W7513

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 03/03/43 Hamburg AA-G W/O Walsh 06:00
2 05/03/43 Essen AA-G W/O Walsh 04:15
3 08/03/43 Nurenburg AA-G P/O Bennett 07:55
4 12/03/43 Essen AA-G Sgt. Lord 03:50
5 27/03/43 Berlin AA-G Sgt. Dalzell 07:40
6 04/04/43 Kiel AA-G Sgt. Webb 02:10
7 10/04/43 Frankfurt AA-G P/O Bennett 05:50
8 14/04/43 Stuttgart AA-G Sgt. Haliburton 06:50
9 20/04/43 Rostock AA-G Sgt. Haliburton 07:45
10 22/04/43 Mining in the Gironde Estuary AA-G Sgt. Haliburton 07:00
11 26/04/43 Duisburg AA-G Sgt. Haliburton 04:13
12 28/04/43 Mining in Kiel Bay AA-G Sgt. Haliburton Missing
Total Op hours 63:28

 

28/04/1943 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs. One of these aircraft returned early owing to its compass being faulty and four failed to return. The remaining three aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered which is believed to have come from an A.A. ship in the mining area. No enemy aircraft were seen. Visibility was fairly good, with scattered cloud in the mining area. Navigation was very good. Stirlings Mk.1 R9290, Sgt. A. Lewis, W.7513 – Sgt. K. Halliburton, BF.467 – P/O D. Thompson, <k.III BK664 – P/O. D.V. Hamer, failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I W7513 AA-G

Sgt. Keith Haliburton, RNZAF NZ415411 – Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Torre Hunter, RNZAF NZ42297 – Navigator.
Sgt. Leslie Thomas Scarfe, 1261331 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. David Church, RAFVR 1196564 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Devinder Singh Sidhu, RAFVR 946455 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Charles Henry George Boxall, RAFVR 1393248 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander Clunie Howell, RNZAF NZ392104 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Took off at 20.42 hrs from R.A.F. Newmarket in Suffolk. Part of a huge 207 aircraft force on a “Gardening” (Mine laying) operation. A total of 593 mines were laid off Heligoland, in the river Elbe and in the Great and Little Belts. Low cloud base forced the aircraft to fly very low over the German and Danish coasts. Because of this they took very heavy flak and also attacks from Luftwaffe night fighters.
Although this was the largest mine laying operation in one night of the whole war it came at a price. A total of 22 aircraft were lost (75 (NZ) Squadron RAF lost 4 aircraft alone, with a total of 28 crew members killed) – 9 aircraft were lost by the night fighters and the remainder from the flak.

There are no known details regarding the loss of W7513 and her crew, all being lost without trace. Stirling W7513 is not on the Luftwaffe claims list for this raid so it is thought that it had been taken down by flak All crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sgt. Keith Halliburton, RNZAF NZ415411 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of William Francis and Susan Halliburton, of Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.

Sgt. Patrick Torre Hunter, RNZAF NZ42297 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 29.
Son of Patrick Hunter and of Helena Hunter (Nee Torre), of Havelock North, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.

Sgt. Leslie Thomas Scarfe, RAFVR 1261331 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Edward Tevelin Scarfe and Sarah Grace Scarfe, of Hornsey, Middlesex.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 164.

Sgt. David Church, RAFVR 1196564 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 29.
Son of James Arnold and Alice Mary Church; Husband of J. Church, of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 145.

The Wireless Operator on the crew’s final Op was Sgt. David Church. David had arrived at Newmarket as a member of Ron Laud’s crew. With the continuing absence of a regular W/Op for the crew, David found himself joining the Halliburton crew, not even getting the chance to fly with his own crew. Tragically, this was to be Sgt. David Church’s only Op with 75(NZ) Squadron RAF. The Laud crew would be lost 2 months later on an Op to Dusseldorf.

Sgt. Devinder Singh Sidhu, RAFVR 946455 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 24.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 147.

Sgt. Charles Henry George Boxall, RAFVR 1393248 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Lost without trace age 19.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 143.

Sgt. Alexander Clunie Howell, RNZAF NZ392104 – Rear Gunner.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of William James Stanley Howell and Ella Isabell Howell, of Wairoi, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.