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21/22.02.1941 No. 75 Squadron Wellington IC T2503 P/O. Falconer

Operation: Wilhelmshaven

Date: 21/22nd February 1941 (Friday/Saturday)

Unit: No. 75 Squadron (NZ)

Type: Wellington IC

Serial: T2503

Code: AA-?

Base: RAF Feltwell, Norfolk

Location: No accurate location - North Sea

Pilot: P/O. Arthur James Falconer NZ/39910 RNZAF Age 23. Missing - believed Killed

Pilot 2: Sq/Ldr. Edward Ulric Guerin Solbe 34090 RAF Age 30. Killed

Nav: P/O. Anthony Vincent Muir NZ/40195 RNZAF Age 29. Missing - believed Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. "Don" William Donald Morrison 946356 RAFVR Age 22. Missing - believed Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier 650057 RAF Age 22. Missing - believed Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie NZ/391378 RNZAF Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off from RAF Feltwell, Norfolk at around 19.00 hrs. to take part on a raid on Wilhelmshaven. A total of 54 Wellingtons took part with 19 actually bombing the target area. No details were available of damage to the town.

It is now understood that T2503 may have been one of the aircraft coned by searchlights between 22:05 and 22:11 hrs. and shot down by Stabsbaterie 1.-3 and 5./M Flak Battery 226 based on Norderney with the Wellington coming down in the North Sea off Heligoland at 22:11hrs.

This was one of two aircraft lost on this raid - the other a Wellington IC R1045 OJ-M from 149 squadron flown by F/O. Ian Henderson was also lost without trace, together with all six crew. Another Wellington IC T2547 crashed on landing, colliding with a fence near the airfield perimeter - all this crew survived.

Burial details:

P/O. Arthur James Falconer. Runnymede Memorial Panel 63. Son of William Mowat Falconer and Helen Francis Falconer, of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand.

Sq/Ldr. Edward Ulric Guerin Solbe. Kiel War Cemetery 4.E.6. Husband of Jean G. Solbe, of Rustington, Sussex, England.

P/O. Anthony Vincent Muir. Runnymede Memorial Panel 63. Son of James Thomas Muir and Annie Ita Muir.

Sgt. William Donald Morrison. Runnymede Memorial Panel 49. Son of William and Mary Morrison of Perth, Scotland.

Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier. Runnymede Memorial Panel 45. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hellier and husband of Vera F. Hellier, of Wembley, Middlesex, England.

Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie. Sage War Cemetery 8.A.4. Son of Andrew Brodie and of Joanna Brodie (née Moore), of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.

Researched for Tracey Daley, Linda Anderson and dedicated to all relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following sources:

KTY Page updated 07.01.2019

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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