17.02.1942 No. 500 Squadron Hudson V AM663 F/O. Philip R. Pollock
Operation: Anti-shipping patrol
Date: 17th February 1942 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 500 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Hudson V
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Binham, Norfolk
Location: North Sea
Pilot: F/O. Philip Rowland Pollock AUS/400290 RAAF Age 25. Missing - believed killed
Obs: Sgt. John Bernard Brady AUS/402635 RAAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. David Hewitt 751261 RAFVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. George Francis Webb 812243 RAF (Auxiliary) Age 25. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Binham in Norfolk at 07:00 hrs to take part in an anti-shipping patrol off the Dutch coast.
It should have returned by 10:15 hrs but then a signal, believed to be from this aircraft, was received at 09:57 hrs some 30 miles off the coast of Cromer.
No trace of the aircraft was found and the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
F/O. Philip Rowland Pollock. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 110. Born on the 16th October 1916 the son of Alfred William and Elizabeth Georgina Pollock, of 23 Maysia Street, Canterbury, Victoria, Australia. Prior to service worked as a clerk at the State Savings Bank.
Sgt. John Bernard Brady. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 112. Born on the 25th October 1920 the son of John Francis and Eileen Susan Brady, of 14 Carlisle Street, Rose Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Audit clerk - chartered accountancy, prior to service.
Sgt. David Hewitt. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 85. Son of William and Wilhelmina Hewitt, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Fl/Sgt. George Francis Webb. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 76. Son of Charles and Alma Margaret Webb, of Maidstone, Kent and husband of Iris Kathleen Webb, of Maidstone, England.
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