A.R. Single crew 2.10.43 †

02/10/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs. One returned early and bought its mines back, the other two, however, successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open. This operation was uneventful, except for light A.A. fire, which was ineffective. No enemy aircraft were encountered. 10/10ths cloud was prevalent in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J ‘Johnny’

F/S Alan Roy Single, RAAF AUS.413144 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Brothwell, RAFVR 135042 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Edward Stanley Margetts, RNZAF NZ422665 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Richmond Whittington, RNZAF NZ416030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Harrington, RAFVR 1477334 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Victor Stanley Hughes, RAFVR 1796312 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Arthur George Bernard, RNZAF NZ424964 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 03:30

08/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lbs., 500lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs. And 4lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Results were rather disappointing as owing to thick cloud, it was not possible to assess the damage. Very few fires were seen and only ne large explosion was observed. Slight ineffective A.A. Fire was encountered. Searchlights were active but hampered by cloud. Several combats with enemy aircraft took place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. SPIERS,R. claimed a M.E.109 as probably destroyed and a M.E.110, as damaged. Another M.E.109, was claimed as damaged by the aircraft captain by P/O. O. White. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EJ108 AA-O

F/O Allan Mason Forbes Alexander, RNZAF NZ41712 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alan Roy Single, RAAF AUS.413144 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Harold Sidney Frank Daborn, RNZAF NZ415675 – Navigator.
F/S Philip Hutcheson Pullyn, RNZAF NZ416643 – Air Bomber.
F/S Thomas James Mayhew, RNZAF NZ415549 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frank Howard, RAFVR 643578 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Armstrong ‘Doc’ Lyon, RCAF R.108340 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Hamish ‘Mac’ MacDonald, RNZAF NZ417219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 05:00

04/10/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. Some A.A. fire was encountered and one aircraft received slight damage, on return it landed at HERNE. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good and it was clear in the mining area. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EJ901? ??-?

F/S Alan Roy Single, RAAF AUS.413144 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Brothwell, RAFVR 135042 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Edward Stanley Margetts, RNZAF NZ422665 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Richmond Whittington, RNZAF NZ416030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Harrington, RAFVR 1477334 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Victor Stanley Hughes, RAFVR 1796312 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Arthur George Bernard, RNZAF NZ424964 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 06:15

18/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active. Many enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK396 ??-?

F/S Alan Roy Single, RAAF AUS.413144 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Brothwell, RAFVR 135042 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Edward Stanley Margetts, RNZAF NZ422665 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Richmond Whittington, RNZAF NZ416030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Harrington, RAFVR 1477334 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Victor Stanley Hughes, RAFVR 1796312 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Arthur George Bernard, RNZAF NZ424964 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 23:05
Flight Time 05:25

22/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Four aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lbs and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to an Oxygen failure and two failed to return. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped its bombs in the Target Area. It was very difficult to assess the results as there was 10/10ths cloud over the target. Little opposition was encountered and no incidents were reported. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III LJ453 Captained by F/S A.Single and EF148 Captained by F/S. J. TURNER.

Stirling Mk.III LJ453 AA-K

F/S Alan Roy Single, RAAF AUS.413144 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Brothwell, RAFVR 135042 – Navigator.
F/S John Edward Stanley Margetts, RNZAF NZ422665 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Richmond Whittington, RNZAF NZ416030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ivor George Holbrook, RAFVR 937367 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Victor Stanley Hughes, RAFVR 1796312 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Arthur George Bernard, RNZAF NZ424964 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Stirling Mk.III LJ453 AA-K was brought down over Germany, crashing about a mile South South East of Arlen, between Gemmerich and Dolberg. The lack of AA fire in the target area suggested that a night fighter was probably responsible for the loss of the Stirling.

There were no survivors. The seven crew were buried at Achmer, and later reinterred at Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

F/S Alan Roy Single, RAAF AUS.413144 – Pilot.
Killed age 26.
missing from list
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 9. A. 20

F/O Jack Brothwell, RAFVR 135042 – Navigator.
Killed age 24.
Son of Frederick and Nellie Brothwell, of Southey Green, Sheffield.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 9. A. 22-25.

F/S John Edward Stanley Margetts, RNZAF NZ422665 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 25.
Son of William Francis and Eva Lilian Margetts, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 9. A. 22-25.

F/S Eric Richmond Whittington, RNZAF NZ416030 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Walter Benjamin and Beatrix Nellie Whittington, of Pakowhai, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 9. A. 19.

Sgt. Ivor George Holbrook, RAFVR 937367 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 23.
Son of George Albert and Honour Holbrook, of Birmingham; Husband of Phyllis Grace Holbrook, of Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 9. A. 22-25.

Sgt. Victor Stanley Hughes, RAFVR 1796312 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 9. A. 21.

F/S Arthur George Bernard, RNZAF NZ424964 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of Frank Horace and May Bernard, of Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 9. A. 22-25.

 

 

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