Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Beaufighter LX415 off Orkney

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Orkney Isles
    Posts
    49
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Beaufighter LX415 off Orkney

    Hi all,

    anyone know any details about the loss of the Beaufighter LX415 off the Isle of Sanday in Orkney on 22 11. 1943?
    does anyone have the 144 Sqn ORB for this day?

    cheers

    Kevin

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Bewdley, UK
    Posts
    2,700
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    Hi Kevin,

    On the return from attacking a small ship off Svino the Beaufighter was flying on one engine when it dived into the sea 8 miles north east of Stronsay, Orkney at 13:05 hrs. F/Sgt Shepherd was rescued from his dinghy in position CRKT 1050 by a Walrus and taken to Kirkwall Hospital. F/Sgt Fletcher is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Regards
    Ross
    The Intellectual Property contained in this message has been assigned specifically to this web site.
    Copyright Ross McNeill 2015/2018 - All rights reserved.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Orkney Isles
    Posts
    49
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Hi Ross thank you for the very prompt reply ! and the information, maybe I could find the log from the walrus? Did they sink the ship they attacked?

    thanks again

    Kevin
    Last edited by Kevin Heath; 6th March 2009 at 20:59.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Orkney Isles
    Posts
    49
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Hi Ross got the ORB from the Shapinsay ASR launch today and they seem to have picked up F/Sgt Shepherd ? could it have been that the Walrus spotted the dinghy and called the launch, which according to the ORB was ordered to the East of Orkney to sit on station early that morning. where is position CRKT 1050 ?

    all the best

    Kevin

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Zelhem, Netherlands.
    Posts
    6,313
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Gents,
    Correct serial was L"Z"415.
    Easter greetings,
    Henk.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Orkney Isles
    Posts
    49
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Thank you Henk correction made in file !

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Kirkeby
    Posts
    440
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts

    Default

    Hi,

    I have read the Danish illegal leaflets "Information" from 1943. Found some interesting details, edited in a short summary.

    "While fishing in the North Sea, the fishermen of the Danish fishing vessel "Orion", were witness to an air combat, resulting in a loss of an English aircraft. The fishing vessel sailed to the place of ditch, rescued an airman who was alive. He was later transferred to an English patrol vessel, situated nearby their vessel.

    The Danish skipper Carl Albert Diget and his crew of 3 fishermen, they were all arrested on arrival back to Skagen Harbour on 1/12 1943. It was supposed, that the identifiction number of the fishing wessel, was reported by German aircraft."

    It could be F/Sgt H I Shepherd, 1269772, from Beaufighter LZ415, 144 Sqn. I can not find other airmen within Coastal Command or RAF beeing rescued in such a way and in this period.

    Regards

    Finn Buch
    Last edited by Argus; 28th November 2017 at 17:48.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •