R9290

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 07/02/43 Attack Against Targets at Lorient AA-Y F/L Trott 05:05
2 28/02/43 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire AA-Y F/S Rothschild 05:01
3 28/04/43 Mining in Kiel Bay AA-Y Sgt. Lewis Missing

 

28/04/1943 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs. One of these aircraft returned early owing to its compass being faulty and four failed to return. The remaining three aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered which is believed to have come from an A.A. ship in the mining area. No enemy aircraft were seen. Visibility was fairly good, with scattered cloud in the mining area. Navigation was very good. Stirlings Mk.1 R9290, Sgt. A. Lewis, W.7513 – Sgt. K. Halliburton, BF.467 – P/O D. Thompson, Mk.III BK664 – P/O. D.V. Hamer, failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I R9290 AA-Y

Sgt. Alfred Edward Lewis, RAAF AUS.412458 – Pilot.
Sgt. Henry George Corin, RNZAF NZ417269 – Navigator.
P/O Charles John Bickman, RAFVR 49977 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Frederick Arthur Moulton, RAFVR 1292879 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew Graham, RAFVR 1369996 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Herbert Whitehart, RAFVR 964185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Victor Charles Howes, RNZAF NZ413418 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Stirling Mk.I R9290 AA-Y was operating in the ‘Radish’ area of the Fehmar-Belt, in the Baltic, and was brought down in the sea off the Danish Island of Lolland, to the West of the Vesternaes. There were no survivors.

The crew is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

F/S Alfred Edward Lewis, RAAF AUS.412458 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 25.
Son of Herbert and Mabel Jane Lewis, of Coolamon, New South Wales, Australia.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 193.

Sgt. Henry George Corin, RNZAF NZ417269 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 34.
Son of George Corin, and of Harriet Mary Corin (Nee Stanton), of Te Kuiti, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.

F/O Charles John Bickham, RAFVR 49977 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 24.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 123.

Sgt. Frederick Arthur Moulton, RAFVR 1292879 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of Anselm and Daisy Jane Hilda Moulton, of Tonbridge, Kent.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 160.

Sgt. Andrew Graham, RAFVR 1369996 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 21.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 151.

Sgt. John Herbert Whitehart, RAFVR 964185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of Arthur and Harriet Whitehart, of Ipswich, Suffolk.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 169.

Sgt. Victor Charles Howes, RNZAF NZ413418 – Rear Gunner.
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of V. R. and Dolina Howes, of Albury, South Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.