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George Anthony Young and perhaps, Frank Edwin McKenzie – Schiermonnikoog (Vredenhof) Cemetery, Netherlands

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Sgt. Anthony George Young, Front Gunner and Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, Wireless Operator with Trevor Smith’s crew. Images courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

Wyb has also passed on information regarding the recovery of the body of Sgt. George Anthony Young, Front Gunner with the Smith crew who was killed on the 9th of July 1942 on an Op to Willhelmshaven. As with the previous post, Wyb has supplied information relating to the recovery of Anthony’s body, so as before, please be aware of the content of these translated reports at the end of the post.

Many thanks again also, to James, for the translation of this second set of documents.

Interestingly, another body was recovered with Sgt. Young. This second body had no means of identification, however its proximity and similarity of rate of decay suggests this might have been the body of Frank McKenzie, Wireless Operator with he Smith crew. Wyb has included a letter from the New Zeland Defence Force, who, noted the likelihood of this unknown airman perhaps being Frank, given as the letter notes, he was the only other Sgt. in the crew. The family were notified of the possibility at the time, but after exhumation nothing could be confirmed and the grave has remained ‘unknown’.

I must confess the need to wonder out loud about whether modern DNA testing techniques might be able bring an answer after all these years………..

19/05/1942 – Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington III aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with a bomb load consisting of 4 lbs. incendiaries and 250lbs. bombs. The bomb load was dropped in the target area where fires and explosions were observed. A.a. fire was slight but ineffective, and searchlights were inaccurate. Weather conditions were good though there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was by TR, D/R, Loop, astro.

Wellington Mk.III X.3587 AA-P

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Graham Clark, RAFVR 903293 – Observer.
Sgt. Barry Herbert Coulter, RAFVR 1261820 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Edward Jones, RAFVR 1192997 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Robertson Ramsay, RNZAF NZ405508 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 06:15

29/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Dieppe
Four Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. The target area was bombed, but owing to cloud and poor visibility results were not observed. A.A. fire was light and searchlights were not numerous. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3587 AA-P

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Graham Clark, RAFVR 903293 – Observer.
Sgt. Barry Herbert Coulter, RAFVR 1261820 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Robertson Ramsay, RNZAF NZ405508 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Edward Jones, RAFVR 1192997 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 04:35

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3587 AA-P

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Graham Clark, RAFVR 903293 – Observer.
Sgt. Barry Herbert Coulter, RAFVR 1261820 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Robertson Ramsay, RNZAF NZ405508 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Edward Jones, RAFVR 1192997 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 04:05

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of $000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III X.3587 AA-P

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Graham Clark, RAFVR 903293 – Observer.
Sgt. Barry Herbert Coulter, RAFVR 1261820 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Robertson Ramsay, RNZAF NZ405508 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Edward Jones, RAFVR 1192997 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 04:30

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3587 AA-P

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Graham Clark, RAFVR 903293 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Edward Jones, RAFVR 1192997 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Barry Herbert Coulter, RAFVR 1261820 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Robertson Ramsay, RNZAF NZ405508 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 04:05

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
S/L Frank Henderson Denton, RAF 36238 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Cyril Vincent Green, RNZAF NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:00

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3587 AA-P

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Graham Clark, RAFVR 903293 – Observer.
Sgt. Barry Herbert Coulter, RAFVR 1261820 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Robertson Ramsay, RNZAF NZ405508 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Edward Jones, RAFVR 1192997 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:05

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3587 AA-P

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Graham Clark, RAFVR 903293 – Observer.
Sgt. Barry Herbert Coulter, RAFVR 1261820 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Robertson Ramsay, RNZAF NZ405508 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Edward Jones, RAFVR 1192997 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:15

17/06/1942 – Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands
Eight a/c were detailed to carry out the above sortie. Mines were laid as ordered and all a/c returned safely. (Two a/c out of the above eight went to St. Nazaire on a sortie). There was very little flak and searchlights were few. There was haze and vis. was moderate. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot. CANCELLED
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:00 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 00:00

 

19/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Eleven a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb inc was taken. Aircraft unable to identify Emden attacked Osnabruck. Results were not observed. Flak was not intense but searchlights were fairly active. One unidentified a/c followed Well.III X3539 for about 5 miles but made no attack. Weather was clear over Osnabruck. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1592 AA-O

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771 – Front Gunner.
P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan, RNZAF NZ402128 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:47 – Landed 04:47
Flight Time 05:00

