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
ROBERTSON, EVAN BERTRAM TE MAKAHI
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
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.
Cemetery: WESTKERKE PLOT OF HONOUR
Last edited by dfuller52; 21st April 2009 at 21:00.
Reason: date correction and addt'l info
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
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.
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.