Nominal Roll H – Hadden to Hyde

HADDEN

Frederick Hadden, RAF 1782178 – Air Gunner  

Arrived Saturday, 21 April 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.75 Base.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0
total sorties undertaken 6 post war flights, including 1 DNC, including 1 DNC including 5 post war flights.

Undertook 5 Post War flights with WC Turnbull’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Post War flight with W Rangiuaia’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam (WC Turnbull), 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 04/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 25/05/1945 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees, 12/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive (W Rangiuaia)

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, , First occurrence of service number obtained from documents relating to William Turnbull


HADDOCK

Laurence Cecil ‘Laurie’ Haddock, RAF 1892202 – Wireless Operator

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 9 including 7 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with CH Lumsden’s crew as  W/Op plus 6 Post War flights
0 Ops with JC Westbrooke’s crew as  W/Op, plus 1 Post War flights.

Tour History
14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 04/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft, 08/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Rotterdam, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 23/05/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive (JC Westbrooke)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 11 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 30 July 1945 (exact date not known).

Time with Squadron – 3 months 28 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


HADFIELD

Graham Stanley Hadfield, RNZAF NZ426239 – Navigator   (killed in action)
Born on Sunday, 23 May 1920 in Auckland, New Zealand. Employed as an exchange clerk prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 03 January 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23 from No.31 Base.


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

Undertook 1 Op with DS Gibb’s crew as  Nav
11 Ops with GW Rowberry’s crew as  Nav, 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, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DS Gibb), 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 23 on the 14th of March 1944.

Son of Albert and Emily Ellen Hadfield, of Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 264.

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


HADIGATE

E Hadigate, RAF  – Air Gunner

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22
total sorties undertaken 24, including 2 DNC (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with VJ Andrew’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
1 Op with RA Cumberpatch’s crew as  R/Gnr
21 Ops with RJ Pearson’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne

Tour History
02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg VJ Andrew as Mu/Gnr), 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen (Mu/Gnr), 28/11/1944 Attack Against Neuss (RA Cumberpatch as R/Gnr), 01/01/1945 Attack Against Vohwinkel (RJ Pearson as R/Gnr)), 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz (DNC), 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 20/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 12/03/1945 Attack Against Dortmund

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 10 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 30 April 1945 (exact date not known).

Time with Squadron – 6 months 29 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


HADLEY

Wilson Orchard Hadley, RNZAF NZ426041 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Friday, 26 September 1913 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Employed as a service car driver prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 10 July 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 30 from No. 31 Base.


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

Undertook 1 Op with HE Gilmour’s crew as  2nd Pilot
16 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne  (HE Gilmour as 2nd Pilot), 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 27 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 30 on the 12th of September 1944.

Son of Charles Hadley and of Ellen Hadley (Nee Hawke), of Amberley, Canterbury, New Zealand; Husband of Esme Elizabeth Hadley, of St. Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury.

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


HAIGH

Fred Haigh,  D.F.M.  RAF 939478/ 101522 – Wireless Operator  
Born in 1920.

Arrived Sunday, 01 September 1940 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 20.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24
total sorties undertaken 24 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 10 Ops with CL Gilbert’s crew as  W/Op
6 Ops with Neate’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with GT Kimmberley’s crew as  W/Op
7 Ops with JM Southwell’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
29/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK (CL Gilbert), 02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome, 14/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24., 21/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28, 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3., 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26, 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing, 04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61. (Neate), 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven, 11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven, 22/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 27/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 01/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Cologne (GT Kimberley), 12/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29 (JM Southwell), 13/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29, 18/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29, 27/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29, 14/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29, 17/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29

Interestingly there appears to be an error with in the Squadron recommendation for Fred’s DFM and the recorded Ops – it would appear that the crash of the 21st of September was in fact on the 21st of October. This is supported by reference to the 21st of October crash landing in the Squadron Form 541 for that Month and also the 2-week gap before Fred was again back on Ops. Additionally, there also appears to be a discrepancy between the stated 30 Ops in the recommendation against the gathered number of 24 found in the Form 541.

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 19 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 30 May 1941(exact date not known).

Time with Squadron – 8 months 29 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No.35 Squadron
– Op total not known.
Operational history to follow

Flight Lieutenant
HAIGH, FRED
Service Number 101522

Killed age 24 on the 22nd of March 1944

Son of Seba and Mahala Haigh, of Gildersome, Yorkshire.

Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom
Panel 202.

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 18. JULY, 1941
Distinguished Flying Medal

939478 Sergeant Fred HAIGH, No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron
Citation needed.

Recommendation form Station Commander as follows:
Since September 1940 Sergeant Haigh has completed 30 bombing missions into Germany, Italy and enemy occupied territory covering a total flying time of 178.55 hours. On one occasion he was First Wireless Operator in an aircraft which made a successful attack on Turin and on two occasions he has been in successful attacks on Berlin. On 21st September 1940 he was the survivor of an exceedingly bad crash but he returned to the unit to complete his operations. His work has always been of a consistently high standard leaving little to be desired. Station Commander: A keen and consistent Wireless Operator Air Gunner who has always shown skill and determination. Strongly recommended. Air Officer Commanding: An N.C.O. who re-joined his unit after an absence of just under one month following an exceptionally disastrous crash which might well have unbalanced a less stout-hearted individual. He has continued to display not only efficiency but unbounded enthusiasm for his work as a Wireless Operator Air Gunner. I consider he well merits special recognition.

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, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – , Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette) – details of awards and promotion


HAIGH-BROWN

Stanley Cyril Haigh-Brown, RAF 186622 – Flight Engineer  

Arrived Wednesday, 30 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 30 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with AC Baxter’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
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, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 16/09/1944 Attack Against Moerdijk, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 04/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 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, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Bottrop, 11/11/1944 Sea Mining in Oslo Fjord, 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

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 22 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


HAINSWORTH

Edwin Hainsworth, RAF 1360695 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1914.

Arrived Wednesday, 01 April 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 28.


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

Undertook 1 Op with R Sawrey-Cookson ‘s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
05/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne

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

The aircraft was brought down by flak over the target, crashing into the city center where its bomb load exploded (see excerpt of the raid above). The bodies of all crew members were recovered and initially buried in the English Military Cemetery, south Cologne, then later reinterred in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Killed age 28 on the 6th of April 1942.

Son of John William Hicks Hainsworth and Charity Hainsworth; Husband of Elizabeth Hainsworth, of Baildon, Shipley, Yorkshire.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 1. D. 20.

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


HALDEN

Ernest Joseph Halden, RAF 1395672 – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Saturday, 25 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 27, including 1 DNC (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RD Max’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period ARCHDEACON 10 (ABORTIVE) 
26 Ops with SA Clark’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
02/10/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 22/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin, 25/11/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 04/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 10/02/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period PETER 8 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period ARCHDEACON 10 (ABORTIVE) (DNC) (RD Max), 18/03/1944 Mining in the Heliogoland Bight, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 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) – 8 months 8 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 30 June 1944(exact date not known).

Time with Squadron – 9 months 5 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


HALE

Lawrence Eastmure Hale, RNZAF NZ42395 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born on Thursday, 22 November 1917 in London, England. Employed as a commercial traveller prior to enlistment.

Arrived Saturday, 03 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 26 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 with RDE Betley’s crew as  A/B

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

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 26 on the 16th of June 1944.

Son of Sylvester Gresham Hale and Violet Francis Kate Hale, of Auckland City, New Zealand.

Buried Rieux Communal Cemetery, France.
Grave location – Grave 7. 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, 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


HALL

Dudley Joe Hall, RNZAF NZ426996 – Navigator  

Arrived Monday, 29 November 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 31, including 3 DNC (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 31 Ops with RA Potts’s crew as  Nav, including 3 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (ABORTIVE), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 154 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
16/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 22/12/1943 Mining off Le Havre, 29/12/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 13/03/1944 Mining off Brest, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 154 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 21 days

2nd Tour with 75(NZ) RAF
Ops total with Squadron – 0   
total sorties undertaken 2 Post War sorties

Undertook 2 Post War sorties with WH Batger’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
18/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive (WH Batger), 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 days

Total final Op count with 75(NZ) Squadron – 28

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


HALL

F Hall, RAFVR  – Flight Engineer  

Arrived Tuesday, 07 November 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 34
total sorties undertaken 35, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 35 Ops with KJ Jones’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld

Tour History
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, 30/11/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 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, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld (DNC), 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 13 days

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

Time with Squadron – 4 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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HALL

John Hall, RAF 988980 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Friday, 07 March 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 20


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

Undertook 8 Ops with DA Nola’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
21/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Ostend and L’Orient, 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, 06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg

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

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3169 AA-P and crew, took off from Feltwell, Norfolk to attack Hamburg. 115 aircraft took part including 50 Wellington’s (10 from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF), 31 Whitley’s, 27 Hampden’s, 4 Manchester’s and 3 Stirling’s. Due to poor visibility few aircraft failed to identify the targets. Only 12 bomb loads hit the target area and all aircraft returned.

On return to England following the raid, the aircraft crossed the East Coast in cloudy conditions well north of planned track, as a result of a major variation in forecast winds. After a change of course south at 04:45hrs, the aircraft struck barrage-balloon cables near Trinity Sands, six miles East North East of Grimsby, Lincs. and crashed into the water out of control.

Killed age 20 on the 7th of May 1941.

Son of John George and Frances Jane Hall, of Willington Quay, Northumberland.

Buried Hull Northern Cemetery, East Yorkshire, England..
Grave location – Compt. 202. Grave 14.

Greater love
Hath no man than this

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


HALL

Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator  

Arrived Tuesday, 02 January 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22
total sorties undertaken 31, including 2 DNC including 7 post war flights. (92 % completion rate)

Undertook 24 Ops with CM Stevens’s crew as  Nav, including 2 DNC – 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg  plus 7 Post War flights

Tour History
06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg (DNC), 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 07/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 10/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 14/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 09/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment, 29/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 23 days

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

Time with Squadron – 6 months 19 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


HALL

Robert Ewen Hall, RAF 1392121 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1909.

Arrived Monday, 03 January 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 35 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5    killed on 6th Op
total sorties undertaken 7, including 1 DNC (71 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with HH Bruhns’s crew as  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Tour History
20/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 30/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (R/Gnr), 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (R/Gnr) (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (R/Gnr)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 month 4 days

Little is known of the circumstances causing the loss of Stirling Mk.III EH948 AA-Q, although the body of the RAAF Air-Bomber was found washed ashore near Sønderborg, on the south coast of ALS Island, in the NW area of Kiel Bay. It thus seems likely the aircraft was brought down by AA fire from one or more Flak ships known to patrol Kiel Bay. The remaining six crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 35 on the 24th of February 1944.

Son of Robert and Christina Mackintosh Hall; Husband of Dorothy Mary Hall, of Birchington, Kent.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 230.

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


HALL

Stanley Frederick Hall, RNZAF NZ402182 – Observer  

Arrived Monday, 02 March 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


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

Undertook 8 Ops with EGD Jarman’s crew as  Obs
22 Ops with Turner’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with WJ Monk’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen (EGD Jarman ), 26/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 28/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Lubeck, 10/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets 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, 17/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 22/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne (Turner), 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, 04/05/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart, 06/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart, 07/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 09/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 15/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay, 19/05/1942 Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire, 21/05/1942 Gardening at La Pallice and Lorient, 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, 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden (WJ Monk), 22/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden (Turner), 23/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 29 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Sunday, 16 August 1942.

Time with Squadron – 5 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


HALL

Thomas John Hall, RAF 1895157 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1925.

Arrived Saturday, 05 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 19 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 with GA Brunton’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

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 was forced to crash land in the target area, reasons unknown. The two RAF air gunners did not survive the crash and were buried in the St-Valery-en-Caux Cemetery.

Killed age 19 on the 8th of August 1944.

Son of Thomas Patrick and Ada Alice Hall, of Ilford, Essex.

Buried St.Valery-En-Caux Cemetery, France..
Grave location – Joint grave B, 23-24.

You live with us
In memory still,
Not just today
But always will’

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


HALL

William Frederick Hall, RAF 1396280, 177981 – Navigator  

Arrived Thursday, 25 May 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 29
total sorties undertaken 31, including 2 DNC (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 31 Ops with J Perfrement’s crew as  Nav, including 2 DNC – 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires

Tour History
28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant (DNC), 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 04/06/1944 Mining off the Belgian Coast, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 07/06/1944 Attack Against Massy Palaiseau, 08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres, 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, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 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, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 07/08/1944 Attack Against Mare De Magne, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Brunswick, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 19 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 30 September 1944(exact date not known).

Time with Squadron – 4 months 5 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


HALLIBURTON

Keith Halliburton, RNZAF NZ415411 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Tuesday, 14 October 1919 in Ashburton, New Zealand. Employed as a butcher prior to enlistment.

Arrived Saturday, 02 January 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 23 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 2 Ops with PJO Buck’s crew as  2nd Pilot
7 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
08/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (DNC) (PJO Buck as 2nd Pilot), 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt  (PJO Buck as 2nd Pilot), 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) – 20 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 23 on the 28th of April 1943.

Son of William Francis and Susan Halliburton, of Ashburton, Canterbury, 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, 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


HALLIDAY

Albert Frederick ‘Titch’ Halliday, RAF 1899145 – Air Gunner  

Training: April 1944 to No.12 Aiir Gunnery School, Bishopscourt, Northern Ireland. From No.12 A.G.S to No.11 Operational Training Unit, Oakley stayed between June and July 1944. From No.11 O.T.U to No.1653 Heavy Conversion Unit, Chedborough, September 1944. to No.3 Lancaster Finishing School in October 1944.

Arrived Friday, 20 October 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base (No.3 Lancaster Fiiniishiing School, Feltwell).


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 34
total sorties undertaken 35, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 35 Ops with MA Kilpatrick’s crew as  Mu/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne

Tour History
28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Wessling, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Bottrop, 04/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 06/11/1944 Attack Against Coblenz, 11/11/1944 Attack Against Castrop Rauxel, 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, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 06/01/1945 Mining off Pilau, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 23/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 1 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 30 April 1945(exact date not known).

Time with Squadron – 6 months 10 days


After the War, Titch worked for the Observer newspaper as a driver.

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, , Additional information supplied by Anne, daughter of Titch Halliday


HAMER

Douglas Vincent Hamer, RAF 963403, 141713 – Pilot   (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 – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
10/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 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) – 18 days

Stirling Mk.III BK664 AA-M was brought down by A/A fire from a Kreigsmarine (flak ship), battery MAA508, positioned between the Fehmarn-Belt and Lolland Island, in the Baltic. It crashed at 00:23hrs on the western side of Lolland Island and the crew all perished.

The bodies of both air gunners were recovered and are buried in the Svino Churchyard. All other crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

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

Son of John Hugh and Constance Winifred Hamer, of Balham, London.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 131.

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


HAMERTON

Harold Reginald Hamerton,  D.F.C.  RNZAF NZ412918 – Air Gunner  
Born on Tuesday, 01 July 1919 in Waverley, New Zealand.

Enlisted,  Saturday, 10 May 1941.

Arrived Wednesday, 12 August 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 23.


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

Undertook 1 Op with J McCullough’s crew as  F/Gnr
1 Op with CW Parish’s crew as  R/Gnr
27 Ops with LG Trott’s crew as  R/Gnr

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 (J McCullough as F/Gnr), 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, 15/09/1942 Operations. Gardening, 26/09/1942 Operations. Gardening in Baltic, 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, 11/10/1942 Operations. Gardening in the Kattegat and Little Belt, 13/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 20/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 28/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 02/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 03/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands (CW Parish), 03/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands, 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 04/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin, 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 16/02/1943 Mining in the Bordeaux area, 19/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 25/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 5 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 13 May 1943.

Time with Squadron – 9 months 1 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No.2 and No. 4 Squadron
s – ? Ops completed.
After serving with 75(NZ) Squadron Harold returned to New Zealand in 1943 to fly with No.2 and No.3 Squadron in the Pacific.
Operational periods were interspersed with gunner instructional duties – details to be sought.

