02.12.1941 No. 22 Squadron Beaufort I AW216 OA-P Fl/Lt. John R. Noble
Date: 2nd December 1941 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 22 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Bristol Beaufort I
Base: RAF St. Eval, Cornwall
Location: Quiberon Bay, France
Pilot: Fl/Lt. John Reginald Noble 40843 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Obs: P/O. Arthur John Dearden 63433 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Robert Furzey 993605 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Francis McGee 952969 RAFVR Age 22. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking of from RAF St. Eval, Cornwall at 15.35 hrs - together with another 22 squadron Beaufort AW221 flown by W/Cdr. John C. Mayhew to attack a timber factory in the Nantes area.
The attack was timed at 18.25 hrs. At the time two He115’s were in the vicinity and it is possible they were both shot down. AW216 was intercepted over Quiberon Bay. Three of the crew were known to bale out of the aircraft but sadly they were all killed with their bodies washed up on the beach at Beg Rohu.
The other Beaufort AW221 OA-V. Flown by 26 year old W/Cdr. John C. Mayhew 33271 RAF from Felixstowe, Suffolk was also lost with all 4 crew.
7 houses were destroyed in the target area during the operation with a further 10 damaged.
Fl/Lt. John Reginald Noble. Quiberon Communal Cemetery. Grave 1. Son of James Morton Noble and Margarita May Osith Noble, husband of Yvonne Margaret Somerville Noble, of Oxford, England.
P/O. Arthur John Dearden. Quiberon Communal Cemetery. Grave 2. Son of James William and Ellen Gertrude Dearden, husband of Angela Dearden, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.
Right: Memorial at St. Eval to crews that lost their lives.
Sgt. William Robert Furzey. Quiberon Communal Cemetery. Grave 3. Son of William and Annie Elizabeth Furzey, of Scarborough, Yorkshire, England.
Sgt. John Francis McGee. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 47. Son of Joseph and Helen McGee, husband of Mary Margaret McGee, of Crumpsall, Manchester, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Ross Mcneill - 'Coastal Command Losses’, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Aircrew Remembered own Archives.