RAF 166 Squadron

--- Wellington Mk X HF596   AS-A Crew ---

HF596 Crew
L to R:   Sgt. R Carlon - Air Bomber,  Flg. Off. R. P. Swallow - Navigator,  Flt. Sgt. A. P. Bates - Pilot,  Unknown,  Sgt. A. Bromby - Wireless Op.

Front: Sgt. G. W. D. Dean - Rear Gunner
* Currently there are no know photographs of G W D Dean other than the group one above *
R P Swallow

Robert Philpot Swallow
R Carlon

Ronald Carlon
A Bromby

Arthur Bromby
A Bates

Albert Peter Bates
Orders of Battle for AS-A  HF596
 Date  Tasking 
18/19 July 1943  Gardening (Artichokes) 
24/25 July 1943  Hamburg 
25/26 July 1943  Essen 
3 August 1943 - for this mission flew aircraft HE742 Sea Search - Nothing Seen
12/13 August 1943  - for this mission flew aircraft HF570 Gardening (Artichokes) 
15/16 August 1943  - missing - nothing heard after take off Gardening (Nectarines I) 
HF596 loss map

Map Courtesy Aircrew Rememberance Society
post script...

On 15/16.8.1943 two Wellingtons were claimed over the North Sea by Leutnant Heinz Grimm of IV Gruppe NJG1.

It appears HF596 was one of these aircraft.

The combat took place at a very low level of 80 meters and HF596 crashed into the North Sea

approximately 80 kilometers north west of Vlieland
  at 00.36hrs Monday 16th August

Other returning crew confirmed seeing the Wellington go down in flames and the aircraft burning on

the water.

Leutnant Grimm claimed 29 aircraft downed with 27 of these confirmed.

Other crew

Ofw. Walter Czybulka (radar/radio Op.),

bailed out and died of injuries 13.10.43,

Uffz. Werner Behrendt (AG), bailed out, wounded.

Aircraft Identification: Bf110G-4 Serial 5346 Code G9+CE

(Picture of similar aircraft right)

Sources: II/NJG2-IV/NJG1 Abschuss Tafel

Abschusskcommission listings

Private sources in Germany

Leutnant Heinz Grimm photograph courtesy Gerhard Bracke
Heinz Grimm

He was shot down by German flak over Bremen 8/9.10.1943.

Bailed out badly burned and died 13.10.1943.

buried at the Lutherstadt Eisleben-Alter Friedhof
BF110G BF110G
Original Headstone Original Headstone damaged by vandals
New Headstone New Headstone
Heinz Grimm grave marker photographs courtesy Dom Howard