219 Squadron Beaufighter Loss

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  1. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Can anyone please provide details of a 219 Squadron Beaufighter loss on or about 14th February 1943, probably flying out of RAF Catterick or its satellite RAF Scorton.
  2. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Hi, this would seem the closest in date, being 14th but March, not February 1943

    STRANGE, CHARLES RONALD. Rank: Flight Lieutenant. Trade: Nav./W.Op. Service No: 115534. Date of Death: 14/03/1943. Age: 33.
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 219 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference: C. of E. Sec. Row O. Grave 13. Cemetery: CATTERICK CEMETERY.
    Additional Information: Son of Charles William and Lilian Strange; husband of Eleanor Isobel Strange, of Chiswick, Middlesex.

    No other casualty on the Squadron until June, so believe the pilot must have survived.
    Flight archives show him as promoted in its 2nd June 1943 edition, so close to his death.

    That led me to the circumstances leading to his death
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  3. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Date: 14-MAR-1943

    Type: Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIF
    Owner/operator: 219 (Mysore) Sqn RAF
    Registration: V8609 C/n / msn:
    Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
    Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: North Sea E of Hartlepool - [​IMG] United Kingdom
    Phase: Combat Nature: Military
    Departure airport: RAF Scorton, Yorkshire Destination airport:
    Cat.E Return-fire Do217
    S/Ldr (90727) James Storrs MORTON DFC (pilot) RAF- Ok
    F/Lt (115534) Charles Ronald STRANGE (nav.) RAFVR - KIA
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  4. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Thank you both for your replies, but this is not the aircraft or the crew I was looking for. Since I posted this request, I have found out that one member of the crew who was killed was F/Lt Z J Domanski and the date I have been given was 14th February 1943 for a Beaufighter out of RAF Scorton.

    I can only assume that I have been given the wrong date.
  5. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    219 Squadron
    Killed in a training accident 14/2/1943


    Zbigniew Jan DOMAƃSKI
    219 Squadron
    Killed in training accident 14/2/1943


    Note website lists month as 03 but from pictures of gravestones date of death can be seen to be February 14 1943

    More info here:
  6. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Thank you very much Orwell 1984 for giving me confirmation of the loss and the details. And thanks again to KevinBattle and Peter Clare
  7. Jimmyw64

    Jimmyw64 New Member

    Kevin Battle: The report you gave about Charles Strange. He was my Grandfather. Thank you for publishing.
  8. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Jimmyw64: That's why most of us try and give as much detail as we can find, so that relatives can find out something of what happened.
    Have you thought about applying for his Service Record?
    The 213 Squadron Operations Record Book (ORB) may also be available, there are several other Pals who may be able to add some more for you.

    I was just lucky in finding that link for the original enquiry, even though it turned out not to be the incident required!

    Apologies for slow response, we're on holiday in Spain, so not tuning in every day.

    Coincidentally, we used to live in Chiswick, but no knowledge of the Strange family in our time there.
  9. Jimmyw64

    Jimmyw64 New Member

    Strange family were Winnie + Charles, Charles married Eleanor, Winnie (known as June) married Greville Collins

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