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235 Squadron Crest
04.11.1944 No. 235 Squadron Mosquito FB.VI HP967 LA-L F/O. Powell

Operation: Anti-Shipping

Date: 04th November 1944 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 235 Squadron. 18 Group (motto: aculamur Humi - 'We Strike Them to the Ground')

Type: Mosquito FB.VI

Serial: HP967

Code: LA-L

Base: RAF Banff, Banffshire

Location: Stavøya, Norway

Pilot: F/O. Harold Llewellyn Powell NZ/412734 RNZAF Age 28. Killed

Nav: F/O. Norman Louis Redford AUS/419538 RAAF Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 11:29 hrs and at 13:30 hrs found and attacked two merchant ships close to the island of Kinn. They scored hits on both of them and were seen to be belching smoke.

It is thought that they were then hit by flak from either the ships or the shore based heavy flak units. They crashed and caught fire on the island of Stavøya.

The brother of F/O. Powell, Sgt. Reginald Arnold Powell was killed on the 15th March 1943 whilst with No. 1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit. He previously served with 179 Squadron as did Harold. Details can be found here.

Burial details:

The crew were initially buried on the island of Florø but later reinterred after the end of the war at Trondheim.

F/O. Harold Llewellyn Powell. Trondheim Cemetery (Stavne) Joint grave A IV British. E.1. Born on the 28th May 1916 at Taumaruna, the son of John Reginald and Daisy Eileen Powell (née Street), of Kokakoriki, Wellington, New Zealand. Worked as a farmer on his fathers sheep farm prior to service. He had already served a full tour with 179 Squadron. A total of 1206 flying hours logged.

F/O. Norman Louis Redford. Trondheim Cemetery (Stavne) Joint grave A IV British. E.1. Born on the 03rd July 1924 at Victoria, the son of Hedley and Emily Jane Redford, of Horsham Victoria, Australia. Grave inscription: "Duty Well And Nobly Done".

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, grave photographs courtesy Lars Snith, other sources as quoted below:

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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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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