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 Hurricane I Z4043



Block 3/G, Gloster Aircraft Co, RR Merlin III or XX, July 1940 - Aug 1941 More information in: Dr. Colin James Pratt-Hooson's Hurricane Site

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AIR81/6860Pilot Officer R H M Munro: missing believed killed; shot down over the sea off Malta; Hurricane Z4043, 261 Squadron, 12 June 1941.C16756157

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Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Pilot OfficerRoich Hamish Mckenzie MUNRO (61250) Hurricane I Z4043  AIR81/6860 1941-06-12261 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial

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34 Squadron casualties Dec 1941 to end Feb 1942Here is a say, partial list of Royal Air Force and RAF Volunteer Reserve 34 Squadron Casulaties from the Far East: NAME CEM/MEM DATE Notes LERIGO, AC 614754 17/04/1940 - KRANJI WAR CEMETERY KRA 400417 DOAS, AC1 FORD, T 619749 15/07/1941 - KRANJI WAR CEMETERY KRA 410715 KOAS, Sgt HAYLOCK, BG 39664 15/07/1941 - KRANJI WAR CEMETERY KRA 410715 KOAS, F/Lt WINDRUM, JKM 619843 15/07/1941 - KRANJI WAR CEMETERY KRA 410715 KOAS, LA/C OLSON, HB 551372 12/08/1941 - KRANJI WAR CEMETERY KRA 410812 KOAS, Sgt V5877 MOORE, DC 45212 12/08/1941 - KRANJI WAR CEMETERY KRA 410812 KOAS, P/O V5877 HUNT, JF 403548 12/08/1941 - KRANJI WAR CEMETERY KRA 410812 P/O V5877 CARR, J 580507 23/09/1941 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 410923 KOAS, F/Sgt DODDS, GA 520562 23/09/1941 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 410923 KOAS, F/Sgt CONNEL K 610272 12/12/1941 - KRANJI WAR MEMORIAL KRA 411212 Sgt V5379 Appleton JW 12/12/1941 - Injured in Crash, survived INJ 411212 F/Lt V5379 BIGMORE TH 12/12/1941 - Injured in crash, survived INJ 411212 P/O V5379 CARTER, KRC AUS401027 28/12/1941 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 411228 Sgt V5636 RAYNER, RJ 580380 28/12/1941 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 411228 F/Sgt V5636 HILL, RE 40705 28/12/1941 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 411228 F/Lt V5636 LOMAX, JG NZ405289 03/01/1942 - TAIPING WAR CEMETERY TWC 420103 P/O V5388 ANDERSEN, SW 45211 03/01/1942 - TAIPING WAR CEMETERY TWC 420103 F/O V5388 JAMES, RFR 564864 03/01/1942 - TAIPING WAR CEMETERY TWC 420103 F/Sgt V5388 HILLEBRAND, PH 580565 10/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420110 Missing, F/Sgt V5597 SMITH JE NZ402905 10/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420110 Sgt V5597 BROWN, EH AUS401024 10/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420110 Sgt V5597 O'DRISCOLL, F 39109 16/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420120 Sqn/Ldr, Z5796 Date Confused SIMM, JL 563690 21/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420120 W/O Z5796 Date Confused MOORE, CH 612425 21/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420120 W/O Z5796 Date Confused CONDLIFFE, A 1104226 26/01/1942 - KRANJI WAR CEMETERY KRA 420126 KOAS, AC1 BISHOP, PC 568798 26/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420126 KOAS, Cpl FOSTER, DM 619906 26/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420126 KOAS, AC1 GOODWIN, SB 618214 26/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420126 M/KOAS AC1 GOMM, JH 573384 26/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420126 KOAS, AC1 KITCHING, TA 546577 26/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420126 KOAS, AC1 WOOD, R 542931 26/01/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420126 KOAS, AC1 COX, A 567358 06/02/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420206 DOWAS, Cpl MATTHEWS, RHP 1259647 15/02/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420215 WIA, Sgt KAY, H NZ404377 12/05/1942 - DELHI WAR CEMETERY DWC 420512 DOWAS, Sgt V6254 Est, in India ALEXANDER, G 1558454 08/06/1942 - DELHI WAR CEMETERY DWC 420608 AC2 HUMBY, CA 1195635 11/06/1942 - DELHI WAR CEMETERY DWC 420611 LA/C GREAVES, FM 1259996 30/08/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420830 M/KIA, Sgt THWAITS, JH 80219 30/08/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420830 M/KIA, P/O JULIAN, JPR 1018129 30/08/1942 - SINGAPORE MEMORIAL SM 420830 M/KIA ....Read More.dennis_burke on 3rd January 2009 06:47:03
34 Squadron casualties Dec 1941 to end Feb 1942Kevin, Regarding New Zealanders who died with 34 Sqn: From my trilogy 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume One: Fates 1915-1942)': Tue 12 Aug 1941 Far East Formation practice 34 Squadron, RAF (Tengah, Singapore) Blenheim IV V5877 - took off with others of the Squadron and during the practice collided with the formation leader over Johore and crashed. All three crew were buried at Bidadari Cemetery, but later reinterred at Kranji. Pilot: NZ403548 Plt Off John Francis HUNT, RNZAF - Age 25. Sat 3 Jan 1942 Far East Attack on convoy 34 Squadron, RAF (Tengah, Singapore) Blenheim IV V5388 - took off with two others on a patrol along the western coast of Malaya. At least two of the Blenheims located and bombed two vessels off Kuala Selangor, and a number of small craft were machine gunned ten miles south of Penang. V5388 was brought down further north, some 200 yards off the coast, about 3 miles from Yen. All three crew are buried at Taiping. Pilot: NZ405289 Plt Off James Garfield LOMAX, RNZAF - Age 29. Fri 9/Sat 10 Jan 1942 Far East Raid on Sungei Patani airfield, Malaya 34 Squadron, RAF (Tengah, Singapore) Blenheim IV V5597 - took off with five others, only two of which reached the target in the poor weather prevailing. All returned except V5597, which was thought to have been brought down at about 0330 on encountering severe turbulence in a tropical storm. All three crew are commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. Pilot: NZ402905 Sgt James Ellis SMITH, RNZAF - Age 25. Tue 12 May 1942 India Test flight 34 Squadron, RAF (Allahabad, India - 221 Group) Blenheim IV V6254 - took off during the evening and made a forced landing 23 miles SSW of Bamrauli after an engine failure. All three crew were injured, the pilot dying at 0900 next day in the British Military hospital at Allahabad. He was buried in the Cantonment Cemetery at Allahabad, but later reinterred at Delhi. Pilot: NZ404377 Flt Sgt Harold KAY, RNZAF - Age 21. 295hrs (215 solo - 128 on Blenheim) Official records are divided over whether Kay died on the 12th or 13th. The flight may have taken place on the 11th but the weight of evidence suggests it was the 12th. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 8th January 2009 05:35:16
RNZAF pilot Squadron Leader W.R. KOEFEDUntil Errol can get back to you William Robert KOFOED DSO DFC NZ404380 Received both the DFC and DSO with 462 Squadron in 1943 A ....Read More.Amrit on 1st July 2009 11:33:41
RNZAF pilot Squadron Leader W.R. KOEFEDNorman, From Colin Hanson's 'By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999': KOFOED, Wing Commander William Robert, DSO, DFC, AE*. NZ404380 & 130117; Born Outram, Otago, 28 Dec 1915; RNZAF 24 Nov 1940 to 7 Dec 1945, TAF 1 Dec 1948 to 1 Dec 1950, Res. to 28 Dec 1970; Pilot. Hon Aide-de-Camp to HE Governor-General 1 Apr 1947 to 31 Mar 1948 & 1 Apr 1949 to 31 Mar 1950. Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (13 Feb 1943): [76 Sqn RAF & 462 Sqn RAAF (both Halifax)] Flight Lieutenant Kofoed has displayed the highest qualities of leadership and courage in the face of the enemy. His numerous operational sorties include raids on some of the most heavily defended targets. While serving in the United Kingdom he participated in two daylight raids on the German warships at Brest. In April, 1942, he took part in two attacks on the enemy naval base at Trondheim completing his mission from a very low level in the face of the most intense anti-aircraft fire. In the Middle East he has continued to exhibit this high standard of gallantry and devotion to duty, which have been an inspiration to the squadron. Citation Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (15 Oct 1943): [462 Sqn RAAF (Halifax)] Acting Squadron Leader Kofoed has already completed a tour of operations against objectives in Europe and the Middle East. During his second tour of duty, he has attacked such targets as Palermo and Catania and has taken part in flights over the battle areas in the Tunisian campaign. On one sortie over Palermo, a photo-flash exploded in the fuselage of his aircraft which was badly damaged. By superb handling, however, Squadron Leader Kofoed flew his aircraft safely to base - a flight of 8 hours duration. His determination in identifying and attacking the selected targets even in poor visibility and in the face of intense opposition has been inspiring to the crews of the squadron. Air Efficiency Award - 1 Dec 1953, 1st Clasp - 2 Aug 1960. Airman Pilot u/t Kofoed commenced his flying training at RNZAF Taieri on 23 Dec 1940. Just under four years later, on 6 Nov 1944, Wg Cdr Kofoed, DSO, DFC, returned to Taieri as Station Commander. He flew a total of 67 sorties with 76 and 462 Sqns and also served on Bougainville in 1945 as CO Field HQ Piva. CO 4 (Otago) Sqn TAF, Dec 1948-Dec 1950. Died Dunedin, 19 Aug 1978. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 1st July 2009 04:30:34
Free Fall ParachutingMalcolm, The event is described at length in his 2006 privately published autobiography 'Free Fall Over India'. His aircraft broke up in a thunderstorm at 23,000. NZ404330 Wt Off F D C Brown was serving with No.681 Sqn at the time (8 Jun 43).* The accident took place over Fulbachiga, according to RAF Form 551 detail recorded in the book - 'Thrown out of "Spitfire" aircraft falling out of control. Unconscious at time of being thrown out of aircraft, but regained consciousness at approx 3000ft fromn ground, pulled ripcord and landed safely.' Brown suffered 'intense conjunctival haemorrhage of both eyes and bruises to various places ovedr the body.' His log book records this final sortie (he never flew again) as 'P.R. Lashio Loiwing Mandalay' in Spitfire 'K'. * Brown had served with 131 Sqn earlier, but in Dec 42 was posted to 3 PRU, which became 681 Sqn in Jan 43. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 21st February 2010 05:01:24
P/O James Edward Falconer RNZAFDenis, From my trilogy 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume One: Fates 1915-1942)': Tue 16 Sep 1941 Fighter Command Formation practice 61 Operational Training Unit, RAF (Heston, Middlesex - 81 Group) Spitfire I R6611 - failed to recover from an aerobatic manoeuvre at 1100 and dived into the ground, and caught fire at Waterperry, Oxfordshire, 7 miles WSW of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. The pilot is buried at Haddenham. Pilot: NZ404347 Plt Off James Edwards FALCONER, RNZAF - Age 27. 181hrs. And from Volume Three: Biographies & Appendices: Amendment took off at 1015 and crashed in a field on or close to the Waterperry road. Bio FALCONER, Pilot Officer James Edwards. NZ404347; b Auckland 14 Jun 14; Otago BHS, Dunedin & Otago Univ (1st XV); accountant - John Chambers & Son, Wgtn. RNZAF Levin/GTS as Airman Pilot u/t 24 Nov 40, 1EFTS 27 Dec 40, emb for Canada 27 Mar 41, att RCAF 17 Apr 41, 6SFTS 21 Apr 41, Pilots Badge & Sgt 3 Jul 41, Comm 4 Jul 41, 1 M Depôt 9 Jul 41, att RAF & emb for UK 21 Jul 41, 3PRC 16 Aug 41, 61OTU (Spitfire) 21 Aug 41, kaa 16 Sep 41. Haddenham Baptist Burial Ground - 13.1, Bucks., England. Son of Norman & Edith Aileen Falconer (née Gentles), Dunedin. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 15th May 2010 06:11:58
James E Linehan KIA 8/4/42Nicola, From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume One: Fates 1915-1942)' [Note: serial X3757, not X3737]: Wed 8/Thu 9 Apr 1942 Bomber Command Raid on Hamburg, Germany (by 272 aircraft - 5 lost) 57 Squadron, RAF (Feltwell, Norfolk - 3 Group) Wellington III X3757 - took off at 2205 and lost without trace, its six crew being commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Captain: NZ404397 Plt Off Noel Percy MORSE, RNZAF - Age 27. 356hrs. 17th op. Observer: NZ404577 Flt Sgt George Hillary VOGAN, RNZAF - Age 21. 304hrs. 18th op. The CWGC register incorrectly gives Vogan’s age as 23. And from Vol Three (Biographies & Appendices): MORSE, Pilot Officer Noel Percy. NZ404397; b Brisbane, Q'land, Australia 14 Oct 14; North Sydney BHS (1st XI); to NZ 1938; radio engineer - Radio Corp of NZ, Wgtn. RNZAF Levin/GTS as Airman Pilot u/t 24 Nov 40, 3EFTS 27 Dec 40, 1FTS 8 Feb 41, Pilots Badge [wef 20.3.41] & Sgt 3 May 41, att RAF & emb for UK 26 May 41, 3PRC 3 Jul 41, 11OTU (Wellington - 1 op) 19 Jul 41, 57 Sqn (Wellington - 16 ops) 26 Sep 41, Comm 9 Dec 41, kao 8 Apr 42. Runnymede Memorial - Panel 116. Son of Percy Algernon & Beatrice Morse (née Wilson), Mosman, Sydney, NSW, Australia. [OHT1]. VOGAN, Flight Sergeant George Hillary. NZ404577; b Duvauchelle 16 Jun 20; St Andrew's Coll, Chch (Junior Swimming Champ); farm worker - father's farm at Duvauchelle. RNZAF Levin/GTS as Air Observer u/t 24 Nov 40, emb for Canada 30 Jan 41, att RCAF 16 Feb 41, 4AOS c.19 Feb 41, 1BGS 11 May 41, Air Observers Badge & Sgt & 1ANS 23 Jun 41, 1 M Depôt 22 Jul 41, att RAF & emb for UK 9 Aug 41, 3PRC 30 Aug 41, 11OTU (Wellington) 16 Sep 41, 57 Sqn (Wellington - 18 ops) 6 Nov 41, kao 8 Apr 42. Runnymede Memorial - Panel 117. Son of William George & Martha Mary Vogan (née Hillary), Spreydon, Chch. Note: Just 57 Squadron, not 57th (which is the style adopted by the Americans). Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 15th September 2010 07:11:23
Howell & Anderson, RNZAFDrew, BROWNE, Sergeant Arnold George. NZ392011 (prev A392011); b Burracoppin, Western Australia 10 Jan 13; Macedon State Sch, Vic.; to NZ e.1939; miner - Blackwater Gold Mining Co, Waiuta. RNZAF Levin/RTS as Aircrafthand (GD) 29 Dec 39, 2FTS 17 Jan 40, remust as Airman Pilot u/t 26 Oct 40, ITW 27 Oct 40, 3EFTS 24 Nov 40, 2FTS 18 Jan 41, Pilots Badge [wef 3.3.41] & Sgt 12 Apr 41, att RAF & emb for UK 29 Apr 41, 3PRC 29 Jun 41, 56OTU (Hurricane) 14 Jul 41, 87 Sqn (Hurricane) 23 Sep 41, emb for West Africa on/after 28 Sep 41, by air to Egypt, 229 Sqn (Hurricane) 1 Nov 41, kao 9 Jan 42. Alamein Memorial - Column 266. Son of Sydney George & Emma Browne (née Arnold, later Horne); stepson of Louis Albert Horne, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. [NOTE: correct service number] CLIFT, Pilot Officer Kenneth.* NZ404336; b Sydney, NSW, Australia 7 Jan 16*; ed ?; to NZ c.1937; motor metal worker - W Monteith & Son, Auckland. RNZAF Levin/GTS as Airman Pilot u/t 24 Nov 40, 4EFTS 27 Dec 40, emb for Canada 27 Feb 41, att RCAF 16 Mar 41, 6SFTS 20 Mar 41, Pilots Badge & Sgt 14 Jun 41, 1 M Depôt 14 Jun 41, att RAF & emb for UK 20 Jun 41, 3PRC 1 Jul 41, 52OTU (Hurricane) 14 Jul 41, 43 Sqn (Hurricane) 2 Nov 41, 4ADF (fighters) Dec 41, 245 Sqn (Hurricane, Typhoon; 'numerous' ops) 17 Mar 42, Comm 3 Mar 43, kaa 19 Jun 43. Chichester Cemetery - square 42, RC plot, grave 53, Sussex, England. Son of Thomas Claude & Josephine Florence Barker (née Harn), Bondi, NSW, Australia. Note: * served as Kenneth Clift but true name Thomas Edward BARKER and born Battery Point, Hobart, Tas., Australia 12 Aug 07. [phot. TWN 14.7.43]. NZ411002 Fg Off Walker, John Plimmer Some further info available at http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-3RAF.html (NOTE: says born Armidale) From 'By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999': LAING, Flight Lieutenant Robert Inglis, DFC. NZ391360; Born Wynyard, Tasmania, 11 Mar 1913; RNZAF 20 Nov 1939 to 10 Apr 1946; Pilot. Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (3 Apr 1942): [73 Sqn RAF (Hurricane/Tomahawk)] This officer has flown for a large number of hours during arduous operations in the Western Desert. Throughout, he has displayed outstanding courage and ability, particularly in low-level machine-gunning raids on enemy aerodromes and motor transport columns. Such an occasion occurred in December, 1941, when in a raid on the aerodrome at Jedabya, 13 enemy aircraft were destroyed on the ground. In this operation, Pilot Officer Laing pressed home his attack with determination. Official History records that Sgt Laing had two remarkable escapes. On a 23 May 1941 operation his was the only one of six Hurricanes to reach Crete from Egypt. Before he could take off again his aircraft was destroyed on the ground at Heraklion by German Me 110s. However, he got back safely from Crete squeezed into the cockpit of another Hurricane with its pilot using him as a cushion! A few days later he was strafing ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 28th September 2010 04:13:55
WO F.D.C. Brown RNZAF,flying Spitfire PR IV, 8 June 1943 over BurmaDavid, NZ404330 Francis David Colin Brown, RNZAF He wrote a memoir that includes a detailed account of his 'fall', privately published in 2006, titled 'Free Fall OVer India'. You may still be able to obain a copy by writing to: Craig [his son] and Sally Brown at 6 Jackson St, Darfield 7510, New Zealand (ph +64 3 318 8668). Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 10th February 2011 04:17:27
Chindit 1943 Air Liaison officers.Hello, McLAUCHLAN, Flying Officer Raymond Richard Andrew, DFC. NZ404391. Born: Waimate 26 Nov 1918.. RNZAF: 24 Nov 1940 to 30 Mar 1945. Pilot. Citation: Distinguished Flying Cross (1 Feb 1945) [5 Sqn RAF (Mohawk/Hurricane)]. Pilot Officer McLaughlan [sic] commenced operational flying in 1942, and has flown on numerous sorties over Assam, Imphal and Arakan fronts. In attacks against the enemy's lines of communication, he has destroyed many mechanical vehicles and Japanese river craft. Throughout, this officer's efficiency and determination have been worthy of the highest praise. Fg Off McLauchlan's first operational posting was to 123 Sqn RAF (Spitfire) at RAF Castletown, Scotland. He was then posted to India early in 1942 to 5 Sqn RAF, where he flew until late 1944. See: By Such Deeds:Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force 1923-1999. Hanson,C.M. (G/C.) OBE,RNZAF (rtd). Christchurch:Volplane Press,2001. p.341 Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 21st February 2011 03:18:10
Buffalo W8206Hello, Buffalo I W8206, of No.453 Sqn RAAF, was shot down on 21-12-1941 whilst flying airfield defence duties (Kuala Lumpur). The pilot, 402955 Sgt Keith Ross LEYS RAAF, baled out but was attacked by three Japanese fighters whilst parachuting down. He landed safely. See: Defeat to Victory:No.453 Squadron RAAF. Bennett,John. Point Cook:RAAF Museum,1994. pp.41 & 149 See also: Buffaloes Over Singapore. Cull,B. Sortehaug,P & M.Haselden. London:Grub Street,2003. pp.76 & 232 (Leys not mentioned in index!) I know FYT1/164 quotes W8206 for NZ404393 Sgt Ronald Percy McNABB's 67 Sqn Buffalo on 25-12-1941, likewise Bloody Shambles Vol.1/250. Finally, the No.453 Sqn RAAF ORB (p.16 of 28), quotes Buffalo W8206 for Leys on 21-12-1941. Comments from Errol Martyn would be interesting. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 26th September 2011 03:48:09
