Date: 27th July 1941(Sunday)
Unit: No. 3 Air Gunnery School 25 Group
Type: Hampden I
Base: RAF Castle Kennedy
Location: As Base
Pilot: Sgt. Harold George Turner 754905 RAFVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Arthur Paterson DFC. 79215 RAFVR Age 35. Killed (of 49 Squadron)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur Henry Dennis Batty DFM. 619060 RAF Age 21. Killed (of 226 Squadron)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kenneth Snuggs 1151905 RAFVR Age 31. Killed (of 44 Squadron)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Edward Appleton DFM. 548102 RAF Age 20. Killed (of 49 Squadron)
REASON FOR LOSS:
At approximately 10:30 on 27 July 1941, two Hampdens took off from Castle Kennedy airfield for the purpose of undertaking Gun Camera trials.
Shortly after take off, one of the Hampdens, P1162 was seen to stall whilst turning to port and crashed approximately one mile SE of the airfield. The aircraft hit the ground at speed and according to the accident report, appears to have been deeply embedded in the ground. There were no survivors from the crew.
Sgt. Arthur Henry Dennis Batty DFM Citation:
"The aircraft was attacked by three enemy fighters and Sergeant Henson was wounded in the jaw. Sergeant Coleman, who saw this, waited to release his bombs as they flew over the target, then tended his wounded pilot who was bleeding considerably. Sergeant Coleman managed to reduce this by pressing the artery.
Meanwhile the aircraft was subjected to another attack by four enemy fighters, the last of which, on receiving an accurate burst from Flight Sergeant Batty, broke up in the air. With great coolness he continued to fire accurately into each fighter as it attacked. Despite his wound, Sergeant Henson, greatly assisted by Sergeant Coleman, succeeded in reaching one of our aerodromes where he landed safely. The coolness, courage and teamwork of these three airmen were outstanding".
Sgt. Harold George Turner. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 289. Born on the 08th March 1920. Son of H.E Turner of 21 St. Johns Terrace, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. England.
P/O. Arthur Paterson DFC. Stranraer Cemetery (Glebe). Section H, Class 1, Grave 160. Son of Walter Charles and Kate Paterson and husband of Marjorie Edith Paterson, of Clapham Common, London, England. Grave inscription reads: "In Everloving Memory".
Left: Sgt. Kenneth Snuggs grave - courtesy Steve Hunnisett
Sgt. Arthur Henry Dennis Batty DFM. Walsall Cemetery (Bloxwich). Div. O. Sec. 2. Grave 443. Born on the 20th December 1919. Son of Arthur and Gertrude Veronica Batty, of 175 Ingram Road, Bloxwich, Walsall, Staffordshire, England. Grave inscription reads: "Eternal Rest Grant To Him, O Lord; And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him R.I.P".
Sgt. Kenneth Snuggs. Carshalton Churchyard (All Saints). Section S, Grave 302. Born on the 12th May 1910. Son of Arthur William Snuggs, and of Hilda Annie Snuggs (née Holmes), of Carshalton, Surry, England.
Sgt. George Edward Appleton DFM. Newcastle-upon-Tyne Cemetery (West Road). Section R, Grave 281. Born on the 16th August 1920. Son of Rose N. Appleton, and stepson of Fred Buckle, of 3 Dale Street, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. Grave inscription reads: "His Memory Is Our Greatest Treasure In Our Hearts He Will Live For Ever".
Researched by Steve Hunnisett for Aircrew Remembered and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as shown.
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