20/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. There was intense flak and searchlights were few. A JU88 attacked Well.III, X3539 without result. Weather was hazy with 5/10 cloud. Visibility very bad. Nav was good. Well.III, X3760 P/O Fraser failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3540 AA-H

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771 – Front Gunner.
P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan, RNZAF NZ402128 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:15

22/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. Flak was moderate and searchlights were scarce. One JU88 and one ME109 sighted by one of our a/c but no attack made. Weather good 5/10 cloud at 15,000’, clear over target. Slight haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3540 AA-H

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771 – Front Gunner.
P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan, RNZAF NZ402128 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:25

23/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening)
Eight a/c were detailed to carry out the above sortie. Bomb load was 500lbs and vegetables. The task was carried out as ordered. Small concentration of flak and seachlights at Cherbourg. No enemy a/c seen. Weather was fine with slight ground have over France. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771 – Front Gunner.
P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan, RNZAF NZ402128 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:04 – Landed 05:44
Flight Time 06:40

25/06/1942 – Attack on Targets at Bremen
Twenty a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target. Results not observed. There was alarge amount of A.A. fire searchlights were ineffective. A JU88 followed Well.III X3664 but did not attack. Weather was moderate with 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3557 AA-X

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771 – Front Gunner.
P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan, RNZAF NZ402128 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 05:30

29/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Sixteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results not observed. A.A. fire was heavy in target area. Searchlights were ineffective through cloud. A JU88 was attacked and claimed as shot down by Well.BJ837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday. Weather was cloudy. Nav was excellent. Well.III (P/O Monk) failed to return and Well.III Z1616 (Sgt. Bertram) crashed after take-off and caught fire. All crew killed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3557 AA-X

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771 – Front Gunner.
P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan, RNZAF NZ402128 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 02:10

02/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft left base to carry out an attack on targets at Bremen. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendaries was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area. A.A. fire was poor and searchlights were scattered but numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very clear over target. Navigation was very good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Norman Potts RNZAF NZ412267 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771 – Front Gunner.
P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan, RNZAF NZ402128 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 04:50

07/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening)
Nine a/c carried out the above sortie and carried 500lbs bombs and vegetables. A few machines returned with loads but some carried out their task. There was no A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft. Weather was cloudy with poor visibility. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771 – Front Gunner.
P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan, RNZAF NZ402128 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:15 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 04:05

08/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area and hit were believed to be scored. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were scattered. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good clear over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3557 AA-X

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Norman Potts RNZAF NZ412267 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367 – Observer.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771 – Front Gunner.
P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan, RNZAF NZ402128 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

Wellington Mk.III X.3557 AA-X came down at the northern end of the Waddenzee, near Rottumeroog Is at 01.30hrs. The time of the crash indicates the aircraft was still on the outward bound route to the target and was almost certainly shot down by one of the many German night fighters operating along that part of the Dutch coast. The details contained within German documentation regarding the injuries to the body of George Young certainly seem to support this, describing significant head injuires, assumed to be from a bullet or shell.

All of the crew were killed. Only the bodies of Sgt Young and the Pilot, P/O Trevor Harry Smith were recovered. As mentioned previously, a second body was recovered with Sgt. Young’s – the conjecture by rank of the airman is that this was Frank McKenzie, however a positive I.D. was never able to be made.

Trevor Smith was initially buried in Rottumeroog, but was subsequently moved to and re-interred at Oldebroek General Cemetery. The rest of the crew are remembered on the Air Force Memorial at Runnymede.

P/O Trevor Harry Smith, RNZAF NZ41953. KIlled age 24. Buried Oldebrock General Cemetery Netherlands.
P/O Donald Norman Potts, RNZAF NZ412267. KIlled age 25. No known grave. Commemorated on Panel 116 Runnymede Memorial.
P/O Alan Stuart Broun, RNZAF NZ405367. KIlled age 32. No known grave. Commemorated on Panel 115 Runnymede Memorial.
Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF NZ391085. KIlled age 22. No known grave. Commemorated on Panel 117 Runnymede Memorial.
Sgt. George Anthony Young, RNZAF NZ405771. KIlled age 21. Buried Schiermonnikoog (Vredenhof) Cemetery Netherlands.
P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan, RNZAF NZ402128. KIlled age 30. No known grave. Commemorated on Panel 116 Runnymede Memorial.

