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19 November 1941 153 Squadron Defiant I N1645 P/O. Anderson

Operation: Sector reconnaissance

Date: 19 November 1941 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 153 Squadron. 82 Group (motto: Noctividus - Seeing by night)

Type: Defiant I

Serial: N1645

Code: TB-?

Base: RAF Ballyhalbert, Northern Ireland

Location: At base RAF Ballyhalbert

Pilot: P/O. Frederick Hugh Anderson NZ/404880 RNZAF Age 22. Injured

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. G.D.L. Humphreys RAFVR Injured (note)


After carrying out a sector reconnaissance flight the Defiant bounced on landing and went round again. During the second attempt after requesting the flood lights to be turned on due to lack of visibility, bounced again and collided at 23:35 hrs. with a mound of earth and caught fire.

Both the crew were injured, but sadly the pilot died almost immediately after the crash.

Note: Possibly Sgt. George Desmond Lloyd Humphreys 137977 RAFVR Air/Gnr. on Halifax W1016 MP-B of 78 Squadron lost on the 10 August 1942.

Burial details:

P/O. Frederick Hugh Anderson. Ballyhalbert Church of Ireland Churchyard (St Andrew), County Down, Northern Ireland. Grave 1. Born on the 01st April 1919 at Hamilton. Afarmer on his fathers farm at Wangaehu prior to service. Son of Hugh Alexander and Ruby Eleanor Anderson (née Pemberton) of Wellington, New Zealand. A total of 237 flying hours logged.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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