21.02.1945 No. 245 Squadron Typhoon IB MN536, F/O. Young
Operation: Flying Bomb site
Date: 21st February 1945 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 245 Squadron (121 Wing, 83 Group)
Type: Typhoon IB
Base: B80. Volkel, Netherlands
Location: Weseke, Germany
Pilot: F/O. Hector Stevenson Young NZ/411999 RNZAF Age 23. Fate - see below
REASON FOR LOSS:
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Taking off at 13:40 hrs from B80 to attack the Vreden 'Flying Bomb' site. During the attack his Typhoon was hit in the glycol tank by anti-aircraft fire.
With no other option he was forced to crash land the aircraft which he did at a place called Bishops Farm, about 600 metres west of Weseke at 14:15 hrs. (see map) Quickly captured by members of the Hitler Youth who were manning the flak unit.
No further details, but later that day he was shot in the back by a guard whilst 'attempting to escape'. Following the war in May 1948 at the War Crimes trials in Hamburg a former German army quartermaster was found guilty of the killing and sentenced to 20 years prison.
Initially buried on the 22nd February at Bocholt, reinterred in the CWGC Cemetery at Reichswald.
F/O. Hector Stevenson Young. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 21.C.4. Son of Thomas Gray Young, and of Lima Joy Young (née Gray), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. Total of 1812 flying hours logged and on his 16th operational sortie.
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 War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: