No 489 Squadron Flew From RAF Langham - a Memory of Langham.

A commemorative brass plaque in the church of St Andrew and St Mary, Langham was erected in memory of these men of 489 Torpedo Bomber Squadron RNZAF (and their comrades in other Coastal Command Squadrons) who were killed in action whilst based at Langham

The No 489 Squadron personnel were:

20 April 1944 – Den Helder

 152293 Fg. Off.  Robert Lawrence WHITE RAFVR
 123025 Fg. Off. Brinley Edward STOURTON RAFVR

14 May 1944 - Patrol Listafjord to Okso Light area, Norway

 NZ415780 Fg. Off. Ivan. Alfred. PETTITT; RNZAF
 151519 Fg. Off.  Charles Harris LOWCOCK RAFVR

19 May 1944 - Anti E-boat patrol

 NZ417145    Plt Off. James Alan Skirrow WRIGHT, RNZAF.
 142554        Fg. Off. William Hugh Iain. CAMERON; RAFVR.
 151384       Fg. Off. Laurie Aubrey WRIGHT RAFVR
 1579216    Flt Sgt Robert MACQUAKER (sic) RAFVR

5 Jun 1944 - Dual pilot day training
  89825 Sqn Ldr Stanley William KELLOW, DFC; RAFVR
  NZ414958 Fg. Off. Douglas Launcelot Blackmore CHAPMAN, RNZAF.
  Fg. Off. Sydney FREEMAN RAFVR

14 June 1944 - Holland

 1395012 Flt. Sgt. Thomas Ramsay CLEGG RAFVR

17 Jun 1944 - Anti E-Boat patrol between Gravelines, France, and Hook, the Netherlands

NZ412005 Sqn Ldr Frederick (Derek) Kingsmill MOYNIHAN, DFC, RNZAF
151624 Fg. Off. Cyrus Ralph POLLARD, RAFVR

30 Jul 1944 - Shipping strike off Southern Norway

  NZ413516 Warr. Off William Robert TUCK, RNZAF
  NZ425319 Flt Sgt Francis Magnus LARNACH, RNZAF

8 Aug l944 - Wing attack on convoy off Egersund, Norway

 NZ417058 Fg. Off. Ronald John Wilson HEY, RNZAF
 NZ425977 Flt. Sgt. Gerald Royce CLEMENS, RNZAF
 No 151832 Fg. Off. Frederick Ellis SPINK RAFVR

10 August 1944 – near Kiel

 171580 Fg. Off. Douglas John FRICKER, RAFVR
 141844 Fg. Off. William Robertson WOODCOCK, RAFVR

25 Sep 1944 - Joint anti-shipping strike off Den Helder, Netherlands

NZ421756 Warr. Off.  Mervyn John Lyndon PHELAN, RNZAF

For a limited time, a copy of a history of this Squadron is now available to former 489 Squadron personnel, or their next of kin - Further information is avaiable from

A memory shared by David Burrowes on May 16th, 2007. Send David Burrowes a message

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