23/24.5.43 No.10 Squadron R.A.F. Halifax II DT789 Sgt. Rees. Location:  North Sea, (Near Texel) +
Mission: Dortmund, Germany

Date: 23/24th May 1943

Unit: No. 10 Squadron

Type: Halifax ll

Serial: DT789

Code: ZA-B

Base: Melbourne, Yorkshire

Location: North Sea, Texel

Pilot: Sgt: John Rees 1317618 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. William Edgar Oliver 1238185 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed

Nav: Sgt. Frederick Charles Rose 1387015 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Samuel James Gaywood 1393160 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Denis Birkhead 1218839 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Evan George David 1296897 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frank William Farnell 1038623 R.A.F.V.R. Age ?. Killed


Took off at 22.34hrs. from Melbourne airfield, Yorkshire. At 02.27hrs. a W/T message
was heard when the aircraft's position was 5328N 0238E and under attack by a
night-fighter. DT789 was intercepted by Ofw. Karl-Heinz Scherfling of 10./NJG1 40 km.
north west of Texel and crashed into the sea. The height of the attack is placed at 5,400
mtrs. and the time 02.36 hrs. This was the 11th kill of his career and one of two confirmed
victories on this raid, this Halifax DT789, also a 214 Squadron Stirling BF478.

Halifax IIs of No. 10 Squadron in flight (I.W.M.)

Sgt. Samuel James Gaywood.
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(3)a Ofw Karl-Heinz Scherflingcc(3)b Karl-Heinz Ofw Scherf Ling and his sergeant Herbert  Winkler Bordsch├╝tze
Karl-Heinz Scherfling.
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Karl-Heinz Scherfling was killed after 31 confirmed night victories, when on the 20/21st
July 1944 he crashed following an interception by a Mosquito NT113 from 169 Squadron
flown by W/Cmd. Bromley O.B.E. D.F.C. and Fl/Lt. Truscott D.F.C.
Both Bromley and Truscott sadly also lost their lives on the 6th September 1944 with the
loss of Mosquito VI PZ230.

Burial details:

Sgt. John Rees. Keil War Cemetery 1. H. 18
Son of Daniel and Margaret Jane Rees of Beaufort, Monmouthshire.

Sgt. William Edgar Oliver. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 160
Son of Edwin William and Ethel Oliver of Ashtead, Surry.

Sgt. Frederick Charles Rose. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 163
Son of Bertie George and Rosina Maude Rose; husband of Nora Emily Rose of Northolt,
Middlesex. Sgt. Frederick Charles Rose’s body was recovered on the 8th July 1943 at
Neufelderkoog. Initially buried at Brunsbuttel, Germany. Now commemorated on the
Runnymede Memorial due to lack of positive identification during post war exhumation.

Sgt. Samuel James Gaywood. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 150
Son of Samuel George and Mary Elizabeth Gaywood; husband of Maud Patricia Gaywood
of New Eltham, London.

Sgt. Denis Birkhead. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 142
Son of George and Alice Birkhead of Leeds, Yorkshire.

Sgt. Evan George David. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 147
Son of Ernest Job David and Isabel Annie David of Cyntwell, Glamorgan.

Sgt. Frank William Farnell. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 149
No relative details known.

Researched by David King for Janet Gaywood, daughter of Sgt. Samuel James Gaywood,
and the relatives of the crew. Acknowledgments: Special thanks to Janet for Samuel’s
photo, Bill Chorley “Bomber Command Losses”,Theo Boiten "German Nightfighter War
Diaries", C.W.G.C. (Updated March 2015)

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