24.10.1943 No. 183 Squadron Typhoon Ib JP542 F/O. Gerald E. Rawson
Date: 24th October 1943 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 183 Squadron
Type: Typhoon Ib
Code: HF-Not known
Base: RAF Predannack
Location: English Channel of Cherbourg
Pilot: F/O. Gerald Edmond Rawson NZ/404943 RNZAF Age 25. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 17:30 hrs from RAF Warmwell when, during a very low level attack on a large merchant vessel moored in Cherbourg harbour believed to have been shot down by flak. Neither the pilot or aircraft were recovered.
Also lost from the squadron during this operation:
Typhoon Ib JP396 Flown by 30 year old, Sq/Ldr. Arthur Vincent Gowers DFC. 40166 RAFVR from Boscombe, Hampshire, England. Missing - believed killed
Typhoon Ib JP428 Flown by F/O. P.W.B. Thomas - Taken PoW after baling out some 12 miles north of the harbour.
Typhoon Ib JP368 Flown by F/O. D.N. Munrowd - safe, after a crash landing at RAF Warmwell - aircraft written off.
F/O. Gerald Edmond Rawson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 198. Son of Ernest Arthur and Florence Rawson, of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand and husband of Edith Mary Rawson.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Errol Martin “For Your Tomorrow Vol’s 1-3”, Auckland Cenotaph and to sources as quoted below: