Friday, 2 August 2013

Appendix XV: Hereworth School

Hereworth School is an independent Anglican school for boys in Havelock North, Hawke's Bay. It was founded in 1927 and during the war a number of old boys served with No. 75(NZ) Squadron. It came to my attention on the 16th of June, 2015, when my brother Bob forwarded an e-mail to me from Gary, a Kiwi friend who had worked with him in Nottingham in the 1970s and '80s and who now worked at Hereworth. Having read the blog Gary had asked a colleague if he could find the names of any of these old boys and here are the names he found:
  • P/O William Willis (NZ421803), pilot, killed on 22/05/44, aged 33, when his Lancaster was shot down during a raid on Dortmund, . He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
    P/O W.J.Willis
  • F/S John Gilbertson (NZ41894), pilot, killed on 29/07/42 during an operation to Hamburg, aged 22. He is buried in the Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery.
    F/S J.E.Gilbertson
  • F/S Lloyd Chamberlain (NZ40914), air gunner, killed on 12/03/42, aged 28, when his Wellington was lost without trace on an operation to Emden. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
    F/S L.M.Chamberlain
  • Sgt. Patrick Hunter (NZ42297), navigator, killed on 28/04/43, aged 29, when his Stirling was lost without trace during a mine-laying operation in Heligoland - one of 22 aircraft lost that night. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
    Sgt. P.T.Hunter
  • F/S Ian Smith (NZ421614), bomb aimer, killed on 01/09/43, aged 34, during an attack on targets in Berlin. This was a bad night for Bomber Command, with 18 bombers lost, including four Stirlings from No.75(NZ) Squadron. F/S Smith is buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery in Germany.
    F/S I.H.R.Smith's memorial stone
  • S/L Wilfred Williams DFC (NZ1057), pilot and C.O. of No. 1 O.T.U. in New Zealand, where he had returned in 1942 after service stretching back to 1935, including a spell with No.311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron as well as No.75(NZ) Squadron. He was killed in an accident shortly after take-off in a Lockheed Hudson Mk.VI at Ohakea on 15/07/43.
    S/L W.M.C.Williams D.F.C.

1 comment:

  1. Wilfred Williams was a foundation member of 75 (NZ) Sqdn, and in fact was one of the pilots assembled in the UK to form the No. 1 New Zealand Flight, to fly the government's newly-purchased Wellington bombers back to New Zealand. When war broke out, NZ gave the Wellingtons to Britain, and it was agreed that a New Zealand heavy bomber Squadron would be formed in the RAF. The Flight was the nucleus of the new Squadron.

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