Also known as
- NZ427185 AWMM
- WWII 427185 AWMM
16 January 1917 AWMM AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre Nov 1940 AWMM 15 Garfield Street, Brooklyn, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Matilda Callow (mother), 15 Garfield Street, Brooklyn, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 30 October 1942 AWMM Single AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Height, Unknown Period AWMM
5 feet 7 inches AWMM
- Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
- Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
scars right knee and left index finger AWMM
- Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
Horace Callow was the son of William Brideson Callow and Matilda Callow, of Brooklyn, Wellington.
Two sons, brothers Horace Callow (NZ427185) and Douglas William Callow (RNZNVR) were killed in the war.
Initial Training Wing in Rotorua on the 11 July 1942, rank of AC2 ACH (AMD) but was reclassified to LAC on 6 August 1942
2 April 1943 he was awarded the Air Observer badge and commissioned in the rank of Pilot Officer.
Posted 26 August to No1 “Y” depot Halifax, Nova Scotia for embarkation to the United Kingdom arriving on 1 September 1943.
Promoted to Flying Officer on 2 October 1943
Further training advanced navigation 1943
Posted on 16 November 1943 to No11 Operational Training Unit, Westcott, Buckinghamshire for crewing up and completion of his training on Wellington bomber aircraft
Names of original crew members, New Zealanders Gerald Brian Roche (NZ413219); Horace Callow (NZ427185); W.E. McGee (NZ427902);Keith Emmett Smith (NZ425179) and the remainder H. Dowding ; J.P. Barson (1324529); Joseph Armstrong (1684332) all listed in Fisher manuscript
Flying Wellington Bombers on operation began 1944. First flight leafletting Cherbourg, France
28 April 1944 the crew were posted on 28 April 1944 to No1651 Conversion Unit, Waterbeach, Cambridge
19 June 1944 posted to No 75 (NZ) Bomber squadron based at Mepal, Cambridge
Operations: 24/25 June 1944 Lancaster. Target -V1 Flying Bomb site – Rimeux France
28 June 1944. Lancaster Target - V1 Flying Bomb site – Biennais, France
9 July 1944 Lancaster Target - V1 Flying Bomb site – Linzieux, France – daylight Mission
10 July 1944 Lancaster Target - V1 Flying Bomb Storage site – Nucourt, France – Daylight Mission
12 July 1944 Lancaster Target - Vaires, France –Marshalling yards – Daylight Mission
15/16 July 1944 Lancaster Target - V1 Flying Bomb site – Bois de Jardine, France
18 July 1944 Lancaster I Target - Cagny, France – Army Support – Dawn mission
18/19 July 1944 Lancaster I Target - Aulnoye, France – Aircraft Works
Final Mission: 21/21 July 1944 raid on an oil plant at Homberg, Germany. Flying Officer Horace Callow was the Navigator on a Lancaster which was brought down over the Netherlands, crashing near Heythuysen.
He posted as Missing on Air Operations 20/21 July 1944, reclassified as Missing believed Killed in October 1944.
Originally buried in the Communal Cemetery at Heythuysen - Grave 4 near Weert Holland
Memorial to the five crew who lost their lives on the night of 21 July 1944 dedicated on 13 November 2003
Detailed account of military service and the fatal crash is found in the Manuscript prepared by N Fisher.
Manuscript "In memory of Flying Officer Horace Callow and the crew of RAF 75 (NZ) Squadron Lancaster Bomber ME752 AA-Z lost in Action 21 July 1944." Unpublished by Noel Fisher 2007 on file. Lambert, M. (2003, 15 November). [Dedication .]. Dominion Post. AWMM
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This year, Brooklyn Scouts will be attending the Dawn Parade in Wellington, and also the Brooklyn Community Anzac Service, as we have done each year for many years. At the Brooklyn Service, we will be offering a floral tribute, made up by the Scouts themselves, in memory of Horace Callow, as Scout and Scout Master of Brooklyn 1909 Group.
I hope that you can pass on to other members of your family that Horace is actively remembered by the Brooklyn Scout Group community. If any of you would like to see the hall, and the photo of Horace, please let us know. Our website is www.brooklynscouts.org.nz
Kind regards, Denise
Public - Denise - 24 April 2015
Hello Carolyn and other members of the Callow family.
I am a scout leader at the Brooklyn 1909 Scout Group in Harrison St, Brooklyn. Our hall dates from 1931 and we understand that Horace was among the scouts who first used the hall when it opened. Horace went on to be a Scout Master, and we believe he held that role until he departed for military service.
Our Scout Hall features a beautifully framed photograph of Horace in Air Force uniform, and on the reverse of the photo we have a brief story about Horace, and his military service; kindly put together by one of the Scout Leaders from the 1990s.
Each year when we tell the Anzac story to our Scouts, we acknowledge Horace Callow, and recognise his service as an example of living out the Scout Promise "on my honour, I promise to do my best, to do my duty to my God, the [King] and my country.......
This year, Brooklyn Scouts will b
Public - Denise - 24 April 2015
I leave a tribute to my Uncle Horace who I never met, but who I feel I know as I have many letters written to my family during the war. It must have been so sad for my Grandmother Matilda to lose two sons (Horace and Douglas) in WW11 with just my father Norman coming home.
Public - Carolyn - Other Relative - 30 January 2015
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The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
- This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
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