Awards & Citations
THE LONDON GAZETTE, 14 May, 1943
Distinguished Flying Cross

Pilot Officer Harold Reginald HAMERTON (N.Z.412918), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 75(N.Z.) Squadron
Pilot Officer Hamerton, an excellent air gunner, has completed 26 operational sorties. During long operational flights his keeness and efficiency have contributed greatly to the successes achieved by his crew. This officers coolness and devotion to duty have set a splendid example to all ranks.

A life lived…….
Passed Friday, 14 July 1995 aged 76


HAMILTON

Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot

Arrived Sunday, 25 February 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.72 Base.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 10 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with JL Wright’s crew as  2nd Pilot
8 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen  (CH Baigent as 2nd Pilot), 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau  (JL Wright as 2nd Pilot), 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 10/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 01/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 05/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 19 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 12 July 1945.

Time with Squadron – 4 months 17 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


HAMILTON

T Hamilton, RAFVR  – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Thursday, 23 March 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 1 Op with D Warren’s crew as  W/Op
30 Ops with CA Megson’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
25/03/1944 Attack Against targets at Aulneye (CA Megson), 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen (D Warren), 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

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 30 August 1944.

Time with Squadron – 5 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


HAMLIN

Graham Wellesley Hamlin,  D.F.C.  RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot  
Born in 1918.

Operational history prior to arrival at 75(NZ) Squadron
1st Tour – No.57 Squadron – ? Ops completed.
Find Squadron information regarding arrival and Ops completed

Arrived Monday, 10 February 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 41 from No.57 Squadron.


1st Tour with 75(NZ)
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 32 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 12 Ops with GR Simich’s crew as  2nd Pilot
20 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 23/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 01/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Cologne  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 18/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 27/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 09/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin  (GR Simich as 2nd Pilot), 20/04/1943 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Rotterdam, 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel, 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, 06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 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, 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, 07/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster, 08/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster, 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 26 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 19 July 1941.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 9 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No.1 Squadron RNZAF – ? Ops completed.
Returned to new Zealand in August of 1942 to join No.1 Squadron RNZAF

Op history and or details of death to be sought

Killed age 24 years old on the 17th of December 1942

Son of James Arthur Wellesley Hamlin, and of Edith Evening Hamlin (nee Jones), of Remuera, Auckland City.

Purewa Puplic Cemetery, New Zealand
Block A, Row 2, Grave 3.

Awards & Citations
THE LONDON GAZETTE, 23 SEPTEMBER, 1941
Distinguished Flying Cross

Pilot Officer Graham Wellesley HAMLIN (N.Z-40227), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 75 (N.Z.) Squadron.
Pilot Officer Hamlin always makes a point of running straight over his target whatever the odds. His flights have been undertaken with clock-like precision in all kinds of weather and often he has returned with his aircraft extensively damaged. The fearless and resolute manner in which Pilot Officer Hamlin has attacked his targets is worthy of the highest praise.

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, Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette) – date of award


HANCOCK

Stanley Albert Hancock, RAF 1396104 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Wednesday, 05 January 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 12    killed on 13th Op
total sorties undertaken 15, including 2 DNC (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with WJ Willis’s crew as  W/Op, including 2 DNC – 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 178 (ABORTIVE), 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne

Tour History
14/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 30/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 178 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne (DNC), 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg

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

ND804 was lost without trace. All crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 22nd of May 1944.

Son of Albert John Hancock, and of Ellen Florence Hancock, of Wimbledon, Surrey.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 218.

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


HANDBURY

John Douglas Handbury,  D.F.C.  RAF 1138496, 170391 – Navigator  

Arrived Wednesday, 10 November 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16
total sorties undertaken 18, including 2 DNC (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 18 Ops with JK Climie’s crew as  Nav, including 2 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
30/11/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 13/03/1944 Mining off Lorient, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 54 (SUCCESSFUL), 18/03/1944 Mining in the Heliogoland Bight, 21/03/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 23/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 19 days

Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, .25 JULY, 1944
Distinguished Flying Cross

Pilot Officer John Douglas, HANDBURY (170391), R.A.F.V.R., 75 (N.Z.) Sqn.
Pilot Officer Handbury is a highly efficient and resolute member of aircraft crew. He has taken part in a very large number of sorties and his navigational ability has contributed materially to the successes obtained. He has set a very fine example.

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) – award date and citation


HANKINS

Maurice Henry Hankins,  D.F.C.  RAF 42602 – Pilot  

Arrived Monday, 03 June 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


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

Undertook 15 Ops with GK Larney’s crew as  2nd Pilot
17 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 01/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1.

Tour History
08/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Alternate Target (Z61) for A.73 – Benvine Plant at MORS  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 25/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434.  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 06/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.73 and A.28.  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84.  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7.  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85.  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 04/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg  (GK Larney as 2nd Pilot), 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)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 24 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Sunday, 05 January 1941 to No.11 Operational Training Unit, Bassingbourn.

Time with Squadron – 7 months 2 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
No return in CWGC for loss

Posted out to No.11 O.T.U. one assumes for instructional duties. However there seems a sizable gap between arrival at Bassingbourn and his next appearance when posted into No.166 Squadron on the 27th of January 1943.

Did not fly operationally whilst at No.166 Squadron, being posted out to No.103 Squadron, Elsham Wolds on the 19th of February 1943. No reference to arrival or departure or operational activities in 103 Squadron Forms. Award of a Distinguished Flying Cross on the 15th of  October whilst with No.199 Squadron.

No posting in date to No.199 Squadron, However Ops flown.

2nd Tour – No. 199 Squadron, Ingham, Lincolnshire – 13 + 2 DNC Ops completed.
No apparent record of arrival or departure.

27/3/43 Mining, 28/3/43 Attack against St. Naziare, 4/4/43 Attack against Kiel  (DNC), 14/4/43 Attack against Stuttgart, 16/4/43 Attack against Manneheim (DNC), 20/4/43 Sea Mining, 27/4/43 Sea Mining, 4/5/43 Attack against Dortmund, 23/5/43 Attack against Dortmund, 27/5/43 Attack against  Essen, 29/5/43 Attack against Wuppertal, 11/6/43 Attack  against Dusseldorf, 1/8/43 Mining, 12/8/43, Attack against Turin, 23/8/43 Attack against Berlin.


Awards & Citations
THE LONDON GAZETTE, 15 OCTOBER, 1943
Distinguished Flying Cross

Acting Squadron Leader Maurice Henry HANKINS
(42602), Royal Air Force, No. 199 Squadron

Citation 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, 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, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – check for loss, Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette) – award date  , 166squadron.com details provided by Dave Swallow, National Archives Operation records for No.103 Squadron – AIR 27-815 1943 & Operational records No.199 Squadron AIR 27-1172 1943


HANNAFORD

E Hannaford, RAFVR  – Air Gunner  

Arrived Friday, 16 February 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.195 Squadron, Wratting Common. (seems to be a posting in and posting out transfer – did not fly operationally with No.195).


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 16, including 1 DNC including 5 post war flights. (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 11 Ops with JC Parker’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen plus 5 Post War flights

Tour History
26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen (DNC), 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 08/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Rotterdam, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 15/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 19 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 30 June 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, 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,  National Archives No.195 Squadron Operational Record Books – AIR 27-1164  1945 & 1944


HANNAH

John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator  

Arrived Saturday, 18 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 22
total sorties undertaken 26, including 4 DNC (85 % completion rate)

Undertook 26 Ops with DGG Horgan’s crew as  Nav, including 4 DNC – 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 175 (ABORTIVE), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period PAUL 57 (ABORTIVE), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 151 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
24/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 03/02/1944 Mining off Morlaix, 10/02/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 03/03/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 175 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (SUCCESSFUL), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period PAUL 57 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 13/03/1944 Mining off St. Nazaire, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 151 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen, 20/04/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 22/04/1944 Attack Against Dusseldorf, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 months 25 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 07 June 1944.

Time with Squadron – 8 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


HANNAN

Leonard  Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot  

Arrived Tuesday, 28 November 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 34
total sorties undertaken 36, including 2 DNC (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 36 Ops as Pilot , including 2 DNC – 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 07/01/1945 Attack Against Munich

Tour History
04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 28/12/1944 Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne, 29/12/1944 Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard), 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, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss (DNC), 07/01/1945 Attack Against Munich (DNC), 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 01/03/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 05/03/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 09/03/1945 Attack Against Datteln, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 23/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 5 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 01 May 1945.

Time with Squadron – 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


HANSTOCK

Hanstock, RAF  – Observer  

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



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

Undertook 1 Op with ER Jones’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk

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

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


HARCOURT

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HARDIE

Hardy, RAF  -Pilot  


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

Undertook 1 Op with DL Prichard’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen  (DL Prichard as 2nd Pilot)

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

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


HARDING-SMITH

Dudley Harding-Smith,  NZ405265 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 07 August 1918 in Rotherham, New Zealand. Employed as a salesman prior to enlistment.

Arrived Tuesday, 01 September 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk, aged 24


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

Undertook 6 Ops with KJ Bettles’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with CW Parish’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with J McCullough’s crew as  R/Gnr
2 Ops with RA Williams’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
02/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld (KJ Bettles), 06/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck, 09/10/1942 Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands, 06/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Manheim, 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin, 14/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient (CW Parish), 15/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient (KJ Bettles), 23/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient (J McCullough), 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient (RA Williams), 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 11 days

Stirling Mk.I R9316 AA-K was hit by flak over the target and fire broke out. The Captain ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft and all but himself and the rear gunner parachuted successfully, landing near Plouay, (Finistere), 11 miles North North East of Lorient. Four were captured and taken prisoner but the fifth, Sgt Willis, RCAF, successfully evaded capture.

The deceased, Sgt’s Williams and Harding-Smith, were buried at Guidel, near Lorient. The latter was the son of the Venerable Archdeacon T J Smith, of Nelson, New Zealand.

Killed age 24 on the 13th of February 1943.

Son of The Venerable Archdeacon Thomas James Smith and of Edith Sarah Smith (Nee Harding), of Nelson, New Zealand.

Buried Guidel Communal Cemetery, France.
Grave location – Row 5. Grave 20.

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


HARDMAN

Stanley Victor Hardman, RAF 995419 – Air Gunner  

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


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9
total sorties undertaken 9 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with JF Sandys’s crew as  R/Gnr
5 Ops with LL Bentley’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
24/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden (JFK Sandys), 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 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

23rd of December 194,1 return from attack on Brest
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.

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 29 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Thursday, 25 December 1941(exact date not known) – one assumes posted out N.E.S. due to injuries after the crash of the 24th

Time with Squadron – 2 months 24 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, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler


HARDY

George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer  

Arrived Sunday, 26 January 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.



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

Undertook 24 Ops with GR Simich’s crew as  Obs
4 Ops with WJ Rees’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam (GR Simich), 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven, 23/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne, 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Cologne, 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 15/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Lorient, 18/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam, 23/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 27/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?, 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against 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, 17/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel, 29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam, 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne, 23/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne (WJ Rees), 27/05/1941 Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser, 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 16/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 6 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 25 August 1941 to Instructional training at O.T.U. (exact unit unknown).

Time with Squadron – 6 months 30 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
Posted to Canada between July 1943 and March 1944 for Pilot training. Returned to the United Kingdom but owing to surfeit of aircrew by this point in the War, was not able to get back to O.T.U. Returned to New Zealand in October of 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, Career details from a thread on RAF Commands as answered by Dave  Duxbury


HARDY

William Alfred Maxwell Hardy, RNZAF NZ401226 – Air Gunner  

Arrived Friday, 22 August 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 10 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with J McCullough’s crew as  F/Gnr
3 Ops with HE Rousseau’s crew as  F/Gnr & R/Gnr
3 Ops with GM Allcock’s crew as  F/Gnr
1 Op with DL Thompson’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with CA Rothschild’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with RH Laud’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
02/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld (J McCullough), 06/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck (HE Rousseau as R/Gnr), 13/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Kiel (HE Rousseau as R/Gnr), 06/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Manheim (HE Rousseau), 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (GM Allcock), 05/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 09/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Munich, 04/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kiel (DL Thompson as R/Gnr), 10/04/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt* (CA Rothschild as R/Gnr), 09/05/1943 Mining in the Ile De Re Area (RH Laud)

10/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Stirling III, BF455 captained by F/Sgt. Rothschild was hit over the target by A.A. fire and also chased by enemy Fighters. This caused him to run short of Petrol over the English Channel on the way home, and he eventually crash landed in the sea, 3 miles off Shoreham. The wireless procedure had been perfect, and Spitfires escorted it over the French coast, and a Walrus Flying Boat was waiting for it to crash land. Dingy drill was perfect, and all the crew got in safely after an immaculate landing – the Stirling floating for 25 minutes. The final scene was enacted in the Channel as the Walrus collided with the Dinghy and dropped all the crew in the sea. No Ill-effects except for Sgt. Grainger, the Flight Engineer, who suffered from shock.

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

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 12 June 1943 to No.5 P.D.C.

Time with Squadron – 1 years 9 months 21 days
(this appears to be very long given the overall Operation duration with the Squadron – in places there seem to be significant gaps of time between Ops.)

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


HARDY

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HARE

Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Thursday, 18 August 1921 in Napier, New Zealand. Employed as a clerk prior to enlistment.

Arrived Friday, 20 December 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 19.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 19    killed on 20th Op
total sorties undertaken 21, including 1 DNC (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with GC Kain’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 27/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover
9 Ops with CH Hill’s crew as  F/Gnr
5 Ops with DL Pritchard’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with REE Fotheringham’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven (GC Kain as R/Gnr), 15/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven, 27/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover (DNC), 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 13/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Hamburg, 15/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Lorient, 06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg (CM Hill) as F/Gnr, 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 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, 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf (DL Prichard as R/Gnr), 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, 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg (REE Fotheringham as F/Gnr)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 4 days

Sgt Fotheringham’s crew failed tio return from the operation – the aircraft was officially recorded as lost without trace. The circumstances were unclear, as no evidence, signals or reports came to light. It seems certain, however, that R3171 came down off the Dutch coast, since two bodies were later washed ashore, one being identified as the captain.

Lost without trace age 19 on the 16th of July 1941.

Son of George Edgar and Margaret May Hare, of Hamilton, Auckland, New Zealand.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 64.

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


HARK

H Hark, RAFVR  – Air Gunner  

Arrived Saturday, 30 December 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1651 Conversion Unit, Waterbeach.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 12
total sorties undertaken 12 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 12 Ops with NH Thorpe’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
05/01/1945 Attack Against Ludwigshafen, 06/01/1945 Attack Against Neuss, 11/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 26/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund

ME450 arrived over base in formation then broke off with the intention of landing. It appeared that a loss of power then occurred in both starboard engines, with smoke coming from the starboard outer. The aircraft lost height in a gentle right turn and crashed NW of the airfield near the village of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, at 16.10hrs. Four of the crew died in the crash, including the pilot, navigator, air bomber and M/U gunner. The wireless operator (F/S Francis), flight engineer, (Sgt Duke), and the rear gunner, (Sgt Hark), escaped injured, but Sgt Duke died from his injuries two days later.

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

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 26 February 1945. (one must assume N.E.S.)

Time with Squadron – 1 months 27 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


HARKNESS

Albert  Harkness, RNZAF NZ425631 – Air Bomber  

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



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 34
total sorties undertaken 38, including 4 DNC (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 38 Ops with DC Brown’s crew as  A/B, including 4 DNC – 09/04/1944 Attack Against Lille, 11/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss

Tour History
09/04/1944 Attack Against Lille (DNC), 11/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle (DNC), 18/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 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 Wednesday, 29 November 1944.

Time with Squadron – 8 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


HARKNESS

Charles Harkness, RAF 121958 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1914.

Arrived Friday, 24 July 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 28.


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

Undertook 1 Op with AG Sutherland’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

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

The Wellington was probably hit by AA fire over or near the target city and crashed near Cuxhaven, northern Germany. All the crew perished. They were buried in the Central Cemetery Brackeswalde, but later reinterred at Becklingen War Cemetery.

Killed age 28 on the 29th of July 1942.

Son of Charles and Murdina Harkness, of Clarkston, Lanarkshire.

Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 27. A. 14.

A beloved son and brother,
“Until the day break,
And the shadows flee away
”’

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


HARKNESS

Donald Joseph Harkness,  D.F.C.  RAF 41694 – Pilot  
Born on Tuesday, 19 September 1916 in Midhurst, Taranaki, New Zealand. Employed as a High School student and cadet prior to enlistment.

Enlisted,  1937.

Training: 27th of October 1937 posted to the RNZAF Training Depot, Trentham, posting to Wigram 3 months later. Having applied for a short service commission with the RAF, Donald embarked for the United Kingdom on November the 19th 1938. On arrival in the United Kingdom Donald was posted on the 28th of December to No.4 Elementary Flight Training School at Brough, Yorkshire, before continuing his training on the 18th of March 1939 at No.3 Flying Training School, South Cerney. After a posting to Abingdon, Donald moved, in late November of 1939, to Harwell for duties with the ten New Zealand Flight. Shortly after this and with the conversion of the New Zealand Flight to full Squadron status, transferred to No.75(NZ) Squadron at Mildenhall.

Arrived Monday, 27 November 1939 at Harwell to the ‘New Zealand Flight”, then upon its creation on the 4th of April 1940, to 75(NZ) Squadron, Mildenhall, aged 23.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 31
total sorties undertaken 35, including 4 DNC (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with JN Collins’s crew as  2nd Pilot
9 Ops with Aan Breckon’s crew as  2nd Pilot, including 2 DNC – 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout), 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin
1 Op with WI Collett’s crew as  2nd Pilot
23 Ops as 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, 12/09/1940 Bombing Attack on Emden and Schwerte

Tour History
15/03/1940 Two Aircraft carried out Operational exercise. Special Sweep, as detailed in No.3 Group Operation Order No.7, dated 14.3.40.  (JN Collins as 2nd Pilot), 27/03/1940 Reconnaissance and Nickle Operation. Brunswick – ULZEN – LUNEBURG) Raid No.s. PCB136, PCB137, PCB138, respectively.  (JN Collins as 2nd Pilot), 12/04/1940 Daylight reconnaisance to Narvik, Norway  (AAN Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 12/05/1940 Bombing attacks on Target A.J.8. (Krefold-Verdingen)  (AAN Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout) (DNC) (AAN Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7  (AAN Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 19/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory  (AAN Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 21/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Aachen and Dinant)  (AAN Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 23/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory  (WI Collett as 2nd Pilot), 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels  (AAN Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin) (DNC) (AAN Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport  (AAN Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 03/06/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF  (AAN Breckon as 2nd Pilot), 28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37., 02/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.28 in Ruhr, 04/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target F.49 and M.431 (DNC), 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116, 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434., 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST, 06/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.73 and A.28., 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84., 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7., 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85., 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434, 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431, 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434, 26/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING, 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST (DNC), 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 (DNC), 14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest, 18/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre, 23/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg, 29/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 9 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 04 October 1940 to No.15 Operational Training Unit, Harwell.

Time with Squadron – 10 months 7 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No.158 Squadron
, Marston Moor – ? Ops completed.
Posted in on the 18th of February 1942 – promoted to Squadron Leader soon after arrival

Currently seeking OP history – ORB’s for this period do not appear as yet to have been digitised by the National Archive.

Wellington Mk.II Z.8577 of No.158 Squadron, took off from base at  23:19, 1 of a force of X aircraft, tasked with an attack on Köln. Owing to heavy icing, the aircraft was unable to climb above 10,000ft and as such was a sitting target. Caught by searchlights as they crossed the Dutch coast south of Rotterdam, and 2 patrolling night fighters, their fate was sealed. The aircraft crashed into the sea and all on board were killed. During the following few days the crew were washed ashore. In his absence it was hoped that Donald might have survived, However, finally on the last day of 1942 his body was found.

Killed age 25 on the 31st of May 1942.

Son of George Percy and Georgine McKay Harkness, of Midhurst, Taranaki, New Zealand; husband of Joan Harkness, of Esher, Surrey.

Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, Netherlands
Row D. Grave 20.

Awards & Citations
THE LONDON GAZETTE, 22 NOVEMBER, 1940
Distinguished Flying Cross

Pilot Officer Donald Joseph HARKNESS (41694), No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron

citation required.

Station recommendation was as follows:
The recommendation for this award was: This officer was a New Zealander enrolled directly in the Royal Air Force. He has taken part in 34 operational flights against the enemy, including two North Sea sweeps, one pamphlet and one reconnaissance flight over Germany and 28 bombing attacks on Germany, Holland, Belgium and France. On the night of 10th September 1940, Pilot Officer Harkness was captain of an aircraft detailed to bomb shipping in the harbour at Ostend, and also to cooperate with naval forces in work of extreme importance. The nature of the work was such that perfect timing was essential. Pilot Officer Harkness not only dropped his flares at the exact minute, thereby giving the Navy the exact position of the target, but was also able successfully to bomb his own target in spite of extremely difficult weather conditions. This officer has shown a grim determination to carry out his duties under difficulties; he is an excellent navigator and able pilot.

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, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – , Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette) – date of award, biographic details and loss from http://www.aircrewremembered.com/harkness-donald.html


HARKNESS

William Harkness, RAF 1127681 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1922.

Arrived Sunday, 18 April 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 21 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 Westwod’s crew as  F/E

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 21 on the 5th of May 1943.

Son of David and Martha Harkness, of Claudy, Co. Londonderry.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 152.

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


HARPER

Leonard George Harper , RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber  

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



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5
total sorties undertaken 12 including 7 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  A/B
4 Ops with AF Thompson’s crew as  A/B, plus 7 Post War flights.

Tour History
20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (CH Baigent), 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct (AF Thompson), 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 04/05/1945 Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft, 11/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 23/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 09/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

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

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 30 July 1945(exact date not known)Time with Squadron – 4 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


HARPER

T Harper, RAFVR  – Flight Engineer  

Arrived Tuesday, 16 January 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17
total sorties undertaken 23 including 6 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with WB Martin’s crew as  F/E
12 Ops with LD McKenna’s crew as  F/E, plus 6 Post War flights.
1 Op with LG Scott’s crew as  F/E
1 Op with JC Parker’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg) (WB Martin), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel (LD McKenna), 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 24/02/1945 Sea Mining in Oslo Fjord, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 11/03/1945 Attack Against Essen, 18/03/1945 Attack Against Bruchstrasse, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 09/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam (LG Scott), 18/04/1945 Attack on Heligoland (JC Parker), 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg (LD McKenna), 29/04/1945 Supply Dropping in the Delf Area, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 09/05/1945 Repatriation of Prisoners of War, 12/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 29/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 1 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 30 July 1945(exact date not known)

Time with Squadron – 6 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


HARPER

Harper, RAF  – Air Gunner  

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



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

Undertook 1 Op with Kilsby’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
01/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne

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

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


HARPHAM

Bevis Harpham, RAF 1775104 – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Sunday, 11 February 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 12 including 2 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  W/Op
7 Ops with TW Good’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with LW Hannan’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with M Watson’s crew as  W/Op
0 Op with WW Morgan’s crew as  W/Op, plus 2 Post War flights.

Tour History
22/02/1945 Attack Against Osterfeld (CH’ Baigent), 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen (TW Good), 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, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel (LW Hannan), 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe (M Watson), 02/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive (WW Morgan), 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

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

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 30 July 1945(exact date not known)

Time with Squadron – 5 months 19 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


HARRAP

Harrap, RAF  – Air Gunner  
Arrived Saturday, 01 February 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 2 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with Kilsby’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
23/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne, 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 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


HARRIES

Frederick Thomas John Harries, RAF 1358765 – Air Gunner   (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 – 17  shot down on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 18 (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 18 Ops with GV Helm’s crew as  R/Gnr

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, 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, 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 struck by one or more bombs falling from an aircraft flying at a higher level over the target. The partially incapacitated aircraft came down near Ludwigsfelde-Heide, 18miles South South West of Berlin. All except the two Air Gunners died and were buried initially in a collective grave in the Russian Prisoner of War Cemetery near where the Stirling crashed. They later were reinterred in Berlin.
The two RAF Air Gunners who survived, Sgt’s Burglass and Harries, were taken as P.o.W’s.

P.o.W Number: 12729
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft , Stalag IVB. 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


HARRIES

William Voyle Harries, RAF 1198898 – Wireless Operator   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Friday, 10 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1651 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 RE Martin’s crew as  W/Op

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.

P.o.W Number: 250731
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIB
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


HARRINGTON

Allan George Harrington, RNZAF NZ421276 – Air Gunner  

Arrived Tuesday, 24 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 10 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 6 Ops with JS Battersby’s crew as  R/Gnr
4 Ops with HWB Heney’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
30/08/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands (JS Battersby), 02/09/1943 Mining off Ille-De-Re, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 26/11/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands (HWB Heney), 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 29 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Saturday, 05 February 1944.

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


HARRINGTON

Desmond Norman Robert  ‘Dessie’ Harrington, RAF 1477334 – Flight Engineer  

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



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 3 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with A Single’s crew as  F/E

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*

*This would be Desmond’s last Op with the Single crew. He was given leave, owing to a bout of severe head aches. The crew’s next Op to Berlin, 4 days later, would be their last.

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


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

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 24 November 1943.

Time with Squadron – 1 months 27 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


HARRINGTON

Harrington ,RAFVR   – Observer  
Arrived Friday, 01 August 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14
total sorties undertaken 14 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with R Sawrey-Cookson ‘s crew as  Obs
13 Ops with C Taylor’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
28/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend (C Taylor), 06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel (R Sawrey-Cookson), 13/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (C Taylor), 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe, 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, 20/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen, 06/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk, 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend, 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg

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


HARRIS

Claude Joseph Harris, RNZAF NZ404028 – Observer   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 19 November 1919 in Helensville, New Zealand. Employed as a bridge builder prior to enlistment.

Arrived Sunday, 30 November 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.


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

Undertook 5 Ops with MP Bell’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
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) – 19 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 31 on the 29th of March 1942.

Son of Arthur William Harris and of Eva Harris (Nee Stockley), of Helensville, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. A. 2.

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


HARRIS

Frederick Maxwell Harris, RAF 1850150 – Flight Engineer   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Saturday, 02 October 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1657 Conversion Unit, Stradishall.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 21  shot down on 22nd Op
total sorties undertaken 26, including 4 DNC (81 % completion rate)

Undertook 25 Ops with FAJ Scott’s crew as  F/E, including 4 DNC – 02/03/1944 Mining off Cherbourg, 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 84 (ABORTIVE), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens,21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg
1 Op with DG Gibson’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
07/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (FAJ Scott), 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 11/02/1944 Mining off Morlaix, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 21/02/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 02/03/1944 Mining off Cherbourg (DNC), 03/03/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 84 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 13/03/1944 Mining off Lorient, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 78 (SUCCESSFUL), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens (DNC), 18/03/1944 Mining in the Heliogoland Bight, 19/03/1944 Mining of River Adour, 21/03/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 23/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 18/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DG’ Gibson), 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly (FAJ Scott), 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg (DNC), 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 20 days

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’ was attacked by a night-fighter 25 miles North West of Eindhoven, Netherlands, causing the aircraft to break up in flight then crashing near Gilze, 6 miles West of Tilsburg. The Captain, Air-bomber and W/Op did not survive the crash and were buried at Gilze.

Frederick evaded for a month before being betrayed and captured in Antwerp on the 28th of  June 1944.

P.o.W Number: 300
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


HARRIS

Leonard Roy Harris, RAAF AUS.418404 – Air Bomber  
Born on Monday, 12 January 1914 in Box Hill, Victoria, Australia.

Enlisted,  Friday, 22 May 1942 at Melbourne, Victoria.

Arrived Friday, 08 September 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 30 from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 29, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 29 Ops with RA Osbourne’s crew as  A/B, including 1 DNC – 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen

Tour History
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 , 28/09/1944 Attack Against Calais , 14/10/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 22/10/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen (DNC), 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 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, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 08/12/1944 Attack Against Duisburg, 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

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 10 days

Discharged from the RAAF,  18th of June 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, https://honouringveterans.org/ – biographical details


HARRIS

Malcolm George Harris,  D.F.M., D.F.C.  RAF 755984/ 102977 – Observer  

Training: (Based on logbook) No.9 Air Observers  Navigation School, Blackpool. No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School, Stormy Down. No.15 Operational Training Unit Harwell. To 75(NZ) Squadron, Feltwell.

Arrived Friday, 20 September 1940 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk from No.15 Operational Training Unit,  Harwell.



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

Undertook 10 Ops with CL Gilbert’s crew as  Obs
6 Ops with Neate’s crew as  Obs
2 Ops with JK Collins’s crew as  Obs
14 Ops with Kilsby’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
29/09/1940 Bombing Atacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK (CL Gilbert), 02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69, 08/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne, 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome, 14/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24., 21/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28, 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3., 09/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26, 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 22/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing, 04/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61. (Neate), 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven, 11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven, 22/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 27/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (JK Collins), 12/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29 (Kilsby), 12/03/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29 (JK Collins), 13/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Hamburg (Kilsby), 15/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Lorient, 18/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam, 23/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Berlin, 27/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?, 03/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 06/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Brest, 07/04/1941 Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel, 16/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Bremen, 24/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel, 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, 06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg

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

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 14 May 1941(exact date not known),  to No.2 Air Navigation School, Cranage (Instructors course).

Time with Squadron – 7 months 24 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
No.35 Squadron
– 17 Ops completed.
Posted in from HQ, 9th of October 1943.

18/11/1943 Attack against Mannheim, 19/11/1943 Attack against Leverkusen, 20/12/1943 Attack against Frankfurt, 29/11/43 Attack against Berlin, 21/1/44 Attack against Magdeburg, 30/1/44 Attack against Berlin, 15/2/44 Attack against Berlin, 19/2/44 Attack against Leipzig, 20/2/44 Attack against Stuttgart, 18/3/44 Attack against Frankfurt, 22/3/44 Attack against Frankfurt, 24/3/44 Attack against Berlin, 30/3/44 Attack against Nuremburg, 10/5/44 Attack against Lens, 11/6/44 Attack against Paris, 24/6/44 Attack against Rimeaux, 20/7/1944 Attack against Montcandon,

Posted out of Squadron to No.139 Squadron on the 23rd of August 1944

No.139 (Jamaica) Squadron, Upwood. – 54 + 1  DNC Ops completed.
Posted  in  from No.35 Squadron on the 23rd of August 1944.

16/9/44 Attack against Brunswick (DNC), 18/9/44 Attack against Berlin, 23/9/44 Attack Against Bochum, 28/9/44 Attack against Brunswick, 5/10/44 Attack against Saarbrucken, 6/10/44 Attack against Ludwigshaven, 12/10/44 Attack against Hamburg, 14/10/44 Attack against Berlin, 16/10/44 Attack against Cologne, 19/10/44 Attack against Wiesbaden, 4/11/44 Attack against Hannover, 10/11/44 Attack against Hannover, 18/11/44 Attack against Weisbaden, 21/11/44 Attack against Hannover, 25/11/44 Attack against Nurnburg, 29/11/44 Attack against Bielefeld/ Hannover, 1/12/44 Attack against Karlsrhue, 4/12/44 Attack against Hannover/ Bielefeld, 6/12/44 Attack against Berlin, 11/12/44 Attack against Hannover, 2/1/45 Attack against Berlin, 5/1/45 Attack against Berlin, 6/1/45 Attack against Kassel, 22/1/45 Attack against Hanover, 27/1/45 Attack against Berlin, 29/1/45 Attack against Berlin, 5/2/45 Attack against Berlin, 18/2/45 Attack against Berlin, 20/2/45 attack against Berlin, 21/2/45 Attack against Berlin, 25/2/45 Attack against Berlin, 27/2/45 Attack against Berlin, 28/2/45 Attack against Berlin, 2/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 4/3/45 Attack  against Berlin, 6/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 9/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 11/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 13/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 14/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 16/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 18/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 20/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 21/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 22/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 26/3/45 Attack against Berlin, 8/4/45 Attack against Dassau, 9/4/45 Attack Against Berlin, 11/4/45 Attack Against Berlin, 13/4/45 Attack against Stralsund, 17/4/45 Attack against Berlin, 18/4/45 Attack against Berlin, 20/4/45 Attack against Berlin, 22/4/45 Attack against Kiel, 26/4/45 Attack against Kiel


Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 18. JULY, 1941
Distinguished Flying Medal

755984 Sergeant Malcolm George HARRIS, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 7 (New Zealand) Squadron.

Citation required:

Station recommendation is as follows:
Since September 1940, Sergeant Harris has taken part in 34 bombing raids into Germany and enemy occupied territory covering a total of 208.25 hours. He specialised in astro-navigation and on two occasions when his wireless went out of action was able to navigate his aircraft to base safely by this method. His record of operations is an inspiring one and the successful accomplishment of many long and arduous missions in deteriorating weather conditions can be credited to his outstanding abilities as a Navigator. On all occasions he has shown the utmost devotion to duty.

