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106 Squadron Crest
30/01.12.1941 No. 106 Squadron Hampden P1228 ZN-L Sgt. Moore

Operation: Hamburg

Date: 30/01st December 1941 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 106 Squadron 5 Group (motto: Pro Libertate - 'For Freedom')

Type: Hampden I

Serial: P1228

Code: ZN-L

Base: RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire

Location: Wadden Sea

Pilot: Sgt. Arthur John Moore 778391 RAFVR Age ? Missing - believed killed

Obs: Sgt. Anthony Joseph William Parker NZ/404492 RNZAF Age 26. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gr: Sgt. Thomas Francis Gowan 955046 RAFVR Age 23. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gr: Sgt. Dan Davies Jones 1253004 RAFVR Age 24. Missing - believed killed


Taking off at 16:20 hrs from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to join 180 others to bomb Hamburg.

Weather conditions were described as a three quarter full moon with excellent visibility. 13 aircraft were lost on this operation - 7 were claimed by flak units. It is thought that P1228 was one of those hit by 2.-5.M Flak unit with the aircraft coming down in the Wadden Sea North of Cuxhaven at 21:49 hrs.

Another crew from the squadron was also lost:

Hampden I AT115 Flown by 21 year old, Sgt. Frank Edwin Rolfe 778218 RAFVR Missing with all his crew.

Burial details:

Sgt. Arthur John Moore. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 48. No further details - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Anthony Joseph William Parker. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 64. Son of James Robert and Margaret Josephine Parker, of Wellington, New Zealand. A total of 200 flying hours logged and on his first operational sortie. Trained at No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, RNZAF Station Taieri 1939 New Zealand.

Sgt. Thomas Francis Gowan. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 44. Son of Thomas Henry and Annie Gowan, of Leicester, England.

Sgt. Dan Davies Jones. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 46. Son of David and Mary Anne Jones, of Forest Hill, London, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot 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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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', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', 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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