HARVEY, Robert Frederick

Sergeant (Pilot)
Robert Frederick HARVEY
Royal New Zealand Air Force, 75(New Zealand)Squadron,RAF

Killed in Action on 13th May 1943
Aged 23

"For ever and ever, be strong"

Son of James and Elizabeth Harvey, of Tauranga, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Marjorie Enid Harvey. Marjorie's address in burial register given as c/o Mrs G C Woods, Taniwha Street,St Heliers East, Aukland

Short Stirling Mk 3, BK721 c/sn AA-Z was delivered to No.75 (New Zealand) Sqdn 2/5/1943. Airborne at 00:37 13/5/1943 from Newmarket, for a raid on Duisburg, the starboard inner engine failed, causing the Stirling to clip Devil's Dyke before coming down NW of the airfield. 2 crewmen escaped with injuries, the rest died. The three RNZAF airmen are buried in Newmarket Cemetery.
F/L E.R.M.Appleton Injured; Sgt R.F.Harvey RNZAF KIA; Sgt J.S.Andrews KIA; F/O J.Johnston RNZAF KIA; P/O S.J.Clubb RNZAF KIA ;F/S S.G.Cocks RNZAF Inj; Sgt B.A.R.Moore KIA ;Sgt J.Wykes KIA.
Pilot F/L Appleton recovered from his injuries, only to lose his life 31/8/1943 while flying in a USAAF B17 Fortress.

Robert is buried in Newmarket Cemetery in grave P:414

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