RNZAF Air Gunner Log Book Grouping KIA
WW2, RNZAF Log Book Grouping to a Stirling Bomber Air Gunner, who was Killed In Action.
F/Sgt A.G. Bernard flew with 75 Squadron based at RAF Mepal, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
Part of a new crew which recently joined the Squadron he flew on Operation's over France & Germany in October 1943.
Successful Operations in October 43, then progressed with further Op's into November.
His Final operation was to the 'Big City' Berlin, on 22nd Nov. 43.
He was flying as Rear Gunner in the crew of Pilot F/Sgt A.R. Single. They were flying in Stirling MkIII LJ 453 (AA-K).
Taking off at 5.14pm with three other 75 squadron Stirling's, the four heavy bombers made their way to Berlin via the carefully planned flight path.
One of the four bombers turned back to base early owing to Oxygen failure, whilst the others pressed onto the aiming point. They all bombed this with varying results due to 10/10ths cloud over the target.
On the return trip two of the three remaining 75 Squadron Stirling's were shot down (probably by German Night Fighters) F/Sgt. Bernard's aircraft being in one of them.
Sadly he and all of his crew were killed.
His Log book lists all of his training flights, and then onto the four operational flights.
The book is well written and has about 20 pages of entries.
Found amongst some of the empty pages are a number of dried out four leaf clover's, sadly of no luck to F/S Bernard.
The book's cover is a little worn, but otherwise it is in a very good condition.
It comes with an 'official' New Zealand Forces Archive folder.
This has a wealth of documents and photos relating to F/S Bernard.
Every single piece of Air Force documentation held in his file has been copied, some in colour, which is unheard of when researching RAF aircrew!
A fascinating group to a brave wartime airman.