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486 Squadron Crest
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

Serial: JN863

Code: SA-R

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."

Burial details: 

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.

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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