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Beaufort I N1172 crashed in the North Sea on 8/4-1942.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 42 Sqn. Coastal Command and was coded AW-S.
T/O 13:15 Leuchars. OP: Anti shipping.
Took off with one more aircraft heading for area VPPJ 3342. At 15:23 a convoy of
six ships was sighted in position YSPJ 4250 and attacked.
The aircrafts each
dropped one torpedo against a 5000 tonnes vessel but no results was observed due
to heavy flak.
N1172 was last seen with something white, perhaps petrol, coming
from the trailing edges of wings.
Pilot John G. Morrison RCAF of Seattle, USA
and Observer F/S Arthur B. Johnson have no known graves and are commemorated on
the Runnymede Memorial.
The dead body of W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Ernest Shepherd was
found drifted ashore near Emmelev Klev on 25/7-42. He was laid to rest in
Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 28/7 1942.
W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Thomas Pugh rests
in Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany.
(Via Finn Buch)
Sources: AIR 27/436, UA, BE, CWGC.
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