12.06.1944 No. 201 Squadron Sunderland ML760 NS-S Sunderland shot down by U Boat all crew lost
Date: 12th June 1944 (Monday)
Unit: No. 201 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Sunderland III
Base: RAF Pembroke Dock, Wales (formerly at RAF Castle Archdale, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland)
Location: Bay of Biscay
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. William Dennys Butterworth Ruth DFC. and bar MiD. 33397 RAF Age 26. Missing (1)
Pilot 2: F/O. Colin John Griffith 130952 RAFVR Age 22. Missing
Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. John Charles Leleux Humphrey 569195 RAF Age 24. Missing
Fl/Eng 2: Fl/Sgt. James William Hobson 1126971 RAFVR Age ? Missing
Nav: F/O. Peter Anthony Cavendish Hunt 126668 RAFVR Age 22. Missing
W/Op: F/O. Anthony Valentine Philp 134379 RAFVR Age 23. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Duncan Jamieson McCormick Currie DFM. 1365086 RAFVR Age 24. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Dennis Edward South DFM. 1334384 RAFVR Age 21. Missing
Mechanic/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Dennis Sharland 577586 RAF Age 21. Missing
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick Foster 1215785 RAFVR Age 24. Missing
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Jesse Robert French 536598 RAF Age 32. Missing
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Edwin Watson 1361241 RAFVR Age 38. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
On anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay.
Previously on the 7th June this crew attacked and sank U-955 off northern Spain - all 50 crew were understood to have been lost. This was their first operation.
Painting of Sunderland ML760 attacking U-955 by Michael Turner
Sunderland ML760 being flown by a relief captain (1) is reported to have been shot down from anti aircraft fire from U-333 although this cannot be confirmed. All crew bodies were never recovered and they are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.
(1) Sq/Ldr Ruth was standing in for the usual pilot, Fl/Lt. Les H. Baverstock who was on leave following the death of his father.
Right: The captain of U-333, Peter-Erich Cremer survived the war dying in Hamburg 1992. He wrote the story of his career in the book "U-Boat Commander: a periscope view of the Atlantic."
Below: At her pens U-333
Sq/Ldr. William Dennys Butterworth Ruth DFC. and bar MiD. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 201. Son of William Richard Barrons Ruth and Constance Phyllis Ruth, of Wimbledon, Surrey, England.
F/O. Colin John Griffith. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 206. Son of Maurice John and Ruth Marion Griffith, of Harlech, Merionethshire, Wales.
Fl/Sgt. John Charles Leleux Humphrey. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 219. Son of John Gemmell Humphrey and Hilda Mary Humphrey, of Wick, Caithness-shire, Scotland.
Fl/Sgt. James William Hobson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 218. No further details as yet available.
F/O. Peter Anthony Cavendish Hunt. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 207. Son of Francis Cavendish Hunt, and Winifred Lilian Hunt, of Hornsey, Middlesex, England.
W/Op: F/O. Anthony Valentine Philp. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 208. Born in 1921 in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, the eldest son of Paul Knighton Philp and Elsie Elizabeth (née Appleby).
Fl/Sgt. Duncan Jamieson McCormick Currie DFM. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 216. Son of Duncan Jamieson Currie and Ann McCormick Currie, of Thornliebank, Glasgow, Scotland.
Sgt. Dennis Edward South DFM. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 238. Son of Henry Edward and Patience Emily South, of Chislehurst, Kent, England.
Fl/Sgt. Dennis Sharland. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 222. Son of Herbert and Fanny Sharland, of Ardsley, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England.
Sgt. Frederick Foster. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 217. Son of Henry and Adelaide Foster, of Buttershaw, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, husband of Alice Elizabeth Foster.
Sgt. Jesse Robert French. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 229. Son of Edward and Florence French, of Harlow, Essex, England.
Fl/Sgt. Edwin Watson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 223. Son of Edwin F. and Margaret F. W. Watson, of Methil, Fife, Scotland, husband of Elizabeth S.S.M. Watson.
Researched for Gordon R. McFadzean, cousin of Fl/Sgt. Duncan "Don" Currie and dedicated to all relatives of the crew. Also to Chris Goff who's wife is a distant cousin of F/O. Anthony Valentine Philp - he also sent in his photograph - May 2019. With thanks for further information to Ross Mcneill - "Coastal Command Losses", Commonwealth War Graves Commission.