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RAF Crest
14.08.1944 No. 132 Operational Training Unit Beaufighter VIC JL813 Fl/Sgt. Vogt

Operation: Training

Date: 14th August 1944 (Monday)

Unit: No. 132 Operational Training Unit. 17 Group. Coastal Command

Type: Beaufighter VIC

Serial: JL813

Code: Not known

Base: RAF East Fortune, East Lothian

Location: North Sea

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. John Ronald Vogt NZ/427527 RNZAF Age 29. Missing - believed killed

Nav: Fl/Sgt. George Lawrence Roland Marchant NZ/422301 RNZAF Age 27. Missing - believed killed


Taking off at just after 16:00 hrs on a training exercise in good weather conditions - making a routine contact at about 18:00 hrs. A short while later they were plotted at 3000 ft off the coast some 15 miles north east of Peterhead and transmitting a distress signal.

Shortly after this a steam drifter captain saw the Beaufighter flying very low over the water as if to ditch some 9 miles north north east of Peterhead. He then saw it hit the sea. He immediately steered to the scene which took him 10 minutes.

Along with 2 other drifters a thorough search of the area was made, but found only an empty dingy.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. John Ronald Vogt. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 264. Born on 2rd March 1915 at Eltham, the son of Charles Vogt, and of Elizabeth Lily Vogt (née Power), of Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand. Stepson of Peter Ledcourt Brennan. Prior to service worked as a business representative for James Hardie and Company. Having a total of 338 flying hours logged with 14 on the Beaufighter.

Fl/Sgt. George Lawrence Roland Marchant. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 264. Born on the 06th August 1917 at Stratf=ord, the son of Lawrence Crossley Marchant and of Mary Ann Marchant (née Savage), of Ngatea, Auckland, New Zealand. Worked on his fathers farm as a dairy farmer before enlisting. A total of 179 flying hours logged.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew 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, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 12.08.2019

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