27.03.1942 No: 409 Squadron Beaufighter IIF T3142 Sq/Ldr. Hanbury
Date: 27th March 1942 (Friday)
Unit: No. 409 Squadron Nighthawk (motto: Media nox meridies noster "Midnight is our noon")
Type: Beaufighter IIF
Base: RAF Coleby Grange, Lincolnshire
Location: Leverton, Lincolnshire
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Bruce Alexander Hanbury C/1329 RCAF Age 31. Killed
Pilot 2: P/O. Philip Marcus Sweet J/6191 RCAF Age 21. Killed
Obs: Fl/Sgt. John William Dickson R/355A RCAF Age 33. Killed
We are extremely grateful to François Dutil (438 Squadron Archivist) for supplying photographs and information to Aircrew Remembered in October 2017. All photographs shown within this page are available to relatives at a higher resolution (as are most of those named within this page) - courtesy of François.
REASON FOR LOSS:
The pilot, Sq/Ldr. Hanbury had previously served in 112 Squadron RCAF and 1 Squadron RCAF. He had taken part in the Battle of Britain.
On this flight he had taken up the Beaufighter to show a new pilot to the squadron the characteristics of the aircraft. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed at Leverton killing all three crew members.
Above left: Sq/Ldr. ‘Jack’ John David Morrison (1). Right: Sq/Ldr. Bruce Alexander Hanbury
(1) Sq/Ldr. ‘Jack’ Morrison C/825, RCAF age 23 from Regina, Saskatchewan was killed flying Spitfire Vb whilst with 412 Squadron escorting Bostons. Claimed shot down by Oblt. Muncheberg of JG26. Also lost with him from the Squadron, P/O. A.T.A. Young J/5339 RCAF taken PoW also claimed by the same Luftwaffe pilot.
Sq/Ldr. Bruce Alexander Hanbury. Scopwick Church. Row 4. Grave 37. Born on the 11th April 1911 in Vancouver, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hanbury and husband of Nancy (née Burris) of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
P/O. Philip Marcus Sweet. Scopwick Church. Row 4. Grave 40. Son of Charles and Georgia Sweet, of Huron, South Dakota, United States of America. Grave inscription: “The Lord Is My Shepherd; I Shall Not Want Psalm 23.1”.
Fl/Sgt. John William Dickson. Scopwick Church. Row 3. Grave 27. Son of John W. Dickson, and of Alice Mills Dickson, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription: “Until The Day Break And The Shadows Flee Away”.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources indicated below and also to Daff for the use of grave photographs from ‘Find A Grave’. Page made possible with thanks to François Dutil (438 Squadron Archivist).