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17.02.1942 402 Squadron Hurricane IIb BE471 Fl/Sgt. Emberg

Operation: Scramble

Date: 17th February 1942 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 402 Squadron (R.C.A.F.)

Type: Hurricane IIb

Serial: BE471

Base: R.A.F. Coleby Grange, Lincolnshire

Location: Plymouth, England

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Ronald John Emberg R/56105 (Later J/15585) R.C.A.F. Age 21. Survived, unhurt.


Took off late in the morning on a scramble to assist the attack of destroyers in the Brest area - Squadron reported as some damage done to the fleet. During the return they met with three Luftwaffe Me 109's coming over the channel. Dogfights followed one Me109 went down, remaining two attacked Fl/Sgt Emberg's Hurricane with damage being done to the aircraft. He managed to return to the airfield at Plymouth making a crash landing. The aircraft was repaired (Cat 'B'), Fl/Sgt Emberg suffered no injuries.

Promoted to P/O n July 1942 and received the D.F.C. whilst serving with 175 Squadron. Shot down again on the 19th August, baling out into the sea - picked up by the Polish destroyer 'Slazak'.

Posted to 276 Squadron at R.A.F. Harrowbeer to fly Lysanders on sea rescue operations in September 1942. Promoted to F/O. in March 1943 whilst an instructor at 1 O.T.U. at Bagotville, Canada. Promoted later to Fl/Lt.

Ron Ember died in Ottawa, Canada in 1991.

Burial Details:

None, Fl/Lt. Ronald John Emberg survived the war.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 2. The Paradie Canadian Archives.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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