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142 Squadron Crest
07/08.11.1942 No. 142 Squadron Wellington III BK198 QT-P Sgt. Richard F. Hill

Operation: Gardening

Date: 7/8th November 1942 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 142 Squadron 

Type: Wellington III  

Serial: BK198 

Code: QT-P 

Base: Grimsby 

Location: North Sea off Bergan ann Zee, Netherlands 

Pilot: Sgt. Richard Francis Hill 656834 R.A.F. Age ? Killed  

Nav: Sgt. Joseph Atkinson 810060 R.A.F. (Auxiliary Air Force) Age 25. Killed (1)

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Noel Briggs Collins 1453186 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Thomas Woodhouse AUS/403846. R.A.A.F. Age 29. Killed (1)

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Martin Randolph Hehir AUS/408579 R.A.A.F. Age 26. Killed


Took off from Grimsby at 22.45hrs. for a Gardening mission to lay mines off Texel. 

Due to intense search light glare it is believed that the pilot may have lost control, and having been hit by flak from unit 3.Lei.Abt/845 came down at 00.41hrs. 7 km West of Bergen aan Zee and crashed into the North Sea.


Air Bomber for Wellington BK198 Sgt. Noel Briggs Collins (courtesy Brenda Ayres)


Above graves at Bergen General Cemetery (courtesy André Reijniers) and left Runnymede Memorial (archives)

Burial details:

(1) The bodies of Sgt. Joseph Atkinson and F/Sgt. Thomas (Tombo) Woodhouse were washed ashore the same day. They were buried on the 12th November at Bergen General Cemetery.

Sgt. Richard Francis Hill. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 85. N.o.K details currently not available – are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Sgt. Joseph Atkinson. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 27. Son of Anthony Wordsworth Atkinson and Florence Jane Atkinson

Sgt. Noel Briggs Collins. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 80. N.o.K details currently not available – are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Fl/Sgt. Thomas Woodhouse. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 28. Son of Thomas and Ethel May Woodhouse of Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia 

Fl/Sgt. Martin Randolph Hehir. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 111. Son of Thomas William and Catherine Mary Hehir of Rand, New South Wales, Australia

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame for relatives of this crew. Acknowledgments: Bill Chorley – ‘Bomber Command Losses Vol’s. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions’,  special thanks to Brenda Ayres, niece of Fl/Sgt Noel Briggs Collins. Also to André Reijniers for grave photographs.

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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