Capt Buck was drowned with the crew of X3398.
Crashed 15:32 into the North Sea 300 yards off Clacton, Essex.
A report on this incident, filed by 18 Group ROC, indicated seven men were aboard the a/c and in addition to the four men listed, an army officer, Capt Buck, also drowned.
All bodies were recovered by lifeboat.
At about 15:30 on the afternoon of the 15th February 1942, a British Wellington bomber crashed into the sea about 300 yards off the beach, a quarter of a mile W of Clacton Pier. A light NNW wind was blowing, with a slight sea. The lifeboat motor mechanic was on the pier, and he and three soldiers at once put off in two rowing boats. The mechanic had realised that time was vital and that it would take too long to get the lifeboat crew together. He took one soldier with him in the larger of the two rowing boats, the two other soldiers manning the other. Under his supervision the two boats picked up four men from the bomber and two Army officers who had swum out to help and were in serious difficulty. Some of the rescued men died later. The action of the two officers in swimming out was reported to the Royal Humane Society and two of the soldiers who went out in the two boats, a captain and a battery sergeant major, were thanked, but a third could not be traced. At the request of the authorities the lifeboat coxswain and assistant motor mechanic put off in a boat later in the day to take officers out to the aeroplane. These two men were engaged from 19:00 to 21:30.
Rewards £2 2s 6d "
(Source: Supplement to Annual Reports of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution 1939-46)
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