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* NOTE ON DATES: IMPORTANT: For consistency, the Date is given as the date the mission TOOK OFF since the precise time of a loss is not always certain. Take Off date is unambigous and fixed in the official records, but obviously in those cases where the incident occurred before midnight UK time, then the Take Off Date will be the same as the Incident Date. Of course, most Bomber Command missions flew through midnight, therefore a Luftwaffe claim against a plane - or a locally generated crash report - may record the incident as occurring on the day following our Take Off Date. Bear this in mind when cross-referencing to our Luftwaffe Victories by Name/Date Database and other Luftwaffe sources. In some cases other sources may quote the date following our date, using locally generated reports as their source. To add to the potential for confusion, remember to take into account a Luftwaffe recorded date will be in local time, 1 hour ahead of UK time. When we discover a validated Incident Date we change our record if necessary

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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
88251 OrrJohn HamiltonSergeantNZ/414329Age 21New ZealandPilotRNZAFMiddle East Command260 Sqd
1943-03-21Kittyhawk P-40KIIIFL719HS-?Medenine, Tunisia1335EscortSee archive report for further detailsMissing - believed killedAlamein Memorial. Panel 278
Courtesy Air Museum of New Zealand

Born on the 13th September 1921 in Lower Hutt. Educated at Hutt Valley High School. A clerk for Catts-Patterson Ltd, advertising agents, Wellington. Served 7 months in territorial army prior to enlisting at Levin as a pilot under training on the 27th July 1941. With No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School 07th September 1941. No. 3 Flying Training School on the 18th October 1941. Pilots Badge awarded on the 29th November 1941 and promoted to sergeant on the 10th January 1942.

Embarked for England on the 30th January 1942. No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre on the 14th March 1942. No. 9 Pilot Flying Unit 20th April 1942. 57 Operational Training Unit on the 09th June 1942. Embarked for Sierra Leone 28th September 1942 and and arrived on the 16th October 1942. Lagos, by air to Egypt via Sudan in November 1942. No. 1 Middle East Training School 05th December 1942. No. 2 Advanced Flying Unit 15th December 1942. 239 Wing Training Flight on the Kittyhawk 23rd January 1943. Joined 260 squadron on the 23rd February 1943 and carried out 6 operational sorties. A total of 357 flying hours logged.

Son of Robert Richard (died 08th April 1962, age 73) and Myra Kinniburgh Orr (née Hill - died 1977, age 85, married 1912), Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

88252 Coastal Command304 Sqd1942-05-31Wellington1cDV781Ditched in seaSurvived
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-05-31 Wellington 1c DV781 lost engines, ditched in the sea. First from 304 in Coastal Command to ditch. Crew all safe and, rescued by the destroyer HMS Boadicea. Crew: Pilot Sgt Edward Joński (782677), Pilot Sgt Leopold Matjaszek (793158), Navigator F/O Wacław Waltera (P-0679), W/Op Sgt Ryszard Gemsa (780774), A/G Sgt Marian Piekarski (784131), A/G Sgt L Jabłoński (780864)

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88253 SweneyWilliam GeorgePilot OfficerNZ/411001Age 23New ZealandPilotRNZAF244 Wing. 211 Group. Northwest African Tactical Air Force601 Sqd
1943-04-07SpitfireVbER972UF-?RAF Gabès Main, Tunisia0740ScrambleSee archive report for further detailsMissing - believed killedAlamein Memorial. Column 277Alamein Memorial (Panel 277)

Courtesy Relatives

Born on the 23rd April 1919 in Hokitika. Educated at Hokitika High School and Christchurch Boys High School. A draughtsman for the Land and Survey Department in Wellington. Enlisted at Levin as a pilot under training on the 09th February 1941. With No. 3 Elementary Flying Training School on the 24th March 1941, quickly having his first solo on the 01st April 1941! Embarked for Canada on the 26th May 1941. With No. 10 Service Flying Training School on the 16th June 1941. Awarded his pilot badge and promoted to sergeant on the 01st September 1941. Embarked for England on the 18th September 1941. With No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre on the 28th September 1941.

With 58 Operational Training Unit for training on the Spitfire on the 06th October 1941. Joined 501 squadron on the 25th November 1941 and carried out 11 operational sorties. Joined 134 squadron on the 20th March 1942 flying the Hurricane. With the squadron by sea to Egypt in around April/June 1942. Joined 213 squadron flying the Hurricane on the 28th August 1942 flying 25 operational sorties. Joined 601 squadron on the 01st December 1942 and carried out a further 44 operational sorties. Awarded ahis commission on the 21st January 1943. A total of 365 flying hours logged

Son of Herbert William Reid Sweney (died 09th September 1951, age 72) and Lilian Sweney (died 22nd January 1980, age 96), of Hokitika, Westland, New Zealand.. His brothers were Merle, Jack, Fred, Norris Alfred (died 29th July 2010, age 85), Harry and Ray Sweney, and his sisters were Lily McGeorge, Myrtle Chinn and Thora Ellen Chinn (died 06th May 2016, age 99).

88254 HrehorakNickolasWarrant Officer Class 2R861113rd October 1918 in Winnipeg, ManitobaCanadian2nd PilotRCAFBomber Command103 Sqn Conversion Unit
1943-09-22HalifaxIIW1243PM:BRAF Elsham WoldsTrainingTook off to practice overshooting on three-engines. While going round the circuit at 12:15 hrs, the aircraft was seen to make a flat turn to Starboard. The tail dropped and as the starboard wing stalled the bomber rolled onto its back and dived into the ground, bursting into flames on impact.KilledBrigg Cemetery Plot C. R.C. Grave 49Son of John and Annie (née Semkow) Hrehorak of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
88255 PorterReginald Frank CharlesWarrant Officer IIR/71428Age 25CanadaW/Op/Air/GnrRCAF248 Wing, Malta Air Command69 Squadron (Middle East)
1943-04-21BaltimoreIIAG806MJ-?Luqa, Malta1000Anti-submarine PatrolSee archive report for further detailsMissing - believed killedMalta Memorial. Panel 10. Column 2
Courtesy Manitoba War Dead

Born in Walthamstow, England. Educated at St. John;s Technical High School, Enlisted un October 1940. Trained at Mount Viewm Ontario. From Teulon, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Parent and wife details not currently available. Are you able to assist?

Porter Bay in Reindeer Lake was named after W/O II. Porter in 1995.

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