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464 Squadron Crest
02.02.1945 No. 464 Squadron Mosquito FB.VI. NS890 P/O. Carter

Operation: Intruder Dillenburg / Littfeld

Date: 02nd February 1945 (Friday)

Unit: No. 464 Squadron

Type: Mosquito FB.VI.

Serial: NS890

Code: SB-?

Base: RAF Thorney Island, Surrey

Location: Near Boenninghardt, Germany

Pilot: P/O. John Hamilton Carter DFM. AUS/423636 RAAF Age 29. Killed

Nav: P/O. Ronald Stephen Seaman DFM. AUS/417898 RAAF Age 21. Killed


Taking off at 04:45 hrs with 16 others to attack targets in the Dillenburg, Littfeld area. The Germans now on the retreat with Hitler giving his last broadcast to the people of Germany urging them to keep up the resistance.

Above L-R: Fl/Sgt. Seaman - Fl/Sgt. Carter at Gavesend 1944 (courtesy NAA No.1433)

NS890 is understood to have been shot down by anti-aircraft fire with the Mosquito crashing at 06:20 hrs - killing both the decorated crew members.

Burial details:

Initially buried on the 04th February at the Boenninghardt cemetery - reinterred at Reichswald in 1947.

P/O. John Hamilton Carter DFM. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Joint grave 1B.17-18. Born on the 24th December 1915 at Granville, NSW, the son of John Thomas Carter and Edith Mabel Carter and husband of Dora Redfern Carter, of 5 Good Street, Westmead, New South Wales, Australia. Grave inscription reads: "Treasured In The Memory Of His Wife Dora, Daughter Susan And Family".

Nav: P/O. Ronald Stephen Seaman DFM. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Joint grave 1B.17-18. Born on the 21st December 1923 at McLaren Vale, the son of Eli Semmens Seaman and Ethel Maud Seaman, of Tarachilla, McLaren Vale, South Australia. Grave inscription reads: "Greater Love Hath No Man Than This. That He Lay Down His Life".

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to National Archives of Australia and to sources indicated below.

KTY 15.08.2018

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