LEST WE FORGET

Flight Lieutenant Ivor Henry MEGGITT

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 40633
Born: Date, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAF: Date unavailable
Unit: No. 210 Squadron, RAF Station Oban, Argyll and Bute
Died: Air Operations: (No. 210 Squadron Sunderland I aircraft N9022), Scotland, 27 December 1940, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Oban (Pennyfuir) Cemetery, Scotland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Pogson Meggitt and Elizabeth May Meggitt, of Austinmer, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Sunderland N9022 took off from Oban on a convoy patrol at 1156 hours on 27 December 1940. On return the aircraft crashed in a night landing, at 2117 hours, off Maiden Island, Oban Bay. The Sunderland landed safely but hit an underwater object which ripped open the hull and flipped the aircraft onto its back. The underwater object was thought to be a horse box from the SS Breda, sunk in Ardmucknish Bay four days earlier. All but one of the crew members was killed.

The crew members of N9022 were:

Aircraftman Class 1 John Swinburne Audsley (646551) (RAF)
Sergeant Lawrence Edward Crawshaw (751624) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Thomas Albert Kennedy (521902) (RAF)
Sub Lieutenant Bryan Ferguson Leadbitter (RNVR)
Flight Lieutenant Ivor Henry Meggitt (40633) (RAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant Douglas Ogston (817057) (RAF)
Sergeant Alfred Kortright Perkins (649616) (RAF)
Sergeant Clifford Charles Ivor Roberts (968757) (RAFVR)
Flying Officer D A Stewart (RAF) Injured
Sergeant Noel Edgar Thomson (40926) (RNZAF)

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
McNeill, Ross RAF Coastal Command Loses of the Second World War Volume 1 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1939-1941, Midland Publications UK, 2003