09/19.10.1944 No. 608 Squadron Mosquito KB261 6T-D F/O. Reginald G. Gardiner
Date: 9/10th October 1944 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No.608 Squadron
Type: Mosquito XX
Base: RAF Downham Market, Norfolk.
Location: Downham Market base.
Pilot: F/O. Reginald George Gardner 68776 RAFVR Age 31. Killed
Nav: F/O. Oswald Cuthbert Sweetman DFM. 145171 RAFVR Age 27 Killed (1)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took of at 18:03 hrs from Downham Market to accompany 46 other Mosquitoes to attack Wilhelmshaven. This was planned as a diversionary raid to protect 435 aircraft that were to bomb Bochum some 30 minutes later.
The navigator, F/O. Oswald Cuthbert Sweetman DFM on his wedding day to Jessie.
On return to their base in Norfolk KB261 the aircraft was seen to enter the funnels and then from around 1,000 ft. dive into the ground at 21:30 hrs, killing both crew members.
(1) F/O Sweetman had previously flown with 104 Squadron in the Middle East. Citation for DFM:
“Sergeant Sweetman has completed a tour of operational duty with No 104 Squadron lasting over six months during which time he has operated against the enemy 33 times and flown 221.40 hours. A Navigator of outstanding skill, his courage under fire has inspired all who have flown with him and the results he has got have been an example to the other Navigators in the squadron which had materially raised the standard of bombing in the unit. Flying during the intensive operations during our last withdrawal, he showed outstanding skill and determination in seeking out the enemy in the battle area and bombing his transport and tank concentrations with an accuracy which resulted in fires in many cases. The complete set of operations over a wide variety of targets can be summed up as completely satisfactory.”
F/O. Reginald George Gardner. Bearsted (Holy Cross) Churchyard. Sec N. Grave 184. Son of Samuel and Agnes and husband of Nancy of Bearsted, Kent, England.
F/O. Oswald Cuthbert Sweetman D.F.M. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (All Saints) Cemetery Sec E. Uncons. Grave 191. Son of William and Mary and brother to Cyril, Constance and Marie. Husband of Jessie (née James) of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, father of Jacqueline, born 1943.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom - dedicated to Patricia Armstrong and Jacqueline Sweetman relatives of F/O. Sweetman DFM. and for the relatives of F/O. Gardner. With thanks to Malcolm Wilson. Further sources as quoted below.
Also, please check our 'Further Reading' link at the bottom of this page for items of similar interest. By purchasing any of these items you assist us in a small, but important way to run our remembrance pages. You could also add this link to your bookmarks and make any other purchase via Amazon and again, assist us in the site maintenance. Thank you.