Halifax, NP944, 433 Sqdn ... Info

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Halifax, NP944, 433 Sqdn ... Info

Post by georgetanksherman » Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:38 pm

Looking for the rest of the crew, if known, that was flying in this aircraft when it was attacked, and P/O Zareikin was killed !

Halifax, NP-944, October 5/6, 1944

Aircraft taken off from Skipton on Swale airfield to undertake a mining operation to Heligoland, Germany. Aircraft was attacked by a JU-88. P/O J. Zereikin RCAF, the rear gunner, was killed and the rear turret, fuselage and port wing were damaged. The Ju-88 on the second pass, received many strikes in the cockpit, wing and engine area. The JU-88s wheels came down, it flipped on its back and dove vertically to the sea. It was claimed destroyed. The crew landed safely at Carnaby with no further damage.

Crew: so far
Pilot: F/O W.T.G. Watson, RCAF, Survived, successful landing
Gnr: P/O J. Zereikin, C/88488, RCAF, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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Re: Halifax, NP944, 433 Sqdn ... Info

Post by Ludford 101 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:05 pm

Alas, George, P/O Zareikin wasn't from Los Angeles. I doubt he ever visited it either. He was born and bred in Montreal. His father, David, moved the family to Los Angeles in 1950.

Zareikin's brother, Samuel, was also killed on air operations. A wireless air gunner on No. 102 Squadron, killed 28 May 1943.
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Re: Halifax, NP944, 433 Sqdn ... Info

Post by Temujin » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:26 pm

George and Ludford......am away for 3 weeks (we just landed in Australia after our 14.5 hour flight.....and it “beautiful” and “hot” and “muggy”

I’m sure Ludford will “hold down the fort” on everything in the SKY while I’m away.

Cheers guys.......now to find some “Fosters” (that’s Australian for “beer” George....well its actually a brand of Australian Beer

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Re: Halifax, NP944, 433 Sqdn ... Info

Post by georgetanksherman » Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:27 am

Temujin, the Fosters brings back some memories, while stationed at Andersen A.F.B. in Guam, had a few trip "Down Under" one to Darwin, got introduced to the ole "Stubbies" there, plus "Iced coffee (Long before Starbucks) Oh, and a Vegemite Sandwich (One was enough) :-). Are you planning on swinging over to New Zealand ? Avspecs is currently air testing the third Mosquito that they have put in the air, and this one is coming to Texas … Yeah, I am a "Mossie" nut. Thank You for the info, and enjoy your time there in Australia !

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