R.J. Newton crew 28.12.44 2nd Tour †

28/12/1944 – Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Gremberg Marshalling yard at Cologne carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Nineteen aircraft bombed the target and one bombed short due to technical failure. One aircraft AA”S” captained by NZ425292 F/O D. Sadgrove returned early owing to engine trouble. Crews were satisfied that the attack was successful, many reporting smoke rising well above the cloud tops. Slight H/F was experienced, but no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

W/C Raymond John Newton, RNZAF NZ40984 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839, 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761, 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Brown, RAFVR 996517 – Flight Engineer.
F/S B. Concannon, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:09 – Landed 17:09
Flight Time 05:00

01/01/1945 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel, in daylight. Nineteen aircraft took off, seventeen of which attacked the primary target. F/O McMillan attacked a last resort target. NZ40984 W/Cdr. R.J. Newton and NZ429286 P/O R. Aitchison as second pilot, failed to return. There was very little opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III ME321 AA-N

W/C Raymond John Newton, RNZAF NZ40984 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ429286 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Harry Sansome, RAFVR 1583772 – Navigator.
F/S Arthur Lee, RAFVR 1622893 – Air Bomber.
F/S Victor James Clark, RAFVR 1811271 – Wireless Operator.
F/S John Stanley Hoskins, RAFVR 652139 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Martin Brennan, RAFVR 1596812 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leonard James Cooke, RAFVR 3011677 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:48 – Landed Missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.III ME321 AA-N crashed near the Dutch town of Maastricht, probably through contact with enemy fighters. There were no survivors. Sgt Martin Brennan was buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery, the other seven crew are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. It was thought that this was W/C Newton’s 50th operational sortie.

W/C Raymond John Newton, RNZAF NZ40984 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 28.
Son of John King Newton and Maud Elizabeth Newton, of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 284.

P/O Richard Justin   Aitchison, RNZAF NZ429286 – 2nd Pilot.
Lost without trace age 28.
Son of Oliver Christie Aitchison and Lilly Evans Aitchison; husband of Olga Aitchison, of Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 285.

Sgt. Harry Sansome, RAFVR 1583772 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of William and Alice Sansome, of Nottingham.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 276.

F/S Arthur Lee, RAFVR 1622893 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 25.
Son of Alice Lee, of Fagley, Yorkshire; Husband of Dorothy Alice Lee, of Little Massingham, Norfolk.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 271.

Sgt. Victor James Clark, RAFVR 1811271 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of William James Clark, and of Jane Clark, of Tottenham, Middlesex.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 274.

F/S John Stanley Hoskins, RAF 652139 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of Arthur James Hoskins and Agnes Maud Hoskins, of Devauden Green, Monmouthshire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 271.

Sgt. Martin Brennan, RAFVR 1596812 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Brennan, of Horden, Co. Durham.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.     .
Grave location – 23. H. 2.
‘Greater love no man hath
Than to lay down
His life for his friends R.I.P.’

Sgt. Leonard James Cooke, RAFVR 3051677 – Rear Gunner.
Lost without trace age 19.
Son of Alfred James Cooke and Fanny Elizabeth Cooke, of Alum Rock, Birmingham.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 274.