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Bruce Hosie RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator. 1942

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Many thanks to Steve for passing on this complete copy of the logbook of Bruce Hosie, Wireless Operator with Jack Baliey’s 1st tour crew between September 1942 and May 1943.

After completing his tour with 75(NZ) Squadron RAF, Bruce went to 1665 and 1660 Conversion Units as an instructor before begining a second tour in January 1944 with 617 (Dambusters) Squadron at Woodall Spa.

At 617 Bruce flew initially with a F/Lt. Cooper and then the majority of his 29 Ops with F/O Bobby Knights, including the well known attack on the Tirpitz on the 15th of September 1944, that required the attacking force to first fly to to Yagodnik, near Archangel in Russia, refuel, mount he attack, before returning to Yagodnik to refuel again, before finally returning to Base, via Lossiemouth.

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On 75 Sq. L to R, two ground crew, Navigators F/O Ormerod (Gisborne) then Bruce Hosie, Sixth from left is P/O Jack Bailey, Pilot of AA-V ‘Waikato’.
Photo published on Wings Over New Zealand forum, from NZBCA Archives, via Peter Wheeler.

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Bruce, taken with the Knights crew whilst on his 2nd tour with 617 Squadron.
Photo published on Wings Over New Zealand forum, from NZBCA Archives, via Peter Wheeler.

On the 7th of October 1944 Bruce took off with Squadron Leader Drew Wyness’ crew for a 16 aircraft Op on the Kembs Barrage.Allowing for a relatively high number of either recalled or ‘DCO’ Ops, this would have been Bruce’s 30th Op with 617 Squadron.

Lancaster Mk.I NG180, KC-S was hit repeatedly, but managed to drop its tallboy bomb before crashing into the Rhine near the town of Chalampe, on the Franco-German border.

At the time of writing this post I am not sure as to the fate of the rest of the crew, however it was later reported that Drew Wyness and Bruce Hosie had managed to get into their dinghy, but had been captured by German soldiers. Having been taken to the nearby village to be interrogated, they were taken back to the river and both shot in the back of their heads before their bodies were pushed back into the river. Their bodies were recovered some 50 miles down stream near Toul. Both now lay in Cholay War Cemetery.

(information regarding the fate of Bruce Hosie taken form “617: Going to War with Today’s Dambusters” by Tim Bouquet from a quote by Tony Iveson and Dambusters.org ‘lost in action’ section.)

View Bruce’s logbook here.

 

A little more on Jack Bailey……

Many thanks for the following from Chris, who has done some ‘joining of dots’ based on a few recent posts – its good to have people look at the stuff I am getting – too often I suffer from not being able to see the wood for the trees – all secondary review and analysis is much appreciated!

On 75 Sq. L to R, two ground crew, Navigators F/O Ormerod (Gisborne) then Bruce Hosie, Sixth from left is P/O Jack Bailey, Pilot of Waikato. Image supplied by Peter Wheeler.

On 75 Sq. L to R, two ground crew, Navigators F/O Ormerod (Gisborne) then Bruce Hosie, Sixth from left is P/O Jack Bailey, Pilot of Waikato. Photo published on Wings Over New Zealand forum, from NZBCA Archives, via Peter Wheeler.

Project ORB, February 43, under “ARRIVALS AND DESPATCHES OF AIRCRAFT”:
“2.2.43  Stirling I BF443 received from Short & Harlands, Long Kesch. Auth:41G/9286.”
– refers to this aircraft, Mk I Stirling BF443, AA-V, apparently named “Waikato”:

I believe that the guy between Hosie and Bailey is Jack Wall, A/B. The other crew members will be Sgt’s Livingston, Ottaway, and Thompson (not able to identify which is which, although that’s probably the F/E Livingston to the right of Bailey, since the other two are wearing gunner-type suits).

This was during Jack Bailey’s first tour with 75, the same Jack Bailey who went on to become O/C C Flight at 75 (NZ) Sqdn on his second tour, and of course regular Pilot of Lancaster NE181, JN-M, The Captain’s Fancy! It looks like Jack Wall followed Bailey and was in his second tour crew as well.

The first Bailey crew began on Wellingtons (first op’ 26 August 1942), then converted to Stirlings in October 42. AA-V “Waikato” eventually became their regular a/c and it looks like they flew 15 op’s in her between 26/27 February 43 (Cologne), and 04/05 May 43 (Dortmund).

I can’t find Livingston, but here are the others:

P/O (later S/L) John Mathers Bailey, DFC*, NZ412183 RNZAF. Pilot 9 Sep 42 to 9 May 1943 & 6 Oct 1944 to 14 May 1945.
Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (9 June 1943) [75 (NZ) Sqn]: Throughout his operational career Pilot Officer Bailey has invariably displayed the utmost eagerness to proceed on operations. He always attacks his targets with skill and determination and has taken part in missions over heavily defended areas in enemy territory, such as Berlin, Cologne, Turin and Essen. Pilot Officer Bailey is an excellent captain of aircraft, who has performed all his duties in an exemplary manner.

F/O (later S/L) Charles Fray Omerod, DFC, RNZAF. (NZ413340) Observer/Navigator 9 Sep 1942 to 23 May 1943.
Citation DFC (15 Apr 1943): An excellent navigator. Flying Officer Ormerod has completed a large number of operational sorties. Always cheerful and willing to undertake any task, he has set an example of courage and energy to all ranks in his squadron. He has participated in raids against the most heavily defended towns in Germany.
MiD awarded 14 Jun 1945 for service as Station Navigation and Operations Officer at 75 (NZ) Sqdn, RAF Mepal.

Sgt Bruce James Hosie RNZAF (NZ412882) WO/AG 9 Sep to 23 May 1943 c/w J M Bailey as W/Op

F/O Jack Christopher Wall, DFC, RAF. (143421) A/B x Oct 1942 to 23 May 1943 & 6 Oct 1944 to x Apr 1945. c/w J M Bailey.
Citation DFC (17 Jul 1945): This officer has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

Sgt F J Ottaway, RAF. (1284470) WO/AG x Sep 1942 to 23 May 1943. c/w J M Bailey as F/Gnr.

Sgt W F Thompson, RAF. (962902) AG x Aug 1942 to 5 May 1943. c/w J M Bailey as R/Gnr.