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Request for information – Roy George Tawa Iles crew, 1945

I have been contacted by David and Simon, the sons of Roy George Tawa Iles, Pilot, who flew with the Squadron during the last months it was part of the RAF.

David and Simon would love to reconnect with any relatives that come across this post either directly or perhaps, by someone else seeing it who then might recognise a surname in the crew list.

From a historical point of view, Roy’s logbook will hopefully hold some information that sheds light on the Squadron’s activities once it had changed to Tiger Force and moved to Splisby – Whilst the Squadron ORB’s broadly describe activities, we might be able to add an extra bit of detail to The Iles crew history as currently listed below.

25.4.45
Weather
. Fine becoming cloudy. Visibility 4 – 8 miles.

Operational Flying. Nil.
Non-Operational Flying. H2S and cross country exercises were carried out. Practice Supply dropping and G.H. Bombing was practised. Fighter Affiliation exercises were carried out. Air Tests were carried out.
Administration. NZ4212581 F/Sgt Iles R. and crew arrived on posting from No.73 Base. NZ4212596 F/Sgt Parry G, and crew arrived on posting from 73 Base.

The Form 541 for May and June list the 4 following Ops for the Iles crew, before the documentation of crews cease to be recorded.

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/S Roy George Tawa Iles, RNZAF NZ4212581 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert John Samuel Wilson, RNZAF NZ432826 – Navigator.
F/S Ian Dudley McLellan, RNZAF NZ4216740 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Caverhill McLaren, RNZAF NZ4213174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Taylor, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Staples,   – Passenger.
Sgt. John Cresswell, RNZAF NZ42114 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:18 – Landed 14:31
Flight Time 02:13

09/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/S Roy George Tawa Iles, RNZAF NZ4212581 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert John Samuel Wilson, RNZAF NZ432826 – Navigator.
F/S Ian Dudley McLellan, RNZAF NZ4216740 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Caverhill McLaren, RNZAF NZ4213174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Taylor, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S John Cresswell, RNZAF NZ42114 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Laurie Clay, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:16 – Landed 18:16
Flight Time 04:00

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

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/O Roy George Tawa Iles, RNZAF NZ4212581 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert John Samuel Wilson, RNZAF NZ432826 – Navigator.
F/S Ian Dudley McLellan, RNZAF NZ4216740 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Caverhill McLaren, RNZAF NZ4213174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Taylor, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S John Cresswell, RNZAF NZ42114 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Laurie Clay, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:41 – Landed 18:46
Flight Time 04:05

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.I RA541 AA-J

F/O Roy George Tawa Iles, RNZAF NZ4212581 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert John Samuel Wilson, RNZAF NZ432826 – Navigator.
F/S Ian Dudley McLellan, RNZAF NZ4216740 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Caverhill McLaren, RNZAF NZ4213174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Taylor, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S John Cresswell, RNZAF NZ42114 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Laurie Clay, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:50 – Landed 15:40
Flight Time 05:50

 

SO, if you are a relative of one of the Iles crew, or perhaps you know or have contact with one, as always, please get in contact with me, so I can pass on any information to David and Simon.

Maori aircrew who served with 75(NZ) Squadron 39-45 – New update

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A new picture for the collection – Mana Manawaiti
image from NZ Bomber Command Association, Harry Hamerton collection.

Many thanks to Chris for his continuing work on the list of Maori Aircrew that flew with 75(NZ) Squadron RAF.

This update adds a number of new profiles and also utilises the new Cew Op History pages, there now being links to the Op histories for the crews that these Airmen flew in.

Interestingly, there is also a removal form this list! – many thanks to Lorraine, Arnel’s Daughter for passing on the story behind Hoturoa Arnel Dean “Arnie” Meyer:

“Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer is not Maori.  No Maori blood anywhere in his heritage.! His mother’s best friend was Tainui and asked to honour the baby inutero with a royal Maori name. Princess Te Puea was approached and gave permission for Dad to be called Hoturoa, which was a huge honour and one we have passed down to one of our sons.  His heritage is Danish (his father’s side) and English/kiwi on his mother’s side).”

Arnie Meyer and his crew, which included Bomb Aimer Simon Snowden, (who was Maori) had formed up at No. 11 Operational Training Unit (11OTU), RAF Westcott on 11 December 1943 – they stayed together for the remainder of the war, completing 30 sorties (op’s) with 75 (NZ) Sqn and, without a break, a further tour of 25 op’s with No 7 (Path Finders Force) Sqdn. All crew members were decorated.

Another new picture this time of Roy William Raharuhi, has also been added.

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Roy Raharuhi, Marama Parata (centre), and unknown.
Image from Raharuhi family via Russell Murphy.


Read “Maori aircrew who served with 75(NZ) Squadron 39-45here.

 

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