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Image courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

Schiermonnikoog 17th July 1942

To
Mr Hotel Manager van der Werff, Schiermonnikoog.

Regarding: bodies of the 3 English pilots that were washed up on the shore of Schiermonnikoog on 15.07.1942.

Enclosed are the doctors reports of the findings of the 2 bodies washed ashore on 12.07.1942 and the body washed ashore on 15.07.1942 together with the estate records of the deceased. The bodies washed ashore on 12.07.1942 and 14.07.1942 were buried on 15.07.1942 in the Schmiermonnikoog cemetry on 15.07.1942.

The position of the individual graves are as follows:

Washed up 12.07.1942, unknowm, new part, left, 1st row, 6th grave Nr.
Washed up 12.07.1942, Fraser, new part, left, 1st row, 7th grave Nr.
Washed up 15.07.1942, unknowm, new part, left, 2nd row, 1st grave Nr.

Korvetten Captain
and Island Kommander

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Doctors report of Sgt. George Anthony Young. Image courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

Schiermonnikoog 25th July 1942

Doctors report

Regarding the findings of the body of Sergeant O.D. Young of the R.A.F., Age unknown, Official No. NZ 405 771, retreaved on 20. Aug. 1942 on Simonsand, buried on 22. Aug. 1942 in the Vredenhof zu Schiermonnikoog contained in the loss-report 45 of the Island Kommander Schiermonnikoog .

Identification mark: NZ 405771
                                          OD
                                    Y o u n g

Large, very muscular korpse of a Sergeant of the R.A.F. discovered and retreaved on 20.08.1942 on Northwest coast of Simonsand.
The corpse is estimated to have been 10 to 12 weeks in water.

The skull is shattered, probably though a bullit in the head and there is only the lower jaw and the right temporal bone with cheek bone still existant. Neck is very macerated and torn. Lower legs and feet, lower arms and hands mostly free of flesh; the rest of the body is very torn; advanced decay through maggot damage.

Probable cause of death: shot in the head
Special markings: none

Clothing: yellow lifejacket, Flying combiniation, blue flying uniform, on the left breast side a badge with wings and “AG”, right cuff three chevrons, Thick blue and white pullover, blue pilot shirt, white underpants, thick blue wool socks.

The coastguard Groningen found the following items and passed them on to the Miltary Airbase Leeuwarden:
                      1 Signet ring
                      1 Cigarette box
                      1 Plaster box
                      1 Yellow headgear
                      1 iron ration

1. Witness                                           2. Witness                                       3. Witness
Assistant Chief Doctor                      Petty Officer                                   Private

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Doctors report for unknown airman, recovered at the same time and location as Sgt. Young’s body – it is speculated that this is the body of Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie. image courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

Schiermonnikoog 25th July 1942

Doctors report

Regarding the findings of the body of an unknown R.A.F. Sergeant found on 20th August 1942 on Simonsand, burried on 22nd August 1942 in the cementry, Vredenhof zu Schiermonnikoog contained in the losses report 45 of the island kommander Schiermonnikoog.

Mid-sized body of a Sergeant of the R.A.F. found on 20.08.1942 on West coast of Simonsand.
The Body was likely to have been floating in water for approximately 10 to 12 weeks.

The head missing; the lower arm and hands completely free of skin and flesh; What is left of the body is very macerated; advanced maggot damage; no external injury found.

Probable cause of death: not determined.

Special marks: none.

Clothing: Yellow life jacket, Flying suit combination, blue pilot uniform, left breast side a wing with ”AG”, right arm three chevrons, thick white pullover, blue pilots shirt, white underpants, thick blue wool socks.

According to the coastal guard centre Groningen the deceased was not carrying a will on his person.

1. Witness                                           2. Witness                                        3. Witness

Mar. Ob. Ass. Arzt                              Lt. M. A.                                            M. A. Ob. Mast

Wyb noted in correspondence that the estimated duration given for the time the bodies had been in the water is incorrect, based ont only on the date of the Op and the identification of at least George Young, but also because the time of year, summer would have probably accelerated the decomposition of the bodies owing to the higher temperature (relatively) of the sea.

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A German Officer conducts the burial ceremony of Sgt. George Anthony Young. Photo courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

funeral grave 83 and grave 84 both washed ashore on a sandbanck east of Schiermonnikoog

Photo courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

funeral grave 83 and 84 Vredenhof cemetery Schiermonnikoog

Photo courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

funeral Young grave 84 and an unknown sergeant buriel date 220842

Photo courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

grave 83 and 84 our father...

