08.07.1945 BSDU Mosquito VI PZ178 Sq/Ldr. Merryfull MBE
Operation: Test flight
Date: 08th July 1945 (Sunday)
Unit: No. Bomber Support Development Unit
Type: Mosquito VI
Base: RAF Docking
Location: Docking, Norfolk
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Charles Joseph Merryfull MBE (posth). AUS/424778 RAAF Age 25. Killed
Pass/Electrician: LAC. Francis Grady 2209126 RAFVR Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Docking in Norfolk to carry out trials with new 'Window' dispensing tanks.
The port tank beam failed and it is thought that this may have struck the tailplane.
The highly experienced pilot made an instinctive but violent recovery which caused the starboard wing to fail with the Mosquito breaking up in the air - killing both crew members.
Sq/Ldr. Charles Joseph Merryfull was posthumously awarded the MBE for the development of the foil automatic dispersal packets of window strips. He had previously served with 199 Squadron flying the Stirling bomber.
Sq/Ldr. Charles Joseph Merryfull. MBE (posth). Cambridge City Cemetery. Grave 15766. Born on the 27th November 1919 at Adelong, NSW, the son of Edward George (born - 1886, died - 6 July 1972, a veterinary surgeon) and Annie Merryfull née Onus, (died 10 August 1960) younger brother of Albert Edward, of 111 Forest Road, Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia. Enlisted on the 09th October 1942 in Sydney. He had completed 21 operational sorties by the end of the war. Grave inscription reads: 'He Gave His Life That We May Enjoy Peace'.
LAC. Francis Grady. St. Helens Cemetery. Sec. 31. Grave 88. Son of Joseph and Mary E. Grady, of Thatto Heath, St. Helens, England.
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