21/22.02.1942 No. 150 Squadron Wellington Ic X9830 JN-H P/O. Green
Date: 21/22nd February 1942
Unit: No. 150 Squadron
Type: Wellington IC
Base: RAF Snaith, Yorkshire
Location: North Sea, 30 Km. West of Katwijk aan Zee.
Pilot: P/O. John Bryan Green 45424 RAF Age 25. Missing
Pilot 2: Sgt. George Charlton Jobling 1054474 RAFVR Age 25. Missing
Obs: F/O. James Geen Courtney AUS/404092 RAAF Age 29. Missing (1)
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Thomas George Evans 947420 RAFVR Age 20. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward Lloyd Fiske 927796 RAFVR Age 20. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harold Gregory McKean AUS/400353 RAAF Age 22. Missing (2)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 20:05 hrs from RAF Snaith, Yorkshire. Lost without trace.
Above as described (courtesy Phillip Rogers and Michael Robinson)
It is thought that Wellington X9830 was very probably shot down by Lt Hans-Hermann Müller of 7./NJG2 with combat taking place at 02:18 hrs over the North Sea 30 Km. West of Katwijk aan Zee.
Another 150 Squadron Wellington was also lost on this same operation R1463 Flown by P/O. Birkes - 2 crew survived and the remainder killed.
This was the first claim by Lt Hans-Hermann Müller who survived the war becoming an 'ace' with 16 kills in total.
Above: (1) James Geen Courtney was born on Tuesday 28th May 1912 at Roma, Queensland, Australia. Before enlisting employed for seven years as a Grazier and Stock Dealer.
Enlisted into the Royal Australian Airforce on the 24th May 1940 at No. 3 Recruiting Centre Brisbane. Father, Frederick James Courtney - next of kin, religion Church of England.
First posting to No.2 Initial Training School at Bradfield Park, Lindfield, New South Wales. After training he embarked from Sydney on the 27th November 1940 for further training in Canada. Embarked from Canada on the 30th June 1941 on route for the UK, arriving on the 29th July 1941. After further training he finally joined an R.A.F. Squadron on the 8th October 1941.
(2) Harold Gregory McKean born on Monday 10th February 1919 at Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. Enlisted at No. 1 Recruiting Centre Melbourne, listed his father as his next of kin.
P/O. John Bryan Green. Runnymede Memorial (shown above). Panel 69. Son of William Ernest Green, and of Eva A. Green, of Worthing, Sussex, England.
Sgt. George Charlton Jobling. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 87. Son of John Sharp Jobling and Ella Beatrice Jobling, of Forest Hall, Northumberland, England.
F/O. James Geen Courtney. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 109. Son of Frederick James Courtney and Antonia Emma Courtney, of Roma, Queensland, Australia.
Sgt. Thomas George Evans. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 82. Son of John and Lydia Evans; husband of Mary Emma Evans, of Crossgates, Fife, Scotland.
Sgt. Edward Lloyd Fiske. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 83. Son of Arthur and Emily Fiske, of Drayton, Norwich, Norfolk, England.
Sgt. Harold Gregory McKean. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 112. Son of William Andrew and Mary Teresa McKean, of Guildford, New South Wales, Australia.
Researched for the relatives of Sgt. Thomas George Evans - Philip Rogers. Thanks to Michael Robinson for photo of Sgt. Edward Lloyd Fiske. Further information on the Australian crew from Bob Wilton. With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol 3', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and 2', Australian National Archives.