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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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06.11.1941 No. 148 Squadron Wellington II Z8365 BS-H P/O. McMaster

Operation: Acceptance Test

Date: 6th November 1941

Unit: No. 148 Squadron

Type: Wellington II

Serial: Z8365

Coded: BS-H

Location: Kabrit, Egypt

Pilot: P/O. Hugh McMaster AUS/404110 RAAF Age 25. Killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. Donald Ferguson Muir 980442 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

Ground Crew: Ac1st Class Herbert Albert Penfold 1262626 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Ground Crew: Lac. William Ernest Clark 16876 RAAF Age 27. Killed


Took off on an acceptance test and stalled on approach. The port engine was feathered but the pilot turned to port.

The aircraft then rapidly lost height, crashed and burst into flames. The two pilots on board were killed and also two ground crew.

Left: Grave marker for P/O. McMaster and above Fayid War cemetery

Burial Details:

P/O. Hugh McMaster. Fayid War Cemetery 1.E.5. Son of Hugh and Lilly Alexandre, husband of Audrey Eileen Patricia of Hamilton, Queensland.

Sgt. Donald Ferguson Muir. Fayid War Cemetery 1.E.9. Son of Bruce and Agnes Mabel of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.

Ac.1st Class Herbert Albert Penfold. Fayid War Cemetery 1.E.11. Son of Arthur Frederick and Ethel Maud of Hornchurch, Essex, England.

L.a.c. William Ernest Clark. Fayid War Cemetery 1.E.7. Son of Edgar and Mary, husband of Doreen Mary of Subiaco, Western Australia.

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