Remembering Today 30/7/44,Flying Officer: Peter William Clifford, 150370, Royal Air Force Voluntee

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Details of the above loss....

    30 July 1944

    148 Squadron
    Halifax JP239

    The aircraft was tasked to drop supplies in Northern Italy. The drop had been completed and during the home bound flight and while flying at medium level on of the starboard engines malfunctioned and the aircraft filled with smoke. The captain ordered the aircraft to be abandoned but only one crew member survived being rescued from the sea by a US launch.

    Crew losses.

    F/O. P W. Clifford +
    Sgt. J B. Humphrey +
    F/O. J R. Mackney +
    Sgt. R W. McCormick +
    Sgt. R J. Pocock +

    Source - Though Without Anger - C. Cummings
     
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  4. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    There was an Australian RAAF member on board.

    This is information from the National Archives of reported deaths of RAAF aircrew from official records by Alan Storr

    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
    NO KNOWN GRAVE.

    417848 Flight Sergeant JOYCE, Alan Francis

    Source:

    NAA : A705, 166/21/180
    Aircraft Type: Halifax
    Serial number: JP 239
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 148 Sqn RAF

    Summary:

    Halifax JP 239 of 148 Sqn RAF, Central Mediterranean Forces, took off from Brindisi
    Airfield at 1750 hours on 30 July 1944 to carry out a special operation in North West
    Italy. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base.
    Another aircraft reported seeing an aircraft going down in flames in approx position
    43.39N, 04.42E.

    Crew:

    RAF FO Clifford, P W Captain (Pilot) +
    RAAF 417848 Flt Sgt Joyce, A F (Navigator Bomb Aimer) +
    RAF FO Mackney, J R (Navigator) +
    RAF Sgt MacCormick, R W (Wireless Operator Air) +
    RAF Sgt Humphrey, J B (Flight Engineer) +
    RAF Sgt Pocock, R J (Air Gunner) +
    RCAF Sgt Humble, J A (Air Gunner) (Survived)

    In a later report by Sgt Humble he stated “On the return journey, the starboard inner
    engine caught fire and thick smoke filled the aircraft. He baled out through the parachute
    hatch and saw the aircraft continue to fly level for a few seconds, turn steeply to
    starboard and then dive into the sea. He saw no other crew members leave the aircraft.
    He was picked up by ASR vessel and taken to Corsica.”

    It was later recorded that the remaining missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
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  5. Peter Skaalen

    Peter Skaalen New Member

    I was named after Peter Clifford who was my mother's brother. She has passed down to me the same statement about the flight as stated by Sgt Humble. Wish I could have known my uncle.

    Peter Skaalen
     
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