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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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04.04.1942 405 Squadron Master L8162 Sq/Ldr. McCormack crew loss

Operation: Training

Date: 4th April 1942 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 405 Squadron (City of Vancouver)

Type: Miles Master

Serial: L8162

Code: K

Base: RAF Pocklington, England

Location: Pocklington

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. John " Mac" McCormack J/4881 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Navigator: Fl/Lt. William "Fethers" Hugh Fetherston J/4530 RCAF Age 25. Killed


Performing aerobatics and during the manoeuvres dived into the ground one mile west of Pocklington - killing both occupants.

No reason for the accident found.

McCormack Fetherston Hill Clark Lomas Dodge

Left to right: Sq/Ldr. McCormack, Fl/Lt. Fetherston, Fl/Sgt. Hill (1), Sgt. Clark, Sgt. Lomas and Sgt. Dodge (2).

(1) Sq/Ldr. Howard Stephenson Hill DFC. was killed later on April 18th 1943. Flying as an instructor with 1659 Heavy Conversion Unit in Halifax II R8448 when after shutting down two engines the aircraft spun out of control and crashed on Crockey Hill, Selby Road, Yorkshire. All eight crew lost their lives. Tragically Howard also lost his brother earlier on 3rd February 1943. W/O. Raymond Hepton Hill killed whilst with 419 squadron flying a Halifax II DT630 VR-T - shot down over Sleen, Holland. 4 crew members killed with 4 others taken PoW.

(2) Sgt Lloyd Eldon Dodge killed on the 22/23rd October flying with 405 squadron. Wellington II Z8419 LQ-V lost over the sea on an operation to Le Havre with all 5 other Canadian crew members.

Fl/Lt. William 'Fethers' Hugh Fetherston and Page of Remembrance.

Burial details:

Sq/Ldr. John McCormack. Barnby-On-The-Moor (St. Catherine) Churchyard. Row E. Grave 3. From Silverthorn, Toronto, Canada - no further details as yet. His father is reported as being an instructor at the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, having flown in the RAF in the first World War. He is also known to have had a brother and a sister.

Fl/Lt. William Hugh Fetherston. Barnby-On-The-Moor (St. Catherine) Churchyard. Row E. Grave 4. Son of Hugh and Alma Fetherston, husband of Helen Clark Fetherston, of 104 Avenue Road, Forest Hill Village, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Researched for the daughter of Fl/Lt. Fetherston and for relatives of Sq/Ldr. John McCormack. With some terrific further information sent by Jim McCormack.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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