90 Squadron Ridgewell Losses

Pilot:
Macdougall, G D F/S RCAF+
Crew:
Sgt G Stephens+
Sgt L R Kenkins+
Sgt R T Williams+
Sgt C G H Mactavish+
Sgt G C Adam+
Sgt P J Egan+
F/O F A Parton+
Aircraft: Stirling I - BF415
Code: WP-S
Target: Hamburg

03-Feb-1943 / 04-Feb-1943

Took off at 18:22 from Ridgewell

Shot down by night fighter and crashed at Willeskop, 10 miles south-west of Utrecht. All members of the crew are buried Montfoort General Cemetery. Sgt Mactavish, the son of Lt Gordon Mitchell Humphrey Mactavish RNVR, who lost his life on service on 16 Nov 1947, was a very experienced pilot with 26 operations to his name. F/O Parton had joined the crew in the place of their usual rear gunner, who had been taken ill. Normally, he flew with the CO, W/C J C Clayton.

First operation loss by 90 Sqdn after reforming on 7 Nov 42.
Pilot:
Wood, J F/S+
Crew:
Sgt A Carr+
Sgt J F Christon+
Sgt W G Harris+
Sgt D W Howard+
Sgt S Baxter+
Sgt C C Greenaway+
Sgt L A France+
Aircraft: Stirling I - BK644
Code: WP-T
Target: Minelaying
05-Feb-1943 / 06-Feb-1943

Took off at 18:04 from Ridgewell

To lay mines off the Frisian Islands. Lost without trace, all members of the crew are remembered on the Runneymede Memorial. Sgt Carr had been attached from 1657 HCU. Sgt France's parents lived in Alturas del Almendares, Havana, Cuba.

AIR14/2791 also suggests that this aircraft crashed off Cromer, Norfolk
Pilot:
Tabor, L W Sgt RNZAF+
Crew:
Sgt T A G Butt+
Sgt E Couldwell+
Sgt J Kennedy+
Sgt Stanley Richard Cann (1190095)+
Sgt K W Valentine+
Sgt A Simmons+
Aircraft: Stirling I - BF415
Code: WP-D
Target: Cologne
14-Feb-1943 / 15-Feb-1943

Took off at 19:02 from Ridgewell

Lost without trace; all members of the crew are remembered on the Runneymede Memorial.
Pilot:
Brydon, J S F/O RCAF+
Crew:
Sgt J A Rodger
W/O2 W K Rosenberry RCAF+
F/O N J P Hartney RCAF+
F/S W C Morton RCAF+
Sgt W A Hurn in j
Sgt E R Evans inj
Aircraft: Stirling I - R9306
Code: WP-J
Target: Lorient
16-Feb-1943 / 17-Feb-1943

Took off at 18:59 from Ridgewell

Homebound, both starboard engines failed. The order to abandon aircraft was given but only three of the crew were able to do so before the Stirling crashed 2305 on Bold Barrow Hill, west of Blandford Forum, Dorset. All four Canadians buried Blandford Cemetery.
Pilot:
Scholey, A B Sgt+
Crew:
Sgt S G Fisher+
Sgt T A Constable+
Sgt G Morrall+
Sgt H M Kennard+
Sgt Ernest Arthur Arnold
(1393146)+
Sgt D B Sayer+
Aircraft: Stirling I - BK627
Code: WP-P
Target: Wilhelmshaven
19-Feb-1943 / 20-Feb-1943

Took off at 17:54 from Ridgewell

Presumed crashed into the sea. Six Runneymede; Sgt Fisher's body recovered 18 Apr 43 and buried in the Kiel War Cemetery. Sgt Kennard was an associate of Trinity College, London.
Pilot:
Knowles, R L F/L+
Crew:
Sgt M Goldrick+
Sgt A Holt+
Sgt D H Powell+
Sgt R C Frost+
Sgt A M Limbrick+
Sgt R A Johnston+
Sgt C G Parr+
Aircraft: Stirling I - R9276
Code: WP-G
Target: Wilhelmshaven
19-Feb-1943 / 20-Feb-1943

Took off at 17:50 from Ridgewell

Lost without trace, all members of the crew are remembered on the Runneymede Memorial.

