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    Can anyone tell me what happened to Flight Officer Royden Leslie Nugent from New Zealand who was stationed near Blackpool in June 1944.

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    Hi Steve
    On CWGC http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1077834 there are details of a Royden Leslie Nugent, age 26, killed on 15/04/45. with 489 Sqn. They were operating at the time out of Dallachy on the Moray Firth E of Lossiemouth flying Beaufighters as part of the Banff Wing. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial which means he has no known grave. If we can assume that he was Aircrew then it is most likely that he was lost over the sea on a Shipping Strike or on a training flight. In Jun 45 they converted to the Mosquito so he might have been undergoing conversion to the newer a/c. The Sqn data comes from Jefford-RAF Squadrons
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    His aircraft was in collision with another from the same squadron during an anti-shipping strike in Norway. A memorial plaque to the crew can be found near the location.

    See this link for photographs and info http://ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/jossingfjord.html

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    Steve,

    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 Two: Fates 1943-1998':

    Sat 14 Apr 1945
    COASTAL COMMAND
    Strike against shipping in Jossing Fjord, Norway
    489 Squadron, RNZAF (Dallachy, Morayshire - 18 Group)
    Beaufighter TF.X NT888/Y - took off at 1309 as part of a wing strike made up of torpedo and rocket carrying aircraft, accompanied by a Mustang fighter escort and a Warwick carrying an airborne lifeboat. The force carried out a successful attack, approaching the target from inland, but on climbing away as it left the fjord NT888 collided with Beaufighter RD463 (see next entry) and plunged into the sea. Neither of the two crew were seen to escape and they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
    Pilot: NZ421497 Plt Off John Mostyn BRIGHTWELL, RNZAF - Age 23. 708hrs. 22nd op.
    Navigator: NZ429048 Plt Off Edgar Joseph FOY, RNZAF - Age 24. 415hrs. 22nd op.

    489 Squadron, RNZAF (Dallachy, Morayshire - 18 Group)
    Beaufighter TF.X RD463/A1 - took off at 1309 and collided with NT888 as described in the previous entry. A successful ditching was carried out, both crew members getting out, walking along the wing and entering a dinghy. Called up by one of the other Beaufighters, the air-sea rescue Warwick flew overhead and dropped its lifeboat. One of the crew swam towards it, but the parachutes’ release bolts had failed on touch down, and it was carried away from him in the wind. The following day four of the Squadron’s aircraft returned to the scene. Although they located two dinghies and the lifeboat before being chased away by enemy fighters, they were found to be empty. Lost without trace, the two crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
    Pilot: NZ427846 Fg Off Royden Leslie NUGENT, RNZAF - Age 26. 14th op.
    Navigator: NZ4214125 Fg Off Graham George PARKIN, RNZAF - Age 22. 520hrs. 14th op.
    Although they were lost in similar circumstances, for Parkin the CWGC register gives presumed date of death as the 14th and for Nugent the 15th.

    And from Vol Three (Biographies & Amendments):

    p340; NUGENT, R L – for Pilot, read Navigator.
    p340; PARKIN, G G – for Navigator, read Pilot.

    NUGENT, Flying Officer Royden Leslie.
    NZ427846; b Auckland 11 Feb 19; Mt Albert Grammar & Auckland TTColl; teacher - Auckland Education Board [at Ngaroma District Sch?]. RNZAF Whenuapai as Aircrafthand (ADU) 11 Jul 42, remust as Air Observer u/t & ITW 4 Jan 43, emb for Canada 1 Apr 43, att RCAF 24 Apr 43, 2 M Depôt 26 Apr 43, 5AOS 16 May 43, remust as Air Navigator & Air Navigators Badge & Sgt/Comm 1 Oct 43, 1 Y Depôt 12 Oct 43, att RAF & emb for UK 22 Oct 43, 12PD&RC 31 Oct 43, 1RS 1 Dec 43, 3SGR 16 Apr 44, 132OTU (Beaufighter) 8 Jul 44, 5(C)OTU/1TTU (Beaufighter) 17 Oct 44, 489 Sqn RNZAF (Beaufighter - 14 ops?) 24 Nov 44, kao 14 Apr 45. Runnymede Memorial - Panel 285. Son of Archibald Leslie & Edith Phillipa Nugent (née Bowman), Totara, Whangaroa Harbour; h of Alice Marie Nugent (née Arnold) & f of 1d, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA. [phot. TWN 13.6.45].

    Errol

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    If there is anyone still reading this thread, I've just stumbled on this site and would welcome connection with anyone who knew Royden. He was my grandfather. I may have additional information if anyone is still interested although I have learned more from this page than I had previously known. His daughter Margo (my mom) lives in the US. Two other grandchildren (my brother and sister) are living in Auckland currently. His wife Alice Marie (my grandmother) died many years ago. Best regards, Marjorie

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    Marjorie,

    You can request a free copy of his RNZAF service record from Personnel Records, New Zealand Defence Force. See here for further information:

    http://www.nzdf.mil.nz/personnel-records/nzdf-archives/

    There is, however, a fairly long delay at present in attending to these requests.

    You could also make a free request for possible personal contacts through the 'Lost Trails' column of the quarterly magazine of the Returned Services Association of New Zealand, RSA Review. The editorial email is dion@waterfordpress.co.nz

    Errol

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    Hello,

    For a good account of No.279 Squadron's efforts to get airborne lifeboats to the survivors, l suggest you consult the following:

    Dinghy Drop: 279 Squadron RAF 1941-46.
    Docherty,Tom
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Books,2007
    pp.180-2

    Col.

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