Remarks by A.O.C.: A cool and efficient Navigator who never allows himself to be flustered and has set a most excellent example during the adverse weather of winter months when engaged in long-distance raids into Germany and Italy. He is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 22 MAY, 1945
Distinguished Flying Cross

Malcolm George HARRIS, D.F.M. (102977), R.A.F.V.R., 139 Sqn

Citation 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, Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette) – D.F.C. award date and non-commissioned  service number, National Archives No.139 Squadron Operational Forms AIR 27-961 1944-1945


HARRIS

Richard James Harris, RNZAF NZ402999 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Thursday, 17 January 1918 in  Pukekohe, New Zealand. Employed as a Farmer prior to enlistment.

Arrived Friday, 27 February 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 24.


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

Undertook 2 Ops with R Leggett’s crew as  F/Gnr
10 Ops with EGD Jarman’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
25/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen (EGD Jarman as R/Gnr), 26/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre, 28/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Lubeck, 10/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets 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, 17/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 22/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 02/05/1942 Gardening – St. Nazaire (R Leggett as F/Gnr), 04/05/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart (R Leggett as F/Gnr), 15/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay (EGD Jarman as R/Gnr)

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

Feltwell Station Log Wednesday 23rd April 1942: “0442 O.75 crash-landed (18th) last A/c.”

DFC citation E.G.D. Jarman, RAAF:
Citation DFC (Immediate) (15 May 1942)

One night in April 1942 this officer was the captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Cologne. Whilst over the target area, the aircraft was hit by shellfire and sustained damage. The navigator, wireless operator and front gunner were injured, but despite this, Pilot Officer Jarman flew on to make his attack. On the return journey it was discovered that a bomb had not fallen owing to the damage caused by the enemy’s shellfire whereupon Pilot Officer Jarman altered course and headed for the North Sea so that the bomb could be jettisoned. Before reaching the sea, however, his aircraft was subjected to an attack by an enemy fighter whose fire killed the rear gunner, wounded the second pilot and inflicted further damage on the aircraft. Skilfully controlling the bomber Pilot Officer Jarman continued his flight and after jettisoning the bomb in the sea, he finally reached this country where he made a safe landing with the undercarriage retracted.

Killed age 24 on the 23rd of April 1942.

Son of Arthur John and Henrietta Harris, of Bombay, Auckland, New Zealand.

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


HARRIS

William Hamilton Harris, RNZAF  NZ402058 – Wireless Operator   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Thursday, 05 March 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 5
total sorties undertaken 5 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with RJ Newton’s crew as  W/Op
4 Ops with GJE Thomas’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (GJE Thomas), 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 12/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 01/04/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre (RJ Newton), 05/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne (GJE Thomas)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 28 days

Bomber Command records indicate the aircraft was hit by flak at 10,500 feet and suffered a catastrophic structural failure. Despite this, all crew successfully exited the aircraft, were captured and made Prisoners of War.

P.o.W Number: 24836
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft III and Luft IV
Returned to the United Kingdom: 10th 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


HARRIS

W M Harris, RAFVR – Pilot  

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

Undertook 1 Op with PAM Moseley’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Boulogne (PAM Moseley as 2nd Pilot)

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

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


HARRISON

Alfred Hubert Harrison, RNZAF NZ403000 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born on Friday, 10 December 1915 in Gisborne, New Zealand. Employed as a labourer prior to enlistment.

Arrived Thursday, 21 August 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 25.


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

Undertook 1 Op with WB Smyth’s crew as  W/Op
2 Ops with P Wilson’s crew as  W/Op
5 Ops with GS Nunn’s crew as  W/Op & F/Gnr

Tour History
07/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Boulogne (WBM Smyth), 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend (P Wilson), 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt, 22/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets Mannheim (GS Nunn), 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, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (GS Nunn as F/Gnr)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 1 days

The aircraft was shot down at 21:36hrs by a night fighter (Lt Werner Rowlin, III./NJG1), crashing to the ground at Ijzevoorde (Gelderland), east of Doetinchen, Holland. All crew members were killed and later buried at the Loolaan General Cemetery.

Killed age 25 on the 8th of Novmber 1941.

Son of Frederick James Harrison, and of Edith Sophia Harrison (Nee Stevens), of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Doetinchem (Loolaan) General Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Row 1. Grave 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


HARRISON

John Bannister Harrison, RAF 1052295 – Flight Engineer   (prisoner of war)

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


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24
total sorties undertaken 24 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 23 Ops with RF Bennett’s crew as  F/E
1 Op with GM Allcock’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
18/01/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 03/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (GM Allcock), 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 11 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.

P.o.W Number: 10646
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag 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


HARRISON

Norman Harrison, RAF 759028, 116554 – Observer  

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



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15
total sorties undertaken 15 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with CM Hill’s crew as  Obs
1 Op with FJ Lucas’s crew as  Obs
12 Ops with JRF Brooks’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
21/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk (CM Hill), 24/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen (FJ Lucas), 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen (JRF Brookes), 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster, 21/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg, 24/07/1941 Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel, 03/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover, 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 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, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 18 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


HARRISON

Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Friday, 20 October 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.


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

Undertook 28 Ops with DJ Williams’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
29/10/1944 Attack Against West Kapelle, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 05/11/1944 Attack Against Solingen, 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, 04/12/1944 Attack Against Oberhausen, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 14/12/1944 Sea Mining in Kattegat Area, 19/12/1944 Sea Mining in Dornbusch Area, 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, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 22/01/1945 Attack Against Duisburg, 28/01/1945 Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg), 29/01/1945 Attack Against Krefeld M/Y

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 12 March 1945.

Time with Squadron – 4 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


HARRISON

William Frederick Harrison, RAF 1396448 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1923.

Arrived Tuesday, 21 March 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 21 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  W/Op

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 21 on the 23rd of April 1944.

Son of Charles Joseph and Elizabeth Emily Harrison of Hackney, London. His Brother Flt. Sgt. David Ernest Harrison D.Fm. Also Died On Service.

Buried Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark.
Grave location – Allied Mil. Plot.
Row 4. 5.

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


HARRISON

Harrison, RAF – Observer  

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



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 4, including 1 DNC (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with White’s crew as  Obs, including 1 DNC – 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne

Tour History
21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven, 26/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 01/03/1941 Bombing Attacks on Cologne, 03/03/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (DNC)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 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


HARRISON

Harrison, RAF  – Air Gunner  

Arrived Thursday, 10 September 1942 (exact date not known) at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk.


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

Undertook 1 Op with KH Blincoe’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
 13/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Bremen

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

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


HARRISON-SMITH

Francis Charles Harrison-Smith, RNZAF NZ403959 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Friday, 25 March 1921 in Auckland, New Zealand. Employed as a chemistry student prior to enlistment.

Arrived Thursday, 21 August 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 20.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10    killed on 11th Op
total sorties undertaken 11 (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with RF Curlewis’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with AD Saunders’s crew as  2nd Pilot
4 Ops with JFM Parnham’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
06/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls  (RF Curlewis as 2nd Pilot), 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel  (RF Curlewis as 2nd Pilot), 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe  (RF Curlewis as 2nd Pilot), 20/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend  (RF Curlewis as 2nd Pilot), 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg  (AD Saunders as 2nd Pilot), 20/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen  (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot), 22/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets Mannheim  (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot), 01/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel  (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot), 04/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen  (JFM Parnham as 2nd Pilot), 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 20 days

Wellington Z.1099 failed to return. It was shot down at 23:05hrs by a night fighter (Pilot; Ofw Paul Gildner, 4. /NJG1) and crashed into the Waddenzee. All members of the crew died.

Lost without trace age 20 on the 30th of November 1941.

Son of Charles Caldwell Harrison-Smith and Olive Mary Harrison-Smith, of Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 63.

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


HARROLD

Ronald Kenneth Harrold, RAF 1335706 –    (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Tuesday, 29 June 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 22 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 MHC Ashdown’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
04/07/1943 Mining off Ille de RE, 08/07/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 21 days

Stirling Mk.III EE892 AA-F came down in the sea off Southwold, Suffolk, while returning to base. Eyewitness reports indicated that the Stirling was on fire before it struck the water. All on board perished. Four bodies were picked up by the Aldeburgh lifeboat crew. Sgt Dawson RCAF is buried in Scottow Cemetery; the others were taken back to their home-towns. Sgt’s Harrold, Threadgold and Cleveland are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 26th of July 1943.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 152.

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


HARRY

James William Harry, RAF 1601839 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1924.

Arrived Monday, 03 January 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 20 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 5, including 1 DNC (60 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with HH Bruhns’s crew as  F/E, including 1 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Tour History
25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 30/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 30 days

Little is known of the circumstances causing the loss of Stirling Mk.III EH948 AA-Q, although the body of the RAAF Air-Bomber was found washed ashore near Sønderborg, on the south coast of ALS Island, in the NW area of Kiel Bay. It thus seems likely the aircraft was brought down by AA fire from one or more Flak ships known to patrol Kiel Bay. The remaining six crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 20 on the 24th of February 1944.

Son of George William and Nellie Eva Harry, of Earls Court. London.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 231.

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


HARRYMAN

B. Harryman, RAF  – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Thursday, 01 February 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire.


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

Undertook 1 Op with TW Good’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen

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

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


HART

Robert Hart, RAF 523663 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1914.

Arrived Thursday, 01 October 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk, aged 28.


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  F/E

Tour History
17/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Fallersleben

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

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 28 on the 17th of December 1942.

Son of Phyllis Rose Hart, of Gaddesby, Leicestershire.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 85.

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


HARTLEY

Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAF 185289 – Navigator  

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


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

Undertook 18 Ops with ED O’Callaghan’s crew as  Nav
7 Ops with DC Brown’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens (ED O’Callaghan), 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 Boulogne (DC Brown), 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich (ED O’Callaghan), 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 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, 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn (DC Brown), 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) – 2 months 22 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


HARTSTEIN

Phillip Edgar Hartstein, RAF 1390001, 158031 – Pilot  
Born on Thursday, 28 September 1922.

Arrived Tuesday, 29 June 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 20 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 1 Op with C Eddy’s crew as  2nd Pilot
15 Ops as Pilot

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, 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Aachen* (C Eddy as 2nd Pilot), 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, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 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 Nurenburg, 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

*It would seem slightly odd perhaps that Philip would have flown a number of Ops as Pilot, prior to the fateful 13th of  July Op to Aachen as 2nd Pilot  to Charles Eddy – it might simply been that previous Ops had been ‘safe’ Gardening  Ops and that prior to commencement of  bombing ‘harder’ targets, a 2nd  dickie  Op was considered useful.

Stirling Mk.III EE886 captained by F/O. C. EDDY on return, crash landed at OAKINGTON, the under carriage collapsed and the aircraft turned over and caught fire. The mid-upper gunner E.C. VICCARS was killed on impact and the remainder of the crew escaped although not without injuries. The captain, navigator, wireless operator and flight engineer were seriously injured, the remainder being slightly injured.

The burns to Philips back may explain the 11 day gap between this Op and his next on the 24th of July


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

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 03 September 1943 to no.7 squadron P.F.F., Oakington.

Time with Squadron – 2 months 5 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No. 7 Squadron P.F.F., Oakington
– 2 Ops completed – killed on 3rd.
Posted to No.7 Squadron P.F.F. form Mepal on the 3rd of November 1943.

3/10/43 Attack against Kassel, 7/10/43  Attack against  Stuttgart, 8/10/43 Attack against  Hanover.

Killed age 21 on the 9th of  October 1943

Son of Abraham Hartstein, and of Anna Hartstein, of Willesden, Middlesex.

Hanover War Cemetery, Germany
3. E. 16.

“Sadly Missed By His Mother, Sisters And Brothers. God Rest His Soul 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, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, https://www.thejewsoftheraf.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Philip-Hartstein-story.pdf. Biographical details, National Archives No.7 Squadron P.F.F. Operational Forms AIR 27-100 1943


HARTSTONE

Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Saturday, 09 March 1912 in Woodville, New Zealand. Employed as a farmer prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 16 December 1940 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 28.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 13    killed on 14th Op
total sorties undertaken 15, including 1 DNC (87 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with IL Reid’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 20/04/1943 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Rotterdam

Tour History
20/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Rotterdam (DNC), 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 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, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen, 30/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 13 days

Wellington Mk Ic W5621, captained by Sgt Reid, failed to return to base and no communication or other evidence pointed to any possible reason for the crew’s disappearance. The aircraft was officially recorded as missing without trace.

Lost without trace age 29 on the 3rd of July 1941.

Son of John Lewis Hartstone and Lydia Margaret Hartstone, of Frankton Junction, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 64.

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


HARVEY

Edgar William Harvey, RNZAF NZ41902 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Monday, 06 December 1915 in Gateshead – Tyne, County Durham, England. Employed as a clerk prior to enlistment.

Arrived Wednesday, 09 September 1942 at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk, aged 26.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7    killed on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 9, including 1 DNC (78 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with BA Franklin’s crew as  F/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 20/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin
1 Op with RS Crawford’s crew as  F/Gnr
1 Op with HE Rouseau’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
26/09/1942 Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands (BA Franklin), 05/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Aachen (RS Crawford), 06/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck, 08/10/1942 Operations. Gardening off Ile De Groix, 11/10/1942 Operations. Gardening in the Kattegat and Little Belt (HE Rouseau), 20/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin (DNC) (BA Franklin), 28/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin, 02/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Frankfurt, 16/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux

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

During take-off at 21:45hrs, three aircraft swung badly but this was promptly rectified and they became airborne. Then R9245 (Sgt Franklin) experienced similar wind effect causing it to swing dangerously, but Franklin kept power on to counter it and continued the take-off attempt. The aircraft became airborne briefly but crashed a mile away from the airfield. Two mines exploded and all the crew were killed. It was later established that the starboard undercarriage had hit Devil’s Dyke (a mound around the perimeter) and broke off the oil tank to the starboard inner engine, causing it to seize.

Killed age 27 on the 16th of December 1942.

Son of John Lambert Harvey and Sarah Harvey, of Milford, Auckland, New Zealand; Husband of Josephine Emma Harvey of Milford.

Buried Lakenham (St. John the Baptist and All Saints) Churchyard, Norfolk, England.
Grave location – Sec. E. Grave 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, 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


HARVEY

R Harvey, RAF  – Flight Engineer  

Arrived Wednesday, 19 July 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.31 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 30
total sorties undertaken 30 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with C Glossop’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 27/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 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), 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, 02/12/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 05/12/1944 Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards, 06/12/1944 Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 23 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 30 January 1945(exact date not known)

Time with Squadron – 6 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, 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


HARVEY

Robert Frederick Harvey, RNZAF NZ416483 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Thursday, 17 July 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. Employed as a traveller prior to enlistment.

Arrived Monday, 03 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 23 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 2 Ops with ERM Appleton’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op as Pilot

Tour History
04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund  (ERM Appleton as 2nd Pilot), 09/05/1943 Mining in the Ile De Re Area, 12/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg  (ERM Appleton as 2nd Pilot)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 8 days

Stirling Mk.III BK721 AA-Z crashed after take-off from Newmarket airfield at 00:37hrs following a failure of the starboard inner engine and collision with Devils Dyke. All but the Captain and W/Op were killed in the crash and are buried in the Newmarket cemetery.

Killed age 23 on the 13th of May 1943.

Son of James and Elizabeth Harvey, of Tauranga, Auckland, New Zealand; Husband of Marjorie Enid Harvey.

Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England.
Grave location – Plot P. Grave 414.

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


HARVEY

Ronald Stewart Harvey, RNZAF NZ404538 – Navigator   (prisoner of war)

Arrived Saturday, 16 May 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 17  shot down on 18th Op
total sorties undertaken 19, including 1 DNC (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with SH Gunning’s crew as  Nav
1 Op with AA Fraser’s crew as  Nav
15 Ops with C Croall’s crew as  Nav, including 1 DNC – 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden

Tour History
30/05/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne (SH Gunning), 01/06/1942 Attacks Against Targets at Essen, 02/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 04/06/1942 Attack Against Dieppe (C Croall), 05/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (AA Fraser), 17/06/1942 Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands (C Croall), 19/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 20/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden (DNC), 22/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 25/06/1942 Attack on Targets at Bremen, 29/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 02/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven, 20/07/1942 Daylight Sorties Against Bremen, 21/07/1942 Attack Against at Duisburg, 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

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 28 days

Caught within searchlight cones while bombing Hamburg, Sgt Croall took rapid evasive action by diving his aircraft steeply to a low level, but they were hit by vigorous light AA fire and forced to ditch in the sea. All but the rear gunner, Sgt Crarer, evacuated the aircraft successfully. They were picked up and taken prisoners of war. Sgt Crarer’s body was later recovered and buried in the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery at Tonning.

P.o.W Number: 25130
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag 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


HARVIE

Thomas Gerald Naismith Harvie, RAF  – Air Gunner  

Arrived Saturday, 14 April 1945 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.73 Base.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2
total sorties undertaken 4 including 2 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with BLD Anderson’s crew as  Mu/Gnr plus 2 Post War flights

Tour History
20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 22/04/1945 Attack on Bremen, 13/05/1945 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt, 12/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 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


HASELDEN

Keith Thomas Alfred Haselden, RNZAF NZ403003 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 07 May 1919 in Awamutu, New Zealand. Employed as a gent’s outfitter prior to enlistment.

Arrived Sunday, 17 August 1941 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 WBM Smyth’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
07/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Boulogne, 17/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 10 days

X9834 was not heard from and thus it must be assumed it was either hit by flak or by a night fighter. It would appear that the Pilot was forced to crash-land the aircraft, on fire, at Holsthum on the river Prüm, seven miles South South West of Bitburg, Germany.

Sgt. Smyth, P/O Savage and Sgt. McL Hazelden died in the crash and were buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Killed age 22 on the 18th of September 1941.

Son of Howard Tiffen Haselden and Jean Black Haselden, of Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 8. G. 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, 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


HASLAM

George Frederick Haslam, RAF 2219498 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1909.

Arrived Friday, 15 December 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 35 from No.1654 Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 2 Ops with HS Miles’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
23/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 27/12/1944 Attack Against Rheydt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 days

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

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

Killed age 35 on the 27th of December 1944.

Son of George Edward and Maria Haslam; Husband of Phyllis Haslam, of Burnage, Manchester.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 3. E. 22.

He loved sunshine
Home and life –
All this he gave
In sacrifice

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


HASLER

R. Hasler, RAFVR  – Wireless Operator  

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



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 33
total sorties undertaken 34, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 30 Ops with R Wisker’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires
1 Op with RJA Leslie’s crew as  W/Op
2 Ops with AD MacKenzie’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with FE Stott’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne (RJ Wisker), 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 03/06/1944 Attack Against Calais, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham, 06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux, 10/06/1944 Attack Against Dreux, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes, 12/06/1944 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 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, 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, 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, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart (RJA Leslie), 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart (AD MacKenzie), 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart (FE Stott), 30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles (AD MacKenzie), 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens (RJ Wisker), 12/08/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 17 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


HAUB

Darcy Leslie Conrad Haub, RNZAF NZ42326 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 10 September 1919 in Whangareu, New Zealand. Employed as a labourer prior to enlistment.

Arrived Wednesday, 21 July 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 9 Ops with EJ Roberts’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History

27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 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) – 1 months 4 days

Stirling Mk.III EE918 AA-D was brought down over Germany, crashing at Derental, 5 miles South South East of Höxter. All except the mid upper gunner, P/O Haydon, RAAF, died and were buried at Hoxter, but later reinterred at Hanover. Jack Haydon, the only survivor, was captured as a P.o.W.

Stirling Mk.111 EE918 AA-D and was returning home, having dropped bombs on Berlin, when the aircraft was hit by enemy fire. The aircraft sustained damage but continued to fly for possibly 10 – 15 minutes. Eric Roberts, the Pilot, radioed Jack Haydon (as Mid Upper Gunner he was the closest to the rear gun turret) and requested that he go back and check on Darcy Haub, (rear gunner) because he had heard nothing from him since the attack. Jack discovered that he was dead and was returning to his position when there was an explosion which broke the plane into two pieces.

Jack, the only member of the crew not in his position, was not in his harness and therefore fell out of the plane which went down with the rest of the crew all still harnessed in. Upon landing, Jack only suffered a badly injured foot, which caused him trouble for the rest of his life. He began walking to habitation, where he was captured.

Killed age 23 on the 31st of August 1943.

Son of Reuben Leopold Haub and of Violet Alma Haub (Nee Hartnell), of Whangarei, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 16. C. 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, 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


HAWKESLEY

Hawkesley, RAF  – Observer  

Arrived Wednesday, 01 May 1940 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 26
total sorties undertaken 29, including 3 DNC (90 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops with TO Freeman’s crew as  Obs, including 3 DNC – 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7, 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport
1 Op with GK Larney’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout) (DNC) (TO Freeman), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7 (DNC), 19/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin), 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport (DNC), 03/06/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF, 05/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Cross-Roads and Marshalling Yards at CAMBRAI, 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY, 09/06/1940 Bombing Attacks over Enemy Territory, 11/06/1940 Special Duty to ‘PAMELA’, 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82., 24/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets F.19 & A.108, 26/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.431, H.49, and M.122, 28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37., 30/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Forest South of FRANKFURT, 08/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Alternate Target (Z61) for A.73 – Benvine Plant at MORS, 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116, 18/07/1942 Bombing Attacks on Target K.56, 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434., 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST, 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84., 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7., 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85., 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434, 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431, 24/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434, 04/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg, 23/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg (GK Larney)

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


HAWKINS

Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Sunday, 02 January 1921 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Employed as a farmer prior to enlistment.

Arrived Tuesday, 15 April 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 20.


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

Undertook 11 Ops with AM Hobbs’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with REE Fotheringham’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with GW Hamlin’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with RN Allen’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with FJ Luucas’s crew as  2nd Pilot
8 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
29/04/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 02/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 04/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 06/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg  (REE Fotheringham as 2nd Pilot), 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 17/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 23/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 10/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 12/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 08/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster  (GW Hamlin as 2nd Pilot), 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne  (AM Hobbs as 2nd Pilot), 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen  (RN Allen as 2nd Pilot), 24/07/1941 Daylight Attacks Against Battleship Gneisenau at Brest  (FJ Lucas as 2nd Pilot), 06/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais, 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, 02/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt, 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

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

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.

Killed age 20 on the 15th of September 1941.

Son of Anthony Ryder Hawkins and Daisy Isobel Hawkins; Nephew of Mrs. I. M. Steach, of Upper Riccarton, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Buried Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5A. M. 9-12

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


HAWKINS

Frederick John Hawkins, RAF 1299618 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Friday, 16 April 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 22 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 RH Laud’s crew as  R/Gnr & Mu/Gnr

Tour History
05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 09/05/1943 Mining in the Ile De Re Area, 12/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf (as Mu/Gnr)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 6 days

Stirling Mk.III BK817 AA-B was shot down en route to the target at 01:35hrs by a night-fighter (Oblt Wilhelm Telge, Stab II/ NJG1), crashing at Frodthier (Liège), 6 miles North of Verviers, Belgium. All but the Rear Gunner died and they are buried at Heverlee War Cemetery. Sgt Matthews survived and was taken as a POW.

Killed age 22 on the 12th of June 1943.

Son of Charles Gerard and Fanny Elizebeth Hawkins, of Ringwood, Hampshire.

Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium.
Grave location – Coll. grave 9. D. 2-7.

‘Remembered by all’

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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HAYCOCK

Richard Edward Haycock, RAF 942288 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1913.

Arrived Wednesday, 01 April 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 28.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 13    killed on 14th Op
total sorties undertaken 15, including 1 DNC (87 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with IL Reid’s crew as  W/Op, including 1 DNC – 20/04/1943 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Rotterdam

Tour History
20/04/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Rotterdam (DNC), 08/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 09/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim, 11/05/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg, 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, 27/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Bremen, 30/06/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne, 03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 13 days

Wellington Mk Ic W5621, captained by Sgt Reid, failed to return to base and no communication or other evidence pointed to any possible reason for the crew’s disappearance. The aircraft was officially recorded as missing without trace.

Lost without trace age 28 on the 3rd of July 1941

Son of Samuel and Florence Haycock; Husband of Joan Haycock, of Hull.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 44.

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


HAYDON

Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – Pilot  

Arrived Sunday, 01 February 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 15
total sorties undertaken 15 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with MGF Fraser’s crew as  2nd Pilot
5 Ops with IGE McPhail’s crew as  2nd Pilot
7 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
12/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen  (MFG Fraser as 2nd Pilot), 13/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Boulogne  (MFG Fraser as 2nd Pilot), 15/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund  (MFG Fraser as 2nd Pilot), 17/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg  (IGE McPhail as 2nd Pilot), 22/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne  (IGE McPhail as 2nd Pilot), 23/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock  (IGE McPhail as 2nd Pilot), 25/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk  (IGE McPhail as 2nd Pilot), 27/04/1942 Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland  (IGE McPhail 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, 06/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Emden, 16/06/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen, 17/06/1942 Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 5 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Tuesday, 10 March 1942.

Time with Squadron – 1 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


HAYDON

Jack Henry Haydon, RAAF AUS.408400 – Air Gunner   (prisoner of war)
Born on Wednesday, 08 November 1922 in Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia. Employed as a cabinet maker prior to enlistment.

Enlisted,  Thursday, 23 April 1942 at No.6 Enlistment Office,  Hobart – recommendation – Aircrew V(G).

Training: Posted from No.6 Recruitment Centre, Hobart to No.1 Initial Training School, Somers, Victoria on the 25th of April. From No1 I.T.S to No.2 Wireless Air Gunners School, Parkes, New South Wales on the 27th of July 1942. From No.2 W.A.G.S to No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Port Pirie, South Australia. From No.2 B.A.G.S to No.1 Embarkation Depot, Ransford, Melbourne. Embarked to the United Kingdom from Melbourne on the 15th of January 1943. Arrived in the United Kingdom and to No.11 Personnel Despatch Reception Centre, Bournemouth on the 19th of March 1943. From No.11 P.D.R.C to No.11 Operational Training Unit, Oakley on the 13th of April 1943. From No.11 O.T.U to No.1651 Conversion Unit, Waterbeach on the 24th of June 1943. From No.1651 C.U to 75(NZ) Squadron, Mepal on the 21st of July 1943.

Arrived Wednesday, 21 July 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 20 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 9 Ops with EJ Roberts’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 06/08/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 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) – 1 months 4 days

Stirling Mk.III EE918 AA-D was brought down over Germany, crashing at Derental, 5 miles South South East of Hoxter.

From Jack’s debrief on return to the UK he recalled that after his aircraft was ‘attacked’ (flak or night fighter  not specified)  but nothing happened until 10 minutes later  when  the aircraft exploded without warning. The aircraft was at approximately 14,000ft. there was no sign of fire, and it was under control before the explosion.
Eric Roberts, the pilot radioed Jack – as mid upper gunner he was the closest to the rear gun turret – and requested that he go back and check on Darcy Haub the rear gunner because he had heard nothing from him since the attack. Jack discovered that he was dead and was returning to his position when there was an explosion which broke the plane into two pieces.

Jack, the only member of the crew not in his position, was not in his harness and therefore fell out of the plane which went down with the rest of the crew all still harnessed in – Jack was informed upon his capture that their bodies had been found in the wreckage of the crashed Stirling.

Upon landing, Jack only suffered a badly injured foot, which caused him trouble for the rest of his life. He began walking to habitation, where he was captured.

The crew were buried at Hoxter, but later reinterred at Hanover.

P.o.W Number: 2366
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft (Frankfurt – 1/9/43 to 19/9/43), Stalag Luft III (Sagan – 19/9/43 to 25/1/45), Stalag Luft IIIA (Luckenwalde – 25/1/45) – 22/4/45 (all approximate dates)

Returned to the United Kingdom: 6/10/45. (from hand written note in service records)

After  being given medical treatment for his , Jack was now a Prisoner of War and was first moved to Dulag Luft.

Jack was next moved to the now (in)famous  Stalag Luft III.During his incarceration, Jack “celebrated” his 21st birthday and the birth of his first daughter.

Jacks Daugher, Dianne  recalled the following of his time in Stalag Luft III:

One of the activities he participated in was stacking wood on the back of a truck. The instructions were to put a nail in every 5th /6th log to secure the load for travel. The prisoners placed a nail in every log so that the logs were absolutely solid wood when they came to be unloaded. Apparently, every PoW took very seriously the order to hinder the enemy in any way possible!

Jack was involved in the preparations for the Great Escape. His skill as a cabinetmaker was useful to maintain the stability of the bunks which were depleted of wood and he also had gold fillings in his teeth which were removed to make compasses.

On the night of the escape Jack was waiting to go when the alarm was raised. Like others, he was placed in solitary confinement for at least 3 week and on 5 days running was dragged out and actually lined up in front of a firing squad. No one knows why he was not shot, but one theory was that he was young and good-looking and as Hitler wanted a pure Aryan race he may have been spared for that. He was also given a photograph of a young, pretty blonde woman, maybe to encourage his willingness.

Towards the end of the war, when defeat was inevitable, the Germans removed the prisoners, and they began what is now known as “The March”.

Jack Haydon was returned to England and later embarked on a ship headed for the war against Japan, but peace was declared while he was en route – Dianne does not know if he was returned to England or Australia at that stage.

On his return home he spent many weeks in rehabilitation and in truth, she believes he suffered from PTSD for the rest of his life. He apparently did manage to write to the families of at least 2 of the 3 NZ members of his crew.

A life lived…….
Passed 1971 aged 48

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 of Australia – Service record, Biographical details related to the crash of Stirling EE918 AA-D and Jack’s subsequent internment supplied by his daughter Dianne.


HAYDON

Robert Haydon, RAF 1384978 – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Saturday, 15 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 26 Ops with JM Mees’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
21/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 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, 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, 23/08/1943 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, 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 13 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 01 November 1943.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 17 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No. 7 Squadron P.F.F
., Oakington – 10 Ops completed.

Arrived 1st of November 1943, posted in from 75(NZ Squadron) (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), 30/1/44 Attack against Berlin, 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.

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, , National Archives Operational Record books No.7 Squadron RAF – AIR-27-100 to 101


HAYLER

Edwin John Hayler, RAF 1892380 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1925.

Arrived Saturday, 05 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 19 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 with GA Brunton’s crew as  R/Gnr

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 was forced to crash land in the target area, reasons unknown. 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 successfully evaded capture.

Killed age 19 on the 8th of August 1944.

Son of Frank and Alice Rose Hayler, of Burpham, Sussex.

Buried St.Valery-En-Caux Cemetery, France.
Grave location – Joint grave B, 23-24.

