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No. 487 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force

   o 487 Squadron RNZAF was formed at Feltwell, Norfolk on the 15th August 1942 as a day bomber unit flying Venturas. It became operative in December 1942 with raids over the Netherlands, contributing 16 Venturas to the raid on the Philips factory at Eindhoven. A Ramrod raid (which must continue regardless of losses) against Amsterdam on the 3rd of May 1943 resulted in the loss of ten out of eleven aircraft. After this massive disaster, No 487 was transferred to 2nd Tactical Air Force on 1st June 1943, receiving Mosquito FB VIs. The squadron took part in the raid on Amiens prison enabling the escape of over 100 Resistance prisoners, and it destroyed Gestapo headquarters at Aarhus and Copenhagen.

No 487 disbanded on the 19th September 1945, with its aircraft and New Zealand aircrew becoming No 16 Squadron RAF and then No 268 Squadron RAF.

Airfields No. 487 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Feltwell, Norfolk from the 15th August 1942 (formed, 2 Group Bomber Command. Ventura II)
  • RAF Methwold, Norfolk from the 3rd April 1943
  • RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk from the 21st August 1943 (Group 12 Fighter Command. Mosquito FVBI)
  • RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordhire from 31st December 1943 (Group 11)
  • RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire from June 1944 (Group 10)
  • France from February 1945


Sept 1942 Reorganisation and Training

6th Dec 1942 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

6th Dec 1942 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

6th Dec 1942 Bombing Raid

3rd May 1943 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

3rd May 1943 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

3rd May 1943 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

3rd May 1943 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

3rd May 1943 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

3rd May 1943 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

3rd May 1943 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

3rd May 1943 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

3rd May 1943 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

3rd May 1943 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

3rd May 1943 Heavy losses

31st Dec 1943 Move

18th Feb 1944 Operation Jericho

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Those known to have served with

No. 487 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Sparkes George Henry. Sgt. (d.3rd May 1943)
  • Teague Kenneth Joseph. Sgt. (d.22nd Jan 1943)
  • Trent Leonard Henry. Grp.Capt.

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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Sgt. George Henry "Ned" Sparkes 487 squadron (d.3rd May 1943)

George Sparkes was my great uncle, my Nan's brother. He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves and was attached to 487 Squadron, a New Zealand squadron. On 3rd May, 1943, a raid was undertaken on a power station in Holland. Unfortunately the Enemy was alerted to the raid before they got near their target and nearly all the planes were shot down. There were 12 planes involved in the raid, one had to turn back before reaching Holland because of mechanical failure. Of the remaining 11 planes only one managed to get back home. George was the rear gunner, and he and the pilot were killed, the navigator and wireless operator survived and were taken prisoner. George had only been married for 6 months, to Olive. She remained close to her in-laws and was my godmother.

Patricia McGuigan

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