27th April 1945 486 Squadron Tempest V EJ584 P/O. Melles MiD
Date: 27th April 1945 (Friday)
Unit: No. 486 Squadron (motto: Hiwa hau Maka - 'Beware of the Wild Winds') 124 Wing. 83 Group
Type: Tempest V
Base: B.152 Faßberg, Germany
Location: North Hamburg
Pilot: P/O. Ross Alexander Melles MiD. NZ/422538 RNZAF Age 23. PoW
REASON FOR LOSS:
Hit by flak and baled out north of Hamburg. Taken PoW for the last days of the war but escaped and returned to his squadron on the 05th May 1945.
On Wednesday the 29th August 1945 whilst with 486 Squadron based at B-158 Lübeck in Germany and off duty, had a motor cycle accident on the Niendorf -Timmendorfer Strand. Collided head on with a RCAF sergeant also on a motor cycle. F/O. Melles died of his injuries later that day. The Canadian survived the accident.
Burial and personal details:
F/O. Ross Alexander Melles MiD. Hamburg Cemetery (Ohlsdorfer Friedhof). Grave 10A. N. 2. Born on the 21st April 1922 at Palmerston North. Prior to enlisting on the 18th April at Rongola worked as a warehouseman for John Burns and Company of Auckland. Awarded his pilots badge and promoted to sergeant on the 29th October 1943. Commissioned on the 25th February 1945. Son of Leonard and Lyla Contstance Melles (née Bryden), of Ponsonby, Auckland City, New Zealand. 528 flying hours logged and had carried out 72 operational sorties. Credited with 1 enemy aircraft destroyed.
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, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: