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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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486 Squadron Crest
10.11.1943 486 Squadron Typhoon Ib JP914 Plt Off. Tyerman

Operation: Night Intruder attack

Date: 10th November 1943 (Wednesday)

Unit: 486 Squadron, RNZAF, 11 Group

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: JP914

Code: SA:R

Base: RAF Manston, Kent (Tangemere)

Location: Dunkirk, France

Pilot: Plt Off. Wallis Berkley Tyerman 412008 RNZAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Manston in Kent at 19:44 hrs on a night intruder operation on the airfields at Coxyde-Furness (Koksijde) in Belgium.

It is understood that he was shot down by flak at 20:00hrs near Dunkirk in France.

Burial details:

Plt Off. Wallis Berkley Tyerman. Dunkirk Town Cemetery. Plot 2 Row 4 Grave 33. Born on the 22nd October 1920 in Ruapehu, King County, North Island. Son of Norman Rich and Mary "Mollie" (née Carr) Tyerman of Owhango, King County, North Island, New Zealand. His father predeceased him in August 1942.

649 flying hours logged and reported to be on his 235th operation.

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 Cenotaph, Weekly News. Thanks to Neil Jordan for pointing out the correct location of Ruapehu. NoK details updated (Nov 2021). Other sources as quoted below:

RS 12.11.2021 - NoK details updated

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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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