Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit:75 (RNZAF) Sqdn
Date of Death - 07/08/1943
Service No - 1096896
Men of 75 Squadron gather around a Stirling bomber
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Ronald Booth's inscription at Runnymede
Ronald Booth was born in Oldham in 1922 to parents Charles & Eva.His younger siblings were Kenneth,Eva,Derek & Trevor.
Since 1 June 1939, there had been a group of New Zealand crews training in Britain on the Wellington, which they were planning to take back to New Zealand. However, on the outbreak of war the New Zealand government gave their permission for the unit to be absorbed into the RAF and so on the same day No 75 was absorbed into No 15 OTU, a new No 75 Squadron was formed from this New Zealand Flight and it now adopted the title No 75 (New Zealand) Squadron. Based at Feltwell it joined No 3 Group, moving to Mildenhall in August, where it remained until November 1942 and from where it operated four versions of the Wellington.In November 1942 it converted to Stirlings at Newmarket and operated from there until June 1943, when it moved to Mepal in Cambridgeshire, where it remained until the end of the war.
On August 6th of that year a Stirling bomber with Ronald Booth onboard took off from Mepal at 21:45 on a minelaying mission to the Gironde estuary and subsequently vanished without trace.
Ronald's fellow cremembers were:
John Mayo - RNZAF - Flight Sergeant - 21 years old - Wellington,NZ
Albert Turner - Sergeant - 20 years old - Redruth
Irvine Rothstein - RCAF - Flight Sergeant
Thomas Gittins - Flight Sergeant - 24 - Hengoed,Glamorgan
Stephen Kitching - Sergeant - 22 - Leeds
Raymond Amstell - Sergeant