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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Coastal Command Crest
06.03.1943 No 269 Squadron Hudson IIIA FK791 Sq/Ldr. David D. McPetrie

Operation: Transit flight

Date: 06th March 1944 (Monday)

Unit: No. 269 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Hudson IIIA

Serial: FK791

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Davidstowe Moor

Location: near Mira, Portugal

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. David Duncan McPetrie 39548 RAF Age 31. Killed

Nav: W/O.I Philip Arthur Gallop R/99353 RCAF Age 23. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: W/O. George Gordon McLean 401996 RAAF Age 25. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Potwahka R/114361 RCAF - Baled out, survived - no further details


Understood to be on a transit flight to the Azores via Gibraltar.

Information from Carlos Guerreiro (see credits) sent to Aircrew Remembered in July 2017:

"The Hudson was on the way to its new airbase in the Azores Islands. One of the engines stoped and the crew had to take measures and abandon the aircraft. (some reports state that there was an electrical storm - I have no idea form where that came, but unable to confirm this).

Mclean and Gallop baled out but fell into the sea and drowned. Potwalka also fall in the water, but was picked up by a fishing boat. Nobody saw the Squadron Leader Duncan jump and his body was not initially found."

Coordinates: 40.425170945749294 -8.735046414658427

The aircraft crashed into the sea off Mira in Portugal at around 06:00 hrs.

Burial details:

Crew buried at 17:00 hrs on the 13th March.

Sq/Ldr. David Duncan McPetrie. Oporto British Churchyard (St. James). Plot 1. Collective grave 567. Son of James Duncan McPetrie and of Elisabeth Mary McPetrie (née Carnegie) and husband of Clotilde Hildegard McPetrie, of Ipswich, Suffolk, England. Grave inscription reads: “Greatly Loved By His Wife And Children Remembering Him We Will Be Brave And Strong”.

W/O. I Philip Arthur Gallop. Oporto British Churchyard (St. James). Plot 1. Collective grave 567. Son of John Henry and Sarah Gallop, husband of Claire Celia Gallop, of Plaster Rock, Victoria Co., New Brunswick, Canada. Grave inscription reads: “Sleep Beloved, Sleep And Take Thy Rest We Loved Thee Well But Jesus Loved Thee Best”.

W/O. George Gordon McLean. Oporto British Churchyard (St. James). Plot 1. Collective grave 567. Born on the 10th April 1913 at Winton, New Zealand, the son of Frederick Gordon Henry and Caroline McLean, of 242 Albert Street, East Brunswick, Victoria, Australia. Enlisted on the 26th April 1941. Grave inscription reads: “Not Lost But Gone Before”.

With thanks to Rui "A-7" Ferreira for pointing out this loss. Also, website for researcher, Carlos Guerreiro. He has also published various books on aviation history in the area. For further details our thanks to the sources shown below.

KTY - 03.07.2017

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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