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21st April 1945 575 Squadron Dakota III KG326 Fl/Lt. Webb

Operation: Delivery flight

Date: 21st April 1945 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 575 Squadron (motto: The air is our path) 46 Group Transport Command

Type: Dakota III

Serial: KG326

Code: I9-?

Base: RAF Broadwell, Oxfordshire

Location: Dissen am Teutoburger Wald, Germant

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Bernard Herbert Webb NZ/2407 RNZAF Age 34. Killed

Nav: F/O. Alec Stanley Broadhurst Rushton 159987 RAFVR Age 30. Killed

Nav: Fl/Lt. Duncan John Stalker 139414 RAFVR Age Killed

W/Op: Sgt. Percy Thompson 1082227 RAFVR Age Killed


Taking from RAF Broadwell at 08:54 hrs to deliver 114 jerrycans of petrol weighing 5016 lbs.

Whilst flying in cloud and rain at 100 feet over Germany veered 18 miles of tracks and flew into a hill 4.5 km north north east of Dissen am Teutoburger Wald at 11:30 hrs.

Burial details:

Buried in a temporary plot F-10-242 at the Allied cemetery Margraten, Netherlands. Reburied at Venray on the 12th December 1946.

Fl/Lt. Bernard Herbert Webb. Venray War Cemetery. Grave VII. A. 13. Born on the 15th August 1910 at Wellington. A law clerk prior to enlisting in the New Zealand army in 1929. Joined the RAF as a clerk on the 21st June 1937Remosterd for pilot trains on the 19th April 1941 and obtained his wings on the 14th February 1942. The son of Reginald Webb and of Frances Webb (née Holmden), of Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand and husband of Jeannette Lucie Burnard-Webb, of Wadestown, Wellington. 1340 flying hours logged.

F/O. Alec Stanley Broadhurst Rushton. Venray War Cemetery. Grave VII. A. 11. Son of Arthur Stanley Rushton and Elaine Jessie Rushton and husband of Phyllis Marian Rushton, of Barnehurst, Kent. Grave inscription: 'Loved And Remembered Always'.

Fl/Lt. Duncan John Stalker. . Venray War Cemetery. Grave VII. A. 12. No further details - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Percy Thompson. Venray War Cemetery. Grave VII. A. 10. No further details - are you able to assist?

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot 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:

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