13th March 1944 487 Squadron Mosquito FB.VI HX857 P/O. Barriball
Operation: Construction works
Date: 13th March 1944 (Monday)
Unit: No. 487 Squadron (motto: Ki te mutunga - 'Through to the end') 140 Airfield HQ. 2 Group. 2 Tactical Air Force
Type: Mosquito FB.VI
Base: RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordshire
Location: English Channel
Pilot: P/O. Malcolm Eber Palmer Barriball NZ/42358 RNZAF Age. 22. Missing - believed killed
Nav: P/O. David Allan Priddle Aus/420487 RAAF Age 23. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 15:05 hrs. to attack construction works at Herbouville with one other from the squadron.
Whilst over the target area they wereanti aircraft fire had disabled one engine of HX857 and on the way out the aircraft was hit by anti aircraft fire again. They were seen by another crew to make an unsuccessful forced landing in the sea 30 miles from the enemy coast.
The aircraft broke up on impact with the water. Although the position was circled for 20 minutes, nothing was seen of the crew after the aircraft hit the water.
Burial and personal details:
P/O. Malcolm Eber Palmer Barriball. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 263. Born on the 12th May 1921 at Auckland. Studied at Canterbury Agricultural College after leaving King's College. A farmer on his mothers farm at Lincoln Park, Waiuku prior to service. Enlisted on the 11th June 1942 at Levin. Embarked for training in Canada on the 10th May 1942. Awarded his pilots badge and promoted to sergeant on the 09th October 1942. Embarked for England on the 08th March 1943. Joined 487 squadron flying both the Ventura and Mosquito on the 24th June 1943. Awarded commission on the 14th October 1943. Son of Samuel Eber Barriball (died 1944) and Florence Susan Evelyn Barriball (nee Bischoff, later Bischoff-Madden), brother of Susan, of Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 495 flying hours logged. Total number of operations thought to have been at least 9.
P/O. David Allan Priddle. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 259. Born on the 11th November 1920. Worked as an assistant secretary for a business mens club prior to service. Enlisted on the 08th November 1941 at Sydney. Son of Archie Goswell Priddle and Marjorie May Priddle, of 'Iluk', 123 Ocean Street, Narrabeen, New South Wales, Australia.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew 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, other sources as quoted below: