04.12.1940 No. 220 Squadron Hudson I P5135 NR-O F/O. David Lingwood
Operation: Hornli Patrol
Date: 04th December 1940 (Friday)
Unit: 220 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Hudson I
Base: RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire.
Location: North Sea off Hartlepool, England.
Pilot: F/O. David Lingwood 41305 RAF Age 20. Missing
Nav: F/O. Royffe Digby Masters 72528 RAFVR Age ? Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Derek Vernon Taylor 623170 RAF Age 19. Missing
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward James Pritchard 568713 RAF Age 20. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 10.50 hrs from RAF Thornaby on a Hornli Patrol (1) During a return from the patrol several estimated time of arrival were received as well as a direction finding signal sent at 17.35 hrs. The Hudson went down in the North Sea off Hartlepool. Aircraft or crew were never recovered, being remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.
We understand that Sgt. Edward J. Pritchard trained at RAF Halton (2) in Buckinghamshire, where they trained young men as apprentices to be part of the much needed ground crews in various skilled maintenance tasks. Many other air forces also sent trainees here. He must have transferred to flying duties at a later date.
(1) Hornli Patrol was a patrol from Horns Rocks in Denmark to Lista in Norway.
(2) RAF Halton is still used to train RAF personnel today.
Left: Some of the memorial panels at Runnymede (A.R. Archives)
F/O. David Lingwood. ‘Missing’. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 6. Son of Sq/Ldr. Joseph Harold Lingwood, and Henrietta Lingwood, of Ashtead, Surrey, England.
F/O. Royffe Digby Masters. ‘Missing’. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 6. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Sgt. Derek Vernon Taylor. ‘Missing’. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 20. Son of Edgar Stanley Taylor and Marguerite Herbert Taylor, of Sutton, Surrey, England.
Sgt. Edward James Pritchard. ‘Missing’. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 18. Son of John James Pritchard and Clare Amelia Pritchard, husband of Dorothy Emily Pritchard, of West Thurrock, Essex, England.
Researched and dedicated to Carol Sach (Née Pritchard) and all the relatives of this crew with thanks to Ross Mcneill - 'Coastal Command Losses’, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. With additional details from Aircrew Remembered own archives.