09/10.11.1942 No. 57 Squadron Lancaster I W4165 Sq/Ldr. Carter
Date: 09/10th November 1942 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No. 57 Squadron 5 Group (motto: Corpus non animum muto - 'I change my body not my spirit')
Type: Lancaster I
Base: RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Location: Wadden Sea off Cuxhaven
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. John Noel Graydon Carter 39220 RAF(O) Age ? Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Albert Elvin Mackrill 1167372 RAFVR Age 25. Killed
Nav: Sgt. George Walter Everett NZ/411870 RNZAF Age 26. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Alan Frederick Badcock NZ/412467 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Frederick Gardiner NZ/412877 RNZAF Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Charles Cornelius Hockley 1394852 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt Sidney Wilson 620236 RAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire at 17:58 hrs - a force of 213 aircraft - with 16 of these lost.
The aircraft was hit by Marine Flak 1-3/schw Flak Abt 615 and 1-3/schw Flak Abt 223. It crashed and exploded on impact near Nordholz (Spieka-Neufeld) at 2025 hours (Nachtjagd Combat Archives The Early Years Part 3 Theo Boiten). The crew initially buried in the Brackeswalde district before being reinterred at Becklingen after the end of the war.
The Squadron lost 2 others crew on this operation:
Lancaster I W4307 DX-O Flown by 27 year old, W/O. II Bruce Allan Boyd R/88736 RCAF killed with all his six other crew.
Lancaster I W4247 DX-X Flown by 28 year old, P/O. Maurice Edward Walsh DFC bar 126780 RAFVR killed with all his six other crew.
A further 6 other New Zealand aircrew were also lost from various Squadrons on the same raid:
20 year old, Sgt. Ronald O'Neil NZ411226 RNZAF from 57 Squadron on Lancaster I W4247.
27 year old, Sgt. Ian Ignatius Friend NZ/404350, Sgt. William Wynne Morgan NZ/411088 and Sgt. Adam Haddon Thomson NZ/41612 from 218 Squadron on Stirling I W7475.
24 year old, P/O. Herbert Adams Harris NZ/413065 from 7 Squadron on Stirling I R9169.
23 year old, Fl/Sgt. Isaac Kennedy NZ/403012 from 142 Squadron Wellington III BJ711.
P/O. John Noel Graydon Carter. Becklingen War Cemetery. Collective grave 27. C.1-3. No further details - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Albert Elvin Mackrill. Becklingen War Cemetery. Collective grave 27. C.1-3. Son of Wilfred E. Mackrill and of Florence Elizabeth Mackrill (nee Thornton); husband of Doris Jane Mackrill, of Brighton, Sussex, England. Grave inscription reads: "In Loving And Ever Grateful Memory. Always In Our Thoughts".
Sgt. George Walter Everett. Becklingen War Cemetery. Collective Grave 27. C1-3. Son of Walter and Ada Everett of Hastings, North Island, New Zealand. A total of 287 flying hours logged and having completed 4 operational sorties.
Sgt. Alan Frederick Badcock. Becklingen War Cemetery. Collective Grave 27. C1-3. Son of George and Florence Mary Badcock, of Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand. Note: His brother 27 year old, Fl/Sgt. David Herbert William Badcock RNZAF NZ/421312 - was killed flying as an Air/Bmr on the 5th June 1943 (149 Squadron, Stirling EE872). A total of 291 flying hours logged and having completed 5 operational sorties.
Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Frederick Gardiner. Becklingen War Cemetery. Collective Grave 27. C1-3. Born 1922 Pelorus, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand. Son of Frederick and Mary-Ann Gardiner. Husband of Antoinette Gardiner (born 1922 Canada). Married in Canada. One daughter. His wife later emigrated to Nelson, New Zealand. A total of 188 flying hours logged.
Sgt. Charles Cornelius Hockley. Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave 27. H.3. Son of William and Edith Hockley, of Poplar, London. His brother Henry P/JX383344 Royal Navy also died on service on the 25th October 1943. Grave inscription reads: "Dear Son, Not Forgotten. Always In Our Thoughts. Mum, Dad, Sister And Brothers".
Sgt Sidney Wilson. Becklingen War Cemetery. Collective Grave 11. E-2. Son of John and Mary Wilson, of Felling-on-Tyne, Co. Durham, England. Grave inscription reads: "His Memory Shall Live For Ever".
Researched by Jenifer Lemaire for Aircrew Remembered - April 2019 and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to further sources as shown below. Thanks to John Jones for the information regarding the loss of the aircraft.
Sgt. George Walter Everett Image reproduced under licence: Auckland Library Heritage Collectin 27 January 1943 : AWNS19430127-19-8.
Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Frederick Gardine Image reproduced under licence: Auckland Library Heritage Collection : 10 February 1943 : AWNS0210-19-30.