age 23 on the 22nd of November 1943

Son of George Henry and Mary Elizabeth Blackman, of Finsbury, London.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 26. A. 1.

‘Eternal rest
Grant unto him,
O Lord;
And let perpetual light
Shine upon him.
R.I.P.’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BLACKWELL

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BLADES

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BLAGG

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BLAIR

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BLAKEWAY

Robert Boswell Blakeway, RNZAF NZ403486 – Pilot   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Friday, 29 August 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0  shot down on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with AHR Hawkins ‘s crew as  2nd Pilot
 Op with AHR Hawkins’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
15/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9918, AA-U was probably brought down by flak, near Hartenholm, about 24 miles North of Hamburg. Two crew members, Sgt R Robert Blakeway and Sgt W.Mullins RAF, successfully baled out and were taken prisoners of war. The rest of the crew were killed.

P.o.W Number: 39332
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags 9C, Luft VI, Luft IV and Luft I
Returned to the United Kingdom: 1st of May 1945

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BLANCE

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BLANK

John Frederick Blank, RNZAF NZ422175 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born on Tuesday, 07 November 1922 in Oxford, New Zealand. Employed as a labourer, Oxford County Council prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 14 June 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 20 from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with FM McKenzie’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

BK810 was brought down at 02.10hrs at Oostrum (Limburg) about a mile E of Venray, Holland from a combination of AA fire and fighter attack. The latter pilot was believed to be Hptm Wilhelm Herget of I /NJG1. All five crew except P/O McKenzie and F/S Blank parachuted to safety and were captured as POW’s. McKenzie was buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, while Blank is located in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 23rd of June 1943

Son of Julius C. and Ada Blank, of Oxford, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 31. D. 10.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives:AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BLEWETT

Terence Douglas ‘Tim’ Blewett, RNZAF NZ414376 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Thursday, 19 December 1918 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Employed as a lithographic artist prior to enlistment.

Arrived Wednesday, 06 December 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 25 from No.3 Lancaster Finishing School.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14    killed on 15th Op
total sorties undertaken 15 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with HC Yates’s crew as  2nd Pilot
14 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld (HC Yates as 2nd Pilot), 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 16/12/1944 Attack Against Siegen, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 31/12/1944 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel, 03/01/1945 Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery, 05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 07/01/1945 Attack Against Munich, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 5 days

PB761 was returning home following a raid on a Benzol plant at Wanne-Eickel, Germany. Although only a short distance from base, the aircraft inexplicably flew into the ground at 04.20hrs near Wooditon, Suffolk, just south of Newmarket, and burst into flames. The captain and air-bomber were killed but the other five crew escaped injured. The navigator died of his injuries the following day.

Killed age 26 on the 17th of January 1945

Son of Leonard Francis Blewett, and of Leonora Blewett (Nee Sorrell), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England.
Grave location – Grave 15558.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BLINCOE

Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 03 November 1909 in Nelson, New Zealand. Employed as a faultman prior to enlistment.

Arrived Wednesday, 05 August 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 32 from No.11 Operational Traiining Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 22 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 22 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
20/08/1942 Gardening Off St. Nazaire, 27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg, 01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 02/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 04/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 08/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 13/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 14/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 16/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Essen, 02/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 05/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 06/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 09/10/1942 Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands, 13/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 28/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 14 days

R.9280 was attacked by a German night-fighter over the Netherlands, while returning to base. The aircraft crashed at 20.00hrs in the vicinity of Ingen, 6miles North Northeast of Tiel, Hollnd. All on board were killed. They were buried in Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery.

Killed age 33 on the 3rd of February 1943.

Son of Francis Blincoe and of Ruth Blincoe (Nee Packer), of Nelson, New Zealand; Husband of Ida Annie Blincoe, of Murchison, Nelson.

Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 13. Grave 212.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BLOOMFIELD

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BLOXHAM

Malcolm Victor Bloxham, RAF 552574 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1922.

Arrived Friday, 25 June 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 21 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17    killed on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 18 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 18 Ops with G Turner’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
04/07/1943 Mining off Ille de Re, 08/07/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim , 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 19 days

Stirling Mk.III EH936 JN-W, was brought down near the target Mannheim, crashing at Dirmstein, 5 miles North of Frankenthal. There were no survivors.

