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Thread: Hampden AE348, 408 Sqn - 9-11-1942

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    Default Hampden AE348, 408 Sqn - 9-11-1942

    [Head should read 1941]

    This a/c crashed near Westkerke (West Vlaanderen), 9 km SE of Ostend, but apparently the cause was not identified. Has anyone come across it or a member of the crew in their research?

    The crewman I am interested in is P/O John Cayley Wilson but the rest of them were:
    P/O E.B.Te M. Robertson RNZAF KIA
    Sgt D.F.W. Norton KIA
    Sgt D.V. Markall KIA

    Errol, do you have the RNZAF fellow on file?

    I just found him in CWGC

    Initials: E B T M
    Nationality: New Zealand
    Rank: Sergeant (Obs.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal New Zealand Air Force
    Unit Text: 408 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn
    Age: 29
    Date of Death: 09/11/1941
    Service No: 404556
    Additional information: Son of William Alexander Robertson and Sarah Jane Robertson, of Fairlie, Canterbury, New Zealand.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 2.
    Last edited by dfuller52; 21st April 2009 at 21:00. Reason: date correction and addt'l info

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    New Zealand



    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 Three: Biographies & Appendices)':
    ROBERTSON, Sergeant Evan Bertram Te Makahi.
    NZ404556; b Fairlie 19 Jan 12; Fairlie DHS; meat inspector - Agriculture Dept, Palm Nth. RNZAF Levin/GTS as Air Observer u/t 24 Nov 40, emb for Canada 6 Jan 41, att RCAF 23 Jan 41, 4AOS c.26 Jan 41, 4BGS 13 Apr 41, Air Observers Badge & Sgt & 1ANS 26 May 41, 1 M Depôt 30 Jun 41, att RAF & emb for UK c.6 Jul 41, 3PRC 29 Jul 41, 25OTU (Wellington, Hampden) 11 Aug 41, 408 Sqn RCAF (Hampden- 2 ops) 21 [27?] Oct 41, kao 9 Nov 41. Westkerke Churchyard - grave 2, West Flanders, Belgium. Son of William Alexander & Sarah Jane Robertson (née Sherburd), Fairlie. [phot. TWN 10.12.41].

    And fate info per Vol One:

    Sun 9/Mon 10 Nov 1941
    Bomber Command

    Raid on Ostend, Belgium (by 9 aircraft - 1 lost)
    408 Squadron, RCAF (Syerston, Nottinghamshire - 5 Group)
    Hampden I AE438/N - took off at 1755 captained by Plt Off J C Wilson, RCAF, and brought down over Belgium, crashing near Westkerke, 9km SE of Ostend. All four crew are buried at Westkerke.
    Observer: NZ404556 Sgt Evan Bertram Te Makahi ROBERTSON, RNZAF - Age 29. 183hrs. 2nd op.

    Also Amendment from Vol Three:

    p154; ROBERTSON, E B Te M – shot down by a flak battery at Ettelgem/Ostend and crashed on the farm of Mr Vandekerckhove along the Zeeweg of Westkerke.


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    Thanks Errol, that's very helpful. Another FTR on my list has been located. How did you get the info about the cause of the crash?

    Also, I notice his parents have quite common English names but he must have Maori in his family, with his middle name. Or was it a case of Anglicizing the name when in fact they were Maori?
    Last edited by dfuller52; 22nd April 2009 at 09:52.

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