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R.C. Going crew 3.3.43 †

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Four members of the Going crew with Stirling N6123 AA-Q “Queenie”. L-R: Sgt Francis Barkhouse (Frank) Stewart (M/U/Gnr), Sgt Clarence Sydney (Syd) Burton (R/Gnr), Sgt Kenneth Cedric Eyre (W/Op) and possibly Sgt Emrys Herbert Weaver (F/E)? – Martin Stewart.

Thanks again to Chris for supplying another post to keep the blog going and also many thanks to Stewart for sharing with us all his ongoing research.

Born in 1921, Raymond Cyril Going was the eldest son of Cyril and Irene Going of Maromaku in the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand.

His mother died when he was 14, and his father re-married, the second marriage bearing seven children. Three of these younger siblings were to become famous in New Zealand for their rugby exploits, “the Going brothers”, in particular Sid, the legendary All Black halfback.

After the outbreak of war, Raymond joined the RNZAF, completing his Initial Training in New Zealand, and sailing from Auckland on November 17, 1941 aboard the S.S. Monterey to San Francisco. He graduated from Course 44, No. 6 SFTS, Dunville, Ontario: December 6, 1941 – March 27, 1942, then sailed for England for operational training and heavy bomber conversion.

The Going crew was posted in to 75 (NZ) Squadron on 13 February 1943.

It’s possible that their original Bomb Aimer was F/S Frederick Alexander Bandy RAF, 1318948, who is listed with them on the Form 540 under “A” Movements, however he did not fly their first op’. For whatever reason, that position was taken by Sgt Frederick Arthur William Willis RAF 1382215.

Pilot Raymond Going doesn’t appear to have flown a ‘second-dickie’ before taking his own aircraft and crew on their first op’.

It was only two weeks before they went operational, but fortunately, photos were taken and have survived. They include the Stirling bomber that they flew on their first (and last) op’, Stirling Mk 1 N6123, Q-Queenie. Queenie had arrived on Squadron on 15 January, and this was to be her seventh operational sortie.

See the full Op history for the Going crew here.