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142 Squadron Crest
24/25.10.1942 No. 142 Squadron Wellington III X3455 QT-D Sgt. Shaddick

Operation: Milan

Date: 24/25th October 1942 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 142 Squadron

Type: Wellington III

Serial: X3455

Code: QT-D

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


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.

Burial details:

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.

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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