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242 Squadron Hurricane II Z2692 Fl/Lt. Hugh Norman Tamblyn DFC

Operation: Convoy Patrol

Date: 03rd April 1941

Unit: No. 242 Squadron (motto: Toujours prêt - 'Always ready')

Type: Hurricane II

Serial: Z2692

Code: LE-?

Base: RAF Coltishall, Norfolk

Location: North Sea

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Hugh Norman Tamblyn DFC. 40862 RAF Age 23. Killed


Taking off at 08:05 hrs on his second patrol of the day. (He had landed at 07:15 hrs on his first patrol).

Together with 23 year old, F/O. Bruce Arthur Rogers (1) 72088 RAF who was flying in Hurricane 00 Z2513 engaged a Do 17 and was understood to have been hit by return fire.
He called to say that he had been hit and his Hurricane was on fire and losing height.

His uninjured body was later recovered from the sea, Fl/Lt. Tamblyn had succumbed to exposure.

F/O. Rogers landed back at base at 09:25 hrs having lost a second Do17 in clouds.

(1) On the 17th of June 1941 flying Hurricane II Z2888 escorting bombers on a raid to destroy the Chocques Chemical Factory at Bethune in France. Roger's hurricane was shot down on this sortie.

Burial details:

Buried on the 06th April 1941.

Fl/Lt. Hugh Norman Tamblyn DFC. Ipswich New Cemetery. Sec. X.H. Grave 421. Born on 5th of September 1917 at Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada,. Educated at the Burke Public School, the Yorktown Collegiate School and the Provincial Institute of Technology, Calgary. Son of Norman and Ethel Mary Tamblyn.

F/O. Bruce Arthur Rogers. Ambleteuse Communal Cemetery. Grave 12. Born on the 12th of September 1917 in Escdale, Cumbria, England. Son of Percy Charles Rogers and Olivia Jane Rogers (née Horne). Husband of Dora (née Maller) of 289, Ongar Road in Brentwood, Essex.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of these pilots with thanks to the National Archive. Kew AIR-27-1471-27/28, Paradie RCAF Archives.

KTY 26-03-2024

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