Rank & Name: F/L Robert Stanley Shewry (NZ)
Date of Death: 1981
Details:

 

I have recently been contacted by Rob Shewry (son) of F/L Stanley, who submitted the following...

"I was just looking at your website but could not find any reference to my late father, Robert Stanley Shewry, RNZAF No 421915, who was a navigator on Liberators. I have his wartime logbook which shows that he was posted to 59 Sqn. Ballykelly on 12.11.43. He flew 55 ops. as nav./bambardier including the U-292 sinking on 26.5.44. His last flight with 59 Sqn. was on 21.6.45. Kind regards, Rob Shewry (Son)"

More updates to follow soon. Thanks Rob.

From an email submitted in April 2005 by Mike Allen (son of F/L E.E. Allen DFC) sent to him by Rob Shewry.

"My name is Rob Shewry, and quite by chance I was looking at Coastal Command sites when I came across your fathers story. I was fascinated, as his story has so much in common with my late father. As I sit here at my desk, I look at an enlarged copy of 59 Squadron members, taken in front of and standing on the wings of a B-24, taken in June 1945 at Ballykelly. It hangs on my family home wall as a reminder of a time when people in our country had to fight for what they believed in.

My father Robert Stanley (Bob) Shewry was a New Zealander who did his advanced training at Summerside, 'B' Squadron 111 OTU., married a girl from Ontario, then was sent to the E.T.O. From his wartime logbook, which I have in front of me, it would appear that he commenced flying in B-24s on 1 Aug. 1943.He was sent to the Heavy Conversion Unit at Aldergrove, N. Ireland, then was posted to 59 Sqn. on 12 Nov. 1943. He completed 55 ops with , in particular, Flt. Lt. Camacho, a West Indian, Pete Ratel, a Canadian with whom he kept in touch for years after the war. They sank one U-boat on 26 May 1944 (op 13) off the Norwegian coast. The logbook entry reads - Aircraft 'S' -Anti-sub patrol off Norwegian Coast. Area 62 *00 -63* 00 N -0100* -0200* E -U Boat sighted in Psn. 62*37 N 00*67E. Attacked with 6 DC,s -No. 1 engine put out of action by flak- no casualties. Estimated straddle with 2nd. & 3rd. DC,s - official assessment - probably sunk. Landed Tain. Flying time 16hrs. 15 min. (Confirmed sunk 1.8.44).From the few times he spoke of the war, I was of the impression that it was difficult, stressful, and that a well knit crew was vital. The constant overwater flying totally removed any concerns he may have initially had about such flying, to the point that many years later, after a life of sheep and beef cattle farming in New Zealand, he took up flying light aircraft to the extent that he gained his Commercial and Instrument Flying licences, and owned a series of light aircraft. After ferrying his own Piper Twin Comanche from the USA to NZ via Hawaii, he enjoyed it that much that he took international ferrying (single pilot) up for a living. He flew all sorts of aircraft to and from all kinds of places but was unfortunately lost at sea in 1981 while on a ferry between Hawaii and American Samoa. He was 58. He always said that after his wartime experiences 'When your numbers up, thats it. No regrets."

Anyhow, I hope that this may be of some interest to you. Your father's story certainly was of great interest to me.

Kind regards, Rob Shewry..."

______________________________________________________________________________

Update, April 2013: Recently been contacted by Leslie Waltham, who was flight engineer when U-292 was sunk with F/L Camacho & crew. He submitted the following that mentions F/O Shewry...

"It said that on an operation with FLT Comacho a sinking of a U-Boat in the North Sea...Roland wasn't on that particular op. I was the Flight Engineer on Flt Comacho's crew an. I can assure you that Roland was with us that day. He was firing the front gun while the other navigator/FO Shewry/ New Zealander....operated the dropping of the Depth Charges. Roland was a Flight Sergeant in those days. We flew several operations together..."

 

 

Further Information

If you have any information about F/L Shewry, please contact me, thank you.

 

 

Rest In Peace