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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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13.05.1943 7 AA CU Oxford I N6296 Flt Sgt. Davidson

Operation: Ferry Flight

Date: 13th May 1943 (Thursday)

Unit No: 7 AA CU (Anti Aircraft Co-Operation Unit)

Type: Airspeed Oxford I

Serial: N6296

Code: Not known

Base: RAF North Coates

Location: North Sea off Tetney Haven

Pilot: Flt Sgt. Richard Davidson 548115 RAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Flt Sgt. Sgt Davidson was piloting an Airspeed Oxford, N6296, on a ferry flight to RAF North Coates, near to the Humber Estuary in Lincolnshire.

At 16:05 hrs on approach to the airfield when the starboard engine failed, causing the aircraft to veer to starboard and crash into the Humber off Tetney Haven. His body recovered and buried as shown below.

Burial details:

Flt Sgt. Richard Davidson. Bickerton Cemetery. Grave 171. Grave Inscription: "THY WILL, NOT MINE, O LORD". The son of William and Mary Davidson and the husband of Edith May (née Manning) Davidson, of Bickerton. He and Edith had only been married for a few months before his death.

Researched by Mike McQuaid for Aircrew Remembered (Dec 2017). Page dedicated to the relatives of this pilot.

KTY - 22.12.2017

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