LEST WE FORGET

Air Operations: (No. 455 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft NE668), off the Dutch Coast, 13 June 1944

On 13 June 1944, NE668 was one of a number of No. 455 Squadron aircraft that attacked a convoy of seven armed trawlers off the Dutch Coast with cannon fire. Five of the trawlers were severely damaged, but five of the attacking aircraft were also damaged by anti-aircraft fire. NE668 sustained engine damage and ditched with the crew members rescued by a German R-Boat after spending 21 hours in their survival dinghy.

The crew members of NE668 were:

Flying Officer Douglas Keith Carmody (420138) (Pilot) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 17 May 1946
Flying Officer Gilbert Charles Docking (419930) (Navigator) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 13 February 1946

References:

Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
Gordon, I. (Ian) Strike and Strike Again: 455 Squadron 1944-5, Banner Books Belconnen ACT 2616, 1995
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/7/530; A705, 166/10/253

Bibliography:

Lawson, John Horwood Wightman (251634) The Story of No. 455 Squadron (RAAF), Wilke and Company, Melbourne VIC, 1951