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02/03.06.1942 No. 75 Squadron Wellington III X3408 AA-Q P/O. Carter

Operation: Essen, Germany

Date: 2/3rd June 1942

Unit: No. 75 Squadron

Type: Wellington Mk III

Serial: X3408

Code: AA-Q

Base: RAF Feltwell, Norfolk

Location: Aalst-Waalre, just south of Eindhoven, Holland

Pilot: P/O. Cecil William Phair Carter NZ/41874 RNZAF Injured PoW No: 545 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

Obs: Sgt. Jack Lawrence Coy NZ/403616 RNZAF Injured PoW No: 402 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt Herbert Ives NZ/391384 RNZAF PoW No: 423 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus

W/O/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall NZ/404081 RNZAF PoW No: 435 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Philip Newbury Howard NZ/391384 RNZAF PoW No: 419 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria


Took off at 00.11 Hrs. from RAF Feltwell, Norfolk. 195 Aircraft took part - 97 Wellingtons, 38 Halifaxes, 27 Lancasters 21 Stirlings and 12 Hampdens took part in the second night in succession bombing Essen.

The attack was widely scattered and records show that only 3 high explosive and 300 incendiary bombs hit the city with no serious damage or injuries.

The RAF however lost 14 aircraft! 68 crew members were killed and a further 15 made PoW.

Wellington X3408 was hit by Flak during the inbound part of the flight over the target area and then again on the return journey at 10,500 feet - resulting in a controlled crash landing at 03:47 hrs. when all the crew were captured.

KTY Updated 22.11.2019

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