26th April 1945 489 Squadron Beaufighter TF.X RD333 F/O. Morrison
Operation: Rover (1)
Date: 26th April 1945 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 489 Squadron RNZAF. 18 Group (motto: Whakatanagata kia kaha - 'Acquit yourselves like men, be strong')
Type: Beaufighter TF.X
Base: RAF Dallachy, Morayshire, Scotland
Location: Not known - lost without trace
Pilot: F/O. John Kendall Morrison NZ/4216106 RNZAF Age 22. Missing - believed killed
Nav: W/O. Frederick Raymond Wilkinson NZ/429386 RNZAF Age 24. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On a Rover operation to the Homborsund Fjord in Norway. Very little known about this loss as they were listed as lost without trace.
(1) Rover - Armed reconnaissance flights with attacks on opportunity targets
Above 489 Squadron Beaufighters (courtesy IWM Films)
F/O. John Kendall Morrison. Runnymede Memorial. Panel. Panel 285. Born on the 16th May 1923 at Wellington. Enlisted in the RNZAF on the 15th April 1943 from the army. A law student for Findlay, Hoggard, Cousins and Wright solicitors prior to service. Son of John Cruickshank Morrison and Grace Morrison (née Croft), of Wellington, New Zealand. 452 flying hours logged and completed 7 operational sorties.
W/O. Frederick Raymond Wilkinson Runnymede Memorial. Panel 285. Born on the 08th May 1920 at Christchurch. A clerk prior to service with NZR. Enlisted on the 31st July 1942. Son of Frederick Schofield Wilkinson and Florence Beatrice Wilkinson, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. 310 flying hours logged and completed, it is thought, 7 operational sorties.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew 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: