09th May 1942 72 Squadron Spitfire VB BM384 P/O. Waters
Operation: Circus 168
Date: 09th May 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 72 Squadron (motto: 'Swift') 11 Group
Type: Spitfire VB
Base: RAF Biggin Hill, Kent
Location: English Channel
Pilot: P/O. David Owen Waters NZ/405350 RNZAF Age 22. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Previously flying Spitfire AB848 his aircraft was damaged by enemy fighters. He landed safely and the aircraft was repaired. The same aircraft flown by Sgt. Edgar Hansen of 332 Squadron on the 01st November 1942. He landed at RAF Manston after being hit by flak, again the aircraft was repaired and placed back into service.
On the 13th April 1942 Spitfire VB BM384 flown by Fl/Lt. Hugo Throsell Armstrong AUS/406022 crash landed at Gravesend after an engine failure. Aircraft repaired and placed back in service.
Taking off at 12:00 hrs with others, flying as Red 3 to the Hazebrouck marshalling yards.
No enemy opposition was encountered during the sortie, but on the return over the English Channel ‘Red’ Flight dropped down to sea level to investigate an object which turned out to be a raft. During this inspection Red 3 was seen to hit the water and disappear.
P/O. David Owen Waters. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 117. Born on the 12th January 1920 at Auckland. A clerk for Standard Insurance Company prior to service. Enlisted as a pilot U/T at Levin on the 22nd December 1940. Son of Willie Lankesheer Waters and Lucretia Mary Waters (nee Pye) of Devonport, Auckland. 257 flying hours logged and on his 31st operational sortie.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Ian Banks, 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: