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
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.
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: