Albert Hart Robertson Zillwood, D.F.C. RNZAF NZ4310159 – Navigator
Born on Saturday, 07 February 1920 in Carterton, New Zealand.
Arrived Wednesday, 17 November 1943 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 23 from 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit, Waterbeach.
Ops total with Squadron – 24
total sorties undertaken 28 (86 % completion rate)
Undertook 28 Ops with CW McCardle’s crew as Nav, including 4 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea, 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 (ABORTIVE), 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund.
25/11/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 30/11/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 22/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target, 04/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 14/01/1944 Attack against a Special Target, 03/02/1944 Mining in St. Malo, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 15/02/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 20/02/1944 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC), 24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 25/02/1944 Mining in Baltic Sea (DNC), 04/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 (ABORTIVE), 05/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 153 (SUCCESSFUL), 16/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Amiens, 11/04/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 26/04/1944 Attack Against Essen, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly, 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, 22/05/1944 Attack Against Dortmund (DNC), 24/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 27/05/1944 Attack Against Aachen, 31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes, 11/06/1944 Attack Against Nantes
Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 6 months 17 days
Awards & Citations
LONDON GAZETTE, 21 July, 1944
Distinguished Flying Cross (imm)
Flying Officer Albert Hart Robertson ZILLWOOD (NZ) 4310159), RNZAF., 75 (NZ) Sqn.
“This officer and warrant officer were navigator and air bomber respectively on an aircraft detailed to attack a target at Nantes. Shortly after making the attack the aircraft sustained damage. The pilot was seriously wounded and was unable to execute his duties. Despite his lack of experience Warrant Officer Hurse took over the controls and with the assistance of Flying Officer Zillwood succeeded in flying the damaged aircraft to base. These members of aircraft crew displayed exceptional coolness, great determination and devotion to duty in most difficult circumstances. They have completed very many sorties against heavily defended targets in Germany”
A life lived…….
Passed Thursday, 21 October 1999 aged 79
Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, , Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph – date of birth and death, Recorded in The Gazette (London Gazette) – date and citation for award of Distinguished Flying Cross
Vernon John ‘Taffy’ Zinzan, RNZAF NZ425314 – Pilot
Born on Saturday, 18 May 1912.
Enlisted, Saturday, 30 May 1942.
Training: Reported to Rotorua Intial Training Wing (ITW) 26th November 1942 as Leading Air Cadet A/P Gp V.To Harewood No.3 Elementary Flying Training School (3 EFTS) 9th January 1943. Embarked for Canada for pilot training 5th May 1943. Disembarked & attached to Royal Canadian Airforce (RCAF) with effect from 19th May 1943. To No.4 Service Flying Training School (date unknown), Saskatoon. To No15 Service Flying Training School 14th June 1943, Claresholm. Awarded flying badge & promoted to Sgt. Pilot 15th October 1943 (to F/Sgt 15th April 1944). To No.1 “Y” Depot (date unknown), Halifax, Nova Scotia (or possibly Lachine, Quebec). Embarked for UK (date unknown). Disembarked UK and to No.12 Personnel Reception Centre, Padgate Warrington, 10th November 1944. To No.18 (P) Advanced Flying Unit 25th April 1944. To No.16 Operational Training Unit 17th July 1944. To No.31 Base 29th September 1944, to 1668 Conversion Unit 13th October 1944.
Arrived Sunday, 03 December 1944 at R.A.F. Mepal, Cambridgeshire, aged 32 from No. 1668 Heavy Conversion Unit, Bottesford.
Ops total with Squadron – 32
total sorties undertaken 33 (97 % completion rate)
Undertook 1 Op with WJ Wakelin’s crew as 2nd Pilot
32 Ops as Pilot , including 1 DNC – 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne
11/12/1944 Attack Against Osterfeld, 12/12/1944 Attack Against Witten, 21/12/1944 Attack Against Trier, 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, 13/01/1945 Attack Against Saarbrucken, 15/01/1945 Attack Against Langendreer, 16/01/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 01/02/1945 Attack Against Munchen Gladbach, 02/02/1945 Attack Against Wiesbaden, 09/02/1945 Attack Against Hohenbudburg, 13/02/1945 Attack Against Dresden, 14/02/1945 Attack Against Chemnitz, 16/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 19/02/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 20/02/1945 Attack Against Dortmund, 02/03/1945 Attack Against Cologne, 04/03/1945 Attack Against Wanne Eickel, 06/03/1945 Attack Against Salzbergen, 07/03/1945 Attack Against Dessau, 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, 17/03/1945 Attack Against Auguste Viktoria, 20/03/1945 Attack Against Hamm, 23/03/1945 Attack Against Wesel, 29/03/1945 Attack Against Salzgitter, 04/04/1945 Attack on Meresburg, 13/04/1945 Attack on Kiel, 14/04/1945 Attack on Potsdam
Operational Duration (first to last Op) – 4 months 3 days
A life lived…….
Passed Wednesday, 21 March 2007 aged 94.
Buried, Mauku Cemetery, Findlay Road, Mauku, Auckland, New Zealand.
Sources used in the creation of this entry: The National Archives: AIR 27/645 1916 Oct. 1941 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/646 1942 Jan. 1943 Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/647 1944 Jan. Dec. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, AIR 27/648 1945 Jan. Oct. No 75 Squadron: Operations Record Book, Op history generated from Squadron Form 541 database, created by Simon Sommerville/ 75nzsquadron.com, , Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph – date of death and burial details