Fourth from left is the owner of the photo, Sgt. Bruce Hosie, W/Op-A/G. Sixth from left is P/O Jack Bailey, who later (on his second tour with 75 (NZ) Sqdn) became O/C C Flight. The Bailey crew began on Wellingtons (first op' 26 August 1942), then converted to Stirlings in October 42. AA-V "Waikato" eventually became their regular a/c, flying 15 op's in her between 26/27 February 43 (Cologne), and 04/05 May 43 (Dortmund).
EDIT: Crew in photo listed on reverse of photo, as supplied by Peter Wheeler (see post below):
Great photos Don! There don't appear to be many around from the Stirling days so these are great to see. Cheers, Chris
Yes they are few and far between compared to the Lancaster. Peter Wheeler and the NZBCA have a few from personal collections, hopefully Peter will see this and post them.
Here are a few more of Eric Witting's crew. Some are very small thumbnails unfortunately and I don't have the originals...
This is their Navigator, Ted Anderson from Christchurch. Ted lived into his 90s and I had the pleasure of meeting him and talking about their tour on 75 Sqn. Ted narrated the 1944 film about a 75 Sqn Lancaster crew called "Maximum Effort". The crew was Uncle Eric's. It was filmed at the end of their tour in May/June 1944.
This is their Flight Engineer Sgt Reg Gunn (English) at his position in the Stirling. Reg is still alive in the UK.
This next one is a quite well known one of a 75 Sqn Stirling's tail after being shot up by a night fighter. I'm not 100% sure but this could be Eric's aircraft AA-O/EJ108 as this happened to them in Nov 43. Their tail gunner Sgt Wally Hurdle from Feilding, was killed.
This is Wally cleaning his guns on the Stirling
This is me visiting Wally's grave in Cambridge last year.
This one isn't of a 75 Sqn aircraft but it is a good shot of the groundies hard at work!
The following aren't 75 Sqn aircraft or crews but they are very rare colour photos of Stirlings
The Wichford Museum in the UK near Mepal has a lot of great 75 Sqn Stirling photos on display
The following aren't 75 Sqn aircraft either but they are of Stirlings
This unfortunately was how many Stirlings ended up!
These two are crackers!
Last Edit: Jun 10, 2013 22:09:59 GMT 12 by skyhawkdon
Post by 75nzsquadron.com on Apr 6, 2013 23:52:34 GMT 12
Don Sorry, the gears have just been turning (slowly) Kevin King mailed me last week to say a relative of the Witting crew had contacted him regarding information on the individual. Maybe give him a mail?
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Son of F/Lt. Robert Douglas 'Jock' Sommerville DFC. 75(NZ) Squadron RAF 1943 & 1945 Air Bomber with the Mayfield and Zinzan crew
many thanks for the photos. It gives me a better knowledge of the plane and of the aircrew from 75 squadron. I have attached a work in progress so you can see what I am doing also if you want to watch the progress you can see it in my face book site "artstudioofdonwilkie"
FWX and the Stirling AA-V photo, The copy I have came from Bruce Hosie's family. Here's the reverse with Bruces writing naming those in the picture
Bruce was later posted to 617 Sq. as a W/op AG. He was aboard NG180 skippered by S/L Wyness on the 7/10/44 (Krems dam raid) and was shot down into the Rhine. Four escaped into their dinghy but when they came ashore they were murdered by local Nazis and thrown back in the river. Local villages downstream buried them and they were later interred in different cemeteries. He was on his 69th operational flight. A particularly nasty episode and a tragic end.
Thanks Peter, I think that would date the photo at 28 April 43, when the Bailey crew flew a Minelaying (‘Gardening’) op' off Helgoland. Four out of the 8 Stirlings from 75 (NZ) Sqdn failed to return that night. Great to have all the crew members identified in the photo - harvard1041 will be interested, if he hasn't already seen this. Cheers, Chris