30.09.1941 No. 1 P.R.U. Spitfire PR.VI R7043 F/O. Swift DFC
Date: 30th September 1941 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (16 Group)
Type: Spitfire PR.IV
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Location: North Sea
Pilot: F/O. James Frederick Swift DFC. 41080 RAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a Photographic Reconnaissance flight to Kiel when he disappeared without trace.
His body was later washed at Wilhelmshaven and buried locally. After the end of the war he was reinterred at CWGC cemetery described below.
The pilot had already served a full operational tour as a bomber pilot on Wellingtons and then converted to fighters.
Information courtesy Errol Martyn - see credits.
F/O. James Frederick SwiftBorn DFC. Sage War Cemetery. Grave 13.D.3. Born on the 19th June 1917 at Invercargill, Scotland, the son of George Lionel Swift and of Caroline Swift (née Hooper), of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. A total of 986 flying hours logged and having completed 45 operational sorties.
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 War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, Grave photograph curtesy H.H, other sources as quoted below: