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VALE
Leslie Richard Vale, RAF 1235008 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 1
total sorties undertaken 1 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with SM Tietjens’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund



VANCE

Elmeer Robert Vance, RCAF R.94909 – Observer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 9
total sorties undertaken 12 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 12 Ops with CW Parish’s crew as  Ob/ Nav, including 3 DNC – 28/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Lingen, 20/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 22/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart

Tour History
26/09/1942 Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands, 28/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Lingen (DNC), 02/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Krefeld, 05/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Aachen, 11/10/1942 Operations. Gardening in the Kattegat and Little Belt, 13/10/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Kiel, 20/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin (DNC), , 22/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart (DNC), , 28/11/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin, 03/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands, 08/12/1942 Operations. Gardening in the Baltic, 14/01/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient



VAN

Anton John George Van, RAF  – Pilot  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3
total sorties undertaken 3 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 2 Ops with JA Mateich’s crew as  2nd Pilot
1 Op with C Taylor’s crew as  2nd Pilot

Tour History
26/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne (JA Mateich as 2nd Pilot), 28/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend (C Taylor as 2nd Pilot), 29/08/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim (JA Mateich as 2nd Pilot)



VAUGHAN

Douglas William Vaughan, RNZAF NZ429046 – Navigator   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2    killed on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with M Lammas’s crew as  Nav

Tour History
26/03/1944 Attack against Targets at Courtrai, 05/04/1944 Mining off La Rochelle, 23/04/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E was shot down by a night-fighter at 23:15hrs over Denmark, crashing in flames near Vemmenaes, East South East of Lundby on Tasinge Island. The aircraft broke up on impact and came to rest in shallow waters, where the bodies of all seven crew were recovered and later buried in Åbenrå cemetery.

Killed age 28 on the 23rd of April 1944.
Son of William Vaughan and of Florence Evelyn Vaughan (Nee Ayres), of Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand; Husband of Muriel Belle Vaughan, of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Buried Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark.
Grave location – Allied Mil. Plot.
Row 4. 2.



VENN

Alfred Victor ‘Alfie’ Venn, RAF 1277931 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 16
total sorties undertaken 18 (89 % completion rate)

Undertook 18 Ops with JK Climie’s crew as  MU/Gnr & R/Gnr, including 2 DNC – 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE)

Tour History
30/11/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea (R/Gnr), 16/12/1943 Attack against a Special Target (R/Gnr), 06/01/1944 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 28/01/1944 Mining in the Kiel Bay, 11/02/1944 Mining off Mouth of River Ardour, 22/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay (DNC),
24/02/1944 Mining in Kiel Bay, 10/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE) (DNC), 13/03/1944 Mining off Lorient, 15/03/1944 Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 54 (SUCCESSFUL), 18/03/1944 Mining in the Heliogoland Bight, 21/03/1944 Mining off St. Malo, 23/03/1944 Attack Against Targets at Laon, 09/04/1944 Attack against Villeneuve St. George, 27/04/1944 Attack Against Friedrichshafen, 09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez, 10/05/1944 Attack Against Courtrai, 19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans



VERCOE

Terrance James Vercoe, RNZAF NZ415566 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 3    killed on 4th Op
total sorties undertaken 4 (75 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with JN Darney’s crew as  R/Gnr & Mu/Gnr

Tour History
25/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Essen (Mu/Gnr), 27/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (R/Gnr), 29/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (R/Gnr), 30/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at Remscheld (R/Gnr),

Stirling Mk.III EH905 AA-R was lost without trace. All seven crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lost without trace age 27 on the 31st of July 1943.
Son of James Mostyn Innes Vercoe and Muriel Patricia Vercoe, of Paengaroa, Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.



VERNAZONI

Richard Berry Vernazoni, RNZAF NZ416185 – Pilot   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 2    killed on 3rd Op
total sorties undertaken 3 (67 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with DC Lowe’s crew as  2nd Pilot
2 Ops as Pilot

Tour History
23/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dortmund (DC Lowe as 2nd Pilot), 27/05/1943 Mining off the Frisian Islands, 29/05/1943 Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal

Stirling Mk.I EF398 AA-A was shot down at 01:49hrs by a night-fighter (Oblt Manfred Meurer, I. /NJG1) The aircraft crashed between Vlodrop and Roermond (Limburg), while overflying the Netherlands en route to the target There were no survivors. Five crew have no known graves. The two gunners are buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery after being found in a temporary military cemetery at Venlo.

Lost without trace age 20 on the 30th of May 1943.
Son of Roger S. and Freda Vernazoni, of Sydenham, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.



VERO

Everitt William Vero, RAF 1811230 – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 7
total sorties undertaken 7 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 7 Ops with K Southward’s crew as  W/Op

Tour History
06/09/1944 Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre, 08/09/1944 Attack Against Doudenville, 11/09/1944 Attack Against Kamen, 12/09/1944 Attack Against Frankfurt, 14/09/1944 Attack Against Waasenaar, 04/10/1944 Mining in the Kattegat Area, 06/10/1944 Attack Against Dortmund



VICCARS

Eric Clifford Viccars, RAF 649196 – Air Gunner   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 6    killed on 7th Op
total sorties undertaken 7 (86 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with DL Thompson’s crew as  Mu/Gnr
1 Op with RA Williams’s crew as  R/Gnr
3 Ops with GM Allcock’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with CA Rothschild’s crew as  R/Gnr
1 Op with C Eddy’s crew as  Mu/Gnr

