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    Default F/Sgt Oliver George Reed RNZAF 404144

    This wireless operator/air gunner was an Australian serving with the New Zealand Air Force and was killed when Short Sunderland III, ML858, No 302 FTU, based at Oban, crashed at St Kilda on a navigational exercise. The entire crew died and although recovered were buried at sea off the St Kilda group of islands/stacks.

    Son of George Charles and Ruth Myra Reed, can anybody explain where in Australia he was from and as to why he was with the New Zealanders?

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    Malcolm,

    This may help, 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)':

    REED, Flight Sergeant Oliver George.
    NZ404114; b Brighton, Melbourne, Vic., Australia 5 Aug 18; Gardenvale Central Sch, Melbourne; to NZ age 20; engineer - NZR, Wgtn. RNZAF Levin/GTS as Air Gunner u/t 27 Oct 40, emb for Canada 5 Dec 40, att RCAF 23 Dec 40, 2WS 25 Dec 40 [hosp 23 May-9 Jun], 5BGS 11 Jun 41, Air Gunners Badge & remust as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner & Sgt 22 Jul 41, 1 M Depôt 28 Jul 41, att RAF & emb for UK 15 Aug 41, 3PRC 15 Sep 41, 1SS 29 Sep 41, 1(C)OTU (Hudson) 9 Dec 41, to Iceland & 269 Sqn (Hudson - ? ops) 15 Apr 42, reverted to LAC rank & remust as Aircrafthand (GD) 27 Aug 42, to UK 23 Oct 42, 6(P)AFU as instr, 487 Sqn RNZAF (Ventura) 14 Jun 43, remust as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner & reranked Sgt 6 Sep 43, 4(C)OTU (Sunderland - 1 ASR op) 28 Dec 43, 302FTU (Sunderland) 22 May 44 [sick 27 May-6 Jun], kaa 8 Jun 44. Runnymede Memorial - Panel 264 (buried at sea). Son of George Charles & Ruth Myra Reed (née Smith), Avenel, Victoria, Australia.

    (NZR = New Zealand Railways)
    Errol

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    Malcolm,

    Whilst Errol has answered your query, you might find the following article useful, as well:

    After The Battle - Wreck Recovery.
    Wartime Wrecks on St Kilda - The Sunderland at the head of Gleann Mhor.
    by The Rt. Rev. Mgr. John C. Barry.

    After The Battle (1980) Issue No.30. pp.28-33.

    Col.

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    Many thanks to you both for such speedy replies.

    I have seen many articles on the crash but that one is new to me.

    Errol - your biography contains all (and more) that I wished to know.

    Regards
    Malcolm Macdonald

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