Pilot Officer Robert Davies - 420 Squadron

 

 

 

Pilot Robert Davies  - RCAF

 

 

 Pilot Officer Robert Davies was serving as Second Pilot Halifax Mk.BIII MZ687 coded PT-L during an operation to Kiel on August 16, 1944. The aircraft departed Tholthorpe at 2101hrs but failed to return as it at some point crashed into the North Sea. Seven of the eight men aboard perished, including P/O Robert Davies.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown Age
F/O Gordon Pritchard RCAF Pilot Ottawa, Ontario 20
P/O Robert Davies RCAF 2nd Pilot Okotoks, Alberta 20
Sgt E. Proud - POW RAFVR Flight Engineer - -
F/O Francis Moffit RCAF Navigator Ottawa, Ontario -
F/O Dalton Block RCAF Bomb Aimer Waterloo, Ontario 20
W/O2 Dennnis Lorenz RCAF W/Op/AG Brantford, Ontario 26
P/O Kenneth Boucock RCAF M/U Gunner Merritton, Ontario 19
F/O Antonio Roski RCAF Rear Gunner - -

 Two of the crew, F/O Moffit and W/O2 Lorenz , were recovered and buried in the Kiel War Cemetery. P/O Robert Davies is commemorates on the Runnymede Memorial and has no known grave along with the remaining crew members that were lost.

 Sgt E. Proud was rescued from the North Sea two days after the crash (this would suggest that the aircraft ditched) and taken prisoner.

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Peter Riddell, special thanks to William Heron.