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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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10.02.1942 Ferry Transport Unit Hudson III V9127 F/O. David C. Anderson

Operation: Navigation exercise

Date: 10th February 1942 Tuesday)

Unit: FTU (Ferry Transport Unit)

Type: Hudson III

Serial: V9127

Base: RAF Honeybourne

Location: Brayspool, Ponterbryd, Cardiganshire.

Pilot: F/O. David Campbell Anderson AUS/400453 RAAF Age 28. Killed

Obs: Fl/Sgt. Gordon Robert Duncan R/69109 RCAF Age 27. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Hammond Harker 1360531 RAFVR Age 27. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Hodgson 1310359 RAFVR Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 11:00 hrs on a navigation / fuel consumption test flight when the weather was described as fine.

The aircraft was flying in very poor visibility and, according to the accident report, pilot was flying at a low altitude in hilly country, when it crashed at Brayspool, Ponterbryd, Cardiganshire at 12:30 hrs. The enquiry held on the 07th March 1942 stated that at the time of take off the weather report confirmed that it was quite in order for the flight to take place.

Burial details:

F/O. David Campbell Anderson. Aberystwyth Cemetery Sec. 18. Grave 851. Born on 05th March 1914 the son of David and Florence Campbell Anderson, of Wilson Street, Horsham, Victoria, Australia. Grave inscription reads: “Duty Nobly Done. Remembered At Home.”

Fl/Sgt. Gordon Robert Duncan. Aberystwyth Cemetery Sec. 18. Grave 864. Son of Orval Stanley and Margaret Beatrice Duncan, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription reads: “Their Name Liveth For Evermore.”

Sgt. John Hammond Harker. Hebden (St. Peter) Churchyard. Grave 3. Son of Richard Watson Harker and Elizabeth Harker, of Grassington, husband of Muriel Harker, of Grassington, Yorkshire, England.

Sgt. Ronald Hodgson. Norton Cemetery. Grave 253D. Son of John and Laura Hodgson, of Norton, Malton, husband of Kathleen Mary Hodgson, of Ainderby Steeple, Hambleton, Yorkshire, England.

Additional details and photographs submitted by Phillip Jones - May 2016. Other sources as quoted below.

KTY 22.05.2016 New photographs added.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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