|F/O Stanley Warren Reeder (172402) 608 Squadron Lost over Berlin 11/10/44||He seems to have been lost on Mosquito [serial]KB348[/serial] on 12 Oct 44
Confirmed via [URL]https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8416183#imageViewerLink[/URL] Page 13
[serial]KB364[/serial] was lost on a different date and crew ....Read More.||Jagan on 18th July 2020 05:35:39|
|F/O Stanley Warren Reeder (172402) 608 Squadron Lost over Berlin 11/10/44||Hi Kevin,
I have Theo Boiten’s Nachtjagd War Diaries and he has no mention of the loss of Mosquito KB348, his second edition Nachtjagd Combat Archives is not yet up to that point in time. I’ll drop him an email and see if he has anything on this loss.
John. ....Read More.||John Williams on 19th July 2020 01:14:54|
|F/O Stanley Warren Reeder (172402) 608 Squadron Lost over Berlin 11/10/44||Kevin.
Lt Kurt Welter made claims around this time , but was not connected with the loss of Mosquito KB348.
A German author, Andreas Zapf, has examined Welter's life and claims in two books. The latest deals with Welter's claims in great detail. Welter made no claims on the date that KB348 was lost (12/10/1944):
While flying with 10./JG 300.
Claim # 34 - 06 Oct 1944 - 20:30 - Mosquito - Berlin @ 8,000 m - Source - OKL Claims List
Claim # 35 - 28 Oct 1944 - 01:20 - Mosquito - 15 Ost Sud/FG-3 (Berlin-Basdorf) @ 8,000 m. - Source - ditto
The Jet Night Fighters Kurt Welter & the Story of the Messerschmitt Me 262 Night Fighters.
In fact, on checking the O.K.L. Fighter Claims Lists - :: Reich, West & Sudfront - Aug to Dec 1944 Vol.I, it shows no Nachtjager claims at all for the period 10 October 1944 - 13/14 October 1944. Suggesting the loss of KB348 was due to something other than a fighter claim.
Col. ....Read More.||COL BRUGGY on 20th July 2020 09:46:41|
|Update:F/O Stanley W Reeder (172402) F/S Robert J Bolton (442325) Thanks & next steps||Dear All,
I would like to offer my Sincere Thanks for every one on RAF Commands who has helped me understand the fate of my Uncle Stan and Bob, his RAAF Navigator on the night of 12/10/44.
John Williams has been pivotal in working with his friends in Germany to identify what happened to Mosquito [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=KB348"]KB348[/URL]. In fact John drove past the crash site at Nedlitz during one of his trips to Germany. I've now seen the German report of the aftermath of the raid and we have identified the Flak units operating that night as Stan & Bob returned from their mission over Berlin.
I'm also indebted to Bob's Niece, Elaine, who is a Family History enthusiast, and she has written extensively about Bob. In some small miracle, Bob's 1944 Diary came back to the Bolton Family after 40 years; it was bought in a box from an Antiques Shop, and the new owner placed a small ad to find the family - a colleague of Elaine's cousin brought it to her attention and back it came !
From Elaine's faithful transcript, we have a day by day account of Bob's life from embarkation, trip to the UK via a stop in New York and his training here and pairing up with Stan as his Pilot.
Elaine also has many photos of Bob, one of his closest friends was the son of a professional photographer, so we see poignant moments in Bob's life, he is pictured with the bicycle that took him so long to find, and is the subject of his Dad's letter when he asks for it to be given to the family Bob stayed with in Carlisle.
Crucially for me, we learn from Bob's diary that Stan was a 41 Op, Second Tour Veteran who had previously flown Wellingtons. That switch must have been a revelation, similar to being a bus driver and switching to a sports car in motoring terms !
May I ask the highly knowledgeable members here:
Would the redeployment from Wellingtons to Mosquitoes be common ?
Do any Wellington historians know anything about Stan's earlier service from their research ?
I am very grateful for your time and support - Thank You !
With Warmest Regards,
Kevin ....Read More.||Kevin McDonald on 5th August 2020 08:09:21|