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233 Squadron Crest
08.03.1942 No. 233 Squadron Hudson V AM535 ZS-E Sgt. Parr

Operation: Training

Date: 08th March 1942 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 233 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Hudson V

Serial: AM535

Code: ZS-E

Base: RAF St Eval

Location: Lower Treburrick Farm, one mile north of St Merryn

Pilot: Sgt. William Wifred Parr 1375471 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Sydney William Benson AUS/402499 RAAF Age 19. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Stanley Edwin Hyam 1205965 RAFVR Age 30. Killed


During an night overshoot on RNAS St Merryn airfield crashed one mile north and burnt out - killing the crew.

Bill Parr was an accomplished footballer, having played for Blackpool, Arsenal, Dulwich Hamlet and the England Amateur team (courtesy Stephen Hunnisett and John Cross of the Blackpool FC Former Players 'Association') .

Burial details:

Sgt. William Wifred Parr. Marton Church Burial Ground (St. Paul). Plot 10. Grave 122. Son of John Wilfred and Clara Ann Parr, of Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

Sgt. Sydney William Benson. St. Columb Major Cemetery. Grave 659. Born on the 24th April 1922 in Sydney, New South Wales, the son of Morton William and Mary Benson, of North Bondi, New South Wales, Australia.

Sgt. Stanley Edwin Hyam. Burnham-On-Crouch Cemetery. Roman Catholic Section. Grave 458. The son of Louis Edwin and Rose Priscilla Hyam (née Crosier) of Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, England. Brother of Ruby Irene (1908-1929) and Bertie Asquith (1909-1982). Husband of Mabel Clarke of 'Mabanto' 1 Moulsham Chase, Chelmsford, Essex, England

Researched by Stephen Hunnisett for Aircrew Remembered December 2016. With thanks to Maureen Martin and Len for grave photographs. John Cross for photograph of the pilot - January 2019. Phil Ellery for additional details on Sgt. Hyam. Imperial War Museum and the Australian Archives. For further details our thanks to the following sources:

KTY 27.01.2019 Updated photo of pilot added.

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