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RAF - No. 209 Squadron
01/01/1940 - 30/06/1940

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209 SQUADRON - Bomber, Saro Lerwick

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The Squadron was equipped with Stranraers, which arrived in December 1938.
On the outbreak of World War Two, No.209 moved to Invergordon to fly patrols over the North sea between Scotland and Norway. In October 1939 it moved to Oban for patrols over the Atlantic and in December began to re-equip with Lerwicks. The type was not a success (only 21 were built) and after flying patrols from Wales and Scotland they were replaced by Catalinas in April 1941.

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Operations and losses 01/01/1940 - 30/06/1940
Not all operations listed; those with fatal losses are.

20/02/1940: Escort. 1 Plane lost, 1 KIA, 3 MIA

29/06/1940: Escort. 1 Plane lost

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20/02/1940: Escort

Saro Lerwick
Serial number: L7253, WQ-G
Operation: Escort
Lost: 20/02/1940
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) George A. Corby, RAF 561526, 209 Sqdn., Mentioned in Despatches and 2 Bars, age 27, 20/02/1940, Langdon Hills (St. Mary and All Saints) Old Churchyard, UK
P/O W.E. Ogle-Skan, 41609 - safe
AC2 Taylor - safe
Aircraftman 1st Class Richard J. Webber, RAF 569704, 209 Sqdn., age 20, 20/02/1940, missing
Aircraftman 2nd Class Lawrence H. Trumay, RAF 531133, 209 Sqdn., age 24, 20/02/1940, missing
Leading Aircraftman George Peterson, RAF 520852, 209 Sqdn., age unknown, 20/02/1940, missing

Took off from Oban at 11.30 hrs. Forced to return at 12.30 hrs due to bad weather. On reaching Oban the pilot decided to land well out in the Firth of Lorne due to poor visibility. Apparantly owing to an error in judgment he stalled the aircraft onto the water causing it to bounce several times some 5 miles west of Oban off the lighthouse at the southern point of Lismore Island. In doing this the starboard wing tip float was knocked off and the aircraft heeled over causing water to enter through the windows. All the crew managed to get out into the water before the aircraft sank. F/Sgt Corby's body was recovered later. Those who were never found are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources: CWGC and Ross McNeill, Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War, 1939-1941

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29/06/1940: Escort

Saro Lerwick
Serial number: L7261, WQ-L
Operation: Escort
Lost: 29/06/1940
F/O E.M. Pain - safe
F/O W.H. Flint - safe
P/O W.E. Ogle-Skan - safe
and six other crew members - safe
Took off 03.35 hrs from Oban for an escort operation, but ran into bad weather west of Coll and returned to base. Waterborne at 04.30 hrs. When taxying across wind to take up moorings the starboard float apparantly broke adrift and the aircradt subsequently capsized and sank in Ardantrive Bay at about 05.00 hrs. The aircraft was later recovered.

Source: Ross McNeill, Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War, 1939-1941

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The Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
The Second World War - a day by day account

The War in France and Flanders, 1939-1940, by Major L.F. Ellis, 1954

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Peter D. Cornwell, The Battle of France, Then and Now, 2008
Ross McNeill, Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 1 (1939-1941), Midland publishing, 2003. ISBN: 1 85780 128 8

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This page is dedicated to the men of 209 Squadron.

© Bart FM Droog / Rottend Staal Online 2008. Permission granted for use of the data gathered here for non commercial purposes, if this source is mentioned with a link to