LEST WE FORGET

Air Operations: (No. 459 Squadron Hudson aircraft FH300), off the Libyan Coast, 10 July 1942

While on patrol off the North African coast in the early hours of the morning of 10 July 1942, several merchant vessels with their destroyer escort were sighted in the poor predawn light. The target appeared with little warning and FH300 was shot down by an escorting destroyer during an attack on the convoy and all four crew members were taken prisoner.

The crew members of FH300 were:

Pilot Officer Thomas Edmund Errington (109935) (RAF) (Observer) PoW
Warrant Officer Theodore Allen Fawcett (406143) (Wireless Air Gunner) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 26 November 1945
Flight Lieutenant Anthony Bernard Gurry (401066) (Pilot) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 11 October 1945
Warrant Officer Errol Renold Royston (402926) (Wireless Air Gunner) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 6 December 1945

References:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9816, 145 (No. 459 Squadron Unit History)

Bibliography:

Kane-Maguire L. (Leon) Desert Scorpions: 459 Squadron RAAF 1942-1945, Australian Military History Publications Loftus NSW 2232, 2007
Vincent, D. (David) The RAAF Hudson Story Book 1, D. Vincent Highbury SA 5089, 1989