26.03.1942 No.485 Squadron Spitfire Vb W3577 OU-P Fl/Sgt. Krebs
Operation: Ramrod 17
Date: 26th March 1942 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 485 Squadron (11 Group)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Kenley, Surrey
Location: (probably) English Channel off Le Havre, France
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. William Max Krebs NZ/402194 RNZAF Age 24. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
We continue to record aircrew lost from this small nation of New Zealand - who gave so much in the hours that we needed them.
Taking off at 15:10 hrs with 12 others from the squadron escorting 24 Boston bombers on an operation to bomb Le Havre in France. Engaged with enemy fighters and during such was observed as missing. On the same operation, 29 year old, F/O. Brian Joseph Halse AUS/402236 flying Spitfire AB495 of 457 Squadron was also classed as missing - believed killed.
Fl/Sgt. William Max Krebs. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 117. Son of William Ernest and Ruby Krebs, of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.
Others mentioned within this report:
F/O. Brian Joseph Halse. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 110. Born on the 10th March 1913 at Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Neville and Margaret Ann Halse, of Bondi, New South Wales, Australia.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot 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, other sources as quoted below: