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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202235
Last updated: 11 April 2021
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Date:31-MAR-1942
Time:
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:76 Squadron Royal Air Force (76 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R9453
C/n / msn: MP-K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:18 miles South of Sumburgh Head Shetland Islands -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Tain, Moray Firth, Scotland
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A ground tracking station gave the aircraft a "FIX" at 2352 hrs, and 14 Group reported that she had flown over Sumburgh at 0210 hrs. Presumably given these timings the aircraft had been to the target and was en route back to RAF Tain when something obviously went wrong. The aircraft was believed to have ditched in the sea some 18 miles off Sumburgh Head. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft or crew. Some twenty aircraft and two Royal Navy destroyers made an intensive search of the area for traces of the aircraft or crew, but no trace was found.The body of Squadron Leader Burdett was recovered and was buried in Lerwick New Cemetery on Shetland in September 1942, the other members of the crew from this aircraft are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey in England.

Crew
Pilot: Sqn Ldr Arthur Patrick Burdett - Lerwick New Cemetery Terrace 7B. Grave 6.
2nd Pilot: Plt Off Norman Frederick Bowsher RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 100.
Flight Engineer: 406178 Sgt Leonard William Hanson RAAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 112.
Navigator: Flt Sgt William John Cadger RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 103.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: Flt Sgt Leonard Watson Fletcher RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 103.
Wireless operator/Air Gunner: Sgt Stanley Davis - Runnymede Memorial Panel 81.
Air Gunner: Sgt Dennis Clifford Martin - Runnymede Memorial Panel 89.

Sources:

https://ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/fitful.html
CWGC
Bomber Command Losses 1942


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Nov-2017 21:42 Red Dragon Added
27-Nov-2017 11:49 Red Dragon Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
12-Nov-2018 08:48 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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