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30th July 1943 181 Squadron Typhoon IB R8833 F/O. Maxwell

Operation: Escort

Date: 30th July 1943 (Friday)

Unit: No. 181 Squadron (motto: Irruimus vastatum - 'We rush in and destroy'). 83 Group, Tactical Air Force

Type: Typhoon IB

Serial: R8833

Code: EL-D

Base: RAF New Romney, Kent - 124 Airfield HQ,

Location: South of Cayeux-sur-Mer

Pilot: F/O. Neville Ronald Maxwell NZ/413448 RNZAF Age 20. Missing - believed killed


Escorting 175 Sqn Typhoons on a bombing raid of the airfield at Poix, France after taking off at 15:15 hrs with 8 others.

The formation was attacked by enemy fighters when about to cross the French coast on the return journey, R8833 being shot down in flames. It was seen from the ground to dive from about 5000 feet and crash at a place known as Lauf Fosse, about 5km south of Cayeux-sur-Mer.

The wreckage was quickly removed and taken away by the German authorities, together with pilot’s body. As the location of his remains could not be established after hostilities he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Burial and personal details:

F/O. Neville Ronald Maxwell. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 197. Born on the 26th November 1922 at Auckland. Worked as a clerk - Native Dept, Auckland prior to service. Enlisted on the 15th June 1941 at Levin. Pilots badge awarded on the 18th October 1941 and his commission on the 29th November 1941. Joined 181 squadron in late September 1942 after conversion training at 55 Operational Training Unit. Son of Neville Newbold Maxwell and May Elizabeth Maxwell (née Brooks), of Stanley Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 460 flying hours logged and completed 12 operational sorties.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, other sources as quoted below:

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