11.11.1941 No. 65 Squadron Spitfire Vb W3629 Sgt. Morcom
Date: 11th November 1941 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 65 Squadron 11 Group (motto: Vi et armis -'By force of arms')
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Westhampnett, West Sussex
Location: Dieppe area
Pilot: Sgt. George Desmond Morcom NZ/403470 RNZAF Age 25. Killed
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REASON FOR LOSS:
Sgt. Morcom took off at 14.45 hrs to attack an ammunition dump and train wagons. The formation flew at low level to France with several other squadrons and found visibility so poor that some aircraft nearly hit cliffs, violent evasive action being required to clear them.
One squadron turned back after becoming separated in 10/10ths cloud at low level. The squadron operation record books recorded that they cam under accurate fire from two flak ships near the French coast en route to the target.
Also lost on this operation:
402 Squadron Hurricane IIB BE472 Flown by 29 year old, Fl/Sgt. Marshall Robert Ross Vair R/71606 RCAF hit by flak and killed.
607 Squadron Hurricane IIb BE221 Flown by 24 year old, P/O. Linton William Stevenson NZ/404961 RNZAF also understood to have been hit by flak. Some brief details shown within this page.
234 Squadron Spitfire Vb W3934 Flown by 25 year old Sgt. Wilfred Ernest Sapsed 1253598 RAFVR.
Sgt. George Desmond Morcom. Janval Cemetery. Section F, Row B, Grave 10. Born on the 21st March 1921 at Christchurch, the son of George Young Morcom and Hilda Morcom (née Cossgrove), of North Beach, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. Husband of Jean Inglis Arnott Morcom (née Percy), of Christchurch. A clerk for P and T prior to service. A total of 269 flying hours logged and on his 9th operational sortie.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:
Note: Auckland Weekly News 03 December 1941. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19411203-34-6 (If you wish to reuse the image of the pilot - please contact us for licence details)