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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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236 Squadron Crest
04.11.1943 No. 236 Squadron Beaufighter TF.X. LZ292 ND-Q Fl/Sgt. Henry Brennand

Operation: Anti-ship patrol

Date: 4th November 1943

Unit: No. 236 Squadron

Type: Beaufighter TF.X.

Serial: LZ292

Code: ND-Q

Base: RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire

Location: North Sea - no further information

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Henry Brennand 1237260 RAFVR Age ? Missing

Nav: Sgt. Henry Macaulay 657157 RAFVR Age 24. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off on anti shipping patrol from RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire at 10.14hrs.

Nothing further was heard from them and although records from the Luftwaffe and Flak batteries have been checked none show claims for this aircraft. Systematic searchers by the RAF for aircraft lost over the North Sea were not undertaken and any efforts were limited to isolated cases some initiated by private search groups hampered by the rules laid down by the MoD.

  

Above left: Sgt. Henry Macaulay and right the North Coates memorial to 236 Squadron.

On this day the Luftwaffe claimed 8 allied aircraft shot down - all bombers and between 18.53 hrs and 20.46 hrs. Only 1 crashed in the North Sea and that was a Wellington in the area of WNW Rotterdam at 20.18 hrs by Oblt. Werner Speidel of 10./NJG 3. None of these being a Beaufighter. None of the flak batteries placed claims on this day. It would seem likely then that LZ292 was lost due to a mechanical problem, the weather or a flying error.

It is possible that the bodies of the crew were washed ashore but due to the very poor quality of the RAF ID discs there is a chance that they are buried somewhere as unknown, but this possibility is very small considering the numbers that were washed ashore in Holland, Denmark or even Norway.

Left: Runnymede memorial

Burial details:

None - still classed as missing.

Fl/Sgt. Henry Brennand. Runnymede Memorial Panel 135. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Sgt. Henry Macaulay. Runnymede Memorial Panel 157. Son of Henry and Sarah Jane Macaulay, of Liverpool, England.

Researched by Rob Phillips and webmaster for the nephew of Sgt Henry Macaulay, Robert Macaulay.


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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