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20th August 1942 235 Squadron Beaufighter T4934 W/O. Brisco

Operation: Shipping

Date: 20th August 1942 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 235 Squadron (motto: Jaculamur Humi - 'We Strike Them to the Ground') Coastal Command

Type: Beaufighter

Serial: T4934

Code: -

Base: Luqa, Malta

Location: Ionian Sea, Italy

Pilot: W/O. Donald Gilfrid Brisco NZ/403786 RNZAF PoW No: 225706 Camp: Muhlberg (Elbe) *

Nav: Sgt. Douglas Paterson 88236 RAFVR PoW No: 1351 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan

REASON FOR LOSS:

Shot down by flak at location shown. Both taken prisoner.

From the AWMM:

'Date and time of ditching, 20 August 1924 approx 11am, off the outh coast of Italy. The cause of the incident hit by flak ship and shot down. Time spent in water 2 hours no dinghy but wearing a life jacket. Swam to the shore dragging my navigator Sgt Paterson who believe he was wounded upon reaching the Italian coast we discovered that the reddish fluid by navigator thought was blood was a colour flowing from his "Mae West" he then felt better. We were then grabbed and taken prisoner by an Italian solider with a gun'.

Burial details:

None, both survived the war as PoW.

* Sir Donald Gilfrid Brisco, 8th Bt. was educated at Wairarapa College, Masterton, New Zealand. He gained the rank of Pilot Officer in the service of the Royal Air Force during WW2. A sheep farmer. He held the office of Justice of the Peace for New Zealand in 1967. He succeeded to the title of 8th Baronet Brisco, of Crofton Place, co. Cumberland. Son of Sir Hylton Musgrave Campbell Brisco and Kathleen McAllum (née McCallum) husband of Irene Gage. Donald Gilfrid Brisco. Born 15th September 1920. Died 24th June 1995.

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, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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