18.19.04.1943 No 31 Operational Training Unit Hudson AM773 F/O. Howard-Bangs
Operation: Anti-submarine Patrol
Date: 18/19th April 1943 (Sunday/Monday)
Unit: No. 31 Operational Training Unit
Code: Not known
Base: Debert, Canada
Location: Exact location not known
Pilot: F/O. Jeffrey Howard-Bangs 49980 RAF Age 20. Missing - believed killed
Obs: Sgt. Philip Maxwell Burns 421242 RAAF Age 19. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arnold Longstaff 645930 RAF Age 23. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Archibald Gillis R/104470 RCAF Age ? Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Hudson AM773 took off on an anti-submarine patrol. Nothing was heard from the aircraft and it failed to return to base.
Due to the very rocky terrain in the area many pilots decided to try and ditch in the sea, but the treacherous tides (listed as the highest in the world) and low water temperatures made this an extremely hazardous course of action. Very few successful ditching are recorded in the area.
After a period spanning several weeks, two of the crews bodies were washed up - the other two are recorded as missing.
F/O. Jeffrey Howard-Bangs. Ottawa Memorial Panel 2. Column 2. Son of Horace and Yolande Howard-Bangs, of Guildford, Surrey, England.
Sgt. Philip Maxwell Burns. Truro Cemetery (Terrace Hill), Nova Scotia. Plot 381. Grave 1. Born on the 20th November 1923 at Mosman New South Wales, the son of Arthur Mostyn Burns and Rita Winifred Burns, of Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia.
Sgt. Arnold Longstaff. Middleton Old Holy Trinity Cemetery, Nova Scotia. Sec.1. Grave 8. Born on the 13th October 1919 the son of John William and Edith Longstaff, of Fenham, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.
Sgt. John Archibald Gillis. Ottawa Memorial Panel 2. Column 5. From Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. No further information - are you able to assist?
Researched for Aircrew Remembered by Linda Ibrom - May 2017. With thanks to John Langstaff, brother of Arnold for photographs and information. For further details our thanks to the following sources: