J.R. Randle crew 24.10.43 †

24/10/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with mines of 1,500lbs. One aircraft returned early owing to navigational failiure and the other aircraft dropped its mines, but on return as, apparently about to land, it crashed 1 ½ miles S.W. of this aerodrome and almost instantly caught fire and burnt out. The Captain, F/SGT. J.R. RANDLE and the Navigator F/SGT. P.M. East, the Air Bomber Sgt. J.J. Purves and the Wireless Operator F/Sgt. W. R. MYHILL were killed. The Flight Engineer, SGT. I.E. James and the Rear Gunner, Sgt. E.H. Bissett were admitted to R.A.F. Hospital, ELY. The Mid-Upper Gunner was uninjured.

Stirling Mk.III EF142 AA-C

F/S James Robert Randle, RNZAF NZ416539 – Pilot.
F/S Patton Mason East, RNZAF NZ426083 – Navigator.
F/S James John Purves, RNZAF NZ422207 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William Raymond Myhill, RAFVR 1392196 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. I.E. James, RAFVR 1850021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Ramsay, RAFVR 1570005 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stuart Richard Bisset, RAFVR 1473254 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:44 – Landed 21:43
Flight Time 03:59

Crashed on return to Mepal airfield

Stirling Mk.III EF142 AA-C overshot the runway on landing at base and an attempt was made to go around again at 300ft. The aircraft crashed and caught fire, South West of the airfield. The Pilot, Navigator and Wireless Operator died, and the Air Bomber succumbed the following day. The Flight Engineer and Rear Gunner escaped with injuries. The mid upper gunner escaped uninjured.

F/S James Robert Randle, RNZAF NZ416539 – Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of William Randle and of Sarah Jane Randle (Nee Stevenson), of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 14723.

F/S Patton Mason East, RNZAF NZ426083 – Navigator.
Killed age 29.
Son of Frank and Clara East; Husband of Rieka East, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 14523.

F/S James John Purves, RNZAF NZ422207 – Air Bomber.
Died of Injuries age 35.
Son of James Purves and of Martha Purves (Nee Davis); Husband of Isabella Margaret Purves, of Orangimea, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 14723.

Sgt. William Raymond Myhill, RAFVR 1392196 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Buried Acle (St.Edmund) Churchyard, Norfolk, England..
Grave location – –

Sgt. I.E. James, RAFVR 1850021 – Flight Engineer.
Injured

Sgt. W. Ramsay, RAFVR 1570005 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Uninjured

Sgt.Stuart Richard Bisset, RAFVR 1473254 – Rear Gunner.
Injured