04.01.1944 No. 544 Squadron Mosquito PR.IX MM232 Fl/Sgt. Maxwell Bartley
Date: 04th January 1944 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 544 Squadron (16 Group - Coastal Command)
Type: Mosquito PR.IX
Code: Not used
Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Location: Dargies, Vallée du Planchon, France
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Maxwell Logan Bartley NZ/415679 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
Nav: Fl/Sgt. Bertram Donald Perman 1227606 RAFVR PoW No: 269871 Camp: Stalag Muhlberg - Elbe (4B)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 13:15 hrs from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire on a photographic reconnaissance operation over the St. Didier and Rheims are of Franc.
Understood to have been shot down by the Luftwaffe ace 30 year old, Major Klaus Quaet-Faslem (1) of Stab I/JG3. The pilot was killed but the navigator survived as a PoW.
At the rear right: Fl/Sgt. Maxwell Logan Bartley opposite him Ken Morrison, 2nd left, John Russell Mayo and on extreme right, Raymond Anthony Lindsay - who happened to be the only pilot shown here to survive the war. He passed away in 1991 age 70. (courtesy Jo Featherston - see credits)
(1) Killed on the 30th January 1944. Further details on Maj. Quaet-Faslem can be read on the Kracker archives data base within this site.
Fl/Sgt. Maxwell Logan Bartley. Poix-De-Picardie Churchyard. Row D. Grave 12. Born on the 12th June 1920, the son of Alva M. Bartley, and of Alice Bartley (née Creamer), of Auckland City, New Zealand. A total of 438 flying hours logged.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, also to Jo Featherston whose relative Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Forbes Morrison served with this pilot. She runs a blog as shown here. Other sources as quoted below: