05/06.06.1942 No. 57 Squadron Wellington IC HF915 Fl/Sgt. William Barnes
Date: 5/6th June 1942
Unit: No. 57 Squadron
Type: Wellington IC
Base: RAF Feltwell
Location: Details of loss area currently unknown
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. William James Barnes NZ/41975 RNZAF Age 21. Missing
Obs: Sgt. William McFarlane Drummond 1104362RAFVR Age 22. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur Cecil Peter Knowles 1107655 RAFVR Age 21. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Andrew Taylor Fraser 1108860 RAFVR Age 20. Missing
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Walter Crone Nugent 613267 RAF Age 25. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from RAF Feltwell at 23:25 hrs. Lost without trace on this raid to Essen.
Left: Oblt. Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittengenstein
It has been claimed to have been shot down by Oblt. Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittengenstein of 9./NJG2 at around 01:16 hrs or at 01:50 hrs.
A German night fighter ace with a total of 83 kills to his credit when eventually he was shot down and killed on the 20/21st January 1944 at Lubars, near Magdeburg. (thought to be by a Mosquito.)
Fl/Sgt. William James Barnes. Runnymede Memorial Panel 117. Son of William James Barnes and Alice Barnes, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Sgt. William McFarlane Drummond. Runnymede Memorial Panel 82. Son of Robert and Jean Drummond, of Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
Sgt. Arthur Cecil Peter Knowles. Runnymede Memorial Panel 87. Son of Arthur William Knowles, and of Annie Knowles, of Wallasey, Cheshire, England.
Sgt. Andrew Taylor Fraser. Runnymede Memorial Panel 83. Son of William and Isabella Fraser, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Sgt. Walter Crone Nugent. Runnymede Memorial Panel 90. Son of William and Janet Nugent, of Newcastleton, Roxburghshire, Scotland.
Researched for Pauline Tinson - relative of Sgt. Nugent and all the other relatives of the crew. Thanks to Mike McQuaid for memorial photo - April 2016. With thanks to the sources as quoted below.