11.10.1941 No. 217 Squadron Beaufort I AW197 Sgt. Perry crew loss
Date: 11th October 1941 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 217 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Beaufort I
Base: St. Eval, Cornwall. England
Location: English Channel
Pilot: Sgt. Kenneth William Perry 918534 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Nav/Bmr: Sgt. Carl Christian Thomsen R/60289 RCAF Age 31. Killed
W/Op: Fl/Sgt. F.J. Gornall 1051580 RAFVR (?) Prisoner of War No: 24340 Stalag Luft Heydekrug
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Charles Edward Earl 923291 RAFVR Age 35. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 18.41hrs. for mine laying operations at Brest off the North West coast of France. It is thought that the Beaufort ditched into the sea in Brest Harbour. Fl/Sgt. Gornall became a Prisoner of War whilst the remainder of the crew lost with the aircraft.
Beaufort I MW-E lost in Brest harbour
RAF St. Eval, Cornwall
Memorial at RAF St. Eval (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Sgt. Kenneth William Perry Runnymede Memorial Panel 50.
Bill and Elsie Perry of Chattenden, Kent
Sgt. Carl Christian Thomsen Runnymede Memorial Panel 62.
Son of Niels and Anne Marie Thomsen; husband of Sigrid Thomsen (nee Nielson), of Kerteminde, Denmark.
Sgt. Charles Edward Earl Runnymede Memorial Panel 42.
Son of Charles James Earl and Louisa Earl, of Kentish Town, London.
Dedicated to the relatives of the crew - with the valued and dedicated assistance of Ray Peek, friend of the family of Sgt. Kenneth William Perry.
With thanks to the following:
Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol 2, the CWGC