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    Default RNZAF - POW's - Wellington Mk.III - BJ661 - AA-?

    Hello,

    More known about these two POW's - Full name, hometown, Age

    411739 - Sgt - ......... - R. P. Callahan - RNZAF - Age .. - POW
    404572 - Sgt - ......... - A. W. Rutherford - RNZAF - Age .. - POW

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    Wellington Mk.III - BJ661 - AA-? was airborne from Feltwell, UK
    Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed - 03:05 - 29 Jul 1942 into the IJsselmeer
    Two of those killed are buried in Amsterdam at the New Eastern Cemetery
    Sgt Titcomb is buried in Harderwijk General Cemetery
    Sgt R. P. Callahan - RNZAF - was interned in Camps 8B.344. POW No. 25141
    with Sgt A. W. Rutherford - RNZAF - , POW No. 25149

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    Crew: Wellington Mk.III - BJ661 - AA-? - 29th July 1942 - Operation Hamburg
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    41894 - F/S - Pilot - J. E. Gilbertson - RNZAF - Age 22 - KIA
    404529 - F/S - Observer - M. J. Byrne - RNZAF - Age 22 - KIA
    411739 - Sgt - ......... - R. P. Callahan - RNZAF - Age .. - POW
    404572 - Sgt - ......... - A. W. Rutherford - RNZAF - Age .. - POW
    1291758 - Sgt - Airgunner - W. A. Titcomb - RAFVR - Age 21 - KIA
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    PATS - Vollenhove - The Netherlands

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    PATS,

    411739 - Sgt - ......... - R. P. Callahan - RNZAF - Age .. - POW
    404572 - Sgt - ......... - A. W. Rutherford - RNZAF - Age .. - POW

    NZ411739 (final rank Wt Off) Ronald Patrick Callaghan
    Born Tolaga Bay 29 Aug 1920
    RNZAF 15 Mar 1941 to 15 Oct 1945
    WOp/AG
    Died Gisborne 1 Aug 1986

    NZ404572 (final rank Wt Off) Alan Walter Rutherford
    Born Masterton 22 Dec 1909
    RNZAF 24 Nov 1940 to 10 Oct 1945
    Air Bomber

    Incidentally, there is a detailed account of this loss in the December 1988 issue of 'Aeroplane Monthly' (pp730-733).

    Errol

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    Errol,

    Thanks for this additional info

    Gents,

    Who is able to supply a copy of the story in 'Aeroplane Monthly' issue december 1988 - (pp730-733).
    Last edited by PATS; 26th November 2008 at 13:57.
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