R9250

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 09/12/42 Turin AA-C P/O Bettles 08:00
2 16/12/42 Gardening off Bordeaux   AA-C F/S Blincoe 07:30
4 17/12/42 Fallersleben AA-C P/O McCullough 06:28
5 08/01/43 Gardening off the North Sea of Denmark AA-C P/O McCullough 05:00
6 12/01/43 Mining in the Gironde Estuary AA-C P/O McCullough 06:30
7 14/01/43 Lorient AA-C F/L Parish 05:44
8 15/01/43 Lorient AA-C P/O McCullough 04:50
9 23/01/43 Lorient AA-C P/O Blincoe 04:40
10 27/01/43 Gardening off Terschelling AA-C Sgt. Scott 03:20
11 03/02/43 Hamburg AA-C P/O Blincoe Missing
Total Op hours 76:02

 

03/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with 4 lb. incendiaries. The crews were instructed to return if they hit bad weather, which unfortunately they did. Heavy cloud and icing were experienced forcing five aircraft to return early. Two aircraft attacked the target but they were unable to observe results owing to 10/10ths. cloud. Some A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered although low cloud prevented accuracy. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was good. Two aircraft failed to return, they were Stirling 1 BK604 captained by P/O J McCullough and Stirling 1 R9280 captained by P/O K.H. Blincoe. This was a sad loss as they were two of the oldest captains in the Squadron, with them was also lost Sergt. Scott and P/O Henderson, two new captains gaining experience as second pilot. This leaving us with two headless crews.

Stirling Mk.I R9250 AA-C

P/O Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Andrew James Newell ‘Dougal’ Scott RNZAF NZ414685 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Navigator.
Sgt. George Wood Cook, RNZAF NZ412514 – Air Bomber.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Desmond David Hayward, RAFVR 651764 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Edward. McDermott, RCAF R.96960 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Flight Time – Missing

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 NNE of Tiel, Hollnd. All on board were killed. They were buried in Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery.

P/O Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Killed age 33.
Son of Francis Blincoe and of Ruth Blincoe (Nee Packer), of Nelson, New Zealand; Husband of Ida Annie Blincoe, of Murchison, Nelson.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 13. Grave 212.

P/O Andrew James Newell Scott, RNZAF NZ414685 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of William Lorimer Scott and Marian Phebe Scott, of Mataura, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 91.

Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Navigator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Arthur and Carrie Boese, of East Ham, Essex; Husband of Irene Emily Boese (Nee Middleton), of East Ham.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 92.
‘With tender love And deep regret We who loved you Will never forget’

Sgt. George Wood Cook, RNZAF NZ412514 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 24.
Son of Samuel Arthur and Eva Harriette Cook, of Otorohanga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 13. Grave 211.

F/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 23.
Son of Harold and Priscilla Lowe, of Horsham, Sussex; Husband of Chrissie Lowe, of Horsham.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 13. Grave 213.
‘I give my body to the earth My soul to God My heart for England’

Sgt. Desmond David Hayward, RAF 651764 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 20.
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’

F/S Edward Mcdermott, RCAF 96960 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son of Mrs. D. Hastings, of London, Ontario, Canada.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 93.
‘In my Father’s house Are many mansions’

Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 24.
Son of Irwin Clearwater and of Jacobina Manson Clearwater (Nee Bain), of Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 89.