19.07.1942 408 Squadron Hampden I AT227 EQ-L P/O. Edward Swatton
Date: 19th July 1942 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 408 Squadron R.C.A.F.
Type: Hampden I
Base: R.A.F. Balderton, Nottinghamshire
Location: North Sea, 50 km. North West Vlieland
Pilot: P/O. Edward William Swatton 112365 R.A.F.V.R. Age 29. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Roland Henry Burley 1159995 R.A.F.V.R. Age 32. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward Haville 113420 R.A.F.V.R. Age 26. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Harold Pierce 111490 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 08.40hrs. from R.A.F. Balderton, Nottinghamshire on a daylight operation using cloud cover to attack various ground targets in occupied territories and Germany. 35 aircraft took part in this operation and four were lost.
Hampden AT227 is understood to have collided at between 11.33 – 11.56 hrs with a Bf110 F-4 R4-GN night fighter from 5./NJG2 the pilot, Ufz. Roman Brejzek (1) and crew member, Wolfgang Benna were also killed.
Both aircraft crashed into the North Sea some 50 km. North West of Vlieland
The body of the pilot, P/O. Swatton was found on Lild Strand beach on the 9th September and buried on the 11th September 1941 at Frederikshavn Cemetery. The remainder are commemorated on the Runnymede memorial.
A wintry scene at Balderton, Nottinghamshire 20th January 1942, as aircrew return from a flight in a Hampden of No. 408 (Goose) Squadron, RCAF. (courtesy I.W.M.)
Frederikshavn Cemetery (courtesy C.W.G.C.)
(1) This was the single claim credited to Ufz. Roman Brejzek.
P/O. Edward William Swatton. Frederikshavn Cemetery Allied Plot. Grave 23. Son of Herbert William. and Martha Swatton, husband of Catherine Mary Swatton, of West Ashling, Sussex, England.
Sgt. Roland Henry Burley. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 79. Son of Walter James Burley and Beatrice May Burley.
Sgt. Edward Haville. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 85. Son of Edmund John Nixon Haville and Eliza Haville, of Benwell, Northumberland, England.
P/O. Harold Pierce. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 71. N.o.K details currently not available – are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Researched for Jonathan Raine, nephew of Sgt. Edward Haville and Remembrance Page dedicated to the relatives of the crew. With thanks to Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie – ‘Nightfighter War Diaries Vol’s. 1 and 2’, ‘Airwar over Denmark’ Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses Vol. 3”, I.W.M, Commonwealth Graves Commission.