04/05.03.1942 No. 254 Squadron, Blenheim IV R3839 Sgt. Norman J. Rolfe
Operation: Convoy Escort
Date: 05th March 1942 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 254 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Carew Cheriton
Location: Ridgeway, Pembrokeshire
Pilot: Sgt. Norman Jack Rolfe 1377013 RAFVR Age 29. Killed
Obs: Sgt. James Quar McPherson 1054475 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harold Banks 980452 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
After a night convoy escort the Blenheim flew into the Ridgeway killing all the crew. (see map)
No further details as to cause. We welcome any further information.
Sgt. Norman Jack Rolfe. Pembroke Dock Cemetery (Llanion). Sec T. Grave 179. Son of William Norman and Amy Rolfe, husband of Marjory Eileen Rolfe, of Ramsgate, Kent, England.
Sgt. James Quar McPherson. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Cemetery (St. Andrew's and Jesmond). Son of James Quar McPherson and Mary Alice McPherson, of Jesmond, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. His grave inscription reads: “Always a Beautiful memory, often a silent tear. Gone but never forgotten.”
Sgt. Harold Banks. Accrington Cemetery. Sec. E. C of E. Plot O. Grave 62A. Son of Elizabeth Banks, and stepson of Richard Pennington, of Accrington, England. His grave inscription reads: “His sun went down at noon.”
Researched for Mary McPherson (niece of the Observer) and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with information obtained from sources quoted below.