Flying Officer Noel Robert Shakespeare Humphreys RNZAF MiD

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Flying Officer N R S Humphreys RNZAF

Dad & Noel Glasgow station

Noel Humphreys RNZAF and his fighter pilot brother James stand in the goods yard of Glasgow Station. Two brother thousands of miles from home fighting for King and country.
Via Penny Humphreys.

Crew                                     : Flying Officer  Robert Noel Shakespeare  HUMPHREYS RNZAF

Service Number                    : 414630

Awards                                 : MiD

Awarded                             : 1943

Citation                                : For Meritorious service with 623 Squadron

Squadron (s)                      : No.218 – No.623 Squadron

Known Movements

I.T.W Levin

No.3 Elementary Flying Training School

No.2 Service Flying Training Scholl

No.3 Personnel Recruitment Centre

No.1517 Blind Approach Training Unit

No.26 Operational Training Unit

No.1651 Conversion Unit                                : 29th April 1943

No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron                       : 31st May 1943

No.623 Squadron                                            : August 10th 1943

Promotions

Pilot Officer                                                    : 24th April 1942

Flying Officer                                                  : 1st October 1943

Operations Flown with No.218 Squadron

20.06.1943

Mining

Deodors

EH878 HA-I

Duty Carried out. Three mines   dropped.

21.06.1943

1st Pilot ; Flight Lieutenant H.L   Saunders

2nd    Pilot

Krefeld

EH878 HA-I

Visibility   good, no cloud.  Could not identify any   ground detail. Aircraft held previous to bombing while running in on Red TI Markers.  Considerable smoke seen. 2 bundles of Nickels dropped. Bomb load: 990 x 4lb   IB + 96 x 30lb IB.

23.06.1943

Pilot

Mining

Deodors

EH878 HA-I

Duty   carried Out: three mines dropped.

24.06.1943

Pilot

Wuppertal (Elderfeld)

EH878 HA-I

Bombed on Red   TI’s concentration. Blaze seen with a lot of smoke up to about 7000ft. Bomb   Load; 990 x 4lb IB + 96 x 30lb IB

13.07.1943

Pilot

Aachen

EH878 HA-I

Bombed on   Red TI Markers from 13,000ft in 9/10th thick cloud. Fires seen   through cloud. First yellow TI probably a little west of position given. Bomb   Load; 990 x 4lb IB + 96 x 30lb IB

24.07.1943

Pilot

Hamburg (Operation   Gomorrah)

EH878 HA-I

Aiming   point not identified . Bombed from 16000ft. Very concentrated effort. Fires   going well, attack very successful.    Bomb Load ; 1 x 2000lb + 360 x 4lb IB + 90 x 4lb IB + 48 x 30lb IB.

 25.07.1943

Pilot

Essen

EH878 HA-I

Attacked   from 14,000ft on Red TI Markers. Large concentration of heavy bombs and fires   over town. Bomb load ; 1 x 2000lb + 1 x 500lb + 630 x 4lb IB + 56 x 30lb IB.

27.07.1943

Pilot

Hamburg (Operation Gomorrah)

EH878 HA-I

Attacked   from 16000ft on Green TI. Good concentration of fires and smoke. Large   explosion at 0115hrs. Bomb load; 630 x 4lb IB + 90 x 4lb IB + 80 x 30lb IB.

29.07.1943

Pilot

Hamburg (Operation  Gomorrah)

EH878 HA-I

Bombed from   15,500ft on a cluster of 3 Green TI’s. Bomb Load; 720 x 4lb IB + 80 x 30lb   IB. 

30.07.1943

Pilot

Remscheid

EH878 HA-I

Bombed from   16000ft on Red TI’s. Fires well concentrated around TI’s. Bomb load : 810 x   4lb IB + 96 x 30lb IB

02.08.1943

Pilot

Hamburg (Operation   Gomorrah)

EH878 HA-I

Jettisoned in Nirdlum area Icing conditions bad. Incendiaries seen burning on   ground.  Bomb load : 720 x 4lb IB + 80   x 30lb IB. 

Humphries 218

A poor quality photograph depicting the crew at the rear exit door of EH878 HA-I. It was in this aircraft that the crew failed to return from Mannheim.

 

Operations Flown with   No.623 Squadron

12.08.1942

 Pilot

Turin (Italy)

EH878 IC-I

Attacked   from 16000ft  on Green TI’s Bomb Load   450 x 4lb IB + 56 x 30lb IB.

16.08.1943

Pilot

Turin

EH878 HA-I

Hazy over   target. Medium flak. Bomb burst in built up area. Two aircraft seen to go   down at 48.02N-00.57E. Bomb Load 2 x 1000lb + 4 x 500lb

23.08.1943

Pilot

BERLIN

EH878 IC-I

Attacked   target from 15000ft. Bombed Green TI’s. Whole area around TI’s appeared to be   burning, one larger explosion. Bomb Load: 450 x 4lb IB + 56 x 30lb IB

27.08.1943

Pilot

Nuremburg

EH878 IC-I

Visibility   good. Built up area identified and TI Green bombed. Scattered fires and not   many of them were reported. Photoflash dropped off in sea. Bomb Load : 540 x   4lb IB +  48 x 30lb IB

30.08.1943

Pilot

Munchen Gladbach

EH878 IC-I

Cloud 5/10th   clear patch over target. No ground details identified. Bombed on Red TI   markers. Bomb Load : 1080 x 4lb IB +    96 x 30lb IB

 31.08.1943

Pilot

BERLIN

EH878 IC-I

Cloud 6/10th   about 9000ft all the way. Ground details not identified. Bombed between two Red   TI’s with some Green close by. Not many fires-some undershoots. Bomb Load:   450 x 4lb IB + 56 x 30lb IB

05.09.1943

Pilot

Mannheim

EH878 IC-I

1948hrs – Missing

Notes

Short Stirling EH878 IC-I was shot down at 00.45hrs by Lt Karl-Heinz Augenstein of 7./NJG1 over Roeder-Schonborn.

EH878 crashed in a field close to a small woods at “Latscherberg” near Schonborn. Hans Gunther Ploes a long time friend and historian questioned the local Mayor of Schonborn about the crash site in the late 1990’s.  The Mayor as a child of five could remember four holes in the ground were the Hercules engines had impacted. He also remembered that the Stirling was flying very low and that it somersaulted and disintegrated when hitting the ground. One of the crew was found on the 6th. Sergeant Bull had bailed out too low, the body was found with the unopened parachute impaled on the branch of a tree in the nearby valley of “Kauerbachtal”. Of the five other members only six parts were found. Sergeant Robinson the only survivor was reported to have been captured at the nearby railway station at Kirchberg-Simmern. .

While on route to Canada was torpedoed in the Atlantic on June 29th 1942 at 04.10hrs aboard “Waiwera “by U-754, rescued by Norwegian vessel Oregon Express. Flew on two operations with No.1651 Conversion Unit while under training, to Duisburg and Bochum.

While training with No.26 OTU was involved in a crash landing when the engine of Vickers Wellington IC R1628 caught fire two minutes after takeoff at 212hrs on April 9th 1943.Wellington crashed at White House midway between the village of Thornborough and Buckingham. Flying Officer Humphreys was injured in the crash.