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10/11th April 1945 487 (NZ) Squadron Mosquito FB.NI. TA114 F/O. Peet

Operation: Intruder

Date: 10/11th April 1945 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 487 (NZ) Squadron (motto: Ki te mutunga - 'Through to the end') 140 Wing. 2 Group.

Type: Mosquito FB.NI.

Serial: TA113

Code: EG-O

Base: B.87 Rosières-en-Santerre, France

Location: None - lost without trace

Pilot: F/O. Gordon Leonard Peet NZ/416208 RNZAF Age 25. Missing - believed killed

Nav: F/O. Lawrence Albert Graham NZ/4211838 RNZAF Age 24 . Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

After taking off from the advanced landing strip at 23:40 hrs on an intruder operation over the Brunswick area. The target described as an attack on communications.

Nothing further was heard and they were posted missing with no trace.

Burial details:

F/O. Gordon Leonard Peet. Runnymede Memorial Panel 285. Born on the 03rd April 1920 at Aroha. Engineer for Aroha Dairy Factory. 09th November 1941 at Levin. Son of Frank Livingstone Peet and Ethel Peet (née Wheeler), of Te Aroha, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Barbara Peet (née Graham) of Mill Hill, Deal, Kent, England. Completed 54 operational sorties.

F/O. Lawrence Albert Graham. Runnymede Memorial Panel 285. Born on the 22nd October 1920 at Wellington. A clerk for PWD at Temuka. Enlisted on the19th September 1942. The son of Hugh and Ethel Augusta Graham (née Wilson) of Wanganui. 459 flying hours logged. Completed 55 operational sorties.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Ian Banks of Taumarunui New Zealand, Jenifer Lemaire and 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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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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