Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Short Stirling III EF246 - 1660 HCU 29/1/44

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    46
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Short Stirling III EF246 - 1660 HCU 29/1/44

    Hello everyone,

    Would anyone be able to help with further information regarding the loss of Stirling EF246 on 29th January 1944 or any of the crew?

    I have the entry from Bomber Command Losses and also the crew list.

    The crew consisted of:

    F/O J M Greig DFC
    P/O V F Dickinson
    Sgt A Spence
    Sgt G J Williams
    F/O E P Neary
    Sgt D L Helsby
    F/S J P Hayden RAAF.

    Also are there any photographs of this aircraft available?

    Thanks in advance,
    TEC

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Glasgow
    Posts
    400
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    TEC

    According to Michael Bowyer's book "The Stirling Story" EF246 would appear to only have had a short flying career. The book indicates it was on charge 23MU on 17/11/43 after which it was transferred to 623 Squadron on 29/11/43 and then to 1660 CU on 13/12/43. Interestingly, he has the aircraft EFA (write off due to non-operational flying accident) on 10/1/44 although publications such as Bryce Gomersall's "The Stirling File" indicated the loss as 29/1/44.

    Due to its short career, I would think this may mean any photographs of the aircraft are unlikely. Then again, you never know.

    Douglas

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    6,544
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 44 Times in 42 Posts

    Default

    TEC,

    Alan Storr provides the following summary on the loss of EF246:

    Stirling EF246, of 1660 Conversion Flight RAF, took off from RAF Swinderby at 2019 hours on 29 January 1944, on a night searchlight co-operation exercise. Shortly after 2200 hours, EF246 came into the Hull area flying on a course due south flying at 15,000 feet, and was illuminated by about 20 searchlights. The aircraft commenced violent evasive action, turning north, and diving appeared to be in distress with smoke coming from one side of the aircraft.

    All searchlights were doused at 8/9000 feet. The aircraft continued diving with smoke and flames pouring from one engine. The aircraft dived straight into the Humber River at 2203 hours.

    See: Storr: Vol.17 Airmen. A-K. Missing. NKG. (p.366 of 479).

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 1st August 2010 at 04:21.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Zelhem, Netherlands.
    Posts
    6,313
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    TEC,
    Chorley in his vol. 8 page 86 has eight casualties. Also named Sgt S. Walker (who may have been Stanley WALKER - 658405).

    Henk.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    46
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Douglas, Col and Henk,

    Thank you all for your replies. You have helped me to start to piece together this event.

    F/O Greig had obviously been operational before, do you think P/O Dickinson and F/O Neary had been on ops before?

    Many thanks,
    TEC

Posting Permissions

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