Our beloved son.
He gave his life
For his Country.
Father, mother and family

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


HAYNES

Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Air Gunner  

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


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 28
total sorties undertaken 29, including 1 DNC (97 % completion rate)

Undertook 20 Ops with GR Gunn’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires
8 Ops with VJ Andew’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
1 Op with RJA Leslie’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage (GR Gunn as R/Gnr), 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, 15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 25/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 16/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin, 31/08/1944 Attack Against Pont Reny, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne*, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken (VJ Andrew as Mu/Gnr), 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing (RJA Leslie as R/Gnr), 22/10/1944 Attack Against Neuss (VJ Andrew as Mu/Gnr),23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 26/10/1944 Attack Against Leverkusen, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Bottrop

*17/09/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
Lancaster Mk.III PB430 AA-P
Hit by flak(E) – 30mm shell S/L Gunn and crew, received a direct hit, which severely damaged the aircraft necessitating both starboard engines being shut down. The captain and flight engineer had difficulty in maintaining control of the aircraft returning across the Channel. A decision was made to carry out an emergency landing at RAF Hawkinge, an airfield with a short runway. The Lancaster overshot the runway and crashed. The Captain, Navigator and Air Bomber were injured, two seriously. The Flight Engineer was killed in the crash. The other three crew escaped uninjured. The pilot, S/L L.G Gunn (‘B’ Flight Commander) died three days later from his injuries.

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 1 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 20 December 1944.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 24 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


HAYTER

Leonard Albert Hayter, RAF 649376 – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Thursday, 01 August 1940 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


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

Undertook 8 Ops with FH Denton’s crew as  W/Op & F/Gnr
13 Ops with CA Pownall’s crew as  F/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 06/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.30

Tour History
01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST (FH Denton), 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., 12/09/1940 Bombing Attack on Emden and Schwerte (FH Denton as W/Op), 14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest, 20/09/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory, 23/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg, 28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83. (CA Pownall), 29/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK (FH Denton as W/Op), 06/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.30 (DNC) (CA Pownall), 08/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70, 11/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71., 12/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71., 14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL, 16/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME, 29/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.138 and M.66, 06/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3., 13/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target N.62, 16/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt, 19/12/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.71, 11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 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


HAYTON

Cyril Hayton, RAF 1113610 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1920.

Arrived Wednesday, 01 April 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.


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

Undertook 1 Op with PG Wilson’s crew as  F/Gn

Tour History
09/05/1942 Gardening – Kiel Bay

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

Wellington Mk III, Z.1566 AA-K, was undergoing a night cross-country training flight when the weather deteriorated. The Pilot-in-command elected to remain above the cloud layer for some time before he was able to descend through a gap in the cloud in the early morning hours so that the navigator could visually establish their position. At 03.40 hrs, the aircraft flew into a hillside at Grindon Farm, six miles East South East of Leek, Staffordshire. The sole survivor of the crash was the rear gunner, Sgt Chappell, who was injured. All remaining members of the crew were killed.

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 Moses and Ellen Maria Hayton, of Walker, Newcastle-On-Tyne.

Buried Newcastle Upon Tyne (Byker Heaton) Cemetery, England.
Grave location – Sec. A.N. Grave 152.

God’s greatest gift,
Remembrance

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


HAYWARD

Desmond David Hayward, RAF 651764 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1923.

Arrived Thursday, 01 October 1942 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk, aged 20.

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

Undertook 5 Ops with KH Blincoe’s crew as F/E

Tour History
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) – 2 months 6 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 North East of Tiel, Holland. All on board were killed. They were buried in Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 3rd of February 1943.

Son of William John and Lydia Hayward, of Lower Edmonton, Middlesex.

Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 90.

God’s greatest gift, Remembrance’

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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HAZARD

Whelan Fallon Hazard, RNZAF NZ429047 – Navigator   (killed in action)
Born on Tuesday, 13 November 1923 in Waimate, New Zealand. Employed as a clerk prior to enlistment.

Arrived Saturday, 08 July 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 20


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7    killed on 8th Op
total sorties undertaken 9, including 1 DNC (78 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with RB Berney’s crew as  Nav, including 1 DNC – 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires
7 Ops with CD Mulcahy’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires (DNC) (RB Berney), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye (CD Mulcahy), 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny (RB Berney), 04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes (CD Mulcahy), 05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens, 08/08/1944 Attack Against Lucheux, 09/08/1944 Attack Against Fort D’Anglos, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 26 days

Lancaster Mk.I HK564 AA-P was brought down by a night-fighter, crashing at Ouren (Liege), a small village on the Belgium/German border, 9 miles East South East of St-Vith. Six of the crew were killed in the crash and were buried at Ouren. The body of F/O Hazard, Navigator, was found still in his parachute harness, suspended from the branches of a tree. He was later buried at the Reichswald Forest war Cemetery.

Killed age 20 on the 12th of August 1944.

Son of Arthur G. Hazard, of Auckland City, New Zealand.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 1. D. 14.

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


HAZLETT

Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator  

Arrived Wednesday, 25 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 25
total sorties undertaken 28, including 3 DNC (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 28 Ops with JD Grubb’s crew as  W/Op, including 3 DNC – 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 178 (ABORTIVE), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TOM 43 (ABORTIVE), 19/03/1944 Mining in the St. Jean-de-Luz area

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 Boulogne, 22/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 23/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 02/10/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 08/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 25/10/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 10/02/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 178 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period FOOTMAN 10 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period NEWSAGENT 121 (SUCCESSFUL), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TOM 43 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 19/03/1944 Mining in the St. Jean-de-Luz area (DNC), 05/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 09/04/1944 Attack Against Lille, 10/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 months 8 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 26 April 1944.

Time with Squadron – 8 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


HEAL

John Francis Heal, RAF 1314466/ 162994 – Air Bomber  

Training: Formed as a crew (With later to become W/C Mike Wyatt as skipper) at No.10 Operational Training Unit, Abingdon, before posting onto No.12 Operational Training Unit, Chipping Warden. Proceeded to No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit at Waterbeach before being posted to No.XV Squadron, Bourn.

Operational history prior to arrival at 75(NZ) Squadron
No.XV Squadron
, Bourn – 7 ops + 1 DNC Ops completed.
Posted into XV Squadron – Posted in (based on note in XV Squadron Form 540 regarding Mike Wyatt and Harry Daborn’s arrival) on the 26th of October 1942.

10/11/42 Gardening in the Frisians, 16/11/42 Gardening in the Gironde, 20/11/42 Attack against Turin (Failed to return)

Stirling BK.595 LS-A took off at 18:02 – Failed to Return.
Whilst approaching the Alps on the outward leg of the sortie, the starboard inner engine suddenly stopped. Unable to restart it, an attempt to feather the propellor of the dead engine was also not successful – the drag of the locked prop, seriously affect the performance of the aircraft. The decision was taken to continue to the target but steer an alternate course that would skirt the Alps. Arriving over Turin, well after the main raid, the aircraft’s bombs were released, and they turned for home. Very quickly however the realisation dawned that there was not enough fuel to get back to England and a new course was set to Spain. After crash landing on a Spanish beach just on the border with France, the crew, uninjured were quickly met by the Spanish Guardia Civil. After a series of fortuitous events, the crew, after a period, were released by the Spanish authorities and allowed to travel to Gibraltar, from where they made their way back to the United Kingdom, arriving at the beginning of February 1943. The crew, after debriefing and leave returned to XV Squadron on the 18th of February 1943.

8/3/43 Attack against Nurenburg, 9/3/43 Attack against Munich, 11/3/43 Attack against Stuttgart, 22/3/43 Attack against St. Nazaire (DNC), 29/3/43 Attack against Berlin, 10/4/43 Attack against Frankfurt

Posted out from No.XV Squadron to No.75(NZ) Squadron on or between the 3rd of May and 10th of May 1943 (based on a posting in No.XV Squadron Form 540 regarding Mike Wyatt and Harry Daborn)

Arrived Monday, 10 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk from No.XV Squadron, Bourn.


1st Tour with 75(NZ)
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with RD Max’s crew as  A/B
1 Op with RJA Leslie’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene (RD Max), 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham (RJA Leslie)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 8 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, 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, , National Archive No.XV Squadron Operational Forms 1942 – 1943 AIT 27-203, Bomber Squadron Men Who Flew with XV Squadron By Martyn R. Ford-Jones · 2019 – Sojourn in Spain: Group Captain Michael Wyatt, DFC


HEALD

Stanley John Heald, RNZAF NZ415319 – Air Bomber  

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



1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16
total sorties undertaken 23 including 7 post war flights. (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with CH Baigent’s crew as  A/B
15 Ops with EED Ware’s crew as  A/B, plus 7 Post War flights.

Tour History
02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden (CH Baigent), 03/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund (EED Ware), 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 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, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 27/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen), 09/04/1945 Minelaying at Kiel, 20/04/1945 Attack on Regensburg, 24/04/1945 Attack on Bad Oldesloe, 30/04/1945 Supply Dropping – Rotterdam, 02/05/1945 Supply Dropping at Delft, 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, 02/06/1945 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive, 25/06/1945 Checking German Radar Equipment

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 23 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Friday, 06 July 1945 to No.12 P.D.R.C. Brighton for repatriation.

Time with Squadron – 5 months 5 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


HEALES

Charles Henry Heales, RAF 845760, 110400 – Air Gunner  

Arrived Monday, 25 October 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from No.1657 Conversion Unit, Stradishall.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 11, including 1 DNC (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 11 Ops with DM Dawes’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Tour History
20/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/12/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 04/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 30/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 04/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 19/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 5 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 06 March 1944.

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


HEALEY

Ronald John Healey,  D.F.M.  RAF 902264 – Air Gunner  

Arrived Wednesday, 01 May 1940 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 34, including 2 DNC (94 % completion rate)

Undertook 27 Ops with TO Freeman’s crew as  W/Op, F/Gnr & R/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7
7 Ops with DH McArthur’s crew as  F/Gnr & R/Gnr

Tour History
15/05/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout) (DNC) (TO Freeman), 17/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7 (DNC), 19/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory, 25/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels, 28/05/1940 Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin), 31/05/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport (DNC), 03/06/1940 Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF, 05/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Cross-Roads and Marshalling Yards at CAMBRAI, 07/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY, 09/06/1940 Bombing Attacks over Enemy Territory, 11/06/1940 Special Duty to ‘PAMELA’, 19/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82. (TO Freeman as W/Op), 24/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets F.19 & A.108 (TO Freeman as W/Op), 26/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.431, H.49, and M.122 (TO Freeman as W/Op), 28/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target C.37., 30/06/1940 Bombing Attacks on Forest South of FRANKFURT (TO Freeman as W/Op), 08/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Alternate Target (Z61) for A.73 – Benvine Plant at MORS, 14/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116, 17/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434 (TO Freeman as W/Op), 18/07/1942 Bombing Attacks on Target K.56 (TO Freeman as F/Gnr), 20/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71, 28/07/1940 Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434., 03/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST (TO Freeman as F/Gnr), 09/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.84.  (TO Freeman as F/Gnr), 13/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7., 15/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target L.85., 19/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431, 29/08/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN (DH McArthur), 01/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST, 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 (DH McArthur as F/Gnr), 14/09/1940 Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 30 days

Awards & Citations
THE LONDON GAZETTE, 11 FEBRUARY, 1941
Distinguished Flying Medal

902264 Sergeant Ronald John HEALEY, No. 75(New Zealand) Squadron.

citation required:

The squadron commander’s recommendation was:
This airman has completed 33 operational flights involving 104 hours flying by day and night. On 9th December 1940 his ability as Navigator/Bomb Aimer contributed largely to the success of an attack on Bremen in very adverse weather. He has proved himself to be a most courageous Observer and is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

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 award


HEARD

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HEGAN

John Gordon George Hegan, RNZAF NZ411075 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born on Thursday, 06 February 1919 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Employed as a boot maker prior to enlistment.

Arrived Sunday, 14 June 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 23.


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

Undertook 5 Ops with WJ Monk’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
19/06/1942 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) – 10 days

The aircraft was almost certainly shot down by a night-fighter over the Dutch coast, crashing into the Waddenzee, off Holwerd (Friesland). Four bodies were later recovered and buried in the Holwerd Protestant Churchyard.
P/O Monk has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 23 on the 30th of June 1942.

Son of Joseph Leslie Edward Hegan and of Martha Edwards Hegan (Nee Candlish), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Buried Westdongeradeel (Holwerd) Protestant Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Row 43. Grave 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, 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


HEGARTY

Terence James Hegarty, RAF 1030026 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Sunday, 04 April 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 22 from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 4 Ops with LC Wright’s crew as  W/Op
2 Ops with R boradbent’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with M Wyatt’s crew as  W/Op
15 Ops with CCP Logan’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
27/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (LC Wright), 04/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund, 09/05/1943 Mining in the Ile De Re Area, 13/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bochum, 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen (R Broadbent), 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne (M Wyatt), 04/07/1943 Mining off Ille de Re (CCP Logan), 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at  Aachen, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg, 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (R Broadbent), 16/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (CCP Logan), 17/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde, 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 , 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) – 4 months 27 days

Stirling Mk.III BF459 JN-E was brought down at Lampertheim, 7 miles North of Mannheim. All but two of the crew died in the crash, The M/U gunner, who was seriously injured, died 10 days later. The only survivor was the rear gunner, F/S A J Knox, RNZAF, who was captured as a P.o.W. All who died were buried at Lampertheim and later reinterred at Durnbach War Cemetery, East of Bad Tolz.

Killed age 22 on the 3rd of September 1943.

Son of Michael Hegarty and of Margaret Hegarty (Nee Mclean), of Newtown, Leeds, Yorkshire.

Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. C. 22.

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


HELLIER

Harry Thomas Hellier, RAF 650057 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1919.

Arrived Tuesday, 01 October 1940 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 18    killed on 19th Op
total sorties undertaken 21, including 2 DNC (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with AGL Humphreys’s crew as  F/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 11/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71., 16/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME
14 Ops with AJ Falconer’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
28/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83. (AGL Humphreys), 11/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71. (DNC), 14/11/1940 Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL, 16/11/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME (DNC), 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, 11/12/1940 Bombing Attacks on Boulogne and Mannheim (AJ Falconer), 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., 08/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven, 11/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven, 22/01/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 27/01/1941 Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover, 10/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam, 14/02/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 21/02/1941 Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 24 days

All aircraft, except Wellington Mk.Ic T.2503, returned to base safely, landing at approximately 00.30hrs. Wellington T2503 failed to return. Very little information is available to determine the fate of the aircraft, although it became apparent it was brought down in the North Sea. The crew all perished. Two bodies were later washed ashore near Helgoland, north of Wilhelmshaven. Acting as second pilot on this ill-fated sortie, was S/L Solbe, ‘A’ Flight Commander.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 21st of February 1941.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hellier; Husband of Vera F. Hellier, of Wembley, Middlesex.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 45.

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


HELM

George Vincent Helm, RNZAF NZ416113 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Monday, 23 February 1920 in invercarghill, New Zealand. Employed as a farm cadet prior to enlistment.

Arrived Wednesday, 05 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 23 from No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 19    killed on 20th Op
total sorties undertaken 20 (95 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with HJ Dalzell’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with RO French’s crew as  2nd Pilot
18 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund  (HJ Dalzell as 2nd Pilot), 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf  (RO French as 2nd Pilot), 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, 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, 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 8 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 23 on the 1st of September 1943.

Son of Harry Vincent Helm, and of Beatrice Euphemia Helm (Nee Smith), of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.

Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 7-17.

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, 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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HEMMINGS

Cyril Benjamin Hemmings, RAF 1235070 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1922.

Arrived Friday, 14 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 21 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  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr

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 (R/Gnr), 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim) (R/Gnr)

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 21 on the 23rd of June 1943.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 19. G. 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


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Hugh William Henderson, RNZAF NZ421713 – Navigator   (killed in action)
Born on Waikouati, New Zealand in . Employed as a lecturer in chemistry prior to enlistment.

Arrived Saturday, 04 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 24 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 5 Ops with WW Morgan’s crew as  Nav
2 Ops with DGG Horgan’s crew as  Nav
1 Op with RJ Watson’s crew as  Nav

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, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel (DGG Horgan), 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 08/10/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (WW  Morgan), 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target (RJ Watson)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 8 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 24 on the 5th of March 1944.

Son of J. Frazer Henderson and Mary Henderson, of Waikouaiti, Otago, New Zealand.

Buried Clermont-Ferrand (Des Carmes Dechaux) Communal Cemetery, France.
Grave location – Row A. Grave 2.

