06.10.1944 No. 486 Squadron Hawker Tempest I JN863 SA-R F/O.Raymond J. Cammock DFC
Operation: Armed recce
Date: 6th October 1944 (Friday)
Unit: No. 486 Squadron
Type: Hawker Tempest I
Base: B80 - Volkel, Netherlands
Location: Eefde, Netherlands
Pilot: F/O. Raymond John Cammock DFC NZ/414723 RNZAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 07.00 hrs on an armed reconnaissance patrol in the Arnheim-Deventer-Lingen region together with 7 others from the squadron.
Above: F/O. Raymond Cammock DFC on right with Owen Eagleson on left (1) (courtesy IWM)
Above: 486 Squadron Tempest
During the patrol 4 aircraft strafed an ammunition train on the Hengelo-Zutphen line. The attack caused the train to catch fire but JN863 was hit by 20 mm flak, crashing into the rear of the train.
DFC citation published in the London Gazette 13th December 1944 reads:
"This officer has displayed great zest for operations and has completed a large number of varied sorties. He has set a fine example of skill and courage and his devotion to duty has been unflagging. F/O. Cammock has destroyed 20 flying bombs."
F/O. Raymond John Cammock DFC. Lochem New General Cemetery. Row 1. Grave 6. Son of David John and Bertha Agnes Cammock, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, husband of Kathleen W. Cammock, father to Frank, of Barrowford, Lancashire, England.
Trained with 61 OTU, flew 97 operations previously with 253 squadron, 116 operations with 486 squadron.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Errol Martyn - 'For Your Tomorrow' Vol’s 1-3, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3. André Reijniers for grave photo.
(1) F/O. Owen David 'Ginger' Eagleson on 2nd May 1945 flying Tempest V NV722, was shot down by anti-aircraft fire near Lübeck. He survived, unhurt - understood to have evaded capture.
Note: 'For Your Tomorrow' (Vol.2) compiled by Errol Martin. Published by Volplane Press. ISBN: 0-473-06310-7.
'Fighter Command Losses' (Vol.3) compiled by Norman L.R. Franks. Published by Midland Publishing. ISBN: 1-85780-093-1.