Sergeant

Frederick Robert West

Conflict: 
WW2
Additional Information: 

Son of James Ernest and Sophia West, of Taihoa, Auckland, New Zealand.

References:
  • CWGC
NZ WAR GRAVES

Public Contributions:

Submitted by: Willem de Jong
Relationship to casualty: None - WW2 air war researcher, as volunteer (in the Netherlands)
Their bomber, Vickers Wellington (Mk. 1C) R1410 off 12 OTU (RAF station Chipping Warden, in Northamptonshire, in the UK), and still flying with codes / marks of No. 311 Czech Sqdn. (KX-'M' ... Read More
Their bomber, Vickers Wellington (Mk. 1C) R1410 off 12 OTU (RAF station Chipping Warden, in Northamptonshire, in the UK), and still flying with codes / marks of No. 311 Czech Sqdn. (KX-'M' for Marie), was already hit by Flak, over the target zone (Bremen city, NW Germany); intercepted / downed later by a Luftwaffe night-fighter (Messerschmitt Bf.-110G), stationed at nearby 'Fliegerhorst' Leeuwarden, flown by Major Kurt Holler + crew, of Stab III. / NJG. 2, altough attached then to 11. / NJG. 2, operating then inside the 'Raum' (rader range area) of Luftwaffe ground control centre 'Tiger', situated nearby West-Terschelling habour village, on Terschelling island (in Germ. occupied Friesland, the Netherlands). After the attack their 'Wimpey' bomber ditched into the North Sea, off Terschelling island, on Friday 26th of June 1942, ca. 03.37 hrs. (local time), in which happening all 5 airmen (members of the Sgt. J.T. Shapcott crew) were lost; 2 of them found later a decent grave at nearby islands of the (NL) West Frisian Chain - P/O. P. Morris at Den Burg village (Gen. Cemetery on the Kogerstraat), on Texel isle, and Sgt. R.H. Smith at Nes village (Gen. Cemetery on the Bramerduinenpad), on Ameland isle - while the other men in fact are still missing today (mentioned at the Runnymede Memorial, Cooper's Hill, Surrey, UK), like Sgt. F.R. West. He is mentioned also 'at home', via the Memorial Centre Hall, the local WW2 plaque there, on Tainui Street, in down town Matamata, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand. And on Ameland isle, in the Gen. Cemetery, he is mentioned too via the Memorial Bench, nearby the Allied war graves in the Plot of Honour, and near the Cross of Sacrifice. More details and pictures are stored in my own digital archive, together with found / collected family information.


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
411797
Name:
Frederick Robert West
Rank: 
Sergeant
Date of Birth:
Not known
Next of Kin: 
James Ernest and Sophia West of Auckland, New Zealand (parents)
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Armed Force: 
Air Force
Unit:
Royal New Zealand Air Force

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Date of Death:
26 June 1942
Day of Death:
Friday
Age at Death: 
26
Conflict: 
WW2

Embarkation Details

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
Panel 118.
Cemetery Location: 
United Kingdom
Frederick Robert West
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