|AC2 V. Bishop, RAF 530720, 273 Sqdn, 09/01/1940, Singapore Memorial||Bart,
From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915 (Vol One: Fates 1915-1942)':
Tue 9 Jan 1940
Routine patrol off Colombo to identify shipping, etc
273 Squadron, RAF (China Bay/Trincomalee, Ceylon)
Vildebeest III K4156 - took off at 0555 piloted by Sgt D B Ross, RAF, and crashed 18 miles off Colombo at 0620 while circling an unidentified ship at 50 to 100 feet. K4156’s starboard wing apparently stalled, causing the Vildebeest to spin into the sea and sink. One of the crew survived, injured, but the other two, including a New Zealander, are commemorated on the Singapore Memorial.
(Pilot): 40583 Plt Off John Denys WILLIAMS, RAF - Age 20. 341hrs. 17th op.
Although a pilot, Williams was acting as observer on this flight.
From information received post-publication - the vessel was the cargo ship 'Demodocus', whose lifeboat rescued the slightly injured Ross. The other two crew were unable to struggle free of the wreckage before it sank.
Williams was a New Zealander serving in the RAF on a short service commission. Bishop's age is unknown to me.
Errol ....Read More.||Errol Martyn on 9th April 2008 04:40:49|
|273 Sqn Vilderbeest K4156 P/O. J D Williams 9.1.40 Ceylon||Greetings,
Would anyone have a photo of P/O. John Denyer WILLIAMS 40583 RAF ( A New Zealander) and/or his crew of Vilderbeest K4156, of 273 Squadron Lost China Bay, Ceylon 9 January 1940 please?
Could you contact me at email@example.com .
Digger. ....Read More.||Arthur Arculus on 24th March 2012 06:18:09|
|Vickers Vildebeest Crash Kuala Muda Kedah, Malaysia August 30, 1937||I don't suppose the Mark of Vildebeest helps?
Jefford states that the squadron operated the Mark II from August 1933 until January 1941. However, the Mark III was only received in December 1937.
Thetford says the serial allocations were:
Mk II K2916 to K4130
Mk III K4156 to K6407
Has the Movements Card at Hendon been checked to see what it says? ....Read More.||Oldduffer on 6th November 2012 01:34:56|
|Loss of a Boston - 342 sqd /// 6 june 1943||From the Henk Welting Archive:
AH 529 Havoc II 342 sqn OA- 6-6-1943
Crashed shortly after T/O - crash near Tatterset/Norfolk
Lt(P) DUCORPS, Louis - Médaille de la Résistance * Cité à l’ordre de l’Armée de l’air - 30679 - FFAF - Daoulas/
Finistère (eb Walls-on-Sea)
Sgt(WAG) ARMFIELD, Robert - Cité à l’ordre de l’Armée de l’air - 35166 - FFAF - UK4156 (eb Beckenham)
Hope this helpes! ....Read More.||Bas Maathuis on 17th December 2012 03:10:53|