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Bruce Hosie RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator. 1942

bruce Hosie015 cppd for post

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.


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.


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.