Flight Sergeant Reginald Vivian Love RNZAF

Flight Sergeant Love RNZAFa

Flight Sergeant Vivian Love RNZAF 21-year-old from Dannevirke, New Zealand.

 

Crew                     :  Flight Sergeant  Reginald Vivian Love

Service No          :  392049 RNZAF

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Flight Sergeant

Postings              

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

Operations

No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market

25.09.1943

Pilot

Mining

Nectarines I

EF499 IC-K

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”

03.10.1943

Pilot  Wing Commander Wynne-Powel  C/O No.623 Squadron

2nd Pilot

Kassel

BF568 IC-B

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.

17.10.1943

Pilot

Mining

Nectarines

LJ443 IC-J

Veg planted duty carried out. Flight Sergeant Love reported that his fourth mine exploded on impact with the water.

07.11.1943

Pilot

Mining

Deodors

EF156 IC-E

Take-off 22.55hrs – FTR

 Cause of loss unknown. 

 The crew are all recorded on the walls of the Runnymede Memorial