S.B.T. Davis crew 28.08.42 †

27/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington BJ.584 captained by Sgt. Burril met JU88 when about 30 miles from target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman claims to have shot down the JU88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700ft at the Dutch Coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt Osbourn failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.725 AA-H

W/C Victor Mitchell, RAF 37755 – Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Bernard Thomas Davis, RAFVR 1165309 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Walter Duncan McAlpine, RNZAF NZ403551 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lumley Durham Ashwin, RCAF NZ41563 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William George Henry White, RNZAF NZ41717 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 05:45

28/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. And 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen, A.A. fire was heavy but inaccurate, there were large concentrations of searchlights, enemy aircraft were very accurate. Wellington BJ.837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday reported that the whole town was ablaze and fires were observed 70 miles from the target. Four bomber and one presumed to be fighter were seen falling in flames. The nacelle tanks were pulled in the Amiens region, approximately 60 miles from the coast. Aircraft landed at Tangmere owing to shortage of petrol. On landing one tyre was discovered to be burst. Wellington X.3936 captained by P/O Trott, was attacked by ME.110 fire was returned and the rear gunner, Sgt. Hamerton, reported that the enemy aircraft was hit, no further fire was exchanged. the weather was excellent being clear moonlight over the target, navigation was very good by D/R and T/R. Wellington BJ.673 captained by Sgt. Davis and Wellington X.3389 captained by Sgt. Perks failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.673 AA-?

Sgt. Sydney Bernard Thomas Davis, RAFVR 1165309 – Pilot.
Sgt. Horace David Baittle, RCAF R.79439 – Observer.
Sgt. Daniel Archibald McKay, RCAF R.73282 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Arthur Vickers, RCAF 1115126 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lawrence Donald Hiltz, RCAF R.88319 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Wellington Mk.III BJ.673 was brought down at about 23:15hrs, 10 miles West of St Niklaas (13miles South West of Antwerp), Belgium. There were no survivors. The time and position of the crash, proximity from base and known strategies of enemy night-fighters in this area, indicates a strong possibility that the aircraft was shot down while en route to the target. The bodies were first buried in the Moerbeke Cemetery but were later reinterred in the Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem.

F/S Sydney Bernard Thomas Davis, RAFVR 1165309 – Pilot.
Killed age 20.
Son of Bert and Alice Davis, of Stroud, Gloucestershire, England; Husband of Edna May Davis, of Lightpill, Gloucestershire.
Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – XII. E. 11.
‘He asked life of Thee,
And Thou gavest him
A long life:
Even for ever and ever’

F/S Horace David Baittle, RCAF 79439 – Observer.
Killed age 19.
Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – XII. E. 8.

F/S Charles Henry Vickers, RAFVR 1115126 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of John Henry and Mary Louisa Vickers, of Newton Heath, Manchester, England.
Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – XII. E. 10.
‘And for His dwelling
And His throne
He chooseth
The pure in heart’

F/S Daniel Archibald Mckay, RCAF 73282 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 31.
Son of G. E. Roach Mckay and Mary Mckay, of Springhill, Nova Scotia.
Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – XII. E. 12.
‘Loving and kind
In all his ways
Upright and just
To the end of his days’

F/S Lawrence Donald Hiltz, RCAF 88319 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 20.
Son of Lawrence Carlton Hiltz, and of Freda Jean Hiltz, of Toronto, Ontario.
Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – XII. E. 9.
‘Our dearly loved
And only son’