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139 Squadron Crest
26/27.07.1944 No. 139 Squadron Mosquito B.XX KB266 XD-F F/O. Hay

Operation: Hamburg

Date: 26/27th July 1944 Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: No. 139 Squadron (8 Path Finder Force Group)

Type: Mosquito B.XX

Serial: KB266

Code: XD-F

Base: RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire

Location: Großheide, Germany

Pilot: F/O. Balfour Richard John Hay DFC NZ/411892 RNZAF Age 21. Killed

Nav: F/O. James Dunn DFC. DFM. 171076 RAFVR Age 27. Killed


30 Mosquitos taking part in an operation to Hamburg, KB266 taking off at 22:35 hrs and understood to have been shot down (no claims from night fighters) at Großheide with the aircraft crashing in a peat bog at 00:30 hrs.

F/O. Hay DFC London Gazette June 1944: has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

F/O. Dunn DFC London Gazette April 1945 - effect from 26th July 1944. (DFM as a Fl/Sgt. with 97 Squadron. Service number: 1128355 as a SNCO)

Burial details:

Initially buried at Geestemünde Cemetery at Bremerhaven - reinterred after the war.

F/O. Balfour Richard John Hay DFC. Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave 24.B.4. Born on the 04th August 1922 at Auckland, the son of William Hay and of Menneer Hay (née Tremain), of Auckland City, New Zealand and husband of Christina May Hay, of Moordown, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

F/O. James Dunn DFC. DFM. Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave 24.B.3. Son of William Alexander Dunn and Mary Ann Dunn. Grave inscription reads: "Until The Day Break And The Shadows Flee Away" Always Remembered".

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, other sources as quoted below:

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