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.
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
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.
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