It is thought that Oblt Wolfgang Kuthe, IV/NJG1, may have been responsible for the loss of this Stirling, the combat being timed at 2225.
Pilot:
Miles, F J Sgt+
Crew:
Sgt W R Major+
Sgt A V D Hines+
Sgt G Pettinger+
Sgt J H Dyer+
Sgt W H Bevan+
Sgt E H Holmes+
Sgt J Carrick pow
Aircraft: Stirling I - BF410
Code: WP-E
Target: Nuremburg
25-Feb-1943 / 26-Feb-1943

Took off at 20:39 from Ridgewell

Crashed 2 miles south of Rastatt, 13 miles south-west of Karlsruhe. The dead of the crew are buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery; average age 22. Sgt Major had been attached from 1657 HCU. Sgt Hines was the son of Lt Walter Nathaniel Hines RN.
Pilot:
Spain, V E Sgt RNZAF+
Crew:
Sgt J McGhie pow
P/O E Lear+
Sgt R G F Bryant+
Sgt R V S Rooke+
Sgt L J Humphrey+
Sgt J H Jackson pow
Aircraft: Stirling I - R9349
Code: WP-U
Target: St Nazaire
28-Feb-1943 / 01-Mar-1943

Took off at 18:07 from Ridgewell

Expoloded in the air and crashed near Avranches, France, where the dead of the crew are buried in the town's Communal Cemetery. Sgt McGhie sustained a dislocated shoulder when his parachute deployed.
Pilot:
Fowlie, W A P/O+
Crew:
Sgt A McK Mollison+
Sgt M Renaut pow
Sgt W M Werkendam pow
Sgt J Eccles pow
Sgt J B Courtney RCAF+
Sgt E E Garnett pow
Aircraft: Stirling I - R9271
Code: WP-Q
Target: Essen
05-Mar-1943 / 06-Mar-1943

Took off at 19:05 from Ridgewell

Crashed at Heumisch Bauernhof, 1 mile E of Sankt Peter. Dead reported as buried in the Stadtfriedhof at Monchengladbach, since Runneymede, as their graves could not be found.

Pilot:
Peryer, S M G Sgt
Crew:
Sgt C N Searle
P/O J J Pattinson
P/O J Deutscher
P/O G L Spofford
Sgt J McLaren
Sgt J S Hatton
Aircraft: Stirling I - BF449
Code: WP-J
Target: Minelaying

09-Mar-1943 / 10-Mar-1943

Took off at 19:29 from Ridgewell

To lay mines in the Kattegat, but turned back due to a problem with the starboard outer engine. On touchdown at 2300, an engine surged, causing the aircraft to swing violently, and the undercarriage collapsed. No injuries reported.
Pilot:
Overton, J F/O inj
Crew: Unknown
Aircraft: Stirling I - W7627
Code: WP-E
Target: Training

18-Mar-1943

Took off at 14:15 from Ridgewell

Swung out of control and collided with a parked Stirling BK693, which was repaired, although later lost over Hamburg. F/O Overton had arrived from 1657 HCU two days before. See next entry and the next.
Pilot:
Whitworth, R P/O
Crew:
Sgt K Forester
P/O H L Gibbs
P/O P Rushbrook
Sgt A J Rhodes
Sgt H Pelham
Sgt C F Keefe
Aircraft: Stirling III - BK693
18-Mar-1943

Ground collision - hit by Stirling 1 - W7627 (see above) while parked
Pilot:
Overton, J F/O
Crew: Unknown
Aircraft: Stirling I - BF409
05-Apr-43

Pilot crashed again
Pilot:
Pugh, F R P/O
Crew:
Sgt D Rosser
Sgt E Jones
Sgt S Tomany
Sgt N J Coles
Sgt W E Edwards
Sgt E D F Hine inj
Aircraft: Stirling III - BF471
Code: WP-L
Target: Frankfurt
10-Apr-1943 / 11-Apr-1943

Took off at 00:37 from Ridgewell

Ran short of petrol whilst returning to base and crash landed 0704 about a miles south of Manston aerodrome.

First Stirling III lost by 90 Sqdn.

(see 25-Apr)
Pilot:
Robson, J A Sgt
Crew:
Sgt N Graham
Sgt J G Smith
Sgt A G Beresford
Sgt H O Sharman
Sgt C R Fenwick
Sgt R Hammond
Aircraft: Stirling I - BF454
Code: WP-W
Target: Training
13-Apr-1943 / 14-Apr-1943

Took off at 22:17 from Ridgewell

For a Bullseye exercise, but swung out of control and came to a stop with the undercarriage collapsed. No injuries reported
Pilot:
Beldin, R J P/O pow
Crew:
Sgt H Noar+
Sgt E A Shaw+
Sgt R J Palmer+
Sgt Richard Barnett Blake
RCAF (9529) {w/op}+
Sgt S F Gould+
Sgt S Hammond+
Aircraft: Stirling III - BF462
Code: WP-P
Target: Stuttgart
14-Apr-1943 / 15-Apr-1943

Took off at 21:48 from Ridgewell

Shot down from 11,000 feet after being attacked at rapid intervals by two fighters, identified as an Me110 and a Ju88, crashing at Soude-Notre-Dame-ou-le-Petit, 15 miles south-south-west of Chalons-sur-Marne, France. The dead of the crew are buried near the eastern wall of the village Churchyard.

Pilot:
White, P D P/O pow
Crew:
Sgt Wallace E Phillips
RCAF 2/p evd
Sgt A Smith f/e evd
P/O S F Everiss evd
P/O D G Ross b/a evd
Sgt E G Gaisford w/op evd
Sgt J B Ford evd
Sgt W J Fitzgerald r/g evd
Aircraft: Stirling III - BK725
Code: WP-M
Target: Mannheim

16-Apr-1943 / 17-Apr-1943

Took off at 22:00 from Ridgewell

At 0211 and three minutes from Laon, France, shot down by night fighter and crash landed 0214 at Commenchon, 3 miles north-west of Chauny, France. Pilot wounded in the wrist; bandaged by w/op. Sgt Fitzgerald was on the last sortie of his tour. On crash landing, pilot and 2nd Pilot thrown through the windscreen.

Sgt Phillips given first aid by a local doctor, and kept in a house at Chauny until 15 May 43; arrived at Gibraltar on 23 Jun 43, thence to Hendon on 25 June. Sgt Ford arrived Gibraltar 17 July 43, thence to Liverpool by sea, arriving 24 July. Sgt Gaisford arrived Portreath, Cornwall, on 23 June.
Pilot:
Elliott, R F P/O RNZAF+
Crew:
Sgt B L Beal+
Sgt C B Barrott+
Sgt C McKerns+
Sgt Alfred Chadwick
(1214519)+
Sgt N L Fauvel+
Sgt C L Maunder RCAF+
Aircraft: Stirling I - BF442
Code: WP-K
Target: Rocquecourt
20-Apr-1943 / 21-Apr-1943

Took off at 21:28 from Ridgewell

Presumed lost over the Baltic. Sgt Maunder buried in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery; other members of the crew are remembered on the Runneymede Memorial. Sgt Fauvel's parents lived on Jersey in the Channel Islands.
Pilot:
Cross, S N P/O RNZAF+
Crew:
Sgt C L Cruttenden+
Sgt N Shield+
Sgt L Tagg+
Sgt T E Hall+
Sgt E M Offen+
Sgt J D Lindrea+
Aircraft: Stirling III - BF463
Code: WP-Q
Target: Rostock
20-Apr-1943 / 21-Apr-1943

Took off at 21:53 from Ridgewell

Shot down by flak and crashed 0019 into the waters of the Storebaelt near Sprogo, west of Halsskov-Korsor, Denmark. Five buried Svino Churchyard; Sgts Trigg and Hall members of the crew are buried Copenhagen Cemetery.
Pilot:
Prioleau, A S W F/L+
Crew:
Sgt H Munnery+
Sgt D Stowe+
Sgt W T Leathey+
Sgt C D McKelvie+
Sgt R H Dunstan+
Sgt M Leonard+
Aircraft: Stirling III - BF508
Code: WP-S
Target: Rostock
20-Apr-1943 / 21-Apr-1943

Took off at 21:49 from Ridgewell

Crashed 0048 off Klint, Denmark. F/L Prioleau buried Odense Cemetery; Sgts Stowe and McKelvie, Ebsjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery; other members of the crew are remembered on the Runneymede Memorial.
Pilot:
Pugh, F R P/O
Crew:
Sgt D Rosser
Sgt E Jones
Sgt S Tomany
Sgt N J Coles
Sgt W E Edwards
Aircraft: Stirling III - BK780
25-Apr-43

Pilot & 5 crew crashed again.
Pilot:
Mackenzie, I F F/O+
Crew:
Sgt J Wilson+
P/O P A Walker+
Sgt R F Cocking+
Sgt V G Leak+
Sgt J R Boyes+
Sgt R E Hardingham+
Aircraft: Stirling I - BF383
Code: WP-T
Target: Duisburg
26-Apr-1943 / 27-Apr-1943

Took off at 00:37 from Ridgewell

Shot down by night fighter and plunged into the IJsselmeer. Four buried in various Dutch cemeteries; Sgts Leak and Boyes are remembered on the Runneymede memorial. F/O Mackenzie was a Bachelor of Laws.
Pilot:
May, R S S/L+
Crew:
Sgt N Marshall+
F/S W G Monk RCAF+
Sgt K G Horne+
Sgt L Hainin+
P/O G F Heathcote-Peirson+
Sgt B H Reeve+
Aircraft: Stirling I - BF346
Code: WP-G
Target: Minelaying
28-Apr-1943 / 29-Apr-1943

Took off at 20:19 from Ridgewell

To lay mines in the Quince region. Presumed lost in the Baltic. F/S Monk buried in the Kiel War Cemetery; other members of the crew are remembered on the Runneymede Memorial. S/L May was from Victoria in British Colombia.
Pilot:
Maxwell, F C Sgt+
Crew:
Sgt L S Broomfield+
Sgt J Kay+
Sgt J T Pooley+
Sgt H W Burton+
Sgt S Sweet+
Sgt R J Davis+
Aircraft: Stirling III - BK814
Code: WP-T
Target: Dortmund
04-May-1943 / 05-May-1943

