15.07.1942 No 48 Squadron Hudson IIIA FH378 OY-M Sq/Ldr. Pedersen
Operation: Anti-Shipping Patrol
Date: 15th July 1942 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 48 Squadron (Coastal Command - 18 Group)
Type: Hudson IIIA
Base: RAF Wick, Scotland
Location: Norwegian Sea
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Varley Allen Pedersen 41458 RAF Age 28. Killed
Obs: Fl/Sgt. George Dogue R/69391 RCAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed (Some publications list him as Fl/Sgt. Drogue)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas Bruce Langoulant AUS/406531 RAAF Age 22. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Roy Allen Willis AUS/406543 RAAF Age 23. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 11:50 hrs on an anti-shipping patrol off the Norwegian coast.
Understood to have been shot down by enemy fighters. The body of the pilot, Sq/Ldr Pedereson was the only member of the crew to have a grave as his body was washed up near Kya Lighthouse on the 25th July - the remainder of the crew have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Sq/Ldr. Varley Allen Pedersen. Trondheim Cemetery (Stavne) Grave A IV British. B.7. Son of James and Annie E. Pedersen, of Auckland City, New Zealand. When his body was recovered he was initially buried at the Saetervolden Churchyard at Sör Froya. This very experienced and valued pilot had 1602 flying hours logged and on is 126th operation. (Grave shown left - courtesy Lars)
Fl/Sgt. George Dogue. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 103. Understood to be from Porcupine, Ontario, Canada. No next of kin details - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Thomas Bruce Langoulant. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 112. Born on the 19th March 1920, at Busseltown W.A The son of Louis and Harriett Alice Langoulant, of South Belmont, Western Australia.
Sgt. Roy Allen Willis. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 113. Born on the 08th May 1919 at Fremantle W.A. The son of John and Ruby Evelyn Willis, of East Fremantle, Western Australia.
Details sent by Ian Martyn of Medals Reunited, New Zealand and submitted to Aircrew Remembered - March 2018. Page dedicated to the relatives of this crew. Also to Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum.