Topic: Halford Douglas Pye (1920-1945)

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During World War II Katikati man Halford Douglas Pye was a member of crew of an Avro Lancaster bomber that one of 519 which took off from an airfield near East Wretham late in the evening of 27 May 1943 to bomb the Krupp Armament at Essen. Halford's Lancaster was one of 23 that failed to return.

Halford Douglas Pye was born in Auckland on 13 May 1920. His parents were James Douglas and Fanny Gwendoline Pye (nee Dickey) who married in Waihi on 14 December 1916 (reg. 1916/1037).

Halford Douglas Pye (1920-1945)

Halford was a member of crew of an Avro Lancaster bomber (Registration No. DS655) of 115 Squadron which was piloted by Flight Lieutenant G W Cammell. The aircraft was but one of 519 which took off from an airfield near East Wretham late in the evening of 27 May 1943 to bomb the Krupp Armament at Essen.

Halford's Lancaster was one of 23 that failed to return. Apparently they were shot down and with the exception of their pilot all perished in the early hours of 28 May 1943 (reg. 1945/52516). Ft. Lt. Cammell, No. NZ415290 survived but was taken prisoner of war.

The crew are all buried in the Reischwald Forest War Cemetery.

 

Sources:

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Cenotaph Database (Auckland War Memorial Museum).

New Zealand War Graves Project.

Paul Hickford (personal communication, 7 August 2014).

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Halford Douglas Pye (1920-1945)


Year:1945
First Names:Halford Douglas
Last Name:Pye
Date of Birth:13 May 1920
Place of Birth:Auckland
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:28 May 1943
Place of death:Germany
Place of burial:Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
Occupation:Flying Officer
Fathers name:James Douglas Pye
Fathers date of birth:21 October 1896
Fathers place of birth:Hautapu, New Zealand
Fathers date of death:11 September 1973
Fathers place of death:Auckland, New Zealand
Mothers name:Fanny Gwendoline Dickey
Mothers date of birth:1895
Mothers date of death:14 November 1961
Mothers place of death:Auckland, New Zealand
Name of sibilings:Neville Dykes Pye (1924-1982) and Miles Wyvern Pye (1926-1999)
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)