Photo courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

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The grave of Sgt. George Anthony Young RNZAF. Photo courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

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The grave of an unknown airman (foreground), believed to be Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie, RNZAF. Photo courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

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Letter from the New Zealand Defence Force regarding the possible identification and subsequent failure to identify him. image courtesy Wyb Jan Groendijk

Allen Armistice Fraser & Arthur Stafford Christie – Schiermonnikoog (Vredenhof) Cemetery, Netherlands

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The Fraser crew with ground crew in front of Wellington MK.III X3720 AA-U. Allen Armistice Fraser is stood back row middle.

Many thanks to Wyb for contacting me before Christmas, regarding a number of airmen from the Squadron who now rest in Schiermonnikoog (Vredenhof) cemetery in the Netherlands. Wyb has tended the cemetery for approximately 40 years – and at this point I think you would all join me in thanking him for his dedication to this honourable task.

Wyb has been able to supply a number of pictures of the burial of Allen Fraser and Arthur Christie and also some documentation from the German authorities relating to the recovery and identification of their bodies. I must next thank James for doing a bit of sterling translation over the Christmas holiday period. These documents do not make comfortable reading, but are a cold and clinical appraisal of the impact  of an air crash at sea on the human body. I note this now, simply to warn you that this information is at the end of the post.

10/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Eight Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250 lbs, was dropped in the target area but results were not seen. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were fairly intense. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was fine with 7/10 cloud. Navigation by astro, D.F. and loop was good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1572 AA-M

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Holmes Gunning, RNZAF NZ402470 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 03:55

10/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Eight Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250 lbs, was dropped in the target area but results were not seen. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were fairly intense. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was fine with 7/10 cloud. Navigation by astro, D.F. and loop was good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1572 AA-M

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Holmes Gunning, RNZAF NZ402470 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 03:55

12/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen
Ten Well.III, aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. Fairly accurate heavy and medium flak was encountered. There were a great number of searchlights active in cones. Many fighters flares and red and green lights were seen on route. One fighter a/c was seen over North Sea about 250 miles from the Dutch Coast. Weather was very clear with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was by TR, DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1572 AA-M

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Holmes Gunning, RNZAF NZ402470 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:55 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 03:45

13/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Boulogne
Two Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 250lbs was dropped in target area by one a/c the other returned to base with bombs. There was no flak and only a few searchlights. Weather was moderate with slight ground haze. Navigation was good with Dr and loops.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1572 AA-M

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Holmes Gunning, RNZAF NZ402470 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 03:10

15/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund
Eight Well.III aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. There was some heavy predicted flak and tracer over target and searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather at Dortmund was cloudy with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Holmes Gunning, RNZAF NZ402470 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J. J. Manson, RNZAF NZ402221 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 02:50

17/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. Well.III, X.3636 jettisoned its bombs when in searchlight beams. There was intense heavy flak co-operating with searchlights which were numerous. Weather was clear and there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was good by TR, loops and DR.

Wellington Mk.III – AA – no further information recorded for a/c

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Holmes Gunning, RNZAF NZ402470 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 05:55

22/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Well.III a\c were detailed attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 100lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. There were only a few searchlights active and A.A. fire was slight. Well.III, X3487 captained by P/O Jarman was attacked by a JU.88 which attacked once and broke away to port. The results of this short attack were however serious the second pilot, P/O Nicol being mortally wounded, the rear gunner Sgt. Harris being killed and the Navigator Sgt. Taylor and W/Op. Sgt. Fernie were wounded. The bomb load was not dropped on the target but was dropped in the sea. The a/c was brought back to base and crash landed. Well.III, X3705, captained by F/S. McLachlan, was also attacked and the second pilot killed (P/O. Fountain) and Sgt. Tutty was wounded. F/Sgt. McLachlan managed to reach base and crash land.

Wellington Mk.III X.3408 AA-Q

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Holmes Gunning, RNZAF NZ402470 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 05:45

25/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk
Seven Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and fires were seen burning fiercely. Bombs were seen to burst across aiming point . A.A. fire was only slight and searchlights few. One enemy a/c was seen near Dunkirk. Weather was very clear with slight ground haze. Navigation was quite good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3408 AA-Q

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Holmes Gunning, RNZAF NZ402470 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 07:00

27/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 4lbs incendaries was dropped on the target and fires were seen burning at Cologne. The mine laying a/c successfully carried out ther task, without interference. There was moderate A.A. fire over Cologne and searchlights working in cones. One enemy a/c was seen but no attack was made. Weather was good with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was good, DR, TR, loops and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Holmes Gunning, RNZAF NZ402470 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 09:00
Flight Time 11:00

29/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Gennevilliers
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 30lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Bombs were seen to burst on the factory and power station. There was very little flak and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good. Few searchlights were active and navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 05:25

02/05/1942 – Gardening – St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed for the above operation. The bomb load consisted of 1500lbs, and 500lbs. The gardening was carried out and bombs were dropped on a number of land targets – aerodromes and dock buildings. Some light flak was encountered from a flak ship in St. Nazaire harbour, and searchlights were not numerous. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather conditions were fair, there being no cloud, but a heavy sea haze made pinpointing difficult.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 07:30

04/05/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Incendiaries and 4000lbs. bombs were carried and the majority dropped. Weather conditions were not good with the result that difficulty was experienced in pinpointing target and observing results. A.A> fire was slight in target area but fairly heavy at some parts of route. Searchlights were not veru active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR, TR, pinpoint, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:10

06/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of the Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A bomb load consisting of 4000lbs; and 4 lbs. and 30 lbs. incendiaries was carried and dropped in the target area and bursts and a number of large fires were observed. Weather conditions were fairly good although ground haze and intense darkness made pinpointing difficult. A.A. fire was slight and searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR., TR., pinpoints, astro.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 06:50

07/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above operations. The bomb load was made up of 1500lbs. and 500lbs. All the 1500lbs. bombs were dropped but the majority of the 500lbs were returned. Weather conditions were favourable and the target area was clear. One aircraft, X.3664 captained by P/O. Wilson was chased by an enemy fighter but no attack was made. Navigation was by astro, DR, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 05:15

09/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operations. The bomb load consisted of 1500 lbs. and 500 lbs. The 1500 lbs bombs were planted successfully, and a few of the aircraft dropped the 500 lbs. bombs on land targets. Weather conditions were good and there was no opposition.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Rupert John Smith, RNZAF NZ41950 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:40

21/05/1942 – Gardening at La Pallice and Lorient
Seven aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above operations and carried a bomb load of 1500 lbs., and 500 lbs. bombs. Inclement weather conditions were encountered near the target and the majority of the aircraft bought the bombs back to base.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 07:00

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Croall, RNZAF NZ41627 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 04:00

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of $000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
P/O Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:30

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
P/O Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 03:46

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ronald Stewart Harvey, RNZAF NZ404538 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 03:10

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Allen Roy Henderson, RNZAF NZ401382 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:30

08/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4 lb inc was dropped in the target area. Owing to haze results were not observed. There was a heavy concentration of flak and searchlights in target area. Two unidentified a/c were observed near Dutch Coast by Well.III, X3720 and were eluded. Weather was good no cloud over target but hazy. Navigation was very good. Well.III, X3587, captained by P/O. Smith and Well.III, Z1573, captained by P/O Murdoch failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Edward Francis Bradey, RNZAF NZ401954 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:00

16/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was taken. One a/c did not carry out its task and returned early. Owing to insufficient cloud cover Essen was not attacked by a/c but bombs were dropped on Bonn. There was heavy flak and searchlights were moderate. Weather was unfavourable. Navigation was good. No enemy a/c were seen.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Navigator.
F/S Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Leo Kavanagh, RNZAF NZ403579 – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:35

19/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Eleven a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb inc was taken. Aircraft unable to identify Emden attacked Osnabruck. Results were not observed. Flak was not intense but searchlights were fairly active. One unidentified a/c followed Well.III X3539 for about 5 miles but made no attack. Weather was clear over Osnabruck. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Navigator.
F/S Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clifton Robert Brailley, RNZAF NZ404587 – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 04:45

20/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. There was intense flak and searchlights were few. A JU88 attacked Well.III, X3539 without result. Weather was hazy with 5/10 cloud. Visibility very bad. Nav was good. Well.III, X3760 P/O Fraser failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Navigator.
F/S Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – .Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clifton Robert Brailley, RNZAF NZ404587 – Front Gunner.
P/O Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

crew Christie 1

Another picture of the Fraser crew, Allen again stood centrally in the picture. As with the picture at the top of the post, unfortunately the identities of the rest of the crew are, at this point, unknown.

