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164 Squadron Crest
25.08.1944 No. 164 Squadron Typhoon Ib PD457 Sq/Ldr. Waddy DFC

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 25th August 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 164 Squadron 123 Wing, 84 Group, 02nd Tactical Air Force

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: PD457

Code: FJ-?

Base: Martragny (B 7)

Location: North of Rouen

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Ian Dousland Waddy DFC NZ/402195 RNZAF Age 29. PoW Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang

REASON FOR LOSS:

After taking off at 18:55 hrs from the ALG in France with seven others from the Squadron, thought to have been brought down by anti-aircraft fire , north of Rouen, France.

One of three Typhoons lost this day from the Squadron whilst attacking tanks and military transport with rockets.

The others:
MN588 Flown by F/O. George Trafford - killed.
MN711 Flown by Fl/Sgt. Ronald White - killed.

Sq/Ldr. Waddy DFC citation LG 17th March 1944:

"This officer has participated in a large number of sorties, including very many attacks on shipping. Squadron Leader Waddy has led the squadron with great skill, courage and determination and has played a good part in the numerous successes obtained. He has invariably pressed home his attacks with great determination, setting a fine example to all".


Burial Details:

None - survived the war. Passed away on the 16th September 1998, age 83. Buried at Awatere Cemetery, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, also to our Jenifer Lemaire from New Zealand for pilot photograph and the Auckland Image Collection.

JL/KTY 18.07.2019

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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