24/25.10.1942 No. 142 Squadron Wellington III X3455 QT-D Sgt. Shaddick
Date: 24/25th October 1942 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: No. 142 Squadron
Type: Wellington III
Base: RAF Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Location: North Sea off Goeree
Pilot: Sgt. Bartlett Parker Shaddick DFM. AUS/406682 RAAF Age 21. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Frank Bernard Hough 1074122 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Eric Watcham 656472 RAFVR Age 40. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edwin Cuthbert Woolard 1376622 RAFVR Age 29. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Gerald Thomas Reyburn R/126898 RCAF Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Grimsby in Lincolnshire at 19:25 hrs on a night operation to Milan, Italy following a daylight operation earlier on the City. 71 aircraft taking part.
The aircraft is thought to have been shot down by Hptm. Dr. Horst Patuschka of 4./NGJ2 at 03:10 hrs. Although Naval flak from the Marine Aritllerie Abteilung 2./202 claimed that they shot it down with a burst of 60 2 cm flak shells when the aircraft flew some 1800 mtrs. from the unit at a very low height of 40 mts. - heading our to sea. The unit claimed to have seen the Wellington hit several times before catching fire and crashing into the sea. The time is exactly that as claimed by the Luftwaffe ace.
Right: Hptm. Dr. Horst Patuschka - went on to claim to have a confirmed total of between 23 and 25 kills before he was killed on the 6/7th March 1943 at Moggendorf - 10 miles South West of Bayreuth in an air combat. (courtesy Kracker archives on this site)
Also lost from the Squadron Wellington BK385 QT-N Flown by Sgt. Joseph Harvey Young 1368840 RAFVR from Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland - missing, believed killed along with all his other 4 other crew.
Note: Just a few days earlier on the 16th October this same crew were hit by flak returning from an operation to Köln. The pilot nursed the aircraft and managed to land Wellington DF642 QT-J. However the aircraft collided with a parked Hudson EW918 belonging to 320 Squadron. All the crew emerged unscathed from the Wellington which was written off, the Hudson was salvaged.
Sgt. Bartlett Parker Shaddick DFM. The Hague General Cemetery (Westduin). Allied Plot. Row 2. Grave 38. Born on the 24th August 1921 the son of Stephen Parker Shaddick and Mary Catherine Shaddick, of East Pingelly, Western Australia.
Sgt. Frank Bernard Hough. Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 6.H.10. Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Hough and husband of Mrs. F.B. Hough, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt. Eric Watcham. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 69. Row D. Joint grave 18. Son of George and Mary Annie Watcham, of Shildon, Co. Durham, England.
Sgt. Edwin Cuthbert Woolard. Monster General Cemetery. Row B. Grave 24. Son of Izaac and Madeline Woollard and husband of Florence Maud Woollard, of Coulsdon, Surrey, England.
Fl/Sgt. Gerald Thomas Reyburn. Rockanje General Cemetery (Zeeweg). Plot 3. Joint grave 33. From Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.