25/26.07.1944 No 68 Squadron Mosquito NF.XVII MM679 Fl/Lt. Frederick J. Kemp
Operation: Anti-Diver patrol
Date: 25/26th July 1944 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 68 Squadron
Type: Mosquito NF.XVII
Code: Not known (Callsign ‘Ferro 19’)
Base: RAF Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire
Location: North Sea/Thames Estuary
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Frederick John Kemp 101548 RAFVR Age 30. Killed
Nav: F/O. James Donald Farrar 142059 RAFVR Age 20. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire on an anti diver patrol over the Thames Estuary. They were vectored to intercept a Diver (VI Flying Bomb) when it exploded - they were then vectored to another at 04:12 hrs at position M8512 - following that contact was lost.
Following a visit by Fl/Lt. Barker, who had arrived on the 27th July to investigate the disappearance, the crew were posted as ‘missing’.
It is assumed that the body of Fl/Lt. Kemp was later washed up - but we have no details on this.
Fl/Lt. Frederick John Kemp. Charlton Cemetery (Greenwich). Sec. X. 2nd Gen. Grave 60. Son of Frederick Joseph Kemp and Annie Kemp (née Ames), husband of Ellen Kathleen Mary Kemp (née Smith), of Charlton, England. Grave inscription reads “Greater Love Than This No Man Hath that A Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends“.
F/O. James Donald Farrar. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 206. Born on the 5th October 1923 in Carlshalton, the son of Donald Frederick and Margaret Margaret Farrar (née Hadgraft), of Carshalton, Surrey, England.
Further information: (courtesy Wikipedia and other sources) James Farrer lived in Carshalton, a small village in Surrey, England, attended the local grammar school, Sutton Grammar School, before working in London. The younger brother of the aeronautical engineer David J. Farrar - references to David appear throughout his published writings - and first cousin of Stewart Farrar. As James had volunteered for the RAF, he was called up in February, 1942 and received his commission as Pilot Officer the following year, serving with 68 Squadron. James Farrar's collection of poetry and prose was published in 1950 in an anthology entitled, "The Unreturning Spring", edited by Henry Williamson. An abridged version, "Spring Returning" edited by Christopher Palmer, was published in 1986.
Seven poems from "The Unreturning Spring" were set to music in 1965 by Trevor Hold as a song cycle for soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra.
His life has also been documented by Alwyn Trubshaw, Farrar's former English teacher from Sutton Grammar School. Trubshaw has been quoted as saying, "I say taught English, but it would be truer to say I taught English in his presence only. He had no need of my teaching. He was a natural born writer."
More recently, the Autumn of 2008 heralded a resurgence of interest in James Farrar, with a public performance of his writings taking place at The Charles Cryer Theatre, in Surrey and re-publication of "The Unreturning Spring".
A sample of his poetry can be read in our poetry section.
Researched by Stephen Hunnisett for Aircrew Remembered - September 2016 and dedicated to the relatives of the crew with thanks to sources as quoted below: