Sq/Ldr Michael James Herrick, DFC & Bar

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Michael James Herrick

Birthdate: (23)
Birthplace: Hastings, Hastings District, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Death: June 16, 1944 (23)
Aalborg, Aalborg Municipality, North Denmark Region, Denmark (Shot down by Germans during WW2)
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Jasper Henry Herrick and Ethne Rose Herrick
Brother of Brian Henry Herrick and Dennis Trevelyan Herrick

Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Sq/Ldr Michael James Herrick, DFC & Bar

Michael James Herrick was one of five brothers to serve during the Second World War. He flew with distinction during the Battle of Britain and in the Pacific before being killed on air operations over Denmark.



  • Distinguished Flying Cross and bar (DFC)
  • DFC. 24 September 1940
  • DFC Bar. 10 February 1944
  • 1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp)
  • War Medal 1939-1945
  • U.S. Air Medal. Posthumously, July 1944 for gallantry in the Pacific
  • Air Medal (USA)


Mosquito NS913 – No. 305 "Land of Greater Poland" Polish Bomber Squadron – Airborne 09:00 on 16 Jun 1944 09:00 from West Raynham (or Lasham) on a Day Ranger to Denmark, paired with a Mosquito piloted by W/Cdr “Bob” Braham. Crossed the Danish west coast at 10:34 hours at low level and split up. Braham continued towards København while Herrick turned north towards Aalborg flying in the clouds at 600 metres. Their approach had been noticed by the Germans and fighters from Aalborg Ost were scrambled. By accident Herrick was spotted as a shadow in the clouds while flying over a Fw 190 piloted by Leutnant Robert Spreckels of 10./JG 11. Spreckles was based at Aalborg and had been in one of those aircrafts that was scrambled. Herrick appeared to feel fairly safe in the clouds and Spreckles followed him. When Spreckles had closed to about 10 metres he fired a short bust that set the Mosquito on fire. Herrick turned sharply left and by doing so came out of the clouds. Spreckles followed the Mosquito close and saw something drop from the aircraft before it crashed in a wood near Oue west of Hadsund. Local people watching the aircrafts saw a person jump from the Mosquito moments before it crashed. The body of this person was found not far from the burning wreck. Alexander Turski was laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 20 Jun 1944.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2271241/ S/L M.J.Herrick DFC Bar 33566 RAF (Pilot) killed http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/7504460/ F/O A.M.Turski P/0862 PAF (Navigator) killed

Source: Flensted, Søren C. http://www.flensted.eu.com/1944081.shtml Airwar Over Denmark. Website, retrieved 02 May 2013.

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Sq/Ldr Michael James Herrick, DFC & Bar's Timeline

May 5, 1921
Hastings, Hastings District, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
June 16, 1944
Age 23
Aalborg, Aalborg Municipality, North Denmark Region, Denmark