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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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406 Squadron Mosquito NF.30 MM740 F/O. William Frederick Kilpatrick

Operation: Intruder Patrol

Date: 23/24th March 1945 (Friday/Saturday)

Unit: No. 406 Squadron (motto: 'We Kill By Night') 12 Wing. 10 Group

Type: Mosquito NF.30

Serial: MM740 (1)

Code: HU-G

Base: RAF Manston, Kent

Location: Gammelke, Overijssel, Netherlands

Pilot: F/O. William Frederick Kilpatrick J/86304 RCAF Age 23. Killed

Nav: F/O. Reginald Arthur Henry Allen J/85623 RCAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 20:15 hrs on an evening intruder operation in the Twente area, one of five this night.

Weather conditions were described as 'bright and fair'.

Mosquito MM740 failed to return but we have been unable to discover the cause. No night fighter or anti-aircraft batteries have listed the as a claim.

(1) note: the squadron operational records list the aircraft as MM744 - this aircraft was allocated to 410 squadron

The fine memoir' placed for the crew, it seems that they also went by the squadron ORB for serial number.

Burial details:

F/O. William Frederick Kilpatrick. Weerselo Roman Catholic Cemetery. Plot. Row 17. Grave F. Born on the 03d April 1921 in Winnipeg. A student prior to service. Enlisted on the 31st August 1939. Son of Charles Frederick (died 04th April 1979, age 90) and Wilhelmina Kilpatrick (née Shaw - died 19th March 1988, age 88), of 263 Centennia Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Brother of Wilhelmina. Epitaph: 'John Iii.16. For God So Loved The World, That He Gave His Only Begotten Son'.

Kilpatrick Lake southwest of Nieltin Lake was named after F/O. William Kilpatrick in 1975.



F/O. Reginald Arthur Henry Allen. Weerselo Roman Catholic Cemetery. Plot. Row 17. Grave G. Born on the 17th April 1921 in Vancouver. A delivery clerk prior to service. Son of Reginald George (died 20th March 1963, age 67) and Alice Louisa Allen (née Bleay - died 25th April 1990, age 92), of 3895 Oxford Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. East. Brother of Alice George and Joan Mary. Epitaph: 'To Live In The Hearts Of The Ones We Love Is Not To Die'.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the National Archives Kew, Air-27-1791-87/88. Paradie RCAF Archive, Kracker Luftwaffe Archive, Government of Canada.

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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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. 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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