Killed age 21 on the 23rd of September 1943
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 21. B. 15-18.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BLUCK

Norman Bradford Bluck, RNZAF NZ40364 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Sunday, 31 October 1920 in Otorohanga, New Zealand. Employed as a farmer prior to enlistment.

Arrived Tuesday, 04 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 22 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 11    killed on 12th Op
total sorties undertaken 12 (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with R Broadbent’s crew as  2nd Pilot
10 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
12/05/1943 Duisburg (R Broadbent as 2nd Pilot), 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum (R Broadbent as 2nd Pilot), 16/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/05/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal,, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim), 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 12 days

Stirling Mk.I EH902 AA-K was brought down either by AA fire or a night-fighter, crashing into the sea off Wissenkerke on the Dutch island of Beveland. There were no survivors. The bodies were all recovered and four of the crew buried in Vlissingen Northern Cemetery. The other three were buried at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 24th of June 1943

Son of Walter Bradford Bluck and of Eileen Maud Bluck (Nee Atchison), of Otorohanga, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Row F. Grave 12.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BLUE

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BLUNDELL

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BLUNDELL

John James Blundell, RAF 2205143 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1925.

Arrived Saturday, 13 May 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 19 from No.3 Lancaster Finishing School.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17    killed on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 20, including 2 DNC (85 % completion rate)

Undertook 20 Ops with E Howell’s crew as  F/E, including 2 DNC – 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 07/06/1944 Attack Against Massy Palaiseau, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), , 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 18 days

Lancaster Mk.III PA967 AA-D was brought down by a night-fighter at approximately 01:00hrs in the countryside some 2.5 miles North of Nederweert (Lisburg) and 2.5 miles from the centre of Weert, Holland. There were no survivors. All crew are buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery.

Killed age 19 on the 21st of July 1944.

Son of John Thomas Blundell and Ellen Blundell, of Liverpool.

Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. H. 2-8. 198

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BOAG

Robert James Boag, RAAF AUS.432097 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 05 May 1920 in Redfern, Sydney, Australia. Employed as a textile worker prior to enlistment.

Enlisted,  Saturday, 05 December 1942 at No.2 Recruitment Centre, Sydney.

Training: From No.2 Recruitment Centre, Sydney to No.2 Initial Training School, Bradfield Park, New South Wales, on the 5th of December 1942. From No.2 I.T.S. to No.3 Wireless Air Gunners School, Maryborough, Queensland on the 1st of February 1943. From No.3 W.A.G.S. to No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School, Evans Head, New South Wales on the 23rd of August 1943. From No.1 B.A.G.S. to No.1 Embarkation Depot, Ransford, Melbourne on the 17th of September 1943. Embarked Australia to the United Kingdom on the 27th of September 1943. Arrived in the United Kingdom on the 9th of November and to No.11 Personnel Dispatch and Reception Centre, Brighton on the 10th of November 1943. From no.11 P.D.R.C. to Air Navigation and Bomb Dropping School on the 29th of February 1944. From A.N.B.S. to No.3(o) Advanced Flying Unit, Millom on the 21st of March 1944. From no.3(o) A.F.U. to No.26 Operational Training Unit, Cheddington on the 18th of April 1944. From No.26 O.T.U. to No.31 Base on the 7th of July 1944. From No.31 Base to No.75(NZ) Squadron on the 12 of September 1944.

Arrived Tuesday, 12 September 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 24 from No.3 Lancaster Finishing School.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21    killed on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 23, including 1 DNC (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 23 Ops with JA McIntosh’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais

Tour History
20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais (DNC), 03/10/1944 Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 07/10/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg(2), 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 11/11/1944 Sea Mining in Oslo Fjord, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 21/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/11/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 27/11/1944 Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard, 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 10 days

Lancaster Mk.I NF980 JN-F received a direct hit by flak over the target and it appeared to another crew flying close by, to have lost most of its tail-plane. The aircraft fell sharply out of the sky and struck the ground violently. The rear gunner was the only survivor but he too, died from his injuries in a hospital about 3 weeks later.

Killed age 24 on the 30th of November 1944

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boag, of Arncliffe, New South Wales, Australia.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 25. A. 13-18

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, National Archives of Australia – Individual’s service record


BOARD

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BODE

John William Bode, RAF 1185743 – Observer   (killed in action)
Born in 1920.

Arrived Friday, 01 May 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with AD McKay’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
07/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 09/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 days

All are buried at Buxton, Derbyshire, except Sgt Hayton, RAF, who is buried in the Byker and Heaton Cemetery, Newcastle-on-Tyne, his hometown.

Killed age 22 on the 22nd of May 1942.

Son of Howard James Bode and Caroline Bode, of Northfield, Birmingham.

Buried Buxton Cemetery, Derbyshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 4181

‘Rest in peace’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BODLEY

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BOESE

Frank Arthur Boese, RAF 1293282 – Observer   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Saturday, 15 August 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22 from No.11 Operational Traiining Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 19    killed on 20th Op
total sorties undertaken 20 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 20 Ops with KH Blincoe’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
20/08/1942 Gardening Off St. Nazaire, 27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg, 01/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 02/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 04/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 08/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 13/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 14/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 16/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Essen, 02/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 05/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 06/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 28/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 16/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 14 days

R.9280 was attacked by a German night-fighter over the Netherlands, while returning to base. The aircraft crashed at 20.00hrs in the vicinity of Ingen, 6 miles North North East of Tiel, Hollnd. All on board were killed. They were buried in Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 3rd of February 1943.

Son of Arthur and Carrie Boese, of East Ham, Essex; Husband of Irene Emily Boese (Nee Middleton), of East Ham.

Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 92.

‘With tender love And deep regret We who loved you Will never forget’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BOFFEE

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BOHILLS

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BOLLAND

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BOND

Geoffrey Alec Arthur Bond, RAF 1801229 – Flight Engineer   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Wednesday, 01 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6  shot down on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with M Wyatt’s crew as  F/E
6 Ops with KA McGregor’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (M Wyatt), 22/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 25 days

Stirling Mk.III EF501 AA – K, was shot down by a night-fighter South West of Berlin, crashing at Potsdam. All crew except the Flight Engineer and Mid Upper Gunner were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The two survivors, Sgt Bond and Sgt Dummett, were captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: 43256
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VI/357
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BONE

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JH
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BONISCH

Lester Lascelles Bonisch, RNZAF NZ422098 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 28 June 1922 in Gisborne, New Zealand. Employed as a brush maker prior to enlistment.

Arrived Thursday, 23 March 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 21 from No.1657  Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15    killed on 16th Op
total sorties undertaken 16 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
25/03/1944 Attack Against targets at Aulneye, 26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai, 20/04/1944 Mining in the Brest Estuary, 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 16 days

Shortly after target, ME702, AA-Q was hit twice by flak, before breaking up in the air. All the crew was killed, except for Bernard ‘Bill’ Allen, the crew’s Mid Upper Gunner. From Bill Allen’s War Log, the following is his memory of this event:

“The bomb aimer directed the plane on to the target and gave the words “bombs gone” to the skipper, to which the skipper replied, “bomb doors closing”. No sooner had he got the words from his mouth than there was a terrific crash, me seat collapsed, my intercom went dead, I felt terrific pain in my left leg, and the aircraft was filled with flame and smoke. I scrambled for my parachute which was lying near the main entrance of the aircraft, up this end the smoke and flames were most dense. At first, I couldn’t find my chute in the smoke, my eyes were running and sore, and the aircraft was swinging from side to side so that I fell to the floor and had to claw my way along by clutching at the hydraulic pipes along the sides of the fuselage. I got to my chute and hooked it on, simultaneously there was another crash, the plane gave a lurch and the next thing I knew I was sailing through space. I grabbed the rip cord and pulled it, the chute opened quite easily, and I floated down to earth wondering what had happened, and listening to the second wave of Lanc’s bombing the target.”

Killed age 21 on the 11th of June 1944
Son of Ernest Joseph and Clara Adelaide Bonisch, of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Bayeux War Cemetery, France.
Grave location – XI. K. 2. 167

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BONNEY

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BOOTH

Clifford Booth, RAF 1034046 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Sunday, 30 April 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23 from No.3 Lancaster Finishing School.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 23    killed on 24th Op
total sorties undertaken 26, including 2 DNC (88 % completion rate)

Undertook 26 Ops with JK McRae’s crew as  W/Op, including 2 DNC – 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen

Tour History
10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund (DNC), 24/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen (DNC), 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger, 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage, 02/07/1944 Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir, 05/07/1944 Attack Against Watten, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 14 days

Lancaster Mk.I HK575 AA-O was brought down by a night-fighter at approximately 02:50hrs between Burlioncourt (Moselle) and Château-Salins. There were no survivors. All crew members are buried in a Communal Cemetery at Château-Voué, near where the aircraft crashed.

Killed age 23 on the 25th of July 1944

Son of Harry and Mary Edith Hinchliffe Booth; Husband of Margaret Booth, of Holmbridge, Yorkshire.

Buried Chateau-Voue Communal Cemetery, France.
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-3.

‘At the going down
Of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BOOTH

Ronald  Booth, RAF 1096896 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1922.

Arrived Thursday, 29 July 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 21 from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with JR Mayo’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Stirling Mk.III BK614 JN-N was lost without trace. All seven crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 21 on the 7th of August 1943.

Son of Charles Wilfred and Eva Booth, of Royton, Lancashire.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 143.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BOOTS

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BOSSON

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John McLaren Boswell, RNZAF NZ414491 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 24 March 1917 in Frankton Junction, New Zealand. Employed as a fitter, New Zealand Railway prior to enlistment.

Arrived Tuesday, 18 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 26 from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RF Westwood’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – N/A

Stirling Mk.I EF430 AA-Q was engaged by AA fire while transiting the Dutch coastal area and was brought down in the Waddenzee, South East of Vlieland, at 01:15hrs. None of the crew survived. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 26 on the 5th of May 1943.

Son of David Mclaren Boswell and Mary Ellen Boswell, of Petone, Wellington, New Zealand.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 199.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives:AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – , Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BOSWORTH

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BOTTOMLEY

Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAF 943398 – Front Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1917.

Arrived Saturday, 01 March 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 24.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22    killed on 23rd Op
total sorties undertaken 23 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 17 Ops with PR Coney’s crew as  F/Gnr
6 Ops with FC Fox’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
21/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Ostend and L’Orient (PR Coney), 27/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?, 14/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Brest, 16/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Bremen, 17/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam, 02/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden, 04/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 23/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 12/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm, 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 18/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen, 30/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (FC Fox), , 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne, 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen, 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg, 24/07/1941 Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 3 days

Shot down after bombing target Mannheim 6.8.41; ditched in North Sea; crew 4 POW and 2 killed:

Lost without trace age 24 on the 7th of August 1941

Son of Benjamin and Nellie Bottomley, of Bradford, Yorkshire.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 40.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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BOURGEOIS

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BOX

Douglas Charles Box, RAF 1578987 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Friday, 20 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with DC Henley’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
24/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 26/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 27/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg, 30/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach, 31/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 days

Stirling Mk.III EE878 AA – P, was badly damaged by flak and by night-fighter action near the target area. With the port inner engine out of action, and the port elevator only partially effective, considerable height was lost evading the fighter before control was regained. They were now almost out of fuel and at low level when the Pilot ordered the crew to bale out. Some of the crew succeeded in clearing the plane before it crash-landed at Ahrbruk, 7miles South West of Ahrweiler. The Navigator and Air Bomber were killed when their parachutes failed to deploy in time. The Pilot died at the controls. Those who died were buried at municipal cemetery at Mayschoss, but later reinterred in the RheinbergWar Cemetery, south of Wesel. The other four crew all survived but were captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: 222357
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags IVB, Luft III. Promoted to F/Sgt whilst interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: not known

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BOXALL

Charles Henry George Boxall, RAF 1393248 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1924.

