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Neville Selwood

Flying Officer Wynn Russell (Pilot) RNZAF left and Flying Officer Neville Selwood (Nav) RNZAF with PB418 AA-C. ,br. New Zealand Bomber Command archive/ Neville Selwood.

Kevin has passed on the sad news of the passing of Archdeacon the Venerable Neville Selwood, on the 19th of April, aged 93.

Neville flew with Wynn Russell’s crew as Navigator in 1945. The crew flew 22 Ops with 75(NZ) Squadron RAF, before twice contributing to humanitarian food drops to the Dutch people and 4 flights to repatriate Prisoners of War. His tour with the Squadron concluded with 3 further flights over Germany.

After the War, Neville  was ordained, relatively late in life at the age of 38. He cited a specific experience when flying with 75(NZ) Squadron RAF;

(from The Otago Times)
The catalyst for that move occurred some years before when he was serving with the No 75 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and a wing commander and his bomber crew were killed over France.

“Morale had dropped pretty low. But at a briefing, the acting wing commander said: ‘Good luck boys, hope to see you at breakfast, and by the way, the padre is going to be up there with you tonight’.”

“Sure enough there he was with his parachute harness on, and it made me realise here is a fellow who hated what we were required to do, but he put his life on the line to show that he cared for us.”

Deacon Selwood said it took him years to relate that selfless act with those of Jesus, so he decided to become a deacon.

“Looking back it was a big change for my family, as we were used to a sort of lifestyle.””But if you dream to do something, press on with it.”

His first parish was in Balclutha, before he moved with his family and served Northeast Valley and Mornington before his semi-retirement in 1988.

He was involved with parishes in Central Otago before returning to Dunedin 12 years ago, where he has assisted at the Holy Cross parish and at Montecillo Veterans Home “I just take things one day at a time,” he said.

Our condolences to Nevilles family and friends.

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Request for information – Ronald Wynn Russell and crew, 1945

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Flying Officer Wynn Russell (Pilot) RNZAF left and Flying Officer Neville Selwood (Nav) RNZAF with PB418 AA-C. New Zealand Bomber Command archive/ Neville Selwood

I was contacted a few weeks ago by John, Nephew of Wynn Russell who flew with 75(NZ) Squadron through the majority of 1945. John knows very little about Wynn’s wartime career and only contacted me based on his assumption that Wynn flew with the Squadron, because of 2 photographs that he found of him in ‘Kiwis Do Fly’.

Obviously in these circumstances, the best thing to do it to first do an Op history and thenget it up here as a post to see if anybody knows anything more – so……..

From Form 540 75(NZ) Squadron December 1944
Administration
NZ37220 F/S Russell. W.R. and crew arrived on posting from 1651 C.U.

3.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Dortmund
Lancaster Mk.I  LM276 AA-S
F/O Douglas Sadgrove and crew
F/S R.W. Russell as 2nd Pilot

Russell crew begin their Operational Tour.

5.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Ludwigshaven
Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G
F/O Ronald Wynn Russell RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot
F/O Francis Neville Selwood RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator
F/O Victor Digger Hendry RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber
Sgt. F. Jillians RAFVR – Wireless Operator
Sgt. J Hunt RAFVR – Flight Engineer
Sgt Ivor Polley RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt G Robson RAFVR 1596125 – Rear Gunner

6.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Neuss
Lancaster Mk.III LM740  AA-B
Same crew

7.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Munich
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Same crew

11.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Krefeld
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Same crew

13.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Saarbrücken
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Same crew

2.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Wiesbaden
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Same crew

9.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Hohenbudberg
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Sgt. E. Bates replaces  Sgt. Robson as Rear Gunner

13.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Dresden (Operation Thunderclap)
Lancaster Mk.I NG113  AA-D
Sgt. E. Bates continues as Rear Gunner

14.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Chemnitz (Operation Thunderclap)
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Sgt. Robson returns to crew as Rear Gunner

16.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Wesel
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Sgt. Frank Watts replaces  Sgt. Robson as Rear Gunner

22.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen/Osterfeld
Lancaster Mk.I HK576  AA-G
Sgt. Robson returns as Rear Gunner, but Frank Watts now replaces Sgt, Polley as Mid Upper Gunner

25.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Kamen
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Sgt. Robson takes over as Mid Upper Gunner.Ivor Polley returns to take up Rear Gunners position

26.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Dortmund
Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G
Robson back as Rear Gunner and Frank Watts back in as Mid Upper Gunner

28.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Lancaster Mk.I LM544  AA-O
Sgt. Robson goes back to Mid Upper Gunner, F/S J. Murphy arrives as Rear Gunner

9.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Dattelen oil plant
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Sgt. A. Smith flies as Rear Gunner (possibly Arthur Smith from the injured Crawford crew)

10.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
F/S Bill Grout joins as Rear Gunner

14.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Heinrich Hutte – oil plants
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
P/O H. Howells in as Rear Gunner

18.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Bruchstrasse
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
P/O H. Howells in as Rear Gunner

20.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Hamm M/Y
Lancaster Mk.I NF981 AA-K
Sgt. A. Smith in as Rear Gunner

23.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Wesel
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
P/O H. Howells in as Rear Gunner

29.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Salzgitter
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Same crew

4.4.45. War Ops – Attack Against Merseburg
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Same crew

13.4.45. War Ops – Attack Against Kiel
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Same crew

30.3.45. Operation ‘Manna’ – Supply drop, Rotterdam
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Same crew

7.5.45. Operaton ‘Manna’ Supply dropping –Delft
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Sgt, Robson as Rear Gunner  – no Mid Upper Gunner as was the case with these Ops. LAC Fry as passenger

10.5.45.  Operation ‘Exodus’ – Prisoner of War Repatriation from Juvincourt, France
Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA/JN-H
Sgt. Howells rejoins crew as Mid Upper Gunner

14.5.45. Operation ‘Exodus’ – Prisoner of War Repatriation from Juvincourt, France
Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA/JN-H
Same crew

16.5.45. Operation ‘Exodus’ – Prisoner of War Repatriation from Juvincourt, France
Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-C
Same crew

26.5.45 Operation ‘Exodus’ – Prisoner of War Repatriation fron Juvincourt, France
Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-C
Same crew

10.6.45. Viewing the effects of the Bombing
Lancaster Mk.III ME531 AA-K
Same crew

17.6.45 Viewing the effects of the Bombing
Lancaster Mk.I NN747 AA-D
As above

So, as always in these cases, if you have any extra information on Wynn, or any of the boys who flew in his crew, lease get in contact with I know John is very keen to find out all he can on his uncle.