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23.07.1940 No. 269 Squadron Hudson I P5152 UA-J Fl/Lt. Price

Operation: Convoy Escort 188.

Date: 23rd July 1940 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 269 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Hudson I

Serial: P5152

Coded: UA-J

Base: RAF Wick, Scotland.

Location: At airfield RAF Wick, Scotland.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Charles David Weaver Price 37985 RAF Age 27. Killed

Nav: P/O. James Tatne Taine Fleming 41277 RAF (New Zealand) Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. William Appleby 42975 RAF Age 26. Killed

W/Op: Sgt. Lawrence Land 623762 RAF Age ? Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

 Collided with Hurricane P2862 No. 3 Squadron piloted by Fl/Lt. Douglas Leonard Bisgood (1) whilst taking off at 04.15 hrs from Wick. Crashed, resulting in the aircraft catching fire and the bomb load exploding, killing all on board - Fl/Lt. Bisgood was seriously injured but recovered.

Fl/Lt. Price had an earlier accident when on 21st March 1940 during take off, the Anson 1 (N9673) he was piloting, failed to take off due to a combination of conditions (wet, temporary runway and heavily loaded) also the end of the runway being blocked by a Hurricane and a fuel bowser with insufficient speed the take off was aborted and the aircraft written off. 

Anson I piloted by Fl/Lt. Charles Price lost on an earlier mission on 21st March 1940 (source unknown)

(1) Fl/Lt. Bisgood went on to win a DFC, sadly killed on the 18th April 1947 whilst instructing on Halifax ST807 with 202 Squadron. He was then a squadron leader. All other 8 crew and passengers were also killed.

Burial Details:

Fl/ Lt. Charles David Weaver Price. Llanspyddid (St. Cattwg) Churchyard S.E. of church. Son of Charles Weaver Price and Rhineadd Mary Gwendoline Price, stepson of Eva Price of Llanspyddid, Wales.

P/O. James Tatne Taine Fleming. Wick Cemetery Sec. O. Grave 412. Son of Archibald Munnoch Fleming and Hazel Darling Fleming, of Karori, Wellington, New Zealand.

P/O. William Appleby. Morpeth (SS. Mary and James) Churchyard. Old ground. Son of Robert and Harriet Appleby, of Morpeth, England, husband of Paula Appleby.

Sgt. Lawrence Land. Wick Cemetery Sec. O. Grave 411. Next of Kin details not currently available.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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