Norman Bradford AWMM
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WWII NZ40364 AWMM
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- Son of Walter Bradford Bluck and of Eileen Maud Bluck (nee Atchison), of Otorohanga, Auckland, New Zealand.
At the time of his death, Bluck was flying in Bomber Command. AWMM
- Norman Bradford BLUCK was a Pilot Officer and flew a Stirling bomber AA-K with 75 (NZ) Squadron. The aircraft had the personal number EH-902 and was lost on 24th June, 1943. The crew was composed of three New Zealanders-in addition to Bluck the navigator was James Brett COOKSEY of Dargaville NZ/416460, Geoffrey Walter Strong NZ/413905 of Christchurch. The other members of the crew were the tail gunner Sgt. Douglas Armitage 1434609 RAFVR; Flight Engineer Sgt. John William GILLARD 938834 RAFVR; Air Gunner & Wireless Operator Sgt. Michael Kendlan 1072258 RAFVR ; Air Gunner Sgt. Lesley Ronald CANT 1397680 RAFVR.
The aircraft was based at Newmarket, a former racecourse and took off for a target of Wuppental in the Ruhr-probably a ball-bearing factory was the target.
Norman BLUCK was trained in New Zealand and sent straight to the UK with a group of pilots. In the mid Atlantic their ship the MV Waiwera was torpedoed and they spent four days in stormy conditions in lifeboats before being rescued by a Norwegian freighter and landed in New York. I have a personal account by the Captain of the Waiwera as to the circumstances of the sinking. Norman's relations have his log book which I have copied. The Stirling was almost certainly shot down by ground flak and all the bodies were washed up on the Dutch Coast and are buried there. I
I have more detailed information and I am currently trying to find out more about James Brett Cooksey but have so far (March 2015)been unable to find any living relatives. Public - Roger William - Researcher - 20 March 2015 - Many sources- His personal log book, contact with the nephew of Douglas Armitage. Person records of the Strong family. The war record personal files held at Defence HQ for both Geoffrey Walter STRONG and Norman Bradford BLUCK. Details from various reseachers on the fate of MV Waiwera etc. Papers Past. The 75 (NZ) Squadron on line.
24 June 1943 AWMM
Age 23 AWMM
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Vlissingen Northern Cemetery, Flushing, Zeeland, Netherlands AWMM Row F. Grave 12. AWMM
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we are family of seargeanty kendlan who flew on this mission and was killed we were trying to find out about his death
Public - les - 17 August 2015
- Chorley, W. (1996). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1943 (Vol. 4). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
- Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
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|20 March 2015||Roger William||Mangatarata R.D.6 Thames 3576||Researcher||
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