PI186. A silver bracelet engraved to W. J. Sandercock, 417420, R.A.A.F. William James Sandercock 417420
No. 279 Squadron (RAF), Detachment RAF Station Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 278 Squadron Warwick aircraft HG209), off the Norwegian Coast, 11 January 1945, Aged 29 Years.
Son of William Ralph and Alice Emma Sandercock, of Glossop, South Australia; husband of Sheila Beavis Sandercock, of Glenelg, South Australia
Remembered: Panel 284, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK.
Warwick HG209 of No. 279 Squadron took off at 1330 hours on 11 January 1945 from a Squadron detachment at RAF Station Fraserburgh, to provide Air-Sea Rescue cover for an anti-shipping strike off the Norwegian coast. Enemy fighters were encountered, and HG 209 failed to return to base. HG 209 was last seen to be flying over a ditched strike aircraft (No. 143 squadron Mosquito aircraft PZ190) and believed to be followed by an Me109. It was later recorded that the missing crew had been lost at sea.
The crew members of HG209 were:
Flight Sergeant William Henry Bryan (1413675) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer Frederick Earl Bentley (J/93334) (RCAF)
Flying Officer George Campbell Galloway (54284) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air)
Warrant Officer Andrew Ferguson Goodall (1558334) (RAFVR)
Warrant Officer George William Mansfield (1377933) (RAFVR)
Flight Lieutenant John Henry Moreton (141068) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Warrant Officer William James Sandercock (417420) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)