13.06.1944 No. 421 Squadron Spitfire IX MK235 F/O. Robert W. Murray
Operation: Beach Patrol
Date: 13th June 1944 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 421 Squadron
Type: Spitfire IX
Base: RAF Tangmere, Sussex
Location: 8 miles south of Tangmere, English Channel
Pilot: F/O. Robert Wilton Murray J/23038 RCAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Returning from a patrol the aircraft developed engine trouble he called in and informed Tangmere that his engine had cut out and that he would be baling out. The aircraft glided into the English Channel at 07.40 hrs some 8 miles south of the base at RAF Tangmere. It seems that Fl/Lt. Murray did bale out, but that his parachute caught in the tail wheel of the aircraft.
Some reports list it as colliding with NH415, but we understand that the collision that refers to is that of Spitfire IX MJ824, from 127 wing - 416 Squadron, flown by W/Cmdr. Lloyd V. Chadburn DSO bar, DFC. who was killed along with the other pilot, 23 year old Fl/Lt. Frank J. Clark from Brampton, Ontario, Canada of 421 Squadron. Both are buried in France.
421 Squadron Spitfire IX (courtesy IWM)
Left: Grave at Brookwood Military Cemetery.
F/O. Robert Wilton Murray. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 52.E.9. Son of David Gregg Murray and Ethel Ellen Murray of Southbank, British Columbia, Canada. Born in Nanton, Alberta, Canada. His brother, F/O. Douglas Gray Murray DFC also served in the RCAF with 35 ‘Pathfinder’ Squadron. His grave is inscribed: “He that believeth in me, Though he were dead, Yet shall he live”. St. John XI.25.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Linda Murray relative of the pilot, also credits to, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 3, Aircrew Remembered archives, Les Allison and Harry Hayward - 'They Shall Grow Not Old', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.