Albiston, Kenneth

Personal Information

Rank F/O
Forename(s) Kenneth
Surname Albiston
Gender M
Date of Death 23-09-1943
Next of Kin

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Short Stirling III
Serial Number EH936
Markings JN-W

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Germany
Burial/Memorial Place Rheinberg War Cemetery
Grave Reference Coll. grave 21. B. 15-18.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 121

Enlistment Information

Service Number 136454
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 3
Squadron 75 (NZ)
Trade Pilot
Country of Origin United Kingdom

Other Memorials

Location A142 Mepal, Cambridgeshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Brick Piller and Marble Tablet
Memorial Text Former site of RAF Mepal. Home to No 75 (New Zealand) Sqn, No 3 Gp, Bomber Command, 1943-1945
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Location Village Centre, Mepal, Cambridgeshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone Memorial & Inscribed Metal Plaque
Memorial Text A stone memorial, donated by former members of 75 (NZ) Sqn RAF stationed at Mepal between 1943 and 1945
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Location St. Andrews Church, Sutton, Cambridgeshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Roll of Honour in Wooden Case with brass plaque
Memorial Text Roll of Honour. Plaque, Presented by 75(NZ) Sqn Association - UK Branch in memory of Comrades named in the Roll of Honour
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Location St. Marys Church, Feltwell, Norfolk
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Brick Piller and Marble Tablet
Memorial Text A memorial to 75 (NZ) Sqn, RAF. Formed at RAF Feltwell in April 1940 and flew from there until June 1942. The Sqn number was presented to New Zealand becoming 75 Sqn RNZAF in October 1946 until its disbanding in December 2001.
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Location Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket, Suffolk
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Marble Tablet
Memorial Text Remembering No 75 (New Zealand) Sqn, No 3 Gp Bomber Command. RAF Newmarket Heath, November 1942 - June 1943
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Last Operation Information

Start Date 23-09-1943
End Date 24-09-1943
Takeoff Station Mepal
Day/Night Raid Night (25% moon)
Operation Mannheim- to bomb the northern part of the city which had not sustained much damage in raids earlier this month. 628 aircraft and the now familiar five American B-17s. 32 aircraft Lost (5.1%). Target marking and bombing were accurate but some creepback took place, meaning that towards the end of the raid, bombs were falling in open countryside and into Ludwigshafen, causing significant damage to the I. G. Farben chemical plant. The neighbouring town of Frankenthal was completely burnt out.
Reason for Loss Crashed at Dirmstein, Germany

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IBCC is delighted to introduce a unique facility to link the Losses Database to the relevant RAF Casualty Pack on the National Archives website. This project is the result of on-going collaboration between IBCC, the MOD Records Office and National Archives, Kew. This document describes what Casualty Packs are, when they were created, the process of making them available to the public and then goes on to describe the process by which you can view the contents of the packs. Casualty Packs (CPs) were created by the RAF whenever there was serious injury or loss of life associated with operational activity within the RAF. This includes operational flying losses, enemy action due to air raids, road accidents either on station or even off-station if they involved RAF vehicles. Deaths due to natural causes in service or accidents that did not involve RAF vehicles did not generally give rise to a CP.

CPs were originally given a unique reference number by the RAF. Each begins with the letter ‘P’ and is followed by six digits, then an oblique (forward slash) and the finally the year in which the incident took place- for example P396154/42.

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Once CPs arrive at National Archives they are assigned a unique AIR81 number, so each CP has both a P-number and an AIR81 number. Both are searchable on the National Archives website under ‘Search the catalogue’ and both are included on the IBCC website.

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