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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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24th May 1944 257 Squadron Typhoon IB MN367 F/O. Cullen

Operation: Ground targets

Date: 24th May 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 257 Squadron (motto: Thay myay gyee shin shwe hti - 'Death or glory') 146 Wing. 84 Group. Second Tactical Air Force

Type: Typhoon IB

Serial: MN367

Code: FM-Y

Base: RAF Needs Oar Point, Hampshire

Location: Picquigny, France

Pilot: F/O. Malcolm Ford Cullen NZ/421963 RNZAF Age 25. PoW No. 78388 Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Ettersberg.

REASON FOR LOSS:

On an operation to attack a ground target in the Oisement/Fervier of France.

Shot down by flak over Picquigny, France. He is reported to have evaded and being captured in Paris in August 1944 and then sent to Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Ettersberg.

He later wrote a book in 1994 describing his ordeal at Buchenwald. 'Twelve Months Story' held by the Kauri Museum.

Burial details:

Trained in Canada after leaving New Zealand on the 2nd October 1942. Survived the war. Passed away on the 5th September 2002 age 83. Husband of Ailsa Rose. Maungaturoto Congregational Church Cemetery.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Conscript Heroes, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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