Who flew MH434?

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Alfred  William  Burge  DFC  

In 1944 MH434 was transferred to 350 Sqn. Hornchurch, before being returned to 222 Sqn. Lardner Burke had by now been posted on, and the aircraft was next assigned to Flt Sgt Alfred ‘Bill’ Burge. He flew another 12 operational sorties in the aircraft before the Squadron’s existing Mk IXs were exchanged for a modified variant that could carry rockets. After over 80 operational sorties, MH434 was stood down in March 1945.

MH434?

 

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A reader added a  comment…

Bill Burge remained in the UK as a squadron leader on secondment to the RAF, and stayed on as a test pilot until the late 1940s. He moved back to NZ with his English wife and finished up as chief air traffic controller at Auckland airport. He moved to the Gold Coast in the early 90s and lives in Runaway Bay, where he still fends for himself, aged 95.

The pilot who shot down Godfrey Alan McKoy on 26 January 1943

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He never stood  a chance…

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http://www.luftwaffe.cz/gallandw.html

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Wilhelm-Ferdinand “Wutz” Galland

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Wilhelm-Ferdinand “Wutz” Galland was born on 23 October 1914 at Bochum. He enlisted in the Luftwaffe in 1935 serving with a flak regiment. Galland participated in the invasion of the Low Countries and France with a flak regiment before volunteering for flight training at the end of 1940. He competed operational training with Ergänzungsgruppe/JG 26 and reported to II./JG 26 on 27 June 1941. JG 26 was under command of his brother Adolf Galland (104 victories, RK-Br). His younger brother Paul Galland (17 victories, killed in action 31 October 1942) was also serving with the unit. Assigned to 6./JG 26, “Wutz” scored his first victory on 23 July 1941, shooting down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Hesdin. By the end of 1941 his victory total had climbed to three. On 5 May 1942, Galland was appointed Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 26. He had eight victories to his credit. On 2 June, he claimed two Spitfires shot down over the Somme Estuary to record his ninth and 10th victories. Galland recorded his 20th victory on 4 December when he shot down another Spitfire near Boulogne. His score had risen to 21 by the end of 1942. Hauptmann Galland was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 26 on 3 January 1943. On 13 January he claimed a Spitfire shot down, but, it was, in fact, a 6th Staffel Bf 109G-4 piloted by Unteroffizier Johann Irlinger. The mistaken identification of the Messerschmitt for a Spitfire cost Irlinger his life. The incident was cleaned up for the official records… On 28 January, Galland received the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold for 24 victories. He recorded his 30th victory on 15 February, when he shot down a Spitfire near Ramsgate. Galland was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 18 May 1943 for 35 victories.

Godfrey Alan McKoy was his 24th victory.

Memories from the past – Who did not come back?

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Royal New Zealand Air Force:

+(414651) Godfrey Alan McKoy,

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+(414721) Harry Keith Williams,

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+(414677) Arthur Lyall Ray,

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+(41430) Bruce Mackenzie Hirstich,

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 Died 20 February 1943

+(413858) Maurice Carson Jolly,

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+ (414380) Douglas Robert Bannerman,

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+(413875) Frederick Thomas Martyn,

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+(414664) Andrew George Patterson Newman,

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+(414278) Raymond Cyril Going,

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+(414321) Mervyn Jack Mills – 132 Sqn.;

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LAC Mervyn Jack Mills

+(41141) Jack McRae Brigham – 243 Sqn.;

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More  information  in French  here. 

http://www.nordlittoral.fr/pays-de-calais/hommage-au-pilote-godfrey-alan-mckoy-ia0b0n65542

La vie de Godfrey Alan McKoy

Godfrey MCKoy est né le 1er septembre 1920, à New Plymouth, sur l’île du Nord en Nouvelle- Zélande. Il est l’aîné de 4 frères. Sportif, il travaille comme commis aux écritures aux postes et télégraphes. En septembre 1940, il postule pour servir dans la Royal New Zealand Air Force, comme opérateur radio, car il pratique couramment le morse.
Le 17 août 1941, il signe son engagement, et ses bons résultats généraux le désignent comme élève pilote dès la fin du mois de septembre. Il apprend les rudiments du pilotage dans son pays natal, avant d’embarquer le 17 novembre pour le Canada afin de poursuivre sa formation. Le 27 mars 1942, il reçoit son insigne de pilote et une promotion au grade de Sergent. Il arrive le 13 mai de la même année en Angleterre, et continue de se former sur le Super Marine “Spitfire “.
Le 6 octobre le Sergent McKoy, surnommé Bill par ses camarades d’escadrille, est affecté au No, 64 Squadron de la Royal Air Force, basé à Fairiop dans l’Essex, et dans l’escadrille “A “dirigée par le Flight Lieutenant Mike Donnet (ce dernier, devenu général après la guerre, est décédé il y a à peine 6 mois). Avec cette unité, “Bill “McKoy prend part à 11 missions opérationnelles souvent réalisées dans le ciel du Nord – Pas-de-Calais. D’après le journal des opérations pour la mission du 26 janvier 1943, il était noté : « à 11h50 (heure anglaise) le Squadron (12 avions) décolle pour la mission Circus 256, franchit la côte française à dix milles à l’Est de Dunkerque, à 19 000 pieds, pour survoler Dixmude puis de là vers Saint-Omer à 23 000 pieds, où trois avions ennemis sont aperçus derrière et à la même altitude, et douze autres à 13 000 pieds. Le commandant emmène les sections Rouge et Charlie vers les trois avions ennemis, tandis que George Mason attaque les douze de manière propre et nette. Les trois ennemis parviennent à nous échapper, tandis que nous réussissons notre attaque surprise sur les douze et George Mason en détruit un, le Sgt Burnard en endommage un autre. Le S/L Corkett, le F/L Charles et le 2nd Lt Lindseth ont tiré de bonnes rafales. Triste à dire que personne n’a vu ce qui était arrivé au sergent McKoy qui n’est pas rentré. Le Squadron s’est posé à Manston, a pris un déjeuner rapide, et dix avions ont décollé de nouveau à 15h50… » Par l’intermédiaire de la Croix-Rouge Internationale, les Allemands informent les alliés que le sergent McKoy a perdu la vie et qu’il a été inhumé au cimetière militaire des Bruyères, à Saint-Omer, le 29 janvier. Il y repose encore de nos jours. Il totalisait 310 heures de vol comme pilote. Ce jour-là, Bill McKoy est tombé sous les balles d’un as allemand, le Hauptmann Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, qui revendique sa 24e victoire, à 6 ou 7 kilomètres au Nord-Ouest de Watten, à 12h52. Le Spitfire de Godfrey Alan McKoy, qui volait en tant que “Charlie 4 “, s’écrasait à Ruminghem, dans le bois à quelques centaines de mètres de la Chapelle Saint-Antoine. Le jeune Yves Tilly, âgé d’à peine 17 ans à l’époque, parvient à se rendre sur place. Il y trouvera quelques débris, dont un morceau de bakélite marqué des lettres T.Y., ses propres initiales.
Source : Historique réalisé par l’Association Antiq’Air. Flandre-Artois 

Memories from the past – How many came back?

Royal New Zealand Air Force:

(414667) Albert James ‘Jimmy’ Osborne – 165/185 Sqns.;

Arthur David Leese,

(414238) Alfred William Burge DFC),

George T. Couttie,

+(414651) Godfrey Alan McKoy,

+(414721) Harry Keith Williams,

+(414677) Arthur Lyall Ray,

+(41430) Bruce Mackenzie Hirstich,

+(413858) Maurice Carson Jolly,

+ (414380) Douglas Robert Bannerman,

+(413875) Frederick Thomas Martyn,

+(414664) Andrew George Patterson Newman,

+(414278) Raymond Cyril Going,

+(414321) Mervyn Jack Mills – 132 Sqn.;

+(41141) Jack McRae Brigham – 243 Sqn.;

R.R. Horo,

(414330) Vincent Orr;

(413924) Roger Wing;

Stewart Matthews – 45 Sqn.;

Thomas (David) Stewart – 165/185 Sqns.,

James E. Shields,

Thomas Alexander,

Wallace M. Sampson,

Raymond J. Hetherington,

Raymond S. Campbell,

James J. McMath – 110 Sqn.;

(George?) J.N. Buchanan,

(414689) David Gordon Simpson – DFC 603/143 Sqns.;

(414645) Jeffrey Maxwell McCarrison – 254 Sqn.;

Warren P. Bennett;

(414374) William Frank Bern – 64 Sqn.

Sailed from Auckland November 17, 1941 aboard the S.S. Monterey to San Francisco.

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1940s Postcard:- Bearing the flag of the Royal Mail Ship/RMS Monterey passes under Sydney harbour bridge.

My father, together with enlisted men with the RAAF, boarded the SS Monterey in Sydney on November 13, 1941. The SS Monterey was a South Pacific cruise ship and the men travelled as ordinary passengers, calling into port at Auckland, Fiji, Samoa, and Hawaii and San Francisco where they disembarked and travelled onto Vancouver, Canada, then by rail to their training camps.

The United States had not entered the war at this time. Pearl Harbour was bombed on the morning of December 7, 1941 by Japanese aircraft. On 16 December 1941 the SS Monterey travelled to Hawaii with troops, and returned with 800 casualties of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Extract from website – In the 1920s and 1930s ocean liners reached a peak of expansion and the great Matson line built the Monterey and her maiden voyage was on 3rd June 1932. She and the Mariposa inaugurated the new South Pacific service from San Francisco to Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. After her years with Matson Line she continued in service for a variety of owners before sinking off South Africa in 2000 while under tow to the ship breakers.

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March 27 1942

The Silent Secretary where R J Hetherington’s name is mentioned.

Lest We Forget

This comment made yesterday made me think about the diary. She’s a blogger who is writing a blog about her father.

Every history needs to be recorded, every story told – I can’t stress that enough to my readers and I know you do as well.

I will take her advice, but I will start slow with Lawrence Walton Montague’s diary.

Here goes…

Partying was part of a cadet’s life.

I read it in Art Sager’s book Saturday night, so I think I can safely post this diary page.

This is the entry for March 25, 1942. Lawrence will soon get his wings at No. 6 SFTS Dunnville.

March 25 1942

No disrespectful remarks made on this page.

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Tonight was the glorious party.

As usual everyone got stupidly drunk and made silly asses of themselves. Sometimes I wonder if I am missing a lot by not drinking.

Old George Watson was stupidly funny…

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