RAF 166 Squadron

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

HF596 Crew
L to R Rear

Sgt Ronald Carlon  RAF  1515883 - Air Bomber

F/O Robert Philpot Swallow  RCAF  J/14504 - Navigator

F/Sgt Albert Peter Bates  RAF  1066641 - Pilot


Sgt Arthur Bromby  RAF  1451959 - Wireless Operator


Sgt Gordon William Davidson Dean  RAF  1314707 - 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
Sorties »   posted in April 1944 Notes:
18/19 Jul 1943 HF596  AS-A minelaying - Lorient/St-Nazaire area  
24/25 Jul 1943 " Hamburg  
25/26 Jul 1943 " Essen  
3 Aug 1943 HE742  AS-F Sea Search nothing seen
12/13 Aug 1943 HF570  AS-? minelaying - Lorien/St-Nazaire area  
15/16 Aug 1943 HF596  AS-A minelaying - Frisian Islands missing nothing heard after take-off

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

Leutnant Heinz Grimm

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

Original Headstone

original gravemarker damaged by vandals
New Headstone

new gravemarker
Heinz Grimm grave marker photographs courtesy Dom Howard