Crew : Flight Sergeant Reginald Vivian Love
Service No : 392049 RNZAF
15 (P)AFU : 08.04.1943
No.11 O.T.U : 01.06.1943
No.1651 H.C.U : 19.08.1943
No.623 Squadron : 16.09.1943
No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market
This aircraft jettisoned three mines and in an attempt to land at end of return trip aircraft overshot the runway. The under-carriage collapsed. Three mines were still under the aircraft.
1. Aircraft landed in field beyond the airfield. None of the crew was injured.
2. Crew were unable to obtain Gee fix. Three mines jettisoned safe 53.08N-02.52E
3. EF499 built by Short Brothers (Rochester / Marston) SoC with 23hrs 30 minute flying time.1st operation.
4. The AM Form 1180 blames the pilot “ a clear case of carelessness”
Pilot Wing Commander Wynne-Powel C/O No.623 Squadron
Aircraft arrived over target area at 21.25hrs. The visibility was hazy and ground detail obscured by smoke from the many fires. The target was bombed on a concentrated cluster of Green TI Markers. Wing Commander Wynne Powell reported that the spoof was Hannover was excellent. He could see the fighters going “HELL FOR LEATHER” for Hannover. No trouble at Kassel. As the aircraft left target area could be seen burning quite well.
Veg planted duty carried out. Flight Sergeant Love reported that his fourth mine exploded on impact with the water.
Take-off 22.55hrs – FTR
Cause of loss unknown.
The crew are all recorded on the walls of the Runnymede Memorial