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04.01.1944 No. 544 Squadron Mosquito PR.IX MM232 Fl/Sgt. Maxwell Bartley

Operation: Reconnaissance

Date: 04th January 1944 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 544 Squadron (16 Group - Coastal Command)

Type: Mosquito PR.IX

Serial: MM232

Code: Not used

Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire

Location: Dargies, Vallée du Planchon, France

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Maxwell Logan Bartley NZ/415679 RNZAF Age 23. Killed

Nav: Fl/Sgt. Bertram Donald Perman 1227606 RAFVR PoW No: 269871 Camp: Stalag Muhlberg - Elbe (4B)


Taking off at 13:15 hrs from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire on a photographic reconnaissance operation over the St. Didier and Rheims are of Franc.

Understood to have been shot down by the Luftwaffe ace 30 year old, Major Klaus Quaet-Faslem (1) of Stab I/JG3. The pilot was killed but the navigator survived as a PoW.

At the rear right: Fl/Sgt. Maxwell Logan Bartley opposite him Ken Morrison, 2nd left, John Russell Mayo and on extreme right, Raymond Anthony Lindsay - who happened to be the only pilot shown here to survive the war. He passed away in 1991 age 70. (courtesy Jo Featherston - see credits)

(1) Killed on the 30th January 1944. Further details on Maj. Quaet-Faslem can be read on the Kracker archives data base within this site.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Maxwell Logan Bartley. Poix-De-Picardie Churchyard. Row D. Grave 12. Born on the 12th June 1920, the son of Alva M. Bartley, and of Alice Bartley (née Creamer), of Auckland City, New Zealand. A total of 438 flying hours logged.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew 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, also to Jo Featherston whose relative Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Forbes Morrison served with this pilot. She runs a blog as shown here. Other sources as quoted below:

KTY - 19.03.2018

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