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23/24.11.1940 No 502 Squadron Whitley V P5090 YG-L Sgt. Barnfather

Operation: Convoy Escort

Date: 23/24th November 1940 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 502 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Whitley V

Serial: P5090

Code: YG-L

Base: RAF Limavady, Northern Ireland.

Location: Fathen Glinne, Balquidder, Stirlingshire

Pilot: Sgt. William John Barnfather 754627 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. John James Westoby 741729 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Obs: P/O. John Whitsed 758109 RAFVR Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Gerrard Curtis 943020 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt Jack Perfect 942632 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Stanley Hamilton RAFVR Survived/Injured


Took off at 20.00 hrs from RAF Limavady on a convoy escort patrol over the Atlantic. 

The weather was extremely poor on the return trip and it would seem that they became lost. The aircraft eventually crashing into the hills of Balquidder, Stirlingshire.




Crew graves at Grandsable (own photographs)

Burial details:

Sgt. William John Barnfather. Grandsable Cemetery. Sec. 1. Coll. Grave 12. Son of Thomas and Jane Barnfather; husband of Vera Barnfather, of Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England.

Sgt. John James Westoby. Grandsable Cemetery. Sec. 1. Coll. Grave 12. Son of John James and Ethel Theresa Westoby, England.

P/O. John Whitsed. Grandsable Cemetery. Sec. 1. Coll. Grave 12. No additional information as yet.

Sgt. James Gerrard Curtis. Grandsable Cemetery. Sec. 1. Coll. Grave 12. Son of James and Evelyn Curtis.

Sgt Jack Perfect. Grandsable Cemetery. Sec. 1. Coll. Grave 12. Son of Joseph Edward and Marjorie Perfect, of Wakefield, Yorkshire, England

Researched for relatives of the crew with thanks to Ross Mcneill - 'Coastal Command Losses', The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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