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Catalina I  W8416 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Catalina I  W8416

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 11 Nov 42 Aircraft Name Catalina I Serial Number W8416
Unit 210 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country
Aircrew details
Source Coastal Command and Fleet Air Arm Losses Forum Henk Welting's Database

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Catalina I W8416

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantBasil Robert Coffin CONWAY (575043) Catalina I W8416  NA/PRO 1942-11-11210 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flying OfficerCharles Roe HALL (120116) Catalina I W8416  NA/PRO 1942-11-11210 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantClaude HOTCHKISS (1191577) Catalina I W8416  NA/PRO 1942-11-11210 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantKenneth Arthur Stanley KESTON (655875) Catalina I W8416  NA/PRO 1942-11-11210 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantGeorge LOVE (611799) Catalina I W8416  NA/PRO 1942-11-11210 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flight LieutenantGeoffrey Leo MAXTON (46022) Catalina I W8416  NA/PRO 1942-11-11210 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantEric MUDD (1214210) Catalina I W8416  NA/PRO 1942-11-11210 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantWilliam Henry PARSONS (569753) Catalina I W8416  NA/PRO 1942-11-11210 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantHarold Varley WATSON (1309517) Catalina I W8416  NA/PRO 1942-11-11210 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial

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Catalina W8416Does anyone have access to the 210 Sqn ORB and a crew list for the Catalina W8416 which took the US politician Harry Hopkins to Russia on 28 July 41? ....Read More.tomdocherty72 on 17th January 2010 09:06:04
Bismarck sightingMALCOLM, I cannot give you the full crew listing of the Catalina , i can add the following. the last sighting was made by a Catalina of 210 sqd the a/c in question being W8416 .Flown by F/L HATFIELD they made contact with the BISMARK at 2350 hrs from A height of 4,000feet,they were immediately fired upon by the ship, the F/L HATFEILD took violent evasive action which resulted in rolling one of the crew of the CATALINA FITTER/LAC ROY DAVIS out of his bunk . the bismark was sunk at 1040hrs on the 27th MAY F/L HATFIELD AND HIS CREW were told this when they landed back at OBAN . not much but i hope it helps a little phill jones ....Read More.phill jones on 3rd October 2010 09:29:13
Bismarck sightingMalcolm ,et al, further to my earlier posting to this thread i can now add the following , All means available were utilised to find the BISMARK once the intelligence reports of her departure had been confirmed .Shortly before 06.00 hrs on the 24th May 41, the Bismark was engaged by the battle cruiser HMS HOOD in the Denmark stait .The German naval gunners swiftly found their mark and with it ,it is believed , the defensive weakness in the deck armour of the Hood .with a massive explosion the magazines devasted the ship ,killing 92 officers and over 1,400 crew .Only 3 ratings survived . Aircraft of coastal command were involvedin the search that followed for the German battlegroup.Weather conditions were in the Germans favour with high winds and extensive cloud cover . Three Catalinas of No 210 sqd took off from OBAN at 13.45 hrs on the 25th MAY with orders to provide a search search pattern to cover any possible break by the Bismark back to Norway.South of ICELAND ABOUT 0120HRS ,on the 26th May ,Catalina "A", AH531 ,flown by F/L BARRY AIKMAN ,reported flying over the wake of a major vessel at position 5403N .2750W,ON A COURSE OF 150 DEGREES. The ship did not respond to any recognition signals despite the aircraft circling at 500ft .Lack of fuel prevented this unknown ship being shadowed until dawn and its identity was not establisheduntil well after the successful conclusion of the hunt for the German raider.(HMS NORFOLK). Against all the odds of finding a capital ship in the vastness of the ATLANTIC, the Bismarkwas found again, much further South than had been expected and under full steam for BREST.The aircraft responsible was Catalina "Z-ZEBRA" of 209 sqd then based at LOUGH NEAGH ,Piloted by P/O Denis Alfred Briggs. The a/c had emerged from cloud at a height of 2,000 ft, and found itself engaged by accurate aircraft fire from a large capital shipwas was unmistakeably the Bismark .W/op Alan Martin then transmitted the signal indicating the discovery immediately , as the crew fully expected to be shot from the skies at any moment. The estimated position of the German vessel was 690 miles from Brest on the French coast . The avoiding action taken by "Z-ZEBRA" Meant that the BISMARK was again lost , this time for 2 hours ,Briggs came across another searching CATALINA "M",OF 240 SQD and signalled to its pilot ,F/O GOOLDEN , by gesture only , the last known course of the german unit .The 240 sqd a/c, again made contact with the Bismark and continued to shadow her whilst BRIGGS returned to LOUGH NEAGH . Swordfish of the FLEET AIR ARM ,then relieved GOOLDENS a/c respectfully keeping just out of range of the ships flak. It is interesting to note that on board both of the CATALINA Aircraft mentioned the second pilots were both UNITED STATES NAVY VOLUNTEERS . FIVE A/C from 210 sqd were despatched to shadow the BISMARK. Catalina W8416 flown by F/L PERCY HATFIELD , made contact with the Bismark at 2350 hrs from a height of 4,000 ft,a ....Read More.phill jones on 3rd October 2010 04:35:30
Some Coastal Command losses - looking for detailsSimon, Did a quick look and found following for your further research: 1105930 - COOPER - Wellington MP509 1090020 - GRAY - Catalina VA725 120116 - HALL - Catalina W8416 988129 - HORNSBY - Beaufighter T4764 1045569 - HOWELL - Wellington HF143 152080 - JONES - Beaufighter NE201 1154432 - JONES - Wellington HF128 1081258 - METCALFE - Wellington MP506. Regards, Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 15th February 2012 09:44:16
Bismarck sighting[QUOTE=Resmoroh;54584]A number of Googled sites disagree! From It was not until 1010 on 26 May [1941] that British luck changed. A British Catalina aircraft of No. 209 Squadron [Castle Archdale], piloted by US Navy observer Ensign Leonard B. Smith, USNR (US Naval Reserve), spotted Bismarck at a range of about eight miles. While Ensign Smith flew the aircraft and evaded accurate German antiaircraft fire, his British copilot radioed a report of the enemy warship's location. See also and The plot thickens!! Who was in the left-hand seat up the Front Office? Also (and this is a minor neutrality point), from Lough Erne (in N Ireland) the shortest route to the N Atlantic was across c. 5 miles of Irish (Eire) territory! Every time an RAF Catalina transgressed did the Irish Govt send 'stiff note' of complaint - and the UK Foreign Office send a voluminous apology!! And everybody got on with what they had been doing before??!!! And what, one might ask, was Lt L B Smith, USNR, doing in a belligerent a/c a few months before his Boss had included the USA in WW2 subsequent to Pearl Harbour (7 Dec 41)?!!! The Kreigsmarine could have called an international foul!, and demanded a replay! HTH Peter Davies[/QUOTE] An old posting that, hopefully, somebody is still follow. FYI, the source provided above does not have the correct details on the American naval pilot in the aircraft - the internet is wrong - oh my God! Ensign Smith was regular navy (USN), not a reserve officer (USNR) and "B" is his complete middle name. There were several other USN aviators flying in aircraft that were hunting for Bismarck. As mention below, all were part of the USN technical team instructing the RAF Coastal Command flight crews in proper operations with the new planes. The group consisted of seventeen (17) men, all of whom were regular navy. The others that flew operational sorties patrols during the hunt included: Lt. George Ervin Hughes, USNA32 [Catalina AH547: DA-H/210 Squadron, F/O Southwell] Lt. Robert John Costley Maulsby, USNA32 [Catalina AH531: DA-A/210 Squadron, F/Lt Aikman, DFC] Ens. Joseph Lee Hall, USN [Catalina W8416: DA-O/210 Squadron, P/O Powell] Ens. Leonard B Smith, USN [Catalina AH545: WQ-Z/209 Squadron, F/O Briggs] Ens. Carl Ward Rinehart, USN [Catalina W8416: DA-O/210 Squadron, F/Lt Hatfield - (VLR, endurance 32 hrs)] Lt. Johnson USN [Catalina AH546: BN-M/240 Squadron, P/O H. Godden - I need to look up Johnson's details and verify the rank is correct.] Of course, the RAF had no rank of Ensign, and as regular officers they were universally referred to "Lieutenants" and written up as such in the ORBs. Correct ranks and complete names come from USN records. Mark E. Horan ....Read More.CharlesRollinsWare on 14th March 2012 11:17:19
Catalina lost in Med. November 1942Hi Ken, Catalina W8416. Took off 08:00 hrs to provide A/S cover to shipping off Casablanca but failed to return. All are commemorated on the Malta Memorial. Regards Ross ....Read More.Ross_McNeill on 15th September 2013 11:58:06
Coastal Command November 1942COASTAL COMMAND November 1942 1/.- Hudson III - 233 Sqn - AE591. 1/.- Hudson IIIa - 233 Sqn - FH343. 1/.- Hampden TB.1 - 415 Sqn - AT193. 3/.- Liberator II - 120 Sqn - AL519. 3/.- Catalina Ib - 202 Sqn - FP124. 3/.- Hudson V - 407 Sqn - AM646. 3/.- Hudson V - 407 Sqn - AM648. 4/.- Catalina I - 210 Sqn - AH559. 4/.- N-3PB - 330 Sqn - F.13. 5/.- Spitfire I - 8(C) OTU - R6886. 5/.- Catalina IIIa - 330 Sqn - FP535. 6/.- Hudson V - 500 Sqn - AM660. 6/.- Blenheim IV - 224 Sqn - V5814. 7/.- Beaufort I - 5(C) OTU - L9865. 7/.- Beaufighter II - 143 Sqn - T3434. 7/.- Liberator III - 224 Sqn - FK245. 8/.- Anson I - 7(C) OTU - DG756. 8/.- Hampden TB.1 - 415 Sqn - AT241. 9/.- Hudson III - 233 Sqn - T9458. 9/.- Hudson III - 233 Sqn - V8985. 9/.- Hudson III - 233 Sqn - AE563. 9/.- Hudson III - 233 Sqn - FH453. 9/.- Hudson III - 320 Sqn - EW912. 9/.- Whitley VII - 612 Sqn - Z9376. 10/.- Hampden I - 5(C) OTU - AE379. 10/.- Spitfire PR.V - 8(C) OTU - X4487. 10/.- Hudson III - 53 Sqn - V9253. 11/.- Spitfire Is - 8(C) OTU - K9857. 11/.- Catalina I - 210 Sqn - W8416. 11/.- Hudson V - 608 Sqn - AM802. 12/.- Sunderland II - 10 Sqn(RAAF) - W6054. 12/.- Beaufighter VIc - 235 Sqn - T5284. 13/.- Beaufighter VIc - 2(C) OTU - T5146. 14/.- Beaufort II - 5(C) OTU - AW384. 15/.- Hudson V - 500 Sqn - AM722. 16/.- Whitley VII - 502 Sqn - Z9199. 18/.- Whitley VII - 612 Sqn - BD675. 19/.- Wellington Ic - 311 Sqn - DV779. 20/.- Beaufighter VIc - 254 Sqn - EL324. 20/.- Beaufighter VIc - 236 Sqn - EL454. 20/.- Beaufighter Ic - 236 Sqn - T4780. 20/.- Catalina In - 202 Sqn - FP153. 21/.- Hampden TB.1 - 415 Sqn - N9106. 22/.- Hudson VI - 320 Sqn - EW903. 24/.- Beaufighter VIc - 235 Sqn - T5253. 25/.- Hampden I - 489 Sqn - AT238. 26/.- Beaufighter VIc - 235 Sqn - EL339. 26/.- Beaufighter VIc - 235 Sqn - EL271. 26/.- Beaufighter VIc - 248 Sqn - EL263. 26/.- Beaufighter VIc - 236 Sqn - EL446. 27/.- Hudson IIIa - 279 Sqn - T9407. 28/.- Sunderland III - 95 Sqn - DV975. 29/.- Sunderland II - 95 Sqn - W6016. 29/.- Blenheim IV - 1402 Flt - Z7345 30/.- Beaufighter VIc - 248 Sqn - JL434. ....Read More.Alex Smart on 21st September 2018 06:11:57

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