30.12.1949 No. 8 Squadron Bristol Brigand I VS839 F/O. Desmond L. Scott
Date: 30th December 1949 (Friday)
Unit: No. 8 Squadron
Type: Bristol 164 Brigand BI
Base: RAF Khormaksar, Aden
Location: Red Sea
Pilot: F/O. Desmond Lionel Scott 3036637 RAF Age 23 Missing
Nav: Nav III. Peter William Cross RAF Missing
Signaller: Sig II. Lionel Vincent Hayes RAF Missing
AC. 2nd class Dennis Martin RAF Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
On a night cross country sortie from Khormaksar to Perim Island - then on to Assabaudjebel Seka Island and return to base.
Lost without trace although 3 dinghies were found in various positions north of Perim Island.
8 Squadron Officers
Front row: Capt. R.E.P. Ince (army liaison), F/O. D.L. Scott, F/O. F.A. Partridge, Fl/Lt. R.H.S. Butt (flight commander) Sq/Ldr. A. Msk.S. Steadman DFC (Squadron Commander), Nav III. P.W. Cross, Fl/Lt. P.M. Mitchell (Flight Commander), F/O. E.J.R. Downs, F/O. R. French. Fl/Lt. T. Tylor, Middle Row: PI. J. Sutton, Sig IV. j. Fraser, Nav II. P. Tyler, Nav II. G.R. Robinson, Sig III. P. Blakey, Sig II. C.R. Dingley, PI. P.A. Haughey, Nav. I.A.J. Fisher, Sig IV. I.D. Harrison, Sig II. G.H. King, Sig II. L. Varty, Back Row: Nav II. M. Heather, Sig II. R.S.G. Hall, Sig II. L.V. Hayes, Nav. I.J.W. Watkins DFC and Bar, P.III. M.E. Hollins, Sig II. T. Simpson, Sig II. J. Stones, P.II. G. E. Hickson, Nav III. D. Guy. (courtesy Jacqui Freegard)
No cause established but possible the aircraft ran into bad weather which had not been forecast - perhaps the pilot lost control when changing from Visual Flight Rules to Instrument Flight Rules since it was reported that the pilot had little night flying experience.
Accepted that the aircraft must have struck the sea with considerable force to release the dinghies and allow them to float away.
No details - all crew missing
Thanks to Jacqueline Freegard for bringing this loss to our attention. Her father was one of the crews sent to search for this loss. The pilot, F/O. Desmond Scott had been his pilot on previous operations. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.