James Leonard AWMM
Also known as
- NZ404946 AWMM
- WWII 404946 AWMM
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- Remembered on the Ashburton War Memorial. AWMM
- Stirling Mk.III EH889 AA-Z of 75 Squadron took off at 23.48 on 22nd of June 1943 from RAF Newmarket. The mission to bomb the German city of Mulheim. 557 aircraft were involved in this operation. 35 were lost, 4 from 75 Squadron.
EH889 piloted by F/Lt Thomas Fraser McCrorie DFC was shot down at 00.26 hrs by a night-fighter, flown by Oblt. Lothar Linke, of IV/NJG1 and crashed into the IJsselmeer. The crew were -
Pilot F/Lt Thomas Fraser McCrorie DFC RAFVR
Flight Engineer Sgt Eric Grainger RAFVR
Navigator P/O William Stuckey M.I.D. RAFVR
Bomb/Aimer Sgt James Leonard Richards R.N.Z.A.F.
Wireless/operator W.O.2 Robert Earnest Tod. D.F.M. R.C.A.F.
Air Gunner W.O.2 Richard Douglas Tod. R.C.A.F.
Air Gunner Sgt Raymond Anthony Kennedy RAFVR
Five bodies of the crew were recovered from the IJsselmeer during July. The 23 year old Tod twins are buried at Medemblik General Cemetery. F/Lt T. F. McCrorie is buried at Hemelumer-Oldeferd [Molkwerum] Protestant Churchyard. Sgt R. A. Kennedy lies in Wieringermeer [Middenmeer] General Cemetery. P/O W. Stuckey rests in Wonseradeel [Makkum] Protestant Churchyard. The bodies of the flight engineer Sgt Eric Grainger and New Zealand bomb-aimer Sgt James Richards were never found and they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial which is situated near Windsor in the UK. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 22 August 2017 - Website : 626 Squadron : Wartime Texel by Willem Jong.
- Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
- Ashburton War Memorial, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM
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James Leonard Richards has a very proud great great great nephew, who was born in Adelaide in 2014, named James in his honor.
Public - Erin - Other relative - 24 January 2017
- Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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
|22 August 2017||Jenifer||Wairarapa||Researcher||
|24 January 2017||Erin||Adelaide Australia||Other relative||
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