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    Default E.H. D'Ath Weston RNZAF 403432

    Hi All,
    The above airman was a member of Wellington BJ 723 of 115 Squadron which crashed into sea after attack on Hamburg on 26/27 July 1942.He became a POW, No.569 in camp L3. Can anyone give me the full crew, their positions and their full christian names please. This airman left New Zealand with my father on the Aorangi in 1940 on the way to training in Canada. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Rob Jerram.

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    Hi Rob
    From Chorley, Bomber Command Losses Vol 3, the crew list is given as:-
    Sgt J B Smith,pilot
    F/Lt E H D'Ath-Weston, RNZAF,Obs
    Sgt J O French,W/op
    Sgt L H Harcus, Ag
    Sgt W C Frizzell,RNZAF,Ag
    The crew positions are assumed from Chorley's own guidance in the introduction to each Vol
    for a Wellington with a crew of 5. All became POW. There are no details as to how the a/c came down. Chorley only gives initials for first names.
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    Dick

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    Hi Dick,
    Thanks for your reply, much appreciated. Can I assume that he was F/Sgt not Flt/Lt as you have quoted? The reason for asking this question, is that he was training in Canada at same time as my father and his elevation to rank of Flt/Lt seems to be very unusual in the time frame given. My apologises if my assumption is incorrect. Again, thank you for your help. Hopefully other members of the forum can come up with the christian names.

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    Rob Jerram.

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    Rob,
    He is also listed as F/Lt in Footprints on the Sands of Time.

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    Hi Alan,
    I stand corrected, obviously a man of natural leadership ability which was quickly recognised by the powers that be. Many thanks for your input it is much appreciated.

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    Rob Jerram.

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    Rob,

    F/Lt E H D'Ath-Weston, RNZAF,Obs
    Flt Lt NZ403432 Ernest Henry D'Ath-Weston
    enlisted 27 Oct 40
    commissioned (from Sgt) 15 Sep 41
    Fg Off 15 Sep 42
    Fl Lt 15 Sep 43 (may have been 'acting' before this?)
    Res 29 Jan 46
    Still with us apparently - the only one of this surname to appear in the current White Pages

    Sgt W C Frizzell,RNZAF,Ag
    Wt Off NZ411754 William Charles Frizzell
    Born Christchurch 15 Feb 10
    RNZAF 16 Mar 41 to 15 Oct 45
    Safe UK 9 Apr 45
    Died Winton 13 Dec 77

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,
    Thanks for this, much appreciated as always.

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    Rob Jerram.

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    Sadly D'Ath-Weston passed away 03/10/06

    http://www.rsa.org.nz/review/Last%20Post%20December%202006.pdf

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    Hi Amrit,
    It saddens me to hear this. As Errol correctly said his entry is still in the NZ white pages. I was about to ring his number this morning here in Auckland and checked the site before doing so, I'm glad I did. I will try to make contact with who I assume, is his wife, but will do so by mail. He was the last of four young men who headed off on a great adventure together and only two returned. H.V.G Crawford and G.H.Butler-Williams were KIA. E.H. D'Ath Weston as you know became a POW and my father. Dad passed away in 1985 at age 62 years. I have a photo of them sitting with a rescue float on the R.M.M.S Aorangi on their way to Canada. Thank you for your input, it is much appreciated.

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    Rob Jerram.

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