of 248 Sqn, W/C Hyde, ran into some Bf 109s off Norway. His Beaufighter
was damaged in the starboard wing and oil tank, and he had to return
on one engine. On arriving back at Sumburgh he had to make a forced
landing. There were no injuries and the aircraft was not a write-off.
W/C E.L.Hyde DFC. F/Sgt Padget.
|02/05/42||Beaufighter VIF||X7937||F/235 Sqn||Sumburgh|
was landing after a aerodrome protection flight, when a swing developed.
It collided with two parked Spitfires of 132 Sqn. BL562 was a
write-off, and BL666 damaged.
Sgt Armitage, Sgt Hector.
|13/05/1942||Beaufighter IC||T3322||235 Sqn||Sumburgh|
had been scrambled, and a swing developed on its take-off run.
It ran off the runway onto rough ground and the undercarriage collapsed.
P/O Janssens de Verebeke (Belgium)
|08/09/1942||Catalina IB||FP103||A/422 Sqn RCAF||Det Invergordon|
had been to Grasnaya near Nurmansk, ferrying personnel and spares for
the Hurricanes based in Russia.
return trip the Catalina was carrying a Lt Ryan RN, and a Russian civilian
as passengers. They had left at 19.00 the previous day, and now
at about 12.30 they were approaching Shetland to refuel at Sullom Voe.
There was bad weather over Shetland and Lt Honey decided to divert to
Invergordon. He tried to climb above the weather, but the aircraft
was thrown about and went into a spin. The Catalina recovered
from the spin, but the ailerons had been damaged making the aircraft
virtually uncontrollable. The Catalina struck the water hard with
the port wing down and floats retracted. Numerous rivets were
sprung in the hull, and water began to pour in. Luckily they were
just off Whalsay and Lt Honey beached the Catalina on rocks at Point
later slipped off the rocks and sank. Lindsey Robertson’s salvage
company dived on the wreck to recover a diplomatic bag. Then the
Cat was forgotten about. That is until the Shetland Sub Aqua Club
dived on the remains in 1985 and recovered a propeller.
Lt H.N.Honey SAAF (Pilot), P/O H.K.Patience (Co-Pilot), P/O J.E.Knox
(Navigator), and P/O E.W.Beattie (WOP/AG). The five sergeants
in the crew are not named.
|06/10/1942||Blenheim IV||T1949||D/404 Sqn RCAF||Sumburgh|
took-off for a homing exercise with a destroyer. It was climbing
into the teeth of a westerly gale when the port engine failed.
The aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea near Lady’s Holm.
All the crew were killed. It is possible that sand had got into
the carburettors while it had been parked close to the beach.
Sgt, acting WO, John Howard Patterson RCAF (Pilot), Sgt Tinsley (Navigator)
and Sgt R.F.McCarthy (WOP/AG). Sgt Patterson was from Chicago,
|21/10/1942||Hudson IIIA||FH237||48 Sqn||Sumburgh|
swung on take-off for a anti-U-boat patrol, and the undercarriage collapsed.
The aircraft was destroyed by fire.
|08/11/1942||Wellington VIII||HX732||P/179 Sqn||Wick|
the engines cut while the Wellington was on patrol off Shetland.
Unable to maintain height they had to ditch 2 miles south of Vaila.
the crew were able to get into the dinghy and landed at Wall.
The other two crew members were missing.
P/O Fraser; Sgt Thompson; F/Sgt Davies; Sgt Smith; Sgt MacGrath, and
|24/03/1943||Ju 88D-5 (430205)||1(F)/120||A6+BH||Stavanger/Sola|
88 was shot down at 17.54 by the Spitfire of Sgt Lane, of 234 Sqn.
It came down in the sea 5 miles west of Sumburgh Head.
Oberfw F.Humbs, missing; Oberlt S.Otternburg, missing; Oberfw F.Raasch,
missing and Uffz G.Bugram, killed.
|02/04/43||Whitley VII||Z9382||O/612 Sqn||Wick|
the story of a very lucky crew. They had left Wick at 06.25 for
a anti-shipping patrol. The weather was bad with low cloud, which
meant they could not see the sea, never mind ships. It was also
hours the connection to the ailerons failed. The Whitley began
to vibrate so severly that the crew were not able to stand up.
With the pilot fighting with the controls it was obvious that the aircraft
would shake itself to pieces very soon. The depth charges were
dumped, but two hung up. Just when all seemed lost a hole appeared
in the cloud and land was seen. They came in for a crash landing,
and again their luck held, because they were nicely lined up for a reasonable
flat area of land. The Whitley came to rest overhanging a drop
with its back broken. But there was no fire, and the depth charges
did not go off. The only injury was to the pilot, and these were
landed on Foula, which was not connected to the outside world by telegraph,
so the Whitley’s pigeon was released to carry the news to Wick.
The next day they were sighted by a passing aircraft, and the Aith lifeboat
was sent to pick them up. They were then flown from Sumburgh to
Wick, where they arrived before the pigeon.
F/Sgt Tom Perry (Pilot), Sgt Ted Holden (Co-Pilot), Sgt Geoffrey Cooper,
Sgt William Fletcher, Sgt Eric Harrison and Sgt Robert Ordish.
|17/05/1943||Hampden I||AN148||K/455 RAAF Sqn||Det Sumburgh|
was on a night ALT exercise off Shetland with the Beaufighters of 235
Sqn, and ships of the Home Fleet.
engine failed and the pilot lost control. The aircraft dived into
the sea at a unknown location. The accident had been seen by S/L
O’Conner, and he circled the area. But all that could be seen
was a tyre and fuel tank.
