R.F. Westwood crew 5.5.43 †

04/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with bombs of 2000lb 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft, however, failed to take-off owing to engine trouble. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, with the exception of two which returned early owing to engine trouble. Large fires and explosions were seen, which appeared to come from the centre of the target area. Some A.A.Fire and searchlights were encountered, but they were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. No cloud was prevalent in the target area, and visibility was good, ground detail was obscured by the smoke from the fires. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK776 AA-R

Sgt. Alan Joseph Lyall Sedunary, RAAF AUS.416619 – Pilot.
Sgt. Reginald Francis Westwood, RAAF AUS.416471 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Aubrey Lens, RAFVR 149672 – Navigator.
Sgt. Cecil Reginald Parish, RAFVR 1332576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas Hamilton Moss, RNZAF NZ404653 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frank Kitchener Alcock, RAF 532245 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jack Ernest Nicholson, RAFVR 1800467 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John James Gratton, RAFVR 1351568 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:07 – Landed 03:56
Flight Time 04:49

05/05/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with Mines of 1500lb. One aircraft, however, failed to take-off and one failed to return. The remaining four aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, and all the parachutes were seen to open. Some light A.A.Fire was encountered, but it was ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. There was broken cloud in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.I. EF.340, captained by Sgt. R.F. Westwood.

Stirling Mk.I EF430 AA-Q

Sgt. Reginald Francis Westwood, RAAF AUS.416471 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Waldron Bentley, RNZAF NZ414580 – Navigator.
Sgt. Erwin Henry Reubin Lamb, RNZAF NZ413709 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William Harkness, RAFVR 1127681 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Horace Bennetton, RAFVR 1281626 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gilbert Humphreys Rogers, RAFVR 1382746 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John McLaren Boswell, RNZAF NZ414491 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.I EF430 AA-Q was engaged by AA fire while transiting the Dutch coastal area and was brought down in the Waddenzee, South East of Vlieland, at 01:15hrs. None of the crew survived. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

P/O Reginald Francis Westwood, RAAF AUS.416471 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of Alphonso Charles and Margaret Amy Westwood, of Brooklyn Park, South Australia.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 191.

P/O Robert Henry Waldron Bentley, RNZAF NZ414580 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of Henry Arthur Bond Bentley and Jessie Eleanor Bentley, of Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 198.

Sgt. Erwin Henry Reubin Lamb, RNZAF NZ413709 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 29.
Son of Reubin David Haigh Lamb and Mary Minnie Lamb, of Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.

Sgt. Frederick Horace Bennetton, RAFVR 1281626 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of Edward E. and Nellie M. Bennetton, of Grappenhall, Cheshire.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 142.

Sgt. William Harkness, RAFVR 1127681 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of David and Martha Harkness, of Claudy, Co. Londonderry.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 152.

Sgt. Gilbert Humphreys Rogers, RAFVR 1382746 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Lost without trace age 27.
Son of Herbert and Margaret Rogers.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 163.

Sgt. John McLaren Boswell, RNZAF NZ414491 – Rear Gunner.
Lost without trace age 26.
Son of David Mclaren Boswell and Mary Ellen Boswell, of Petone, Wellington, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 199.

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