The exact fate of X.3760 AA-L is not known, however it is very likely that the aircraft was shot down by a German night-fighter, crashing into the sea west of Ameland, near the Frisians.

There were no survivors.

The bodies of P/O Wallace Buckley (aged 28) and Raymond Trengrove (aged 20), were recovered and buried in the Sage War Cemetery in Germany.

Front Gunner, Sgt. Clifton Brailey (aged 23), was lost without trace and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

The bodies of P/O Allen Fraser (aged 23) and F/S Arthur Christie’s (aged 21) were washed ashore on the North coast of the island of Schiermonnikoog. Wyb has very kindly passed on the following documentation, produced by the German authorities relating to the recovery and identification of their bodies.

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Schiermonnikoog 12th July 1942

Doctors Report

Regarding the findings of the body of Pilot officer of the R.N.Z.A.F. Allen Armistice Fraser from Christchurch/New Zealand, exact date of birth unknown, age approx 25-30 years.

Large, very muscular corpse of a New Zealander Pilot Officer. Discovered washed up in the ebb in the early hours of 12th July 1942 and recovered on the north coast of the island Schiermonnikoog by Post Number 2. The age of the corpse is estimated at 2 to 4 weeks.

The body is bloated and in decay. Only hair left is a lower line around the neck. The rest of the head is bald, both eyes bulging out of the sockets. Teeth are loose in the jaw. Both thigh bones fractured. Otherwise no external injuries found.

Probable death: drowned.
Special markings: none.

Clothing: yellow life jacket, blue flying uniform (on both shoulders a
5mm wide black stripe with stitched 1mm wide light blue stripe, on the
left breast side a badge with two wings, crown and the letters N.Z.),
blue pilots shirt, white gymnastic shirt, short white underpants,
coloured wool socks and lined sailing cloth pilot-boots.

No identification markings, the personal details were divulged from the papers found on the corpse.
The remains were found.-

1. Witness                                            2. Witness                                     3. Witness
Assistant Chief Doctor                      Petty Officer                                  Private

 

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 Schiermonnikoog 12th July 1942

Contents

Remaining found items of pilot officer Allan Armistice Fraser washed up on 12.07.1942 on Sohiermonnikoog near post 2, buried on 14.07.1942 in the Vredenhof au Schiermonnikoog, grave no. 74

1.) Wallet with contents 1 coins to 2d
                                            2                1d
                                            2               6d
2.) 1 fountain pen (damaged)
3.) 1 wristwatch (damaged)
4.) 1 key ring with 4 keys
5.) 2 photos
6.) 2 Bank receipts, last transaction 3.6.1942
7.) 1 soldiers prayer book
8.) 4 religious (?) pendants
9.) 2 church passes
10.) 3 letters
11.) 3 newspaper cuttings
12.) 1 escape bag containing 2 maps and
                                  ffrcs 1000,–
                                  belgas  70,–
                                            fl 20,–

Korvetten Captain
and Island Kommander

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Schiermonnikoog 12th July 1942

Doctors Report

Regarding the findings of the body of an English pilot the exact name, position, Personnel number and birth-date unknown.
Age: due to advanced decomposition is not possible to ascertain exact age but estimated at 25 – 30 years of age.

Large, very muscular corpse of an English pilot. Discovered washed up in the ebb in the early hours of the 12th July 1942 and recovered on the North coast of the island of Schiermonnikoog by post Number 12. The age of the corpse is estimated at 2 weeks.

The body is bloated and in decay. Hair is completely missing and the eyeballs missing, mouth indented, teeth are loose in jaw, left arm fractured, right hip is, through to the articular cavity, completely opened (probably through maggot damage). Otherwise no external injury. probable death: drowned. Special markings: none.

Clothing: White gymnastic shirt, short white underpants, Blue pilot shirt (together with gymnastic shirt pulled over the head and neck band and on both sleeves tied to the body), blue pilots trousers, a pair of white socks, left a high boot without a sole.

On the ring finger of the right hand a signet ring with the initials A.S.C.

The signet ring is the only remaining article.

1. Witness                                            2. Witness                                     3. Witness
Assistant Chief Doctor                      Petty Officer                                  Private

The following pictures show an appropriately respectful burial ceremony for one of the two airmen by the German troops stationed on the island.

funeral 73-74 Christie&Fraser1

funeral 73-74 Christie&Fraser3

funeral 73-74 Christie&Fraser2