Incident Short Sterling III BF455,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 274201
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Date:Monday 10 April 1944
Type:Short Sterling III
Owner/operator:75 (NZ) Sqn RAF
Registration: BF455
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:In the Channel, 3 miles off Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Newmarket
Destination airport:Frankfurt
Took off on the 10th at 23:55 for Frankfurt, hit over the target by A.A.Fire and enemy Fighters. This caused aircraft to run short of fuel over the English Channel on RTB and ditch 3 miles off Shoreham. The wireless procedure had been perfect, and Spitfires escorted it over the French coast, and a Walrus Flying Boat was waiting for it to crash land. Dingy drill was perfect and all the crew got in safely after an immaculate landing – the Stirling floating for 25 minutes. The Walrus collided with the dinghy knocking all the crew in the water.

F/S Charles Arnold Rothschild, RCAF R.66347 – Pilot.
Sgt. George King Samson, RNZAF NZ402563 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Leonard Richards, RNZAF NZ404946 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Robert Ernest Tod, RCAF R.91742 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Eric Grainger, RAFVR 625045 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. DH Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Alfred Maxwell Hardy, RNZAF NZ401226 – Rear Gunner.
Sgt. Richard Douglas Tod, RCAF R.91741 – Front Gunner.


Revision history:

16-Jan-2022 20:48 tachel Added
17-Jan-2022 13:30 tachel Updated [Narrative]
17-Jan-2022 13:55 tachel Updated [Narrative]
17-Jan-2022 13:56 tachel Updated [Narrative]
17-Jan-2022 14:16 tachel Updated [Narrative]

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