17.02.1942 402 Squadron Hurricane IIb BE471 Fl/Sgt. Emberg
Date: 17th February 1942 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 402 Squadron (R.C.A.F.)
Type: Hurricane IIb
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.
REASON FOR LOSS:
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.
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.