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16.10.1941 No. 42 Squadron Beaufort I L9939

Operation: Rover

Date: 16th October 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 42 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Bristol Beaufort I

Serial: L9939

Code: AW-W

Base: RAF Leuchars, Fife, Scotland

Location: Not known.

Pilot: P/O. Godfrey Sydney Turner 107513 RAFVR Age 27. Missing

Obs: F/O. Arthur Evans Snell J/941 RCAF Age 30. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Roy Longden Robinson 650686 RAF Age ? Missing

Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Gibson King 977633 RAFVR Age 22. Missing


Took off on a "Rover" (1) patrol from RAF Leuchars, Fife, Scotland at 14.00hrs.

Nothing was heard from them - all the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. This was the only Coastal Command aircraft lost on this operation. We would be interested to hear from other relatives of this crew with any further information.

(1) Offensive shipping patrol of the southern North Sea. See Abbreviations for further details.

Left: Fl/Sgt. Roy L. Robinson (Courtesy Roger Edwards) Right: Sgt. George Gibson King (Courtesy Phil Jennett)

Above: Unidentified aircrew training with Roy Robinson (Courtesy Roger Edwards) Can you assist in placing names to them?

Above left: Unidentified aircrew training with Roy Robinson (centre) and right interesting newspaper clipping found in the personal effects of Roy Robinson (Courtesy Roger Edwards) Can you assist in placing names to them?

Above L9939 AW-W with another crew. Fl/Sgt. R. H. Loveitt (second left) and his crew - Downing, Morris and Wallace-Pannell after they had successfully torpedoed and seriously damaged the German cruiser "Lutzow" off Norway on the 11th June 1941.

42 Squadron, taken during 1941, we understand. (Courtesy Roger Edwards) Available in large format for viewers who feel they can identify any of the squadron.

Above: Beaufort I of 42 Squadron

Burial details:

P/O. Godfrey Sydney Turner. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 35.

Son of Arthur Sydney and Ethel Marie Turner; husband of Elizabeth Whitehead Turner, of Dunfermline, Fife.

F/O. Arthur Evans Snell. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 59.

Son of Colonel A. F. Snell and Henrietta F. Snell, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; husband of R. G. Snell, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Fl/Sgt. Roy Longden Robinson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 37.

Believed to be born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1917.

Sgt. George Gibson King. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 46.

Son of Harry and Annie Eliza King, of Broom, Yorkshire.

Researched for Roger Edwards - nephew of Fl/Sgt. Roy L. Robinson and for all relatives/friends of the crew. Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Ross Mcneil - 'Coastal Command Losses' Vol 1, the work of the CWGC

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