Tour History
27/01/1943 Gardening off Terschelling (DL Thompson as Mu/Gnr), 04/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Turin (RA Williams as R/Gnr), 07/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at Lorient (GM Allcock As R/Gnr), 28/02/1943 Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire (CA Rothschild as R/Gnr), 03/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hamburg (GM Allcock as R/Gnr), 08/03/1943 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg (GM Allcock as R/Gnr), 11/06/1943 Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf (M Wyatt as Mu/Gnr), 13/07/1943 Attack Against Targets at  Aachen (C Eddy as Mu/Gnr)

Sgt. Eric Viccars was killed when he became trapped in his gun turret after the aircraft he was in crashed whilst attempting to perform an emergency landing. After crashing, the aircraft instantly burst into flames. Sgt. Viccars dies despite the heroic efforts of HIs Pilot to save him from the burning wreckage.

Killed age 22 on the 14th of July 1943.
Buried Southend on Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery, Essex, England.
Plot R. Grave 12049.



VICKERS

Charles Henry Vickers, RAF 1115126 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 0    killed on 1st Op
total sorties undertaken 1 (0 % completion rate)

Undertook 1 Op with SBT Davis’s crew as  F/Gnr/ A/B

Tour History
28/08/1942 Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg

Wellington Mk.III BJ.673 was brought down at about 23:15hrs, 10 miles West of St Niklaas (13miles South West of Antwerp), Belgium. There were no survivors. The time and position of the crash, proximity from base and known strategies of enemy night-fighters in this area, indicates a strong possibility that the aircraft was shot down while en route to the target. The bodies were first buried in the Moerbeke Cemetery but were later reinterred in the Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem.

Killed age 22 on the 29th of August 1942.
Son of John Henry and Mary Louisa Vickers, of Newton Heath, Manchester, England.
Buried Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – XII. E. 10.
‘And for His dwelling
And His throne
He chooseth
The pure in heart’



VINCENT

Frank Arthur Vincent, RAF 1395910 – Air Bomber   (killed in action)
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 23    killed on 24th Op
total sorties undertaken 24 (96 % completion rate)

Undertook 24 Ops with JA Flemming’s crew as  A/B

Tour History
14/06/1944 Attack Against Le Havre, 15/06/1944 Attack Against Valenciennes, 17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier (DNC), 23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey, 24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux, 07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 09/07/1944 Attack Against Linzeux, 10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt, 12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 17/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Aulnoye, 18/07/1944 Attack Against Cagny, 20/07/1944 Attack Against Homberg, 23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel, 24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart, 01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe, 03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam, 11/08/1944 Attack Against Lens, 12/08/1944 Attack Against Brunswick, 14/08/1944 Attack Against Hamel, 15/08/1944, Attack Against the Aerodrome at St. Trond, 18/08/1944 Attack Against Bremen, 25/08/1944 Attack Against Russelsheim

Lancaster Mk.I LM593 AA-N was brought down over Germany, crashing near Neunkirchen; 38 miles North West of the target. There were no survivors. All seven crew are now buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Killed age 21 on the 25th of August 1944.
Son Of Arthur Edward And Muriel Ada Vincent, Of Felixstowe, Suffolk.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. K. 8-10.
‘To our darling Frank
Treasured memories.
Mum, dad, Sister and Queenie’



VINE

Gilbert Dennis ‘Denny’ Vine, RAF 1603902 – Flight Engineer  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 13
total sorties undertaken 13 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 13 Ops with AR Spiers’s crew as  F/E

Tour History
02/09/1943 Mining in the Frisian Islands, 03/09/1943 Mining in the Gironde Estuary, 05/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 08/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne, 15/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Montlucon, 16/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Modene, 27/09/1943 Attack Against Targets at Hanover, 02/10/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 03/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Kassel, 08/10/1943 Attack Against Targets at Bremen, 25/10/1943 Mining in the Baltic Sea, 18/11/1943 Attack Against Targets at Mannheim, 04/01/1944 Mining North of Biarritz



VINER

 Viner, RAF  – Wireless Operator  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 4
total sorties undertaken 4 (100 % completion rate)

Undertook 4 Ops with Evans’s crew as  W/Op, F/Gnr & R/Gnr

Tour History
23/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk (Wireless Operator), 27/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf (Wireless Operator), 30/11/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg (Rear Gunner), 12/12/1941 Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest (Front Gunner)



VOICE

William James Stanley Voice, RNZAF NZ41708 – Air Gunner  
1st Tour
Ops total with Squadron – 10
total sorties undertaken 11 (91 % completion rate)

Undertook 3 Ops with GH Jacobson’s crew as  R/Gnr, including 1 DNC – 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
8 Ops with KJ Dunmall’s crew as  R/Gnr

Tour History
03/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Emden (GH Jacobson), 06/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Duisburg (GH Jacobson), 08/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt (KJ Dunmall), 10/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf (GH Jacobson), 19/09/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken (KJ Dunmall), 24/09/1942 Operations. Gardening off Texel (KJ Dunmall), 26/09/1942 Operations. Gardening in Baltic (KJ Dunmall), 09/10/1942 Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands (KJ Dunmall), 07/12/1942 Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands (KJ Dunmall), 09/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Turin (KJ Dunmall), 17/12/1942 Operations. Attack Against Targets at Fallersleben (KJ Dunmall)


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