Arrived Tuesday, 16 March 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 19 from No.1657  Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with K Halliburton’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
06/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart, 16/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven, 20/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Rostock, 22/04/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 26/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 28/04/1943 Mining in Kiel Bay

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 22 days

Took off at 20.42 hrs from R.A.F. Newmarket in Suffolk. Part of a huge 207 aircraft force on a “Gardening” (Mine laying) operation. A total of 593 mines were laid off Heligoland, in the river Elbe and in the Great and Little Belts. Low cloud base forced the aircraft to fly very low over the German and Danish coasts. Because of this they took very heavy flak and also attacks from Luftwaffe night fighters.
Although this was the largest mine laying operation in one night of the whole war it came at a price. A total of 22 aircraft were lost (75 (NZ) Squadron RAF lost 4 aircraft alone, with a total of 28 crew members killed) – 9 aircraft were lost by the night fighters and the remainder from the flak.

There are no known details regarding the loss of W7513 and her crew, all being lost without trace. Stirling W7513 is not on the Luftwaffe claims list for this raid so it is thought that it had been taken down by flak All crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 19 on the 28th of April 1943.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 143.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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BOYD

William James Victor Boyd, RNZAF NZ428303 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Sunday, 22 June 1924 in Nelson, New Zealand. Employed as a bushman prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 10 July 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 20 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15    killed on 16th Op
total sorties undertaken 16 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with WO Hadley’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig, 03/09/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 10/09/1944 Attack Against Montivilliers, 11/09/1944 Mining in the Baltic Sea

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 12 days

Lancaster Mk.I LM268 AA-D was brought down at 00:15hrs by a night-fighter near the southern end of Sjælland Island, Denmark. The aircraft crashed onto a farmhouse near the township of Orslev, killing five members of the family. Only two of the crew, the Fight Engineer and Air Bomber, succeeded in baling out, the former evading capture and the latter, although badly hurt, was aided by locals and hospitalized before being turned over to the authorities.

Of those in the crew who died, the Pilot and Rear Gunner were buried in the local Churchyard at Orslev while the other three were buried at the Svino Churchyard.

Killed age 20 on the 12th of September 1944.

Son of James Benjamin Boyd and of Lucy Eileen Boyd (Nee Westley), of Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand.

Buried Svino Churchyard, Denmark.
Grave location – Coll. grave 88.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


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Wilson Eli Braddock, RAF 1267404 – Observer   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Wednesday, 15 July 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4  shot down on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with A Ashworth’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with L StG Dobbin’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf (A Ashworth), 04/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 09/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck, 11/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Mainz (L StG Dobbin)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 11 days

Wellington Mk.III BJ.767 AA – V, was brought down in the vicinity of Venlo (Limburg), Holland. BJ.767 was attacked by an Me.110 and after 5 minutes was on fire. The Observer, Sgt. William Braddock, having been knocked unconscious by shrapnel, came round to discover that Sgt.’s McQueen and Elson had already baled out. Sgt. Williams helped the Front Gunner from his turret and fixed the Pilots parachute and then was ordered by F/S Dobbin to bale out, which he did.  It would appear that the Pilot, F/S Dobbin and Sgt. Jury the Front Gunner, failed to exit the stricken aircraft before it crashed.

Three of the crew survived the crash and were taken prisoners of war, indicating the captain, F/L Dobbin, had probably attempted a crash landing. Unfortunately, he and Sgt Jury both failed to survive and were buried initially at Venlo.

P.o.W Number: 325637
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, StalagVIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred.
Returned to the United Kingdom: 28th of April 1945

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BRADEY

George Edward Francis Bradey, RNZAF NZ401954 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 23 September 1916 in Feilding, New Zealand. Employed as a farmer prior to enlistment.

Arrived Thursday, 01 January 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 25.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10    killed on 11th Op
total sorties undertaken 11 (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with IJ Shepherd’s crew as  2nd Pilot
6 Ops with RJ Newton’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with AA Fraser’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (IJ Shepherd as 2nd Pilot), 26/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 28/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Lubeck, 01/04/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre, 08/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg (RJ Newton as 2nd Pilot), 10/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen, 14/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre, 23/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock, 25/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk, 27/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland, 08/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (AA Fraser as 2nd Pilot),

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months

On the 12th of August 1942 Wellington Mk.III X3646 crashed into the North Sea. Piloting the aircraft that night was George Edward Francis Bradey, who had earlier been severely wounded in the abdomen by flak, whilst attacking the target of Mainz with 8 other aircraft from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF.

