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Alfred George Daly, RNZAF NZ4211789 – Pilot.

Sad news indeed, has reached me from Paul, son of RIchard Collings, via Ron, of the recent passing of his Father George Daly, a Pilot with 75(NZ) Squadron, on the 25th of February, 2017 at the venerable age of 97.

George and his crew arrived at Mepal on the 8th of June 1945 and thus did not fly Operationally, though they flew twice before the Squadron moved to Spilsby as part of Tiger Force.

18/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-T

F/S Alfred George Daly, RNZAF NZ4211789 – Pilot.
F/S S. Peterson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Gordon John Dennis, RNZAF NZ4215822 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Benjamin Garland, RNZAF NZ4216682 – Wireless Operator.
F/S John Sayers , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Roy Dawkins, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Richard ‘Dick’ Collings, RAFVR 1852784 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:50 – Landed 14:26
Flight Time 04:36

25/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S. Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V)had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.

Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-O

F/S Alfred George Daly, RNZAF NZ4211789 – Pilot.
F/S S. Peterson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Gordon John Dennis, RNZAF NZ4215822 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Benjamin Garland, RNZAF NZ4216682 – Wireless Operator.
F/S John Sayers , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Roy Dawkins, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Richard ‘Dick’ Collings, RAFVR 1852784 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:57 – Landed 16:05
Flight Time 06:08

I am sure that you will all join with me in offering our most heartfelt condolences to Paul and his family at this sad time.

Paul’s original contact with us was almost 4 years ago, with a request for information on the other members of George’s crew. At the time, we didn’t hear anything, but I wonder whether now, given how the blog has grown, if we now have a chance to learn a little more about the Daly crew…….

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Request for information – George Daly – Pilot. 1945

Thanks to Ron for contacting me regarding his Father, George Daly, who is still I am pleased to say, with us and living in Christchurch.

Ron would like to know if there are any relatives, or in fact surviving aircrew from Georges crew.

The Daly crew were;
F/O Alfred George Daly RNZAF (NZ4211789) – Pilot.
F/Sgt S Peterson RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Gordon John Dennis RNZAF (NZ4215822) – Air Bomber.
F/Sgt John Benjamin Garland RNZAF (NZ4216682) – Wireless Operator.
F/Sgt John Sayers RAFVR FE 8 Jun to x Jul 1945. c/w A G Daly.
Sgt. Roy Dawkins RAF VR AG 8 Jun to x Jul 1945. c/w A G Daly.
Sgt Richard Collings RAFVR AG 8 Jun to died of injuries x Jul 1945. c/w A G Daly as R/Gnr.

8.6.45. NZ4211780 F/SGt. A.G. Daly & Crew reported on posting from No.73 Base.

18.6.45 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Lancaster Mk.III PB132 ‘T’

25.6.45 Checking German Radar Equipment
Lancaster Mk.I LM544 ‘O’

18.7.45. PROMOTIONS
N.Z.4211798 F/S. Daly A.G. (Pilot promoted to T/W/O.

18.8.45. APPOINTMENTS
NZ.4211789 W/O Daly, A.G., Pilot was appointed to commissioned rank and granted the Acting Rank of Flying Officer as Captain of a Heavy Aircraft.

Very frustratingly, by this point in time, the daily records are based solely on Form 540 of the ORB, so it is impossible to identify specific crews and their flights.

Perhaps if George still has his logbook, we might be able to find out a little more about the Daly crew and as always, hopefully someone might come across this post who themselves know something  about George and the boys.

footnote:
many thanks to Errol and Dave, via Steve for this extra information on George;NZ4211789  Pilot  75 Sqn 8 June to 4 October 1945, including service with Tiger Force.
Posted in ex 73 Base; original crew members were:- N) F/Sgt S Peterson; AB) F/Sgt G J Dennis; WOp) F/Sgt J B Garland; FE) F/Sgt J Sayers; MUG) Sgt R Dawkins; RG) Sgt R Collings.

On ops 18 – 25/6/45 only (although obviously not shooting and bombing, as all after VE-Day.

Tiger Force crew members:– P/FE) F/Sgt W M S White; N) F/Sgt W K Dalzell; AB) F/Sgt G J Dennis; WOp) F/Sgt W D Johnstone; A/G) F/Sgt A M Gardiner.

Posted out to Wigsley, to 12 PD&RC
5/11, disemb NZ (2 PDT) 7/2/46, tfd to Reserve (date?)

Graduated as multi-engine pilot @ 1 SFTS (Wigram) in rank of Sgt 20/11/43 (to F/Sgt 20/5/44, to W/O 20/5/45),

Emb for UK ex Auckland 3/1/44, appointed to commission in rank of P/O w.e.f. 27/6/45, reposted to sqn as officer 17/8/45, and granted Acting rank of F/O as captain of heavy aircraft (by 18/8/45, so presume w.e.f. 17/8/45).

Emb NZ for UK 2/1/44, disemb UK approx 26/3/44.

Units served in UK: 15(P)AFU 22/8?, 11 OTU 28/12/44, 73 Base 12/4/45, 75(NZ)Sqdn 8/6, ditto 17/8/45 (as officer), rtd NZ 7/2/46.

Tfd to Reserve A1 6/3/46, commission terminated 1/6/56.