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Date:24-APR-1940
Time:08:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hudson Mk I
Owner/operator:220 Squadron Royal Air Force (220 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N7286
MSN: NR-Z
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, at Grid Reference MBRU 3452, South West of Stavanger -   Norway
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife
Destination airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife
Narrative:
Lockheed Hudson Mk.1 N7286 (NR-Z) of 220 Squadron: Lost on combat operations 24 April 1940. Took off from Leuchars at 04.32 hrs. Escorted destroyers until 07.46 hrs when in position MBRU 3452 at 2800 feet, sighted two Bf 109's half a mile to starboard diving at 3000 feet from the sun. Pilot Officer Petrie was attacked by the second Bf 109 and was seen to dive to sea level with black smoke issuing from an engine, followed by the enemy aircraft. The Hudson was claimed as shot down at 08.05 hrs. by Ltn Demes and Ofw Arnoldy of 4./JG77

Crew of Hudson N7286:
Pilot Officer Murray Charles Petrie, RAF 40425 (New Zealand), 220 Sqn., age 21, 24/04/1940, missing
Pilot Officer Ronald Owen Lawry, RAF 41301 (New Zealand), 220 Sqn., age 20, 24/04/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class Kenneth Cyrus Maddocks, RAF 624355, 220 Sqn., age 19, 24/04/1940, missing (Served under an alias as "Kenneth C. Merrick").
Leading Aircraftman Percy Wilson, RAF 514613, 220 Sqn., age unknown, 24/04/1940, missing

Grid Reference MBRU 3452, according to the claims by the pilots of the Bf 109s that shot down Hudson N7285 was over the North Sea, was south west of Stavanger, Norway. As no trace of Hudson N7286 or its crew was ever found, they are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/169: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141970
3. Ross McNeill, 'Royal Air Force Coastal Command Losses: Aircraft and Crew Losses 1939-1941 v. 1', Midland Publishing, 2003 p.30
4. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/220_squadron.html#2404
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1804252/petrie,-murray-charles/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1803162/lawry,-ronald-owen/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1079792/maddocks,-kenneth-cyrus/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1531854/wilson,-percy/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jun-2019 21:17 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Jun-2019 05:50 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
24-Mar-2021 09:55 valmy Updated [Date]

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