28.02.1942 No 255 Squadron Beaufighter IIF R2333 Sq/Ldr. McGevor D.F.M.
Date: 28th February 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 255 Squadron
Type: Bristol Beaufighter IIF
Base: RAF Coltishall, Norfolk
Location: North Sea North West Cromer, Norfolk
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Frederick Peter James McGevor DFM. 70424 RAF Age 39. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Leonard Samuel Barker 1178664 RAFVR Age 27. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off to intercept reported Luftwaffe in the area. No further information although it is thought that they both baled out of their stricken aircraft.
It is worth noting that 255 Sqn had a spate of crashes caused by engine failures and the inability of the Beaufighter IF to maintain height on one Merlin may have played a part in this loss. No reports of claims by the Luftwaffe on this night for a Beaufighter.
The previous Squadron leader for 255 was lost just a few days earlier on the 25th february. A remembrance page will also be placed to Sq/Ldr. Geoffrey Clennell.
Left and above Scottow War Cemetery as visited by Aircrew Remembered in May 2013 - Anyone who would like a larger image, please contact us and we will email a higher resolution to you, free of charge.
Sq/Ldr. Frederick Peter James McGevor DFM. Commemorrated on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 65. Son of John and Elizabeth McGevor, husband of Norah McGevor, of Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.
Sgt. Leonard Samuel Barker. Scottow War Cemetery. Grave 265. Son of Arthur and Louisa Emma Barker, husband of Edith Mary Barker, of Wandsworth, London, England.
Researched and dedicated to relatives of this crew with thanks for additional information to Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 2', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.