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Newton, Norman Thomas

    Date of death:
    December 16th, 1943
    Buried on:
    Commonwealth War Graves Protestant Churchyard Heemskerk
    Plot: 1. Grave: 308.
    Service number:
    N.Z.416526
    Nationality:
    New Zealander (1907-1947, Dominion UK)

    Biography

    Service number: 416526
    Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)

    On 16 December 1943 at 17:12 departed from RAF-Witchford, Lancaster DS835 with the mission: a bombing raid on Berlin. The aircraft was part of a formation of 483 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos. DS835 crashed down for unknown reasons in Heemskerk in which all crew members lost their lives. The losses during this successful raid which destroyed a large part of the city centre of Berlin were high. Over 50 Lancasters were lost due to attacks from German fighters, flak guns and the heavy cloud cover during the return flight.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Pilot Officer
    Unit:
    No. 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    January 21st, 1944
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

    Sources

    • Photo 1: TracesOfWar.com
    • - Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36341 published on the 18 January 1944
      - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
      - RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: 1943 v. 4, W.R. Corley
      - The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book, 1939-45, Chris Everitt

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