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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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No 9 Squadron
8/9.08.1941 No 9 Squadron Wellington Ic T2973 WS-G Sgt. Bernard George Pitt

Operation: Munster, Germany

Date: 8/9th July 1941 (Friday/Saturday)

Unit: No 9 Squadron

Type: Wellington Ic

Serial: T2973

Code: WS-G

Base: RAF Honington, Suffolk

Location: Neuss, Germany

Pilot: Sgt. Bernard George Pitt 748000 RAFVR Age 21 Killed

2nd Pilot: Sgt. John Arthur Grady 401268 RNZAF Age 19 Killed (1)

Obs: Sgt. Henry Thomas Barrett 754552 RAFVR Age 22 Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Fred Gilby 939525 RAFVR Age 21 Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Marvin Edson Burtis R/65505 RCAF Age 23 Killed (2)

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Douglas Ray Rawlings 938396 RAFVR Age? Killed (3)


Took off at 32.31hrs from RAF Honington on an operation to bomb Munster. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft after take-off. It may have been hit by flak or attacked by a night fighter. The aircraft crashed at Neuss, Germany.

A total of 51 Wellington aircraft were detailed for this operation. Reports state that large fires were claimed in the railway station area of the city and much damage was caused

RAF Honington (courtesy Fold3) Wellington aircraft of No 9 Squadron (courtesy National Library of New Zealand)

A map showing Neuss the area of the crash of Wellington T2973

The city of Munster after a bombing attack (courtesy Library and Archives Canada) Rheinberg War Cemetery (courtesy CWGC)

Burial details:

Sgt. B G Pitt, Sgt. F Gilby (both courtesy James Loof) Sgt. J A Grady (courtesy Online Cenotaph, Auckland War Memorial Museum)

Sgt. Bernard George Pitt. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: Coll. Grave 6. B. 15-17. Son of Frank and Madge Pitt. Husband of Marjorie Pitt of Hull

Sgt. John Arthur Grady. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: Coll. Grave 6. B. 15-17. Son of Arthur and May Gertrude Grady of Rongotea, Wellington, New Zealand (1) John is remembered on the War Memorial in Palmerston North

Sgt. Henry Thomas Barrett. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 6. B. 12. Son of Henry and Jessie Barrett of Stanford-le-Hope, Essex

Sgt. Fred Gilby. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: Coll. Grave 6. B. 15-17. Son of Arthur and Edith Gilby of Hull

Sgt. Marvin Edson Burtis (courtesy Globe and Mail 3 October, 1941) Democracy at War, Canadian War Museum

Sgt. Marvin Edson Burtis. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 6. B. 13. Son of George Wallace and Isobel M Burtis. No further details. Are you able to help? (2) Marvin was born on the 21st July 1917 in Edmonton and enlisted in 1940

Sgt. Douglas Ray Rawlings. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 6. B. 14. No further information on next of kin. Are you able to help? (3) Douglas is remembered in the Highbury County School book of remembrance and in the book of remembrance at St. Mary and St. Cuthbert Church, Chester-le Street, Durham

Researched by: Kate Tame Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew.

KT 29.04.2015. Page updated 23.03.2016

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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