13.11.1942 No. 167 Squadron Spitfire Vb EP251/EP349 VL-T, Sgt. Norwood
Operation: Shipping Recce
Date: 13th November 1942 (Friday)
Unit: No. 167 Squadron
Type: Spitfire Vb
Serial: EP251 / EP349
Code: VL-R / VL-T
Base: RAF Ludham, Norfolk
Location: North Sea
Pilot: Sgt. Brian Peter Norwood 1331850 RAFVR Age 20. Missing - believed killed
Pilot: Sgt. ‘Dick’ Cornelis Geesink 124747 RAFVR Age 23. PoW No: 862 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Bellaria (L3) (1)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Both taking off from Raf Ludham in Norfolk at 13:40 hrs on a Shipping recce from the Hook of Holland to Texel. Neither aircraft returned and despite overdue action taken neither pilot could be found.
Two pilots from the Squadron took off at 15:55 hrs on Air/Sea Rescue escort, F/O. H.P.J. Heukenfeldt-Jansen returning at 17:40 hrs and 21 year old, Sgt. George John Cassidy (2) 1380992 RAFVR returning at 18:05 hrs.
(1) Sgt. Geesink, a Dutch pilot, was commissioned during his period as a PoW. After the war worked as a pilot with KLM and also Martinis. Retired in 1978. Died on the 28th April 1996
(2) Sgt. Cassidy was also lost on the 04th April 1943. During a Ramrod to Amsterdam, flying Spitfire Vb EP608 when he was shot down by JG1.
Sgt. Brian Peter Norwood. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 90. Son of Thomas Alan and Nellie Norwood, of Patcham, Sussex.
Fl/Sgt. George John Cassidy. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 135. Son of Thomas and Hannah Cassidy, husband of Gladys Cassidy, of Hackney, London, England.
Researched for and with information supplied by Charles Norwood - nephew of Sgt. Brian Norwood who contacted us on 13th November 2016. Dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below: