Date Lost: 11/05/1942
Squadron Code: TR-F
Aircraft & Serial Number: Lockheed Hudson V - ?
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: North Coates
Take off time 1152 hrs
Op: Rover

59 Squadron lost two Hudson bombers on this day. TR-F & TR-V

The names as listed on the North Coates roll of honour are listed below. I have found this roll to be unreliable with some of the non RAF names but thanks to Piere Renier who has taken much time to go through the ORB at Kew, he has noted this further information on the mission and crews on this day. The crews of both planes lost are actually listed correctly below.


NEILSON -14 Apr’42 posted in to 59 Sqn
11 May’42 North Coates – First sortie
Aircraft: TRN V9163 Mk.V (Hudson crew who survived), Crew: P/O Neilson, Sgts Menzies, Whitney, Tuckwood.

Duty: Rover:

Time Up: 1152 Down 1614.

Details: Sighted c/v of 8 ships including 1 x 10,000 ton m/v and 2 DRS 20mi. NNE of BORKUM RIFF. Attacked DR with 2 x 250 A/S 3TD and 6 x 100 A/S 3TD in stick, diving from 300 to 50ft port to starboard forward of bridge. Results not observed owing to evasive action. A/c hit by flak. Hydraulics went u/s – but made excellent belly landing at base. None of crew hurt. References: NC/01/11/5, NC/04/11/5 - On the same sortie both TRF, crewed by P/O Moss, Sgt Baker, F/S Coombs, Sgt Davis and in TRV Sgts Scouller, Donaghy, Heggaton, Kermode respectively failed to return. I’m not 100% on spellings as the ORB is hand written at this point.


Taken from the memoires of HF Tuckwood:

Our first operational trip together was nearly our last. We were in on of three Hudsons to attack a German convoy of eight merchant ships and two destroyers. The policy was to dive 50 or so feet and drop four 250 pound bombs on whatever ship we could. Unfortunately the other two planes were shot down...


Taken from the memoires of EE Allen:

Allen also makes mention of this day in his memoires as he trained with Neilson in Canada and they were both posted to 59 Sqn together in mid March 1942. He notes that this convoy was not only heavily defended by flak boats but also had fighter cover from airfields close by the convoy route.


Crew Details:

All Lost: TR-F - view crew page

Source: C/C Losses - McNeill

During WWII, the RAF used three-letter codes to identify their aircraft from a distance. Two large letters were painted before the roundel, which signified the squadron to which the aircraft belonged, and another letter was painted after the roundel which indicated the individual aircraft. Aditionally, there was the individual serial number for each aircraft, which was painted in a much smaller size, usually somewhere at the rear of the aircraft: (more)

Codes used by RAF 59 Squadron:

PJ Sep 1938 - Sep 1939
TR Sep 1939 - Oct 1942
1 Aug 1943 - Jul 1944
WE Jul 1944 - Oct 1945
BY Oct 1945 - Jun 1946, Dec 1947 - Oct 1950