F/Sgt G.Courtney RAAF (Pilot), F/O A.C.Smith (Nav), Sgt J.A.King (WOP/AG)
and F/Sgt C.H.Smith RAAF (A/G). All missing.
|27/08/1943||Ju 88D5 (430009)||1(F)/120||A6+DH||Stavanger/Sola|
press states that a Ju 88 was shot down into the sea by the Fair Isle
anti-aircraft defences on this day. But there does not seem to
be any British or German records to confirm this.
88 was the only one missing on this date. It failed to return
from operations to the Firth of Tay, and its route should not have takenit
anywhere near Fair Isle. So this one is a bit of a mystery.
Ofw Franz Dembeck, Lt Adolf Meder, Uffz Eberhard Albers and Uffz Heirich
Lobig. All Missing.
|04/09/1943||Catalina IB||FP125||N/190 Sqn||Sumburgh|
swung on landing and became waterlogged and sank.
Pilot F/O W.Bowie, Co-Pilot Sgt C.E.G.Cleverdon. F/O C.B.Schmuk,
Sgt K.Maule, Sgt S.Skelton, Sgt S.G.Shaw, Sgt R.Henderson, F/Sgt D.L.Sneddon
and Sgt H.W. Hearn. Sgt Maule admitted to Gilbert Bain Hospital.
|09/12/1943||Barracuda II||DP927||820 Sqn FAA||HMS Furious|
was carrying out a practise dive bombing exercise with live bombs.
The aircraft was seen to suddenly burst into flames at 3,000ft, and
dive into the sea. The location was 60 degrees 41N, 1 degree 16W,
just NE of the Ramna Stacks, at the northern tip of Mainland.
Sub Lt R.D.West (Pilot), Sub Lt J.Brown (Obs) and L/Air E.W.Kelly(TAG).
|12/10/1943||Catalina IB||FP280||U/190 Sqn||Sullom Voe|
ran out of fuel returning from patrol. It landed at 08.10, 10
miles NW of Esha Ness at 60 degrees 38N, 1 degree 48W. The pigeon
was released and they began to taxi towards land.
arrived at Sullom Voe at 17.25, and a HSL was dispatched from Lerwick.
The Catalina was taken in tow, but it began to fill with water.
The crew were taken on board the pinnance, which then rammed the aircraft
to sink it. It seems very surprising that a serviceable aircraft
should be scuttled in this way.
F/O K.W.G.Vaughan, F/O H.B.Merrick, F/Sgt R.L.Graham, F/O J.M.Ayshford,
Sgt J.R.Peperdy, Sgt P/L/Ludgate, Sgt T.B.Cater, Sgt C.Gibbons, Sgt
K.V.Bennett, and Sgt T.G.Southern.
|16/12/1943||Spitfire V||AA878||453 Sqn RAAF||Det Sumburgh|
on the short runway the Spitfire failed to stop before the end, and
ran onto the sand. It tipped over onto its nose, but did not suffer
was then changed, but F/O M.West then did exactly the same thing.
|20/12/1943||Mosquito II||DD618||307 (Polish)||Drem|
was on approach to Sumburgh when it was seen to dive into the sea at
170 degrees, ½ mile from Sumburgh lighthouse.
F/L Pfeiffer (Polish) missing, P/O Kesicke (Polish) killed.
|02/01/1944||Catalina IB||FP312||190 Sqn||Sullom Voe|
damaged beyond repair on this day, but no further details.
|05/03/1944||Ju 88D-1 (430576)||1(F)/120||A6+BH||Stavanger/Sola|
88 took-off from Stavanger at 15.30 local time for a reconnaissance
flight to Shetland. For part of the way flew in company with Fw
Schantze who was going to Orkney.
local time they flew over Lerwick Harbour at 1,500ft and were hit by
Bofors fire in the port engine, which caught fire. The aircraft
was ditched near Holm of Beosetter, and the crew began to swim towards
the shore. When they were picked up by the ASR pinnace it was
found that Uffz Lindner was missing. He was never found and is
presumed to have drowned.
FV Hugen Margraf, Oberlt Alfred Cardaun, Uffz Anton Reisch, all POW.
And Uffz Bruno Lindner, missing.
|25/03/1944||Catalina IVA||JX120||U/120 Sqn||Sumburgh|
had been undergoing repairs and now required a air-test to see if all
the Cat was airborne with 6 crew and a member of the ground crew aboard.
It climbed to about 1,000ft and then began to circle over Garth Voe.
After about 5 minutes it was suddenly seen to fall vertically from the
sky with the port wing down. It crashed on Garth Hill, about a
quarter of a mile up the hill from Garth House. All the crew were
put the blame for the accident on the pilot losing control in a sideslip
in cloud. But another account says it was a nice sunny day.
Could the fitters have been doing something which caused a loss of control?
after the end of the war some shepherds were driving sheep to the pens
on Garth Hill. The RAF had not yet got around to removing the
remains of U-Uncle, and one of the men paused to look at the wreckage.
He was alarmed to see a bomb (depth charge) lying there. Eventually
a bomb disposal and recovery team arrived. It was decided to carry
out a controlled explosion, but its force took everybody by surprise.
is a water filled crater on Garth Hill at 408745, and a few pieces of
aluminium, as a reminder.
F/L John Hnery Dennis Keats (Pilot), Sgt William John Edward Hird (Co-Pilot),
F/Sgt John Ralph Peberdy (F/E), Sgt Albert Clayton (W/Op), F/Sgt Francis
Frederick Greig (Airframe Fitter/AG), F/Sgt James Robertson (WOP/AG)
and Sgt John Bunting (Ground Crew).
|28/03/1944||Spitfire V||AR293 & BN538||118 Sqn||Skeabrae|
taking-off when AR293 taxied into its path. Both aircraft were
– AR293 F/Sg R.A.Capel (Killed) and BM538 F/Sgt Pye (Injured).