15.02.1939 No. 44 Squadron Blenheim I LII55 Fl/Lt. Withy
Date: 15th February 1939 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 44 Squadron
Type: Blenheim I
Base: RAF North Coates
Location: Close to airfield
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Ernest Michael Withy RAF Age 25. Killed
Obs: AC. 2. John Henry Richardson RAF Age 23. Injured
W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC.2. Joseph Raymond Lisgo 551607 RAF Injured
REASON FOR LOSS:
Researched by Simon Glancey for Aircrew Remembered May 2018.
Taking off from RAF North Coates at about 07:30 hrs on a train flight. The aircraft had been checked an the engines run for about 25 minutes prior to take off.
After taking off an when at about 75 ft the engines began to splutter and backfire. This did improve and the aircraft climbed. The when at about 150 ft the engines started spluttering again, the aircraft turned to the left and then side slipped into the ground.
The pilot was found dead next to the wreckage, AC2 Richardson was also outside the wreckage and alive. AC2 Lisgo was still inside the aircraft and witnesses pulled him clear of the debris.
Both serving crew were then taken to Grimsby Hospital, John Richardson died shortly after admission from shock and multiple injuries.
Joseph Lisgo (shown left
) suffered head injuries but recovered and eventually returned to service. Joining the RAF air-sea rescue on the high speed launches where he was awarded a MiD for managing to restate the boat engine whilst under fire. Gazetted in the King's New year Honours on January 1st 1941.
He later married Marieka Vandenburgh a Dutch undergraduate he met in Amsterdam whilst with 110 Squadron. He eventually retired from the RAF in 1983. He passed away on the 04th April 2007 leaving three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Mr. Lisgo was 86.
Fl/Lt. Ernest Michael Withy. The son of Captain E. Withy RASC of Southroyd, Saxlingham, Nethergate, Norfolk.
AC. 2. John Henry Richardson. St Oswald's Church, Ashbourne. Of Belper Road, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England.
AC.2. Joseph Raymond Lisgo. St Mungo’s Church, Bromfield, Cumbria, England. Of Whiteclosegate, Carlisle, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources shown, Grimsby Evening Standard, The Scotsman, The Shields Evening News.