Hi, I am keen to get more information on my late Uncle, F/S David Flockhart, a crew member on the ill fated AL554. I am putting together a framed wall mounting of his medals etc to hand down to future relatives. It would be a pity that his sacrifice, amongst so many others, would be lost so I hope to put it in a format that they can see what these guys went through. A photo of AL554 would be terrific. Does anyone know if one exits?
3 years 1 month ago - 3 years 1 month ago#5502by HeyTC
HeyTC replied the topic: AL554
Hi Ally -
I too lost an uncle in the very same crash. In a little bit of web searching, I have just come across Matt Poole's incredible online record of Squadron 159 and 160's Airmen’s logbooks. From this, I've been able to find out:
I did find the crew list of those that were with him: F/S David Flockhart +, F/L. N E. Sharp, F/S. W C. Stanbury + (died of injuries following day), F/S. G S. Anderson +, F/S. R L. Somerville +, F/S. Cullen inj, F/S. D. Flockhart +, Sgt. D J. Godfrey +, P/O. H C S. Cotton RNZAF +
This snippet of information has been the most useful:
Pg 105: AL554: Further loss info: Liberator II AL554 - took off from Fayid, Egypt, at 1340 captained by 43046 F/Lt Norman Edward Sharp DFC and was attacked by a fighter over the target, although whether damage was inflicted during the engagement is unknown. On returning to Palestine, fuel began to run out and the number one engine cut. Unable to locate St Jean, a new course was set for Lydda, to the south near Tel Aviv, but while attempting an emergency landing en route at about 2255 AL554 crashed at Hadera, some 20 miles south of Haifa. Six of the crew were killed and another died of injuries the following day, leaving a seriously injured wireless operator (F/Sgt Cullen) as sole survivor. The dead are buried at Khayat Beach War Cemetery, Haifa, Israel
I have been in touch with Matt Poole who still has access to some records and I will also contact my family to see if I can find out what photographs that we can find ~ although it's highly unlikely to include anything from the Middle East operations; more likely FO Cotton's NZ 75 squadron in New Zealand 1940.
Just to let everyone know that Gary sent me the name of David Flockhart's nephew, and then HeyTC, the nephew of HCS Cotton, another AL554 casualty, found the Flockhart nephew on Facebook.
The Facebook page includes a photo of David Flockhart, and comments that make it certain we have the same guy who posted here nearly four years ago. I sent him a Facebook friend request, and a message. Hopefully he will respond, and I can share some info and we can learn some things.