26/27.07.1944 139 Squadron Mosquito XX KB266 XD:F Fg.Off. Hay
Date: 26/27th July 1944 Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: 139 Squadron (8 Path Finder Force Group)
Type: Mosquito XX
Base: RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire
Location: Großheide, Germany
Pilot: Fg.Off. Balfour Richard John Hay DFC 411892 RNZAF Age 21. Killed
Nav: Fg.Off. James Dunn DFC, DFM 171076 RAFVR Age 27. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
30 Mosquitos taking part in an operation to Hamburg, KB266 taking off at 22:35 hrs and understood to have been shot down (no claims from night fighters). Crashed at 00:20 hrs in a peat bog just to the west Großheide some 24 km ENE of Bremerhaven.
Initially buried at Geestemünde Cemetery at Bremerhaven - reinterred after the war.
Fg.Off. Balfour Richard John Hay DFC. Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave 24.B.4. Born on the 4th August 1922 at Auckland, the son of William Hay and of Menneer Hay (née Tremain), of Auckland City, New Zealand and husband of Christina May Hay, of Moordown, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
DFC awarded whilst with 139 Sqn, gazetted June 1944: Citation reads "Has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."
Fg.Off. James Dunn DFC. DFM. Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave 24.B.3. Son of William Alexander Dunn and Mary Ann Dunn. Grave inscription reads: "Until The Day Break And The Shadows Flee Away" Always Remembered".
Flown his first tour on Lancasters with 97 Sqn. DFM awarded to 1128355 Flt.Sgt. Dunn, gazetted on 13th August 1943. DFC awarded whilst 139 Sqn wef 26th July 1944-since deceased, gazetted 10th April 1945.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew, with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand. Updated by Aircrew Remembered (Dec 2020). Other sources as quoted below: