Ronald Leslie HORSTMANN

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HORSTMANN, Ronald Leslie

Service Number: 429960
Enlisted: 10 October 1942, Adelaide
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Netherleigh, South Australia, 28 April 1922
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, 4 March 1945, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Cambridge City Cemetery, United Kingdom
Grave 15103. Personal Inscription ALL HE HAD HOPED FOR, ALL HE HAD, HE GAVE. EVER REMEMBERED
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

10 Oct 1942: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 429960, No. 12 Squadron (RAAF)
10 Oct 1942: Enlisted Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Flight Sergeant Horstmann was 22 and a son of Johann Friedrich Wilhelm and Blondine Alvine Horstmann; husband of Elva Grace Horstmann, of Netherleigh, South Australia.

His brother, Private Leo Stanley Horstmann,
Service Number: SX2230, aged 26 of the  Australian Infantry-A.I.F. 2/10 Bn. fell in Libya on 21st May 1941

 

 

Lancaster bomber ME 323, Code named PH-P, of 12 Squadron was shot down by intruder between East Stockwith and Blyton during a night training flight. The crew of 7, 5 of whom were Australian Flight Sergeants were killed.


A relatively new memorial on the village green  in East Stockwith, Lincolnshire incorporates a propeller blade from the actual aircraft and remembers a 12 Sqn crew lost on 03-04/03/45.
Lancaster ME323 PH-P had departed Wickenby for a routine night training flight.
It was intercepted near Hull by a Luftwaffe Intruder captained by Lt Gunther Wolf (IX/NJG5) and shot down for his 4th Abschusse at 0108.
The aircraft crashed between the villages of East Stockwith and Blyton at 0110 with the loss of all seven crew.
This loss was one of the many victims of the Luftwaffe's infamous but ill-fated Unternehman Gisela (Operation Gisela) when large numbers of enemy aircraft on "Intruder Ops" infiltrated the bomber stream returning to the UK from Ops Kamen. They wrought havoc shooting down multiple aircraft across the length of the East Coast of England but sustained significant losses themselves in what was regarded as the Lutfwaffe's "last-ditch action" at this stage of WWII

 

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