Operation: Coastal Patrol
Date: 6th June 1943 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 272 Squadron
Base: RAF Luqa, Malta
Location: Mediterranean Sea off Filfla, Malta
Pilot: F/O. Thomas Alfred Herron J/20126 RCAF Age 19. Missing
Nav: Sgt. Reginald Jack Hawksley 1212996 RAFVR Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
We have very little information on this loss and a relative of the pilot seeks any further details.
Lost over off the island of Filfla on an operational patrol. The navigators body was recovered, the pilot, is remembered on the Malta Memorial.
272 Squadron Beaufighters
Left: F/O. Thomas Alfred Herron (courtesy of Philip Van Leeuwen)
F/O. Thomas Alfred Herron. Missing. Commemorated on the Malta Memorial. Panel 10, Column 1. Son of Thomas Edward (1895-1982) and Edith Beatrice Herron - nee Webb (1886-1974), of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sgt. Reginald Jack Hawksley. Malta Naval Cemetery. Prot. Sec. (Men's) Plot F. Coll. Grave 28. No further information available as yet.
Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Philip Van Leeuwen, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 2, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and 2', Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.