Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Douglas HUTCHINSON

From Australia serving in the Royal New Zealand Air Force

Service No: 402188 (RNZAF)
Born: Date, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RNZAF: Date unavailable
Unit: No. 83 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Scampton
Died: Air Operations: (No. 83 Squadron Manchester I aircraft L7427), Germany, 9 April 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Hutchinson and of Ann Eliza Hutchinson (nee Morrison), of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown

At 2215 hours on 8 April 1942, Manchester L7427 took off from Scampton to attack Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft was last heard on radio at 0010 hours at which time it was believed the Manchester was in the Lastrup area of Germany. The aircraft crashed north east of Cloppenburg. Six crew members were killed and one became a Prisoner of War.

The crew members of L7427 were:

Flight Sergeant George Charles Fisk (R/66159) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Charles Dewitt Gellatly (R/69897) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Douglas Hutchinson (402188) (RNZAF) (Observer)
Pilot Officer Peter Anthony Lovegrove (62324) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot) PoW, Died: 12 November 1942
Pilot Officer Jack Heath Morphett (67046) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Albert Henry Salter (647009) (RAF) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Reginald Stanley Williams (923926) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator)


Chorley W R, Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 3 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1942, Midland Counties Publications UK, 1994
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records

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