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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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29 Squadron Mosquito NF.XIII HK517 Fl/Lt. Meadows

Operation: Intruder

Date: 23/24th August 1944 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 29 Squadron (motto: Impiger et Acer - 'Energetic and keen').11 Group

Type: Mosquito NF.XIII

Serial: HK517

Code: R0-?

Base: RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordshire

Location: Wiesede, Germany

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Trevor Sydney Francis Meadows 42317 RAF Age 26. Missing believed killed

Nav: F/O. Ronald Westland Brown NZ/412311 RNZAF Age 30. Missing believed killed


Taking off at 21:25 hrs. on an intruder operation to Varel in Germany.

Shot down and crashing in a field owned by a farmer Herr Tene at Wiesede. The bodies of the crew were recovered by Luftwaffe and arranged their burial, sadly, no grave was ever been found by post-war search teams.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Trevor Sydney Francis Meadows. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 203. Also remembered on the Berrynarbor War Memorial. Son of Sidney Clarence and Mylcie Meadows of Berrynarborm Devon, England, and husband of Imelda Meadows, of Pieta, Malta, G.C. His brother Peter Meadows also fell. 224056 Lt. Peter Meadows of the 7th Battalion, the Royal Tank Regiment. Killed 01st July 1944 aged 22.

F/O. Ronald Westland Brown. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 262. Born on the 07th January 1914 at Greymouth. Enlisted at Levin on the 13th April 1941. Embarked for Canada on the 18th June 1941. Air gunner badge awarded and promoted to sergeant on the 29th September 1941. Embarked for England on the 07th October 1941. Further training with 60 Operational Training Unit on the 04th January 1942. Remustered as air observer on the 02nd December 1942. Further training with 54 Operational Training Unit on the 15th December 1942, then with 51 Operational Training Unit. Awarded commission on the 01st March 1944. Joined 29 squadron on the 05th August 1944.

Son of Joseph Edmund and Julia Brown (née Curtin) of Auckland, New Zealand. Also served with 264 and 488 squadrons but no details on the number of sorties flown or dates. He was on his 04th operational sortie when lost.

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

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