|Anson N5204 Blue on Blue Shootdown 27th October 1939||This Anson N5204 of 608 Sqn was shot down by Hurricanes near Humber Light Ship on 27th October 1939
3 of the crew were killed
P/O Arthur Denis Baird RAF #91062
F/L. Geoffrey Whitley Garnett RAF (Auxiliary Air Force) #90302
Cpl. Richard Andrew Wilson RAF # 808180
AC2 J P Smith RAF #808285 . Wounded
HMS Stork recovered AC2 Smith and the body of Cpl. Wilson.
Can anyone provide details of Smith's recovery was the plane ditched?? did he bale out ??
Paul ....Read More.||paulmcmillan on 5th February 2014 03:49:31|
|Anson N5204 Blue on Blue Shootdown 27th October 1939||Paul,
608 (North Riding) Squadron.
27th October(1939), though, brought stark tragedy to the squadron, and to the pilot of a Hurricane fighter who mistook Anson N5204 for an enemy raider near the Humber Lightship. The Anson, crewed by Flight lieutenant Garnett (missing believed killed), Acting/Pilot Officer Baird (missing believed killed), Corporal Wilson (killed) and Aircraftman Smith (wounded), fell into the North Sea, Wilson and Smith being picked up by HMS Ganges. As a result of this terrible mistake instructions were received from Air Ministry that all the roundels (the red, white and blue disc-markings) on fuselages and wings be repainted and that undercarriages were to be left down when near our shipping, which our fighters were also protecting, often in very poor visibility. The funeral at St Cuthbert's Church, Yarm Road, Stockton, on 1st November brought home to all who witnessed it the grim reality of war.
Twenty-One Squadrons:The History of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force 1925-1957,
Col. ....Read More.||COL BRUGGY on 5th February 2014 05:37:51|