Flying Officer David Finnigan  -  192 Squadron  
   

Flying Officer David Percy Maeers Finnigan - RAFVR

 

 Flying Officer David Finnigan was serving as Navigator on board Halifax Mk.III MZ342 coded DT-B during an operation to Stettin on the February 8/9 1945. The aircraft left Foulsham at 1941hrs but on the homebound journey at 2,000 feet it was involved in a mid-air collision with Lancaster I PD376 of 625 squadron, flown by P/O D.E. Chalkley. The Lancaster was to escape any serious damage but the Halifax crashed into the sea with the loss of the entire crew.

The crew consisted of:
 

Name

Service

Hometown

Age

F/Sgt Brian Butler

RNZAF

Taranaki,New Zealand

21

Sgt Kenneth Cheshire

RAFVR

Whitley Bay,Northumberland

19

F/O David Finnigan

RAFVR

Southgate,Middlesex

23

F/Sgt Douglas Webb

RAFVR

Bristol

29

Sgt Robert Mitcheson

RAAF

Newsham,Northumberland

20

F/O Noel Burrows

RAF

Pontllanfrweith,Monmouthshire

29

Sgt Evan Tucker

RAFVR

Bethel, Cornwall

19

Sgt Brian woods

RAFVR

Penge, Kent

20

 

 Flying Officer David Percy Maeers Finnigan RAFVR was the son of Stanley and Mabel Finnigan and brother of Colin, Norman and Barbara of Southgate, Middlesex. He and his crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

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Photo courtesy of David & Peter Finnigan, research by Linda Ibrom