25.08.1944 No. 164 Squadron Typhoon Ib PD457 Sq/Ldr. Waddy DFC
Date: 25th August 1944 (Friday)
Unit: No. 164 Squadron 123 Wing, 84 Group, 02nd Tactical Air Force
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: Martragny (B 7)
Location: North of Rouen
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Ian Dousland Waddy DFC NZ/402195 RNZAF Age 29. PoW Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang
REASON FOR LOSS:
After taking off at 18:55 hrs from the ALG in France with seven others from the Squadron, thought to have been brought down by anti-aircraft fire , north of Rouen, France.
One of three Typhoons lost this day from the Squadron whilst attacking tanks and military transport with rockets.
MN588 Flown by F/O. George Trafford - killed.
MN711 Flown by Fl/Sgt. Ronald White - killed.
Sq/Ldr. Waddy DFC citation LG 17th March 1944:
"This officer has participated in a large number of sorties, including very many attacks on shipping. Squadron Leader Waddy has led the squadron with great skill, courage and determination and has played a good part in the numerous successes obtained. He has invariably pressed home his attacks with great determination, setting a fine example to all".
None - survived the war. Passed away on the 16th September 1998, age 83. Buried at Awatere Cemetery, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, also to our Jenifer Lemaire from New Zealand for pilot photograph and the Auckland Image Collection.