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    On the 27/7/42 the CWGC website records Eric John Rober YATES 403787NZ as a casualty. He was aircrew on 142 Squadron, however the losses of aircraft on that day do not show Yates as a casualty.

    Has any member any reference to an incident involving this man which led to his death on the 27 July 1942. I am wondering if he was previously wounded or involved in an accident on the base.

    Any help thoughts warmly received. Thank you.

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    Colin,

    Errol Martyn has the following in his For Your Tomorrow Volume 1 with the date given as Sunday26/Monday 27 July 1942:-
    Wellington IV Z1289 took off (from Waltham) at 2305 captained by Flt Sgt N J Warfield, RAF, on raid to Hamburg. The navigator (Yates) was killed in the first attack by a night-fighter on approach to the target. Though restricted to manipulating his damaged turret by hand, the rear gunner succeeded in shooting down the enemy in flames when it made a third firing pass. During these attacks the wireless operator had mistakenly baled out and the captain was wounded. The rear gunner assisted in piloting the damaged Wellington back to base. The navigator is buried at nearby Grimbsy.
    Navigator NZ403787 Fg Off Eric John Robert YATES RNZAF Age 21.46 hrs.

    Errol may add more if he reads this thread.

    Quite an eventful, tragic and terrifying operation for the crew it would appear. It is quite staggering what these airmen endured time and time again flying on ops.

    Hope that helps
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    Linzee

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    Colin,
    Just to let you know, a couple of pages from 142 ORB on the way via email to add to what Linzee has already given you.
    Alan.

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    Linzee Alan

    Thank you both very much. A fantastic account of bravery and sad loss of life for this RNZAF Navigator. I checked the B.C. losses book but this event was not found, the forum is a great venue. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colinpateman View Post
    Linzee Alan

    Thank you both very much. A fantastic account of bravery and sad loss of life for this RNZAF Navigator. I checked the B.C. losses book but this event was not found, the forum is a great venue. Thanks again.
    Colin,

    Not in Chorley's Vol 3/1942 as the aircraft itself was not lost.
    Yates, however, is recorded in Vol 9/Roll Of Honour.

    Errol

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