06.02.1940 No. 217 Squadron Anson I K8746 MW-O F/O. White
Operation: Convoy Patrol
Date: 06th February 1940 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 217 Squadron (Coastal Command - 15 Group)
Type: Anson I
Base: RAF St. Eval, Cornwall
Location: Celtic Sea off Bishops Rock, Scilly Isles
Pilot: F/O. John Arthur Charles White 39406 RAF Age 24. Missing - believed killed
Obs: P/O. Arthur Hugh Moncrieff Wright 41643 RAF Age 24. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: LAC. Herbert James Noel Marsden 528828 RAF Age 24. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: LAC. Edward Wilson 550920 RAF Survived - safe
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 07:40 hrs to escort a convoy - designated as that of OBM85G.
During a turn the plot apparently lost control and at 11:20 hrs whilst flying at just 350 ft the aircraft dived into the sea with the loss of three of the crew.
Above: As described - used with kind permission from the family.
Left: HMS Vimy - came though the war and was scrapped in 1948.
The survivor, LAC. Wilson was rescued by the crew of HMS Vimy. He survived the war and continued to serve post war.
In 1952 he was made a Flying Officer. We dont have any further details on him, perhaps you are a relative and are able to tell us more?
F/O. John Arthur Charles White. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 6. Son of Charles Lewis White, and of Ellen Elizabeth White, of Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
P/O. Arthur Hugh Moncrieff Wright. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 10. Son of Arthur Henry Moncrieff Wright and Winifred Gladys Wright, of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Although a pilot, he was probably acting as the observer on this flight.
LAC. Herbert James Noel Marsden. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 23. No further details - are you able to assist further?
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: