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37 Squadron Crest
27/28.01.1944 No. 37 Squadron Wellington X HE898 LF--P Fl/Sgt. Brodrick

Operation: Arezzo Rail yards

Date: 27/28th January 1944 (Thursday/Friday)

Unit: No. 37 Squadron

Type: Wellington X

Serial: HE898

Code: LF-P

Base: Tortella, Foggia, Italy

Location: Lost without trace

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Noel George Brodrick AUS/415611 RAAF Age 20. Missing believed killed

Nav: Sgt. John Frederick Street 1390547 RAFVR Age ? Missing believed killed

Nav: Fl/Lt. Basil Graham Walsh 106046 RAFAVR Age 23. Missing believed killed

Air/Bmr: F/O. Leslie Wallace Creasey 51107 RAF Age ? Missing believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Henry Adams 1412902 RAFVR Age ? Missing believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Frederick Thomas Lovegrove NZ/412889 RNZAF Age 27. Missing believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 18:12 hrs on an operation to bomb the marshalling yards at Arezzo in Italy.Petrol carried 750 gallons, 7 X 300 lb. bombs, 2 x 300 lb long delay bombs - 1 x 6 hour and 1 x 12 hour.

Aircraft is described as lost without trace off the coast of northern Italy.

At least two search operations took place to locate the crew or aircraft with no success.

It is thought that Fl/Sgt. Frederick Thomas Lovegrove survived an earlier incident whilst with 214 Squadron. On Stirling I EF362 BU-N - Pilot killed but all the remaining crew escaped injury - we would appreciate confirmation that this is in fact the same rear gunner.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Noel George Brodrick. Malta Memorial. Panel 16. Column 2. Born on the 28th February 1923, the son of George Leslie and Eileen Catherine Brodrick, of 58 Claremont Avenue, Claremont, Perth, Western Australia.

Fl/Lt. Basil Graham Walsh. Malta Memorial. Panel 13. Column 1. Born on the 31st March 1920, the son of Walter Graham and Winifred Mary Walsh (née Stroud), of 81 King William Street, London EC4, England.

Sgt. John Frederick Street. Malta Memorial. Panel 15. Column 2. Husband of Mrs C. Street, 6 Liverpool Terrace, Worthing, West Sussex, England. Son of Mrs. A.M. Street, 36 Brighton Road, Shoreham By Sea, Sussex, England.

F/O. Leslie Wallace Creasey. Malta Memorial. Panel 13. Column 2. Husband of Mrs. L.W. Creasey, 110 Westaway, Bournemouth, England.

Sgt. John Henry Adams. Malta Memorial. Panel 14. Column 2. Son of George Thomas Adams and Mary Eliza Adams, of 63 Prendergast, Haverfordwest, West Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Fl/Sgt. Frederick Thomas Lovegrove. Malta Memorial. Panel 17. Column 2. Son of Orient Ishmael Lovegrove and Dorothy Amy Lovegrove and husband of Pearl Lovegrove 24 Albany Road, Ponsonby, New Zealand.

For further details our thanks to the following sources:

KTY - 06.03.2018

Acknowledgements: 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', 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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