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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Douglas Charles Henley, RNZAF NZ414622 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Sunday, 19 October 1919 in Helensnille, New Zealand. Employed as a salesman prior to enlistment.

Arrived Friday, 20 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23 from No.1665 Heavy Conversion Unit.

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

Undertook 1 Op with FA Andrews’s crew as  2nd Pilot
5 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
23/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin  (FA Andrews as 2nd Pilot), 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) – 8 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 captain ordered the crew to bale out. Some of the crew succeeded in clearing the plane before it crash-landed at Ahrbruck, 7miles SW 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 re-interred in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wesel. The other four crew all survived but were captured as POW’s.

Killed age 23 on the 1st of September 1943.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 10. E. 24.

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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Ernest Frank Henry, RCAF R.139159 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1917.

Training: Formed as a crew (With later to become W/C Mike Wyatt as skipper) at No.10 Operational Training Unit, Abingdon, before posting onto No.12 Operational Training Unit, Chipping Warden. Proceeded to No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit at Waterbeach before being posted to No.XV Squadron, Bourn.

Operational history prior to arrival at 75(NZ) Squadron
No.XV Squadron
, Bourn – 7 ops + 1 DNC Ops completed.
Posted into XV Squadron – Posted in (based on note in XV Squadron Form 540 regarding Mike Wyatt and Harry Daborn’s arrival) on the 26th of October 1942.

10/11/42 Gardening in the Frisians, 16/11/42 Gardening in the Gironde, 20/11/42 Attack against Turin (Failed to return)

Stirling BK.595 LS-A took off at 18:02 – Failed to Return.
Whilst approaching the Alps on the outward leg of the sortie, the starboard inner engine suddenly stopped. Unable to restart it, an attempt to feather the propellor of the dead engine was also not successful – the drag of the locked prop, seriously affect the performance of the aircraft. The decision was taken to continue to the target but steer an alternate course that would skirt the Alps. Arriving over Turin, well after the main raid, the aircraft’s bombs were released, and they turned for home. Very quickly however the realisation dawned that there was not enough fuel to get back to England and a new course was set to Spain. After crash landing on a Spanish beach just on the border with France, the crew, uninjured were quickly met by the Spanish Guardia Civil. After a series of fortuitous events, the crew, after a period, were released by the Spanish authorities and allowed to travel to Gibraltar, from where they made their way back to the United Kingdom, arriving at the beginning of February 1943. The crew, after debriefing and leave returned to XV Squadron on the 18th of February 1943.

8/3/43 Attack against Nurenburg, 9/3/43 Attack against Munich, 11/3/43 Attack against Stuttgart, 22/3/43 Attack against St. Nazaire (DNC), 29/3/43 Attack against Berlin, 10/4/43 Attack against Frankfurt

Posted out from No.XV Squadron to No.75(NZ) Squadron on or between the 3rd of May and 10th of May 1943 (based on a posting in No.XV Squadron Form 540 regarding Mike Wyatt and Harry Daborn)

Arrived Monday, 10 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 26 from No.XV Squadron, Bourn.

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

Undertook 12 Ops with AJ Thomas’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
17/05/1943 Mining off the West Coast of France, 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 14/06/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 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), 25/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen, 03/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 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

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 2 months 13 days

BF458 was brought down to the north of Krefeld, near Bockum and Uerdingen. The sole survivors were the Navigator and the Wireless Operator who were captured as POW’s. The Flight Engineer and M/U gunner were buried in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery. The other three are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 26 on the 30th of July 1943.

Son of Ernest Frank and Anne Henry; Husband of Helen Margaret Henry, of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 180.

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 Archive No.XV Squadron Operational Forms 1942 – 1943 AIT 27-203, Bomber Squadron Men Who Flew with XV Squadron By Martyn R. Ford-Jones · 2019 – Sojourn in Spain: Group Captain Michael Wyatt, DFC


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HERON

Allan Cleave Heron, RAF 133094 – Navigator   (killed in action)
Born in 1922.

Arrived Thursday, 28 October 1943 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 13, including 3 DNC (69 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with A Baird’s crew as  Nav
10 Ops with EW Sachtler’s crew as  Nav, including 3 DNC – 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 149 (ABORTIVE), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 63 (ABORTIVE), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period ARCHDEACON 4 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
25/11/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay (AH Baird), 20/12/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/12/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 20/02/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands (EW Sachtler), 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 03/03/1944 Mining off Le Havre, 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 149 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 11/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 63 (ABORTIVE (DNC), 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period ARCHDEACON 4 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 23/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 5 months 6 days

ME689 was shot down over France, crashing at St Arnault, 12miles South West of Poix-de-la- Somme. There were no survivors and all seven crew were buried in a collective grave.

Killed age 22 on the 2nd of May 1944.

Son of Frank Reginald and Nellie Heron, of Leeds, Yorkshire; Husband of F. R. Heron.

Buried Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard, France.
Grave location – Row A. Coll. grave 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, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


HERROLD

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HERRON

Robert Weir Herron, RNZAF NZ422282 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Monday, 26 July 1920 in Auckland, New Zealand. Employed as a teacher prior to enlistment.

Arrived Tuesday, 04 January 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14    killed on 15th Op
total sorties undertaken 15 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with TG Buckley’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with RJ Watson’s crew as  2nd Pilot
13 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target  (TG Buckley as 2nd Pilot), 20/01/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands  (RJ Watson as 2nd Pilot), 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 10/02/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 03/03/1944 Mining off Morlaix, 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 153 (SUCCESSFUL), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 18 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 118 (SUCCESSFUL), 18/03/1944 Mining in the Heliogoland Bight, 19/03/1944 Mining of River Adour, 21/03/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 13 days

There was no report of Anti Aircraft fire or searchlights. It was apparent, however, that German night-fighters had arrived in numbers, as witnessed by other aircraft coming under attack. One such aircraft was ND796, the Lancaster of F/O Bob Herron and his crew.

Lancaster Mk.III ND796 AA-J was shot down by a night-fighter just North West of the target, crashing 500 metres South East of Langenhart, about a mile North of Messkirch. There were no survivors. All seven crew were buried in a collective grave at Lagenhart. They were later reinterred at Durnbach War Cemetery.

This aircraft was the first 75(NZ) Squadron Lancaster reported missing.

Killed age 23 on the 28th of April 1944.

Son of David Craig Herron, and of Edith Stewart Herron (Nee Smart), of Auckland City, New Zealand. M.A. (Otago University).

Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. C. 1-7.

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


HESLOP

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HESLOPP

Norman Heslopp, RAF 1677689  – Air Gunner  

Arrived Thursday, 23 March 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire from 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron, Downham Market. (Had been posted into No.218 from No.31 Base on the 19th of March but then posted out to 75(NZ) on the 22nd).


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 20
total sorties undertaken 20 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 20 Ops with CNC Crawford’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai, 30/03/1944 Mining of the coast of Holland, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 30/05/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant, 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, 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, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 3 months 14 days

Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Wednesday, 12 July 1944 (exact date of departure not know, but based on arrival at No.7 Squadron on the 27th of July 1944),  to no.7 Squadron P.F.F., Oakington.

Time with Squadron – 3 months 19 days

Operational history after 75(NZ) Squadron
2nd Tour – No. 7 Squadron P.F.F
., Oakington – 10 Ops completed.
15/8/44 Attacks against Soesterberg, 18/8/44 Attacks against Bremen, 25/8/44 Attacks against Russelheim, 6/9/44 Attacks against Emden, 11/9/44 Attacks against Kamen, 12/9/44 Attacks against Frankfurt, 13/9/44 Attacks against Nordstern, 20/9/44 Attacks against Calais, 12/10/44 Attack against Wanne Eickel, 14/10/44 Attack against Duisberg

Lancaster Mk.III PB357 squadron code MG-S of No7 Squadron took off from RAF Oakington at 23:30 on 14th of October 1944 on a bombing mission to Duisburg. It was one of 1005 aircraft dispatched by Bomber Command that night in two waves. This mission was the second phase of Operation Hurricane which had been launched with a massive daylight raid which left the UK shortly after first light on the 14th. The daylight raid involved 1013 RAF bombers attacking Duisburg with a further 1251 American bombers targeting the Cologne area. PB357 appears to have been in the second wave of the night follow up raid on Duisburg and was lost over Germany – it is related that a four engine bomber believed to be PB357 was claimed shot down in the Venlo-Goch area of Germany at around 03.43. The claim was made by Lt Arnold Doring of 7./NJG2 who was flying a JU88.

Died 15 October 1944

Buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany

Buried in Coll. grave 25. B. 2-6.

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 – , RAF Commands.com, The Nachtjagd War Diaries Vol2 by Dr T.E.W. Boiten & R.J.Mackenzie, RAF Bomber Command Losses 1944 by W.R.Chorley, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The Bomber Command War Diaries by M.Middlebrook & C.Everitt  – raid and loss details.


HETHERINGTON

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HEWETT

Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Sunday, 29 April 1923.

Arrived Friday, 05 November 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 20 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 24    killed on 25th Op
total sorties undertaken 29, including 4 DNC (83 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with R Millar’s crew as  R/Gnr
28 Ops with D Warren’s crew as  Mu/Gnr & R/Gnr, including 4 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period PETER 24 (ABORTIVE), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 17 ABORTIVE, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 155 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
11/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (D Warren as Mu/Gnr), 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (D Warren as R/Gnr), 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 25/11/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 16/12/1943 Mining in the Bay of Biscay, 22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 21/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 25/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 27/01/1944 Mining in the Heligoland Area, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 11/02/1944 Mining in the River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour, 20/02/1944 Mining off Morlaix, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period PETER 24 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 07/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 17 ABORTIVE) (DNC), 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL), 13/03/1944 Mining off Brest, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 155 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 18/03/1944 Mining in the Heliogoland Bight, 19/03/1944 Mining of River Adour, 10/04/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon (R Millar), 18/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 24/04/1944 Attack Against Karlsruhe, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months

ND919 exploded in flight and crashed at Castle Elderschans, about 1 mile West of Aardenburg, (Zeeland), Holland. The very brief circumstances suggest the fully armed aircraft probably came under attack by a night-fighter during the early stages of its outbound flight. There were no survivors. All seven crew were buried in Aardenburg General Cemetery.

Killed age 21 on the 12th of May 1944.

Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

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


HEWITSON

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HICKFORD

Leonard Charles Hickford, RNZAF NZ426886 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Friday, 12 January 1923 in Ohakune, New Zealand. Employed as a labourer prior to enlistment.

Arrived Saturday, 13 May 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 21 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 E Howell’s crew as  R/Gnr, 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 21 on the 21st of July 1944.

Son of Charles and Alice Hickford, of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand; grandson of Violet Hickford, of Wanganui.

Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. H. 2-8. 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, 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


HIGGINS

Eric Vincent Keiran Higgins, RAAF AUS.400277 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Monday, 02 March 1914.

Arrived Monday, 03 March 1941 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 27.


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

Undertook 1 Op with GW Hamlin’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with JA Mateich’s crew as  2nd Pilot
3 Ops with REE Fotheringham’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
03/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen  (REE Fotheringham as 2nd Pilot), 05/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Munster  (REE Fotheringham as 2nd Pilot), 10/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne  (GW Hamlin as 2nd Pilot), 13/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen  (JA Matetich as 2nd Pilot), 15/07/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg  (REE Fotheringham as 2nd Pilot)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 12 days

Sgt Fotheringham’s crew failed to return from the operation – the aircraft was officially recorded as lost without trace. The circumstances were unclear, as no evidence, signals or reports came to light. It seems certain, however, that R3171 came down off the Dutch coast, since two bodies were later washed ashore, one being identified as the captain.

Lost without trace age 27 on the 16th of July 1941.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 62.

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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HIGGS

John Ellis ‘Jack’ Higgs, RAF 1161218, 155859 – Wireless Operator  
Born on Wednesday, 29 June 1921 in Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire, Wales. Employed as a Post Office sorting clerk, telegraphist and telegram delivery boy prior to enlistment.

Arrived Wednesday, 01 July 1942 (exact date to be confirmed) at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 21.

1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 27
total sorties undertaken 27 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 17 Ops with J Jackson’s crew as  W/Op
1 Op with GM Allcock’s crew as  W/Op
9 Ops with FA Andrews’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
28/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (J Jackson), 29/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken, 31/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 06/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Duisburg, 27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 16/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Essen, 18/09/1942 Operations. Gardening of St. Nazaire, 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, 22/10/1942 Operations. Daylight Attack on Targets At Lingen, 23/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets At Genoa, 25/10/1942 Operations. Gardening of Frisian Islands, 16/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux, 13/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient, 14/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Cologne, 18/02/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 27/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin (GM Allcock), 05/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands (FA Andrews), 13/05/1943 Bochum, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 19/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 21/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 24/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal, 24/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg, 02/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1yr 5 days
Posted out from 75(NZ) Squadron Monday, 04 October 1943 to No.12 Operational Training Unit. Time with Squadron – 1 years 3 months 3 days

After the war Jack migrated to Southern Rhodesia in 1947 to continue working for the colonial Post Office. He was married in 1949 to Irene a WWII nurse from Scotland who had also migrated to Southern Rhodesia after the war. Jack and Irene had 3 children and he worked in a number of locations in Southern Rhodesia before moving to Northern Rhodesia in 1964 where he eventually became Finance Director of the Zambian Post Office. He retired back to the UK in 1977.

A life lived…….
Passed Tuesday, 12 November 1991 aged 70

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, , Biographical information supplied by Son.


HIGHAM

Frank Douglas Higham, RNZAF NZ416116 – Pilot   (killed in action)
Born on Monday, 09 June 1919 in Onehunga, New Zealand. Employed as a farm hand prior to enlistment.

Arrived Thursday, 05 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 24 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 1 Op with AJL Sedunary’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with A Rankin’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with R Broadbent’s crew as  2nd Pilot
4 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen (AJL Sedunary as 2nd Pilot), 10/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg (A Rankin as 2nd Pilot), 12/08/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (R Broadbent as 2nd Pilot), 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 Nurenburg,

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 2 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 24 on the 28th of August 1943.

Son of Thomas Higham, and of O. E. Higham, of Weymouth, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 9. C. 22.

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


HILDITCH

William Webster Hilditch, RAF 611325 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1920.

Arrived Friday, 01 May 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 23 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 10 Ops with WR Perrott’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
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, 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

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

Stirling Mk.III BK768 AA-L fell victim to the fearsome German night-fighter defensive system, operating as a radar-controlled ‘box’ along the Netherlands/ Belgium coast. Following a night-fighter attack, the Stirling crashed into the Ijsselmeer. The bodies of both Air Gunners and the Captain were recovered and buried in Amsterdam. The Navigator’s body was washed ashore on the 4th of  July near Harderwijk, where he was buried.

The Flight Engineer, Air Bomber and Wireless-operator are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 23 on the 25th of June 1943

Son of Edward and Catherine Hilditch; Husband of Margaret Hilditch, of Blackpool, Lancashire.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 153.

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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Charles Burton Hill, RAF 1372387 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born on Tuesday, 08 January 1918.

Arrived Saturday, 05 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 26 from No.1657 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 DAS King’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 15/08/1944 Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim, 26/08/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 29/08/1944 Attack Against Stettin

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 18 days

Lancaster Mk.I HK594 AA-G was attacked by a night-fighter at 6,500ft while flying on a South East heading over the Swedish coastline, tracking toward Stettin. Cannon shells shattered the tail and rear turret, killing the gunner instantly. The pilot ordered the crew to bale out when the aircraft became uncontrollable and five of them came down in the Baltic but failed to survive. King left the aircraft shortly after and parachuted down not far from Tollarp Village, while the Lancaster plunged into the ground near Svenskop Village, all its bombs exploding on impact causing substantial damage throughout the neighbourhood. A badly injured F/S King was interrogated by the Swedish Military and later interned at Koranas until being repatriated on 10 October 44. Two bodies from the crew were later found in the water and the rear gunner was still in the aircraft wreckage. They were buried at the Hälsingborg (Palsjo) Municipal Cemetery. The remaining crew members were never found and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Killed age 26 on the 30th of August 1944.

Son of James and Annie Hill, of Coaltown of Wemyss, Fife.

Buried Helsingborg (Palsjo) Municipal Cemetery, Sweden.
Grave location – Coll. grave
Sec. XV. 76-80.

God’s greatest gift,
Remembrance’

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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Lawrence Donald Hiltz, RCAF R.88319 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1922.

Arrived Tuesday, 18 August 1942 at R.A.F. Mildenhall, Suffolk, aged 20.


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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  R/Gnr

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 20 on the 29th of August 1942.

Son of Lawrence Carlton Hiltz, and of Freda Jean Hiltz, of Toronto, Ontario.

Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium.
Grave location – XII. E. 9.

Our dearly loved
And only 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, 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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HINTON

James William Hinton, RAF 1150584 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1918.

Arrived Saturday, 01 November 1941 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 24.



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

Undertook 3 Ops with ER Jones’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with Evans’s crew as  R/Gnr
4 Ops with MP Bell’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk (ER Jones), 26/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend, 02/01/1942 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest, 08/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (Evans), 09/03/1942 Attack Against Targets at Essen (MP Bell), 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) – 4 months 5 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, perhps 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 24 on the 29th of March 1942.

Son of Walter and Fanny Hinton, of Cleobury North, Shropshire; Husband of Phyllis Hinton.

Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. A. 1.

Our thoughts oft fly
To days gone by
When you were with us,
For memories never die

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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HIRST

Raymond John Finlay Hirst, RNZAF NZ404067 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born on Monday, 05 April 1920 in Te Aroha, New Zealand. Employed as a farm hand prior to enlistment.

Arrived Wednesday, 13 May 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.


1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 14    killed on 15th Op
total sorties undertaken 15 (93 % completion rate)

Undertook 15 Ops with JC Wilmshurst’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
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, 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, 02/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 08/07/1942 Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven, 10/07/1942 Daylight Sortie Against Dusseldorf

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

X3720, AA-U was the first of the four 75 (NZ) Sqdn aircraft detailed to carry out the attack to take off from Feltwell. They left at around 2.30 in the afternoon,  followed by the Jarman, McLachlan and Kearns crews. The four were recalled on the way to the target, near the Dutch coast, due to lack of cloud cover over the target. All but X3720 were safely back on the ground at Feltwell by 5.37pm.

The Wilmshurst Wellington came down into the sea off the German-Netherlands coast, well north of their expected route back to base. Three of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The bodies of the wireless operator and front gunner washed ashore a few days later onto the German island of Borkum. They were buried there in the Lutheran Cemetery on the 15th, but later re-interred at Sage, 24km south of Oldenburg.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 11th of July 1942.

Son of Albert and Isabel Hirst, of Clevedon, Auckland, New Zealand.

Commemorated 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


HISCOX

Henry John Hiscox, RAF 928092 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1909.

Arrived Wednesday, 28 June 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 35 from No.31 Base.


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

Undertook 5 Ops with ND Davidson’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
15/07/1944 Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne, 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) – 5 days

Lancaster Mk.I HK569 AA-Q was attacked by a German night-fighter over Heibloem, Limburg, The Netherlands on its way to the target, the Fischer Tropsch oil refinery in Homberg, Germany

Pilot, F/S Neil Douglas Davidson RNZAF flew the badly damaged and blazing aircraft on over the River Maas towards Reuver, but turned and tried to land it in the river, he succeeded but it hit the river bank and exploded.

The tail of the aircraft fell away from the fuselage into a field just before impact. F/S Hiscox, Rear Gunner, fell with the turret into a corn field. It is thought he died a day or two afterwards and was found two weeks later by a Dutch farmer’s labourer, Sef Willems, who was a member of the Dutch resistance. F/S Hiscox was buried in the Beesel graveyard. The grave digger had a bunch of flowers with him, but the German soldiers threatened to shoot him if he laid them on completion of the burial, He passed the flowers on to local people who in the dark of night threw them over the cemetery wall onto the grave.

Killed age 35 on the 21st of July 1944.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hiscox, of Newport, Monmouthshire; husband of E. I. M. Hiscox, of Newport.

Buried Beesel Roman Catholic Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Row 2. Grave 1.

At the going down
Of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember him

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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HITCHMOUGH

William Grice Hitchmough, RAF 653978 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Thursday, 01 August 1940 (exact date of arrival not known), at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 19.


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

Undertook 1 Op with RF Noden’s crew as  W/Op
3 Ops with RM Sanderson’s crew as  F/Gnr

Tour History
02/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69 (RF Noden), 10/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome (RM Sanderson as F/Gnr), 16/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL, 23/10/1940 Bombing Attacks on Berlin, Potsdam Station, D.148.

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 21 days
 
Wellington Mk.Ic P.9292 AA-C is known to have crashed into the North Sea off the Danish Coast. Returning from Berlin, it appears that the aircraft might have fallen prey to a number of German night-fighters that were known to be operating in this airspace. All of the crew, with the exception of P/O Frederick Cleak, were lost without trace and are remembered on the Runneymede Memorial. P/O Cleak, whose body was recovered was buried in Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery in Denmark.

Lost without trace age 19 on the 24th of August 1940.

Son of Henry and Annie Hitchmough, of Allerton, Lancashire.

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


HOARE

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HOBBS

Frederick Johns Hobbs, RAF 1609558 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1924.

Arrived Friday, 14 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 19 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  R/Gnr & Mu/Gnr

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 (Mu/Gnr), 22/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim) (Mu/Gnr)

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 19 on the 23rd of June 1943.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 19. G. 2.

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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HODGES

Ronald George Renauf Hodges, RCAF R.92164 – Observer   (killed in action)
Born in 1920.

Arrived Monday, 20 July 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 22.


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

Undertook 4 Ops with TS Barclay’s crew as  Obs

Tour History
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) – 13 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.

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

Joseph Edwards Hoey, RAF 656134 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1911.

Arrived Saturday, 28 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 32 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 LJ Kirkpatrick’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
02/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 03/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Boulogne, 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) – 21 days

Stirling Mk.III EH935 JN-K was brought down between Edesheim and Knoringen, just south of Neustadt. The only two to survive the crash were the Mid Upper Gunner and the Air Bomber, who were captured as P.o.W’s. Those who died were buried at Knoringen, and later reinterred at Rheinberg, south of Wesel.

Killed age 32 on the 23rd of September 1943.

Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Hoey, of Wishaw, Lanarkshire.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 18. B. 2.

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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HOGAN

Denis Patrick Hogan, RNZAF NZ412331 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born on Wednesday, 23 July 1919 in Otahuhu, New Zealand. Employed as a lifter examiner prior to enlistment.

Arrived Friday, 07 August 1942 at R.A.F. Feltwell, Norfolk, aged 23.


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

Undertook 3 Ops with AG Tolley’s crew as  W/Op & F/Gnr
1 Op with AFA Osborn’s crew as  W/OP

Tour History
20/08/1942 Gardening Off St. Nazaire (AG Tolley), 24/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 24/08/1942 Gardening Off Frisian Islands , 27/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Kassel (AFA Osborn)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 7 days

Wellington Mk.III BJ.708 was brought down near the town of Melsungen, 18miles south of Kessel, probably as a result of flak damage. There were no survivors.

All five crew were initially buried in the Korle Cemetery, Melsungen, but later reinterred at Hanover.

Killed age 23 on the 28th of August 1942.

Son of John Joseph and Hilda Agnes Hogan, of Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand.

Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5. K. 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


HOGG

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HOLBROOK

Ivor George Holbrook, RAF 937367 – Flight Engineer   (killed in action)
Born in 1920.

Arrived Wednesday, 25 August 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23 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 4 Ops with WS Masters’s crew as  F/E
1 Op with WM Allen’s crew as  F/E
1 Op with AR Single’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover (WS Masters), 02/10/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 08/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 07/11/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary (WM Allen), 22/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Berlin (AR Single)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months 26 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 23 on the 22nd of November 1943.

Son of George Albert and Honour Holbrook, of Birmingham; Husband of Phyllis Grace Holbrook, of Edgbaston, Birmingham.

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, 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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HOLLEY

Douglas Cecil Holley, RAF 1190121 –  Pilot  (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 – 4    killed on 5th Op
total sorties undertaken 5 (80 % completion rate)

Undertook 5 Ops with PB Chamberlain’s crew as  2nd Pilot
 Op with PB Chamberlain’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
26/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden  (PB Chamberlain as 2nd Pilot), 29/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt  (PB Chamberlain as 2nd Pilot), 30/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg  (PB Chamberlain as 2nd Pilot), 10/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne  (PB Chamberlain as 2nd Pilot), 12/10/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg  (PB Chamberlain as 2nd Pilot)

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 16 days

Little is known of the circumstances, although it seems likely they were the victims of an enemy night-fighter, since four other aircraft from 57, 76, 77, and 102 squadrons, were shot down in the same area that night. X9981 came down near Dinant (Namur), Belgium, with no survivors. All these crew members were buried in the Military Cemetery.

Killed age 19 on the 12th of October 1941.

Buried Dinant (Citadelle) Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Grave location – Grave 2.

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


HOLLIDAY

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HOLLOWAY

Edgar John Holloway, RNZAF NZ429923 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
Born on Monday, 25 October 1915 in Onehunga, New Zealand. Employed as a hospital attendant prior to enlistment.

Arrived Sunday, 13 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 28


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

Undertook 1 Op with RJA Leslie’s crew as  A/B
29 Ops with J Plummer’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim (J Plummer), 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, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 25/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 04/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 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), 02/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg (RJA Leslie), 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 18/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 23/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 25/02/1945 Attack Against Kamen, 27/02/1945 Attack Against Gelsenkirchen, 28/02/1945 Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen), 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, 21/03/1945 Attack Against Munster Viaduct

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 24 days

Lancaster Mk.I NG449 AA-T came under heavy AA fire over the target area and received hits in two engines, then began breaking up. Four of the crew were virtually thrown from the disintegrating aircraft and parachuted to safety, however all were captured as prisoners of war. Both Sgt Fell and F/S McDonald were badly injured. P/O Humphries implored the Germans to arrange medical treatment for them. They were sent to a semi-medical centre where they remained for a short period until the arrival of allied forces.

Killed age 29 on the 21st of March 1945.

Son of John and Beatrice Holloway, of Hokitika, Westland, New Zealand; Husband of Margaret Catherine Holloway, of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 12. G. 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


HOLME

Harry Pears Holme, RAF 1301281 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1908.

Arrived Wednesday, 17 March 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 35.


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

Undertook 7 Ops with DV Hamer’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
10/04/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 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) – 18 days

Stirling Mk.III BK664 AA-M was brought down by A/A fire from a Kreigsmarine (flak ship), battery MAA508, positioned between the Fehmarn-Belt and Lolland Island, in the Baltic. It crashed at 00:23hrs on the western side of Lolland Island and the crew all perished.

The bodies of both air gunners were recovered and are buried in the Svino Churchyard. All other crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed age 35 on the 28th of April 1943.

Son of Thomas and Sarah Holme, of Lower Ince, Wigan, Lancashire; Husband of Eveline Holme, of Lower Ince.

Buried Svino Churchyard, Denmark.
Grave location – Grave 37.

Nobly he
His life for us
That we might still live

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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Joseph Andrew Cletus Holmes, RCAF R.143622 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1922.

Training: 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. (dates taken from logbook of Andy Baines, A/B in the crew)

Arrived Tuesday, 29 June 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 21 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  Mu/Gnr

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

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 21 on the 24th of August 1943.

Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 1. D. 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, Original research in the creation of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF ‘Roll of Honour’, Kevin King & John Tyler, Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


HOLT

Derek Arthur Holt, RAF 1217087 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1923.

Arrived Thursday, 16 September 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 20 from No.1651 Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 6 Ops with GJS Kerr’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
24/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 04/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt, 08/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 19/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen, 01/12/1943 Mining off the East Coast of Denmark

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

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J diverted to RAF Acklington on return from the above task and crashed into a house a short distance from the perimeter during a landing attempt at 22.40hrs. All of the crew were killed except the M/U gunner, Sgt K Hook, who was seriously injured. Five children in the family living in the house were killed. Their parents were pulled from the wreckage alive but badly injured.

Killed age 20 on the 1st of December 1943.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Holt, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Buried St. Helens Cemetery, Lancashire, England.
Grave location – Sec. 4. 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, 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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HOND

Reginald Samuel Hond., RAF 1214443 – Wireless Operator   (killed in action)
Born in 1921.

Arrived Tuesday, 29 August 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23 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 with AR Galletley’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
05/09/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 14/09/1944 Attack Against Waasenaar, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Boulogne, 20/09/1944 Attack Against Calais, 23/09/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 26/09/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 05/10/1944 Attack Against Saarbrucken

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 months

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

Killed age 23 on the 5th of October 1944.

Son of Henry and Freda Hond, of Palmer’S Green, Middlesex.

Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. G. 10-14.

In loving memory.
May his soul rest in peace

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


HONE

Sidney George Hone, RAF 2221190 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1909.

Arrived Tuesday, 29 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 R Gordon’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
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, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 17/09/1944 Attack Against Emmerich, 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), 18/10/1944 Attack Against Bonn, 19/10/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 21/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 22/10/1944 Attack Against Neuss, 23/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 25/10/1944 Attack Against Essen, 28/10/1944 Attack Against Flushing, 30/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 31/10/1944 Attack Against Cologne, 15/11/1944 Attack Against Dortmund, 16/11/1944 Attack Against Heinsberg, 20/11/1944 Attack Against Homberg

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

PB609 encountered heavy flak after bombing, when approximately 8mls NE 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 35 on the 20th of November 1944.

Husband of Ivy Bessie Hone, of Ward End, Birmingham.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 25. G. 14.

There’s much in life
That’s altered
But one thing just the same,
Our love for you

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


HOOK

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HOOPER

Frederick George Hooper., RAF 1234152 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1922.

Arrived Saturday, 15 May 1943 at R.A.F. Newmarket, Suffolk, aged 21 from No.1651 Heavy Conversion Unit.


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

Undertook 3 Ops with SR Thonley’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
21/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 25/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 8 days

Stirling Mk.III BF561 AA-O was brought down near the village of Gladbeck, 21 miles North West of the target. The crew may have been on their bombing run-up when hit by either AA fire or by a night- fighter. The bomb load was still on board when the aircraft crashed and exploded on impact, killing all on board. They were buried in a collective grave at Gladbeck but later reinterred at Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

Killed age 21 on the 30th of May 1943.

Son of Harry and Amy Victoria Maud Hooper, of Brighton, Sussex.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 29. E. 15-18.

To the memory
Of our dear son.
“Till we meet again”
Mum, dad and family

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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HOPE

Lawrence Beresford Hamilton Hope, RNZAF NZ40940 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)(prisoner of war)
Born on Sunday, 18 June 1916 in Hamilton, New Zealand. Employed as a fisherman prior to enlistment.

Arrived Friday, 31 October 1941 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 JS Wilson’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
07/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend, 08/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 1 days

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8942 AA-J was hit by flak and crashed at 22:15hrs, at Zuidland (Zuid Holland), 13 miles South West of Rotterdam. All except the rear gunner, Sgt Hope, were killed. They were buried in Rotterdam City’s General Cemetery. Sgt Hope was taken Prisoner of War and imprisoned in Stalag 357. Sgt. Hope died whilst in captivity.

Survived crash but killed whilst being transported as a P.o.W. age 28 on the 19th of April 1945.
Prisoner of War Number: 24510
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags VIIIB, Luft III, Luft VI and 357. Promoted to W/O whilst interred.

Son of Percy Douglas and Martha Harriet Hope, of French Pass, Nelson, New Zealand.

Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 6. B. 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, 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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HOPKINS

Talfryn Barton Hopkins, RCAF R.64714 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
Born in 1919.

Arrived Friday, 08 August 1941 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 7 Ops with KVD Roe’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
18/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Docks at Dunkirk, 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, 08/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel, 11/09/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel

Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 24 days

Wellington 1C R1038 AA-H and crew was lost without trace.

Lost without trace age 22 on the 12th of September 1941.

Son of Richard W. and Ida May Hopkins.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 60.

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


HOPKINS

TJ
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