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605 Squadron Crest
9/10.11.1944 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron Mosquito FB.VI HR363 Flt Lt. Singer

Operation: Intruder

Date: 9th/10th November 1944 (Thursday/Friday)

Unit No: 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron. 11 Group, Fighter Command

Type: Mosquito FB.VI

Serial: HR363

Code: UP:U

Base: RAF Manston, Kent

Location: Schaarsbergen, Netherlands

Pilot: Flt Lt. Richard Maitland Singer 416574 RNZAF Age 23. KiA

Nav: Fg Off. Ian Cedric Rodgerson 428289 RNZAF Age 24. KiA


Taking off at 20:30 hrs from RAF Manston in Kent on a Intruder operation to Marx and Ardorf in Germany when they were brought down crashing in a pine forest at Schaarsbergen. Both crew killed and buried near the crash site. Reinterred after the war.

Burial details:

Flt Lt. Richard Maitland Singer. Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery.Grave 13.C.9. Son of Richard Arnold Singer, and of Dorothy Singer, (née Nicol), of Auckland City, New Zealand. A total of 1473 flying hours logged and on his 33rd operational sortie.

Fg Off. Ian Cedric Rodgerson. Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery. Grave 13.C.10. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Reed Rodgerson, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand and husband of Gillian Rodgerson, of Brighton, Sussex, England. On his 16th operational sortie.

Researched by Kelvin Youngs (Webmaster) and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot and navigator 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, Wouter van Dijken for grave photographs (Oct 2018). Thanks to Antonio McDonald for the correction to the aircfrat serial and code (Feb 2024)

Other sources listed below:

RS 23.02.2024 - Correction to aircraft Serial/Code

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