Took off at 22:26 from Ridgewell

Crashed at Derne, 3_ miles south-south-west of Lunen. Burials initially at Hauptfriedhof, Dortmund; after the war only Sgt Kay could be identified and he is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Other members of the crew are remembered on the Runneymede Memorial.
Pilot:
Morey, W Sgt RCAF+
Crew:
Sgt R S Shaw+
Sgt Brian A Bacon+
Sgt W Murray+
Sgt E W Eke+
Sgt A J Buxton+
Sgt C Green+
Aircraft: Stirling III - BF523
Code: WP-G
Target: Duisburg
12-May-1943 / 13-May-1943

Took off at 00:30 from Ridgewell

Shot down by night fighter (Uffz Emil Heinzelmann, III/NJG1) and crashed 0328 into the IJsselmeer, off Nijkerk, Holland. In the years afterwards, all have been identified and taken for burial in various Dutch cemeteries.

Sgt Bacon's death was featured in the video SOME OF OUR AIRMEN ARE NO LONGER MISSING when his aircraft was found and identified by Gerrie Zwanenburg of the Royal Dutch Air Force Recovery Team, when the part of the IJsselmeer into which the aircraft crashed, was drained. Sgt Bacon's sister was interviewed.
Pilot:
Gedak, J I P/O RCAF+
Crew:
Sgt S James+
Sgt D H Robinson+
Sgt A V Edwards+
Sgt L Urry+
Sgt S Owen+
Sgt T G Matthews+
Aircraft: Stirling III - BK661
Code: WP-O
Target: Duisburg
12-May-1943 / 13-May-1943

Took off at 00:18 from Ridgewell

Lost without trace, all members of the crew are remembered on the Runneymede Memorial. Average age 23.
Pilot:
Young, G W P/O DFC RCAF+
Crew:
Sgt M G K East RCAF+
Sgt W H Bryant+
F/S C L Saundercock RNZAF+
F/S J L Poulter+
Sgt R Wadsworth+
Sgt E S Pollon RCAF+
P/O C F O'Connell+
Aircraft: Stirling III - EH876
Code: WP-J
Target: Dusseldorf
25-May-1943 / 26-May-1943

Took off at 23:50 from Ridgewell

Shot down by night fighter operating off the Dutch coast. Only one body was found, P/O O'Connell being buried on Texel's Den Burg Cemetery. Other members of the crew are remembered on the Runneymede Memorial.

P/O Young's DFC after Duisburg 11/12 May 43, during which his aircrft was attacked by a night fighter, R/G Sgt William Devine being badly wounded in both legs, however he managed to give the pilot detailed instructions during subsequent attacks. A wheels up landing was later made at Stradishall. Devine was awarded the DFM.
Pilot:
MacInnes, D A Sgt
Crew:
Sgt F Sanders
Sgt A R Clarke
Sgt W G Dickson
Sgt E Cautherley
Sgt J H Nolan
Sgt J C Fenton
Aircraft: Stirling I - BK626
Code: WP-W
Target: Air Sea Rescue
25-May-1943

Took off at 10:15 from Ridgewell

Crash landed 1300, due to loss of power from three engines, at Shipdham aerodrome, Norfolk. No serious injuries reported.
Pilot:
Letters, R W J P/O+
Crew:
Sgt C W Hughes+
Sgt L L King RNZAF pow
F/O K T Estcourt RNZAF+
Sgt F A Wells+
Sgt R Raven+
Sgt H Maskell pow
Aircraft: Stirling I - EF349
Code: WP-Y
Target: Wuppertal
29-May-1943 / 30-May-1943

Took off at 23:09 from Ridgewell

Shot down by night fighter (Hptm Ludwig Meister, I/NJG4) and crashed Proville, 2 miles south-west of Cambrai, France. The dead of the crew are buried Cambrai Route de Solesmes Communal Cemetery.

Pilot:
Norton, E A P/O+
Crew:
Sgt E G Brooke+
Sgt L F F Johns RNZAF+
F/O J V Gustofson RNZAF+
Sgt W C Beck+
Sgt G A F Johnston+
Sgt J O Bradshaw inj
Aircraft: Stirling 1 - EF397
Code: WP-K
Target: Wuppertal

29-May-1943 / 30-May-1943

Took off at 23:10 from Ridgewell

On return, crashed 0430 2 miles north of Stradishall aerodrome. Both New Zealanders and Sgt Johnston, who came from Dublin in the Irish Republic, are buried in Haverhill Cemetery. Other dead taken to their home towns.

+ fatality
~ subsequent fatality
pow - Prisoner-of-War
inj - Injured
evd - Evaded

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