The aircraft was struck by flak on the return flight, severely wounding the Captain in the abdomen. He was able to keep the aircraft on a westerly course till they were over the Dutch coast. A descent was made to 2,000ft and the crew was ordered to bale out but soon after, the aircraft ditched in the sea.

The remaining details of the incident do not seem that clear. Of the crew of 6, 5 were killed. The only survivor being the Rear Gunner Sgt. J. E. London, who was captured and spent the remainder of the War as a Prisoner.

Lost without trace age 25 on the 11th of August 1942.

Son of John Frederick and Constance Bradey, of Maharahara, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 115.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BRADLEY

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BRADY

Maurice Archibald Brady, RNZAF NZ39987 – Wireless Operator   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Saturday, 15 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1  shot down on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with JHR Carey’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 days

Stirling Mk.III EH881 AA-Z was brought down at Eilendorf, outside the township of Aachen (35 miles South West of Cologne). The Pilot and two Gunners died in the crash and are buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery. The other four crew all escaped uninjured, either by parachute or from the wrecked aircraft, and were captured as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: 79
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft VI and 357. Promoted to W/O while interred
Returned to the United Kingdom: 7th of May 1945

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com


BRAILEY

Clifton Robert Brailey, RNZAF NZ404587 – Front Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Monday, 09 June 1919 in Wellington, New Zealand. Employed as a tobacco worker prior to enlistment.

Arrived Friday, 29 May 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2    killed on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with R Bertram’s crew as  F/Gnr
2 Ops with AA Fraser’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 15 days

The exact fate of X.3760 AA-L is not known, however it is very likely that the aircraft was shot down by a German night-fighter, crashing into the sea west of Ameland, near the Frisians.

There were no survivors.

Whilst the exact fate of X.3760 is not known, it is almost certain that the aircraft was shot down by a German night-fighter, crashing into the sea west of Ameland, near the Frisians. There were no survivors. The front gunner, Sgt Brailey, was lost without trace and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The bodies of the other four were eventually washed ashore and are buried near where they were found.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 21st of June 1942.

Son of James Frederick and Gwendoline Elizabeth Brailey, of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 117.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martyn Errol W. , 1998, ‘For Your Tomorrow: A Record of New Zealanders Who Have Died While Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915, Volume 3’, Volplane Press, New Zealand


BRAMWELL

Walter Bramwell, RAF 1051374 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Sunday, 23 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 22 from No.1657  Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1    killed on 2nd Op
total sorties undertaken 2 (50 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RB Vernazoni’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 days

Stirling Mk.I EF398 AA-A was shot down at 01:49hrs by a night-fighter (Oblt Manfred Meurer, I. /NJG1) The aircraft crashed between Vlodrop and Roermond (Limburg), while overflying the Netherlands en route to the target There were no survivors. Five crew have no known graves. The two gunners are buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery after being found in a temporary military cemetery at Venlo.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 30th of May 1943

Son of Stanley Bramwell, and of Lucy Bramwell, of Hoyland Common, Yorkshire.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 143.

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


BRAUN

Michael Ryves Braun, RAF 42390 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Monday, 03 June 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 19.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15    killed on 16th Op
total sorties undertaken 18, including 2 DNC (83 % completion rate)

Undertook 16 Ops with DJ Harkness’s crew as 2nd Pilot, including 2 DNC – 04/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target F.49 and M.431, 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST
2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 02/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.28 in Ruhr (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot),04/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target F.49 and M.431 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), (DNC), 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 06/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.73 and A.28. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85. (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434 (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST (DJ Harkness as 2nd Pilot), (DNC), 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 23 days

Wellington Mk.1c T.2463 AA-E,  was shot down by coastal anti-aircraft batteries, crashing near Leffinge, Belgium, 8km South South West of Ostend. All crew members were killed.

Killed age 19 on the 20th of September 1940.

Son of Walter W. Braun and of Mariquila Braun (Nee Ryves), of Wimbledon, Surrey.

Buried Ostende New Communal Cemetery, Belgium.
Grave location – Plot 9. Row 4. Grave 3.

‘… and left the vivid air Signed with their honour’

Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, The National Archives: AIR781/1 through AIR78/177/6 – Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Department of the Air Member for Personnel: Index to Airmen and Airwomen, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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