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    Default 48 Squadron Hudson Crash 23 Oct 1943

    I'm hoping that someone can sort out the various bits of this story.
    Flt. Sgt. Gordon John McFadyean (1385941) is listed on my local War Memorial and the story I have from a relative is that Gordon was the pilot of a Lockheed Hudson of 48 Squadron which was seen to crash into the Mediterranean on 23 October 1943.
    The aircraft had been converted to carry under-wing, anti-ship/submarine rockets and was on a training flight with just three crew. A Maltese fishing boat saw the accident and recovered the body of the Air Gunner.
    Another source tells me that Gordon had completed an operation flight on 19 October from and to Gibraltar with Flt. Sgt. Paul Newns (1083467) and two RCAF Flt. Sgts. - Stanley Maynard Craig (R/125457) and Donald Joseph Cotter (R/125780). All four are on the CWGC Register as having died on 23 October but Cotter is listed on the Gibraltar Memorial whereas the other three are listed on the Malta Memorial.
    I cannot identify the burial of the Air Gunner.
    Can anyone help, please.
    Ken

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    Hello,

    The aircraft was No.48 Sqn Hudson VI FK398, which dived into the sea on RP practice 15m E of Gibraltar on 23-10-1943.

    Col.

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    Ken,

    according to information on CWGC side for both memorials:

    Malta Memorial - for those who have not known grave
    Gibraltar Memorial - The Memorial commemorates, by name, 91 airmen and soldiers who died during the 1939-45 War who were buried at sea.

    So I think that he was purposely buried in the sea.

    But why I do not know...

    Hope this helps a little

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Col. and Pavel - thanks for your info.

    Ken

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