19th August 1942 226 Squadron Boston III AL710 P/O. Gellatly
Operation: Operation Jubilee
Date: 19th August 1942 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 226 Squadron (motto: Non sibi sed patriœ - 'For country not for self'). 2 Group
Type: Boston III
Base: RAF Swanton Morley, Norfolk
Location: Gatwick, Surrey
Pilot: P/O. Wilfred Ronald Gellatly NZ/40563 RNZAF Age 21. Safe (note)
Obs: P/O. F. G. Starkie - Injured - No further details, can you assist?
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Laurence John Braithewaite Waters NZ/411111 RNZAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 10:15 hrs. from RAF Thruxton, Hampshire (on detachment) with 3 others to lay a smoke screen in support of the Dieppe operation.
The operation was a disaster within ten hours, of the 6,086 men who landed, 3,623 had been killed, wounded or became prisoners of war. The Luftwaffe made a maximum effort against the landing as the RAF had expected but the RAF lost 106 aircraft (at least 32 to anti-aircraft fire or accidents), against 48 German losses. The Royal Navy lost 33 landing craft and a destroyer.
Whilst over the target area they were hit by anti-aircraft fire killing P/O. Waters and wounding P/O. Starkie.
P/O. Gellatly managed to return to England and carried out a crash landing at Gatwick. The Boston was struck off charge. P/O. waters was buried at Horley on the 22nd August 1942.
The other 226 Squadron taking part this day:
Boston III Z2264 MQ-F Flown by Sgt. R. Parsons, hit by flak but managed to crash land ar RAF Middle Wallop. All crew safe.
Boston III AL680 MQ-L Flown by F/O. Robert Alan Marks 87018 PoW No: 658 Stalag Luft Sagan - his other two also PoW.
Boston III AL704 MQ-W Flown by Fl/Lt. Robert Aubrey Yates-Earl DFC 40163 hit by flak but managed to return. Aircraft later struck off charge on the 29th October 1942. All crew safe.
Boston III AL730 MQ-P Flown by P/O. Robert James Corrigan J/15537 RCAF killed with one other crew member, one taken PoW.
(note) P/O. Wilfred Ronald Gellatly survived the war, later receiving the OBE and AFC as well as MiD. He was born at Dunedin on the 17th December 1920. Completed at least 75 sorties with various units including 266, 293 and 487 Squadron. After the war trained on helicopters and eventually became chief test pilot for Westland. Died in Somerset, England, in August 1983 age just 62.
Burial and further personal details:
P/O. Laurence John Braithewaite Waters. Horley (St. Bartholomew) New Churchyard. Block A. Row N. Grave 2. Born on the 05th February 1921 at Blenheim. Worked as a truck driver for Marlborough Transport prior to enlisting. Enlisted on the 15th November 1941 at Levin. Awarded air gunners wings and promoted to sergeant on the 13th October 1941. Joined 226 squadron from No. 17 Operational Training Unit in July 1942. Son of Laurence David and Amy Waters (née Braithewaite), of Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand. 127 flying hours logged an on his first operational sortie. His brother F/O. Cyril Melrose Waters 72250 RNZAF was to also lose his life on the 23rd March 1952. Killed in Mosquito NZ2331 along with his navigator Sgt. John Raymond CAMPBELL 72314 RNZAF whilst serving with 75 Squadron RNZAF. The father of Cyril witnessed the accident.
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, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: