Flight Sergeant George Henry Richmond “Dick” Treasure RNZAF

F.O. GHR Treasure 1 - Copy

Pilot Officer Treasure RNZAF stands with his air and ground crew on completion of his operational tour in May 1944. He was awarded a well deserved DFC.

Crew Flight Sergeant G H R Treasure
Service Number NZ414699 RNZAF
Awards D.F.C
Awarded 12th October 1944
Citation Flying Officer Treasure has competed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.
Squadrons No.623 Squadron – No.115 Squadron
   
Known Movements 1657 Con Unit 16.10.1943 (Out)
  No.623 Squadron 17.10.1943 (In) 06.12.1943 (Out)
  No.1678 Con Unit 22.12.1943 (Out)
  No.115 Squadron 21.12.1943 (In)
  No.3 Lancaster Finishing School
   
Promotions 05.02.1944 promoted to Warrant Officer (ORB)

 

Operations

 

No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market ( Short Stirling Mk.III)

 

20.10.1943
Pilot
Mining ( Nectarines)
EJ124 IC-D

Duty Carried Out.

19.11.1943
Pilot
Mining (Il De Re)
EH979 IC-H

Duty carried out, landed Predannock.

     

No.115 Squadron RAF Witchford ( Avro Lancaster Mk.II)

 

29.12.1943
Flight Lieutenant R.L Barnes & Crew
2nd Pilot
BERLIN
LL652 KO-Q

Identified target by means of markers on which dropped bombs from 20000ft.  White glow seen under clouds.

20.01.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
DS833 KO-S

Identified target by means of sky markers on which dropped bombs from 20500ft. A few fires seen starting.

21.01.1944
Pilot
Magdeburg
DS781 KO-W

Identified target by means of green markers on which dropped bombs from 20500ft. Centre of city seemed well alight.

27.01.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
DS781 KO-W

Identified target by means of sky markers on which dropped bombs from 21000ft. Reddish glow on clouds seen from 150 miles away. Landed at MANSTON on return due to shortage of fuel.

28.01.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
DS781 KO-W

Identified target by means of red and green markers on which dropped bombs from 21000ft. A good reflection on the clouds indicated many fires.  A large explosion seen at 04.00hrs. Attack considered good and well concentrated.

15.02.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
DS781 KO-W

Bombed on TI’s  from a height of 22000ft. Heavy flak coming up to 22000ft, usual fighter flares seen in target area.  No S/L observed due to cloud.

19.02.1944
Pilot
Leipzig
DS781 KO-W

Identified target by means of sky markers on which dropped bombs from 22000ft. Glow of fires observed under clouds. Smoke rising above clouds. Attack moderately successful.

01.03.1944
Pilot
Stuttgart
DS781 KO-W

Identified target by means of target markers on which dropped bombs from 20000ft. Large fires seen.

07.03.1944
Pilot
Le Mans
DS781 KO-W

Unable to locate target by mean of target indicators. Brought back  9 x 1000lb + 4 x 500lb. Jettiosned 1 x 1000lb.  

15.03.1944
Pilot
Stuttgart
DS781 KO-W

Identified target by means of PFF. Bombed green TI’s from 21500ft. Concentrated fires, well alight.

18.03.1944
Pilot
2nd Pilot : Flight Sergeant R Bennett
Frankfurt
DS781 KO-W

Target identified by means of PFF, bombed centre of Red & green stars from 21000ft. Many fires seen.

22.03.1944
Pilot
Frankfurt
DS781 KO-W

Identified target by means of target markers on which dropped bombs from 21500ft.Comsiders attack scattered, PFF burnt out by 2200hrs.

24.03.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
DS781 KO-W

Port inner engine U/S.  Bombed flak position Kiel area.

10.04.1944
Pilot
Laon Marshalling Yards
DS781 KO-W

Identified target by means of green  target markers on which dropped bombs from 10500ft. PFF scattered big explosion  and fire observed.

18.04.1944
Pilot
Rouen
DS781 KO-W

Identified target by means of river bend and photo flashes and red TI’s.  Results of bombing not observed through haze.

20.04.1944
Pilot
2nd Pilot : Sergeant A Sweeney
Cologne
DS781 KO-W

Target identified by PFF, Bombed TI from 21500ft. PFF very scattered.

22.04.1944
Pilot
Dusseldorf
DS781 KO-W

Identified target by means of red and green markers on which dropped bombs from 21000ft.PFF concentrated and many explosions and fires seen in target area.  Large explosion seen on leaving.

24.04.1944
Pilot
Karlsruhe
DS781 KO-W

Target identified by PFF, bombed on green and red TI’s from 19000ft. Fires seen burning.

26.04.1944
Pilot
Essen
DS787 KO-Q

Identified target by means of red and green markers on which dropped bombs from 24000ft. Many fires observed, bombs overshot. PFF concentrated, large explosion seen in target area.

27.04.1944
Pilot
Friedrichshafen
DS787 KO-Q

Identified target by means of red and green markers .Many explosions seen on ground, PFF a little scattered.  Bombing seemed concentrated.

19.05.1944
Pilot
Le Mans
HK548 KO-W  (Lancaster Mk.B.I)

Identified target visually and by PFF.  Flares and bombs cluster of green TI’s from 7500ft. A big explosion seen at 0025hrs. Attack considered successful.

 

21.05.1944
Pilot
2nd Pilot : Pilot Officer E A Law
Duisburg
HK548 KO-W

Identified target by mean of red and yellow stars, on which bombed from 22000ft without observing any results due to cloud. Fires appeared well concentrated.

22.05.1944
Pilot
Dortmund
HK548 KO-W

Identified target by means of red and green markers on which dropped bombs from 20000ft. Fires appear to be burning well.

24.05.1944
Pilot
Boulogne
HK548 KO-W

Identified target by means of  green markers on which dropped bombs from 7000ft.  Too early to assess attack.

27.05.1944
Pilot
Aachen
HK548 KO-W

Identified target by means of PFF Flares. Bombed red & green TI’s from 14000ft, markers appeared scattered.

28.05.1944
Pilot
Angers Marshalling Yards
HK548 KO-W

Indentified target visually by river and marshalling yards, bomb red TI from 9000ft.  Bombs were seen by rear gunner to fall on railway yard.

 

END OF OPERATIONAL TOUR  

There is some confusion with the number of operations flown. Group Captain C M Hanson OBE in his excellent book “By Such Deeds” records 2 operations flown with No.623 Squadron and a further 28 flown with No.115 Squadron, making a total of 30.  The ORB of No.115 Squadron records 26 operations flown, this brings  if you including the 2 operations flown with No.623 the total to 28.

Dick passed away in Auckland, New Zealand in 2007 aged 89.

The following was kindly sent to me by Dick’s daughter Andrea. The letter was sent a few years ago to another researcher Andrea kindly sent it on to me. It describes wonderfully Dick Treasure, the man, the father and Bomber Command skipper.

I write on behalf of my Father G.H.R (Dick) Treasure, FO (NZ414699) Squadron 115 RAF/RNZAF (Lancasters), who peacefully passed away on 6th January 2007 in his 89th year. Occasionally Dad had received a copy of “The Tiller” from his comrade mechanic Jack Brown & thoroughly enjoyed the catch ups from its pages – thank you for your input to this. Dad joined the NZ air force as aircrew in 1941 after completing a correspondence course in 1939 & going solo in a Tiger Moth.

In 1942 he left NZ for Ontario – Canada where he flew Harvards & got his ‘Wings’ – shortly after, flying Blenheims & Lysanders. In 1943 he left New York arriving at Greenock Port of Glasgow & on to 5 different flying stations learning to fly bigger & heavier aircraft, then training on Wellingtons . His first Squadron 623 he flew Stirlings – only 2 trips before changing to 115 Squadron at Witchford just outside Ely. He was there until 1944, when he had completed his tour of 30 sorties over Germany , including 8 to Berlin . In September 1944 he was awarded a ‘DFC’ – his citation reading – DFC: No. 115 Sqdn RAF (Lancaster) “This officer has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty”

He was then posted to a RR factory to learn more about their engines – next posting was to Fletwell where he instructed new aircrews to Lancasters – he found this very interesting. He was then sent to a station at Westcott, not far from Sheffield, where he instructed pilots as to how to get the best results from RR engines, He had his own Lancaster fitted with all sorts of things which showed how to fly, so that they could understand how to fly Lancasters most economically. – While here the war ended. In November 1945 he returned to NZ, until June 1948 when he returned to Leicester to study Textiles until 1952, again returning to NZ to work & marry the girl he had met some 6 years prior. Mum & he were married for 52 amazing years until her passing in July 2004.

Dad was a quietly confident man. Throughout his life he was utterly consistent, loyal, dependable, consciencious & so much more. His life was lived with humility & he was respected tremendously in his working, social and church life.

His final reward is in Heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

Any information on Dick will be very welcome.