75 Sqn pilots, March 1942Ian, Sgt Evans ? Sgt (E G D ?) Jarman (RAAF?) AUS.404507 Eric George Delancey Jarman, RAAF F/O (A W ?) Doel NZ39907 Alfred William Doel, RNZAF F/L Hill 912778 Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR F/S (I J ?) McLachlan RNZAF NZ404390 Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF Sgt McPhail NZ402203 Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF P/O Leggett 1262939 Rufus Leggett, RAFVR W/C (R ?) Sawrey-Cookson 39574 Reginald Sawrey-Cookson, RAF Sgt Shepherd NZ404414 Ian James Shepherd, RNZAF With due acknowledgement to David Duxbury. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 20th January 2012 05:50:11
Ray Heslyn RNZAFFrom Colin Hanson’s 'By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999' : HESSELYN, Squadron Leader Raymond Brown, MBE, DFC, DFM*, (EM). NZ404362; Born Dunedin, 13 Mar 1921; NZ Army/TF (1st Bn Southland Regt) 1936 to 1940; RNZAF 24 Nov 1940 to 15 Jun 1947; PoW 3 Oct 1943 to 1 May 1945; Pilot. Later Sqn Ldr R B Hesselyn, MBE, DFC, DFM*, RAF 16 Mar 1947 to 14 Nov 1963, 59124. Citation Distinguished Flying Medal (22 May 1942): [249 Sqn RAF (Spitfire)] Sergeant Hesselyn is a skilful and gallant pilot. Undeterred by odds, he presses home his attacks with outstanding determination. He has destroyed five enemy aircraft, two of which he shot down in one engagement. Citation Bar to Distinguished Flying Medal (29 May 1942): [249 Sqn RAF (Spitfire)] During a period of 4 days operations in May, 1942, this airman destroyed 5 enemy aircraft bringing his victories to ten. Although fighting at great odds in the heavy raids on Malta, Sergeant Hesselyn never hesitates in his efforts to destroy the enemy. His courage and devotion to duty are outstanding. Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (26 Oct 1943): [222 Sqn RAF (Spitfire)] This officer has destroyed at least 17 aircraft. His successes are a fine tribute to his great skill, courage and keenness. Citation Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (28 Dec 1945): While a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany, this officer was appointed personnel officer in the camp. He completed this task in a most efficient and cheerful manner and was able to hand permanent records, including confidential reports on 1400 aircrew, to the Air Ministry on release. These reports were largely the result of Flight Lieutenant Hesselyn’s own efforts. During periods of starvation and depression, this officer contributed very considerably to the well-being of British and American prisoners of war by his unstinting efforts on their behalf. Extracts from a letter from a senior RAF officer dated Jun 1945 note - “this officer was given the duties of Personnel officer in the camp and later Intelligence Officer. Both tasks were carried out in a most efficient and cheerful manner....As Intelligence Officer he took risks and laid himself open to facing serious enemy charges had he been detected in obtaining information vital for the well-being of the camp” Extracts from his intelligence debriefing on return to England state - “I took off from Hornchurch in a Spitfire at 1610 hours on 3 Oct 1943, with my Wing, on bomber escort duties. Near Beauvais the Wing was attacked by enemy fighters. My section attacked and shot down two of them. My Section was about to attack another formation when we were attacked. My aircraft was set on fire and I baled out. I landed in a field near Beauvais about 1700 hours. I was captured at once and taken to Beauvais hospital as I was burned on the hands and face, Camps in which imprisoned - Beauvais hospital 3 to 29 Oct 1943; Dulag Luft 30 Oct to 6 Nov ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 17th August 2012 05:38:34
Ray Heslyn RNZAFAnd from 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Three: Biographies & Appendices)' : HESSELYN, Squadron Leader Raymond Brown, MBE, DFC, DFM*. 59124 (prev NZ404362); b Dunedin 13 Mar 21; Waitaki BHS, Oamaru & S'land BHS, In'gill; apprentice machinist - G Poole & Son, In'gill. NZ Army/TF (1Bn S'land Regt) 1936-1940; RNZAF Levin/GTS as Airman Pilot u/t 24 Nov 40, 1EFTS 27 Dec 40, 1st solo 8 Jan 41, 2FTS 9 Feb 41, inj in a/c acc 24 Apr 41 [next flew on 28th], Pilots Badge [wef 24.3.41] & Sgt 3 May 41, att RAF & emb for UK 26 May 41, 3PRC 3 Jul 41, 9SFTS 23 Jul 41, 61OTU (Spitfire) 30 Sep 41, 234 Sqn (Spitfire - 16 ops) 19 Nov 41, emb fleet carrier HMS Eagle for Med 15 Feb 42, flew a Spitfire off Eagle for Malta & 249 Sqn (Spitfire - 50 ops) 7 Mar 42, cr on air test when wheel came off on t/off (uninj) 25 May 42, Comm 28 May 42, by Hudson to UK via Gibraltar 26-29 Jul 42, 61OTU (Spitfire) as instr 9 [22?] Aug 42 [att 3FIS (Master) 30 Sep-28 Oct], 501 Sqn (Spitfire - 12 ops) 27 Feb 43, 277 Sqn (Spitfire - 4 ASR ops) 20 Jun 43, 222 Sqn (Spitfire - 69 ops) 1 Jul 43, dest 1 (possibly 3) e/a on Ramrod op but then shot down/wdd & PoW/Beauvais hosp 3 Oct 43, Dulag Luft 30 Oct 43, Stalag Luft I 11 Nov 43, escaped 22 Jan 44, recaptured 23 Jan 44, liberated 1 May 45, by air to UK by 11 May 45, 12PD&RC 13 May 45, 1 Sqn (Spitfire, Meteor) 10 Oct 45 [att Sector HQ Church Fenton 15 Feb-25 Mar 46, att CFE/DFLS 19 Sep-30 Nov], by Dakota to NZ via ME & FE 28 Feb-17 Mar 47, t/frd to RAF & ESComm 16 Mar 47, by Dakota to Singapore 20 Apr-25 May 47, By York to UK 26-30 May 47, Tangmere 30 May 47, [relinq RNZAF Comm 15 Jun 47], 56 Sqn (Meteor) 30 Jun 47 [att Old Sarum for cse 18 Aug-18 Sep, Officers Advanced Trg Sch 8 Oct-16 Dec], HQ 12 Gp on staff duties 20 Apr 48 [att to 'P' Staff HQ Fighter Cmd 10 Sep-3 Oct], PComm 15 Sep 48, HQ Fighter Cmd on staff duties 4 Oct 48, RAF Staff Coll 16 Jan 50, att 226OCU (Meteor) for r/cse 5 Feb 51, 41 Sqn (Meteor) as CO 19 Mar 51, Biggin Hill as OC Flying Wing (Meteor) 7 Apr 51, 233OCU (Meteor/Vampire) as OC Weapons Sqn 23 Nov 52, HQ 83 Gp on staff duties Nov 54, HQ Eastern Sector (Meteor) on recovery duties 3 Jun 57, 12 Gp Neatishead on group recovery exec 1 Aug 58, HQ 12 Gp 25 Jan 60, HQ Fighter Cmd on Admin duties 8 Feb 60 [Cmd Weapons Officer from 1 Oct 60], RAF Hosp Uxbridge 20 Oct 63, died 14 Nov 63. Uxbridge (Hillingdon) Cemetery - QD.18, Middlesex, England. Son of George Albert & Marjorie Moore Stuart Hesselyn (née Wilkie); h of Alfreda (Babs) Hesselyn (formerly Ratten). Note: credited with 18 (20?) e/a dest, 1 shared dest, 2 prob, 8 dam. Co-author of Spitfires over Malta (1942). [OH Malta, OHT2, OHT3, BSD & phot. TWN 10.6.42, 17.2.43 & 8.12.43]. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 17th August 2012 05:40:40
Casualties on Circus 140 to Calais Silk Factory, 26 April 1942 (Some Kiwis?)Steve I have BL316 of 19S as being written off after combat, no name though. I also have a third 485 casualty, BM319 with JR Liken NZ404385 . regards DaveW ....Read More.davew on 10th March 2014 08:41:51
Casualties on Circus 140 to Calais Silk Factory, 26 April 1942 (Some Kiwis?)Steve, NZ403546 Travis Coburn Goodlet (PoW) NZ401779 Lloyd Mackay Ralph NZ404385 (note number) John Raby Liken + NZ39931 John Gordon Pattison, also of 485 Sqn, shot down/baled uninjured out and rescued from English Channel 90 mins later. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 10th March 2014 05:13:58
Casualties on Circus 140 to Calais Silk Factory, 26 April 1942 (Some Kiwis?)Steve, Yes, sorry - he was DOW not KIA. Sun 26 Apr 1942 Fighter Command High cover escort to Hurribombers on raid against Calais, France 485 Squadron, RNZAF (Kenley, Surrey - 11 Group) Spitfire VB BM139/E - took off at 1710 with others of the Squadron and one of three which failed to return. Enemy fighters in strength intercepted the escort over coastal France and inflicted heavy loss. Flt Sgt T C Goodlet, RNZAF, was brought down over France, baling out to become a prisoner. Fg Off J C Pattison, RNZAF, baled out into the sea near Dungeness after gliding across the English Channel with a shot up engine and was rescued uninjured from his dinghy within about 90 minutes. The pilot of BM139, wounded in the fighting and his machine critically damaged, also baled out near the English coast, at 1810. Although soon rescued by launch, he died in hospital that evening and is buried near the base at Whyteleafe. Pilot: NZ404385 Flt Sgt John Raby LIKEN, RNZAF - Age 28. 345hrs. 38th op. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 12th March 2014 06:17:38
Casualties on Circus 140 to Calais Silk Factory, 26 April 1942 (Some Kiwis?)Hi Errol, I wondered if you could tell me any more you might know about Flt Sgt T C Goodlet, as he is my grandfather - i am trying to do some research on his time in the POW camp. I read somewhere he was in stalag III; do you know where i might be able to confirm this information? is there a POW camp prisoner list somewhere? Many thanks, Renee [QUOTE=Errol Martyn;97419]Steve, Yes, sorry - he was DOW not KIA. Sun 26 Apr 1942 Fighter Command High cover escort to Hurribombers on raid against Calais, France 485 Squadron, RNZAF (Kenley, Surrey - 11 Group) Spitfire VB BM139/E - took off at 1710 with others of the Squadron and one of three which failed to return. Enemy fighters in strength intercepted the escort over coastal France and inflicted heavy loss. Flt Sgt T C Goodlet, RNZAF, was brought down over France, baling out to become a prisoner. Fg Off J C Pattison, RNZAF, baled out into the sea near Dungeness after gliding across the English Channel with a shot up engine and was rescued uninjured from his dinghy within about 90 minutes. The pilot of BM139, wounded in the fighting and his machine critically damaged, also baled out near the English coast, at 1810. Although soon rescued by launch, he died in hospital that evening and is buried near the base at Whyteleafe. Pilot: NZ404385 Flt Sgt John Raby LIKEN, RNZAF - Age 28. 345hrs. 38th op. Errol[/QUOTE] ....Read More.reneegoodlet on 9th July 2014 05:21:02
5 Wellingtons lost during Kiel raid on 13/14 October 1942Hello, BJ653 Wellington III 12 Sqdn "PH-R" - Grimsby/Lincolnshire-18.36 - Kiel, Crashed at Linstrup, 20 km N of Toftlund/DK-22.25 W/O (P) HEDDON, J.C.-NZ404360-RNZAF Sgt (Obs) WEBSTER, r.-1,091,141-RAF Sgt (WAG/Ba) TAYLOR, R.S.-798,643-RAF Sgt (WAG) PATON, A.M.-R93174-RCAF Sgt (RG) MARKER, L.H.H.-645,697-RAF X3954 Wellington III 75 Sqn "AA- " - Crashed on land of Mrs. Nanny Meyer, Dahrenwurth. Sgt(P) WATTERS, Ventry - NZ413522 - RNZAF Sgt(N) PARKINSON, Lewis H. - NZ412518 - RNZAF Sgt(Ba) ORR, Albert C. - 1145143 - RAF Sgt(WAG) FIRTH, Ellison G. - NZ412218 - RNZAF Sgt(RG) GOLDSACK, Henry E. - 1250808 - RAF BJ775 Wellington III 156 Sqdn "GT- " - Warboys/Huntingdonshire Kiel crashed into sea for NW-German coast. F/Sgt (P) TAYLOR, Jack-656,277-RAF Sgt (Obs) LOTT, William W.-R99690-RCAF Sgt (WAG/Ba) KIDDER, Gordon a.-MiD-J10177-RCAF Sgt (WAG) MacDONALD, E. E.-R65412-RCAF F/Sgt (RG) CONGDON, Donald W.-R88022-RCAF In sea, Rescued by a vessel of the German Kriegsmarine. Became POW's. Z1250 Wellington IV "BH-K" of 300(Polish)Sqdn - Presumed missing over the sea.(See post 2 above). F/O(P) WOJCIK, Josef - DFC - P.76650 - PAF Sgt(CP) BRYCH, Ryszard - P.783077 - PAF P/O(N) JANAS, Stanislaw K. - P.1847 - PAF Sgt(WAG) WILCZYNSKI, Zenon - P.781183 - PAF Sgt(FG) LAGONSKI, Jerzy - P.783106 - PAF Sgt(RG) PECZKOWSKI, Wojciech - P.793713 - PAF DF664 Wellington III "VR-[E or R ?]" of 419 Sqdn - In sea off Brockswalde/Cuxhaven. Sgt(P) WAKEMAN, William A. - R95061 - RCAF P/O(Obs) BELL, Clarence E. - J10319 - RCAF Sgt(WAG) HALL, R.V. - 401213 - RAAF Sgt(Ba) GREEN, Everett S. - R64484 - RCAF F/Sgt(RG) STREETING, Joseph F. - 14033A - RCAF Details from Henk's lists Alex ....Read More.Alex Smart on 3rd December 2015 12:48:12


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