Friday, 5 February 2010


He was a pilot, born on 14th October 1911. He was posted to 304 Squadron on 14th February 1942.  This was after an incident in which a fire broke out in the bomb bay of Wellington R1610 on 7th February 1942 and he baled out successfully.

He was killed on X9829 which was shot down by a night fighter near the estuary of the River Ems close to Manslagt, during a raid on Rostock on 24th April 1942.  Luftwaffe records show that it was shot down by Hauptman Hans-Georg Schutze. He flew with 4/NJG2; shot down and confimed Wellington 304 squadron X9829 at 03.37 hrs over the River Ems near Pilum, 15 kilometres North West of Emden.  Hauptman Schutze was killed shortly afterwards in air combat on the 17/18th May 1942. He was credited with 5 kills, this Wellingtom was his 4th.  He is buried at the Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Germany.

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