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No. 269 Squadron
24.10.1940 No.269 Squadron Lockheed Hudson I P5132 UA-F Fl/Lt. Mole

Operation: Patrol S.A.1, Reconnaissance Norwegian Coast

Date: 24th October 1940 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 269 Squadron

Type: Lockheed Hudson Mk.1

Serial: P5132

Code: UA-F

Base: RAF Wick, Caithness, Scotland

Location: North Sea off the Norwegian Coast

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Nigel Brook Mole. 37779 RAF Age 24. Killed

Nav: Sgt. Douglas Albert James Smith. 742822 RAFVR Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alexander Whyte Campbell 545658 RAF Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Edward Redmond (Jack) Sharvin 550430 RAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Hudson P5132 took off from RAF Wick at 07:11hrs to make a reconnaissance of the Norwegian coast near Bergen. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off. It is believed that the aircraft was shot down by Ltn. Deutchle of 6/JG77 and crashed into the sea

Lockheed Hudson Mk I of No. 269 Squadron at Wick. Sgt. A. W. Campbell and Sgt. J. E. R. Sharvin

All the crew are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial

Sgt. A. W. Campbell is remembered on the Lossiemouth War Memorial. Sgt. N. B. Mole is remembered on the Harpenden War Memorial

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Nigel Brook Mole. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 4. Son of Harold Brook Mole and Rose Mary Mole of Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, Republic of Ireland. Nigel is remembered on the Harpenden War Memorial

Sgt. Douglas Albert James Smith. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 19. Son of Arthur George Smith and Elsie Smith of Kidderminster. Douglas was born in 1917 and is remembered on the Kidderminster WW2 Memorial. At the time of his death his address was given as 226 Sutton Park Road, Kidderminster, England.

Reported missing 2 November 1940 (courtesy Dr. J P Shipley)

Sgt. Alexander Whyte Campbell. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 12. Son of Alexander Campbell and Elizabeth Campbell. Husband of Christina Campbell of Lossiemouth, Morayshire, Scotland. Alexander was born in 1917 and had lived at 41 Argyle Street, Lossiemouth. Alexander is remembered on the Lossiemouth War Memorial

Sgt. John Edward Redmond (Jack) Sharvin. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 19. Son of Senan Sharvin, J. P. and Martha Sharvin of Strangford, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Researched by: Kate Tame for Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew

Acknowledgements: With special thanks to Kevin Langley and Wing Commander Wood relatives of Sgt. John Edward Redmond Sharvin, Ross McNeill - RAF Coastal Command Losses 1939-1941, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Lossiemouth War Memorial Book of Remembrance - Donald Stewart, Harpenden History Society, Imperial War Museum

KT Page updated 07.09.2016

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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