NEVE, Desmond Roderick


No.955436, Sgt (Flt Eng), Desmond Roderick NEVE
Aged 20

76 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in Action on Saturday, 9th May 1942

He was born in Derby on the 2nd of January 1922, the son of Walter and Gertrude C NEVE (née Owens) of 70 Park Road, Rugby, but was brought up by his aunt following the death of his mother in 1936.
He was educated at the City School, Lincoln, and at the King's School Canterbury from September 1936 to July 1939, where he was in School House. Soon after the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

It was Desmond's 1st operational mission, part of the crew of 76 squadron Halifax Mk II, R9456, call sign MP-F , piloted by P/O H.B.Moorhouse, which took off from RAF Middleton St George, Lincolnshire at 22:00 on 8th May 1942 for a raid on the Heinkel factory near Warnemunde. Cloud cover prevented the crews from seeing any results. The aircraft crashed at Rostock killing all the crew.

The crew were:- Pilot Officer Harry Baker Moorehouse (Pilot); Sergeant Desmond Roderick Neve (Flight Engineer); Flying Officer William Leslie Long (Observer); Sergeant John Joseph O'Reilly (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner); Sergeant Thomas Patrick Smith (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner); Sergeant Raymond Davison (Air Gunner)

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Desmond Neve is buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, grave 8:A:37
also commemorated on the Roll of Honour of King's School, Canterbury.

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