R.B. Vernazoni crew 27.5.43 †

23/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Some very large fires were seen, and the bombs were seen to explode amongst large buildings. Medium and Heavy A.A. Fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered. One aircraft was hit whilst over the target, and the port outer propeller was shot off, but the aircraft successfully returned to base. Some enemy aircraft were seen, and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but identification was difficult owing to smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III,BK.783 captained by Sergeant S.M. Tietjens failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BF459 JN-E

F/L Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
F/O Richard Berry Vernazoni, RNZAF NZ416185 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William, Stuckey, RAFVR 51042 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M.N. Thornton, RAFVR 1041442 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John Wilson Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Donald Arthur Laycock, RAFVR 1457004/ 130451 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:49 – Landed 03:57
Flight Time 04:08

27/05/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. Some light A.A. Fire was encountered, but it was ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good in the mining area, except for slight sea haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF377 AA-J

F/O Richard Berry Vernazoni , RNZAF NZ416185 – Pilot.
Sgt. Owen Alfred Innes, RNZAF NZ421935 – Navigator.
P/O Harold Tong, RNZAF NZ416648 – Air Bomber.
F/O Charles Hudson Riddle, RNZAF NZ41190 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Bramwell, RAFVR 1051374 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alexander Roger Cardoo, RAFVR 1522196 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. James John Chandler, RAFVR 1699810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:51 – Landed 03:16
Flight Time 04:25

29/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb, and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take-off owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, and two returned early. Four aircraft failed to return. The remaining thirteen aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires were seen and also some big explosions. Some heavy A.A. Fire was encountered, but it was ineffective. No searchlights were seen. A few enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but visibility was impaired by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III BK776 Captained by P/O. R.F.Bennett, Mk.I EF398, captained by F/O. R.B. Vernazoni, MK.III EH881 captained by Sgt. J.H. Carey and Mk.III Bf561 captained by Sgt. S.R. Thornley.

Stirling Mk.I EF398 AA-A

F/O Richard Berry Vernazoni , RNZAF NZ416185 – Pilot.
Sgt. Owen Alfred Innes, RNZAF NZ421935 – Navigator.
P/O Harold Tong, RNZAF NZ416648 – Air Bomber.
F/O Charles Hudson Riddle, RNZAF NZ41190 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Bramwell, RAFVR 1051374 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alexander Roger Cardoo, RAFVR 1522196 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. James John Chandler, RAFVR 1699810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:32 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

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.

F/O Richard Barry Vernazoni, RNZAF NZ416185 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of Roger S. and Freda Vernazoni, of Sydenham, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.

Sgt. Owen Alfred Innes, RNZAF NZ421935 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 22.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.

F/O Harold Tong, RNZAF NZ416648 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 34.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.

F/O Charles Hudson Riddle, RNZAF NZ41190 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Robert Arthur Riddle and of Elizabeth Wilhelmina Riddle (Nee Evans), of Cave, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.

Sgt. Walter Bramwell, RAFVR 1051374 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Stanley Bramwell, and of Lucy Bramwell, of Hoyland Common, Yorkshire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 143.

Sgt. Alexander Rodger Cardoo, RAFVR 1522196 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 20.
Son of William and Elizabeth Cardoo, of Rutherglen, Lanarkshire.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.     .
Grave location – 24. B. 1.
‘So he passed over
And all the tumpets
Sounded for him
On the other side’

Sgt. James John Chandler, RAFVR 1699180 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.     .
Grave location – 24. B. 2.

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