R9247

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 20/11/42 Turin AA-V/W? P/O Trott 07:45
1 22/11/42 Stuttgart AA-V/W? F/L Parish 02:10
2 08/12/42 Gardening in the Baltic AA-V/W? F/L Parish 09:00
3 09/12/42 Turin AA-V/W? F/S Bailey 08:30
4 16/12/42 Gardening off Bordeaux AA-V/W? F/S Rousseau not recorded
5 17/12/42 Fallersleben AA-W F/S Rousseau missing
Total Op hours 27:25

 

17/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Fallersleben
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000lb. This was to be a low level flight all the way climbing to 5,000feet to bomb. Four out of the five aircraft unfortunately failed to return. They were the Squadron Commander, Wing Commander V. Mitchell, D.F.C., captain of Stirling I BF396 who took W/O Bagnall and crew who had only arrived a few days previously. Stirling I,BF400 captained by F/O Jacobson, Stirling 1, BK620 captained by P/O R.E. Williams, and Stirling I, R9247 captained by F/Sgt. Rousseau. The one aircraft to return was captained by P/O McCullough who could not find the target owing to rain and bad visibility, and bombed an alternative. This was an aerodrome, the bombs were seen to explode on the flare path and hangars. A.A. fore was fairly heavy and a few searchlights were seen. The aircraft was twice attacked by fighters but they were driven off on each occasion, on return the aircraft was found to have four holes believed due to combat with one of the fighters. The weather was clear to the target but developed to rain and 7/10th cloud on return. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I R.9247 AA-W

F/S Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RAFVR 1168876 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Morton WW,   – .
Sgt. John Fellows, RAFVR R.78046 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Pullar Henry Welsh Pullar , RNZAF NZ411777 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Stirling Mk.I R.9247 AA-W was brought down near Vechta airfield, 30 miles South West of Bremen, Germany, while en route to or from the target. None of the crew survived the crash. All are buried in the Reinberg Cemetery.

F/S Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Killed age 23.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 17. H. 20.

P/O Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Killed age 20.
Son of John and Ann Liddle Clark, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.

Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock, RAFVR 1168876 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 20.
Son of Owen Francis and Winifred Mary Mocock, of Headington, Oxford.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.
‘Greater love
Hath no man than this’

Sgt. Christopher James Kendal, RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of Christopher and Edith Maude Kendal, of Napier, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.

Sgt. William Wilson Morton, RAF 621322 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 23.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.

F/S John Fellows, RCAF 78046 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of James Percy and Ethel May Fellows, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.
‘He died
That we might live’

Sgt. Henry Welsh Pullar, RNZAF NZ411777 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 25.
Son of Henry Charles Pullar, and of Ethel Pullar (Nee Welsh), of Otahuti, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.