27/28.01.1944 No. 37 Squadron Wellington X HE898 LF--P Fl/Sgt. Brodrick
Operation: Arezzo Rail yards
Date: 27/28th January 1944 (Thursday/Friday)
Unit: No. 37 Squadron
Type: Wellington X
Base: Tortella, Foggia, Italy
Location: Lost without trace
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Noel George Brodrick AUS/415611 RAAF Age 20. Missing believed killed
Nav: Sgt. John Frederick Street 1390547 RAFVR Age ? Missing believed killed
Nav: Fl/Lt. Basil Graham Walsh 106046 RAFAVR Age 23. Missing believed killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. Leslie Wallace Creasey 51107 RAF Age ? Missing believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Henry Adams 1412902 RAFVR Age ? Missing believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Frederick Thomas Lovegrove NZ/412889 RNZAF Age 27. Missing believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 18:12 hrs on an operation to bomb the marshalling yards at Arezzo in Italy.Petrol carried 750 gallons, 7 X 300 lb. bombs, 2 x 300 lb long delay bombs - 1 x 6 hour and 1 x 12 hour.
Aircraft is described as lost without trace off the coast of northern Italy.
At leas two search operations took place to locate the crew or aircraft with no success.
It is thought that Fl/Sgt. Frederick Thomas Lovegrove survived an earlier incident whilst with 214 Squadron. On Stirling I EF362 BU-N - Pilot killed but all the remaining crew escaped injury - we would appreciate confirmation that this is in fact the same rear gunner.
Fl/Sgt. Noel George Brodrick. Malta Memorial. Panel 16. Column 2. Born on the 28th February 1923, the son of George Leslie and Eileen Catherine Brodrick, of 58 Claremont Avenue, Claremont, Perth, Western Australia.
Fl/Lt. Basil Graham Walsh. Malta Memorial. Panel 13. Column 1. Born on the 31st March 1920, the son of Walter Graham and Winifred Mary Walsh (née Stroud), ofq 81 King William Street, London EC4, England.
Sgt. John Frederick Street. Malta Memorial. Panel 15. Column 2. Husband of Mrs C. Street, 6 Liverpool Terrace, Worthing, West Sussex, England. Son of Mrs. A.M. Street, 36 Brighton Road, Shoreham By Sea, Sussex, England.
F/O. Leslie Wallace Creasey. Malta Memorial. Panel 13. Column 2. Husband of Mrs. L.W. Creasey, 110 Westaway, Bournemouth, England.
Sgt. John Henry Adams. Malta Memorial. Panel 14. Column 2. Son of George Thomas Adams and Mary Eliza Adams, of 63 Prendergast, Haverfordwest, West Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Fl/Sgt. Frederick Thomas Lovegrove. Malta Memorial. Panel 17. Column 2. Son of Orient Ishmael Lovegrove and Dorothy Amy Lovegrove and husband of Pearl Lovegrove 24 Albany Road, Ponbonby, New Zealand.
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