HUGH WINGFIELD TRACY

Hugh is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

 

Born: 27th January 1915, Ipswich.

Died: 6th October 1942; age 27.

 

Rank: Flight Officer/Navigator/Bomb Aimer; Service Number: 116953.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 55 Squadron.

 

Grave Reference:

IV.B.25.

El Alamein War Cemetery,

Matruh,

Egypt.

 

Father: Hugh Loveridge Tracy, born 1874, Ipswich. A Dental Surgeon.

Mother: Mary Kathleen Tracy (nee Jordon), born October 1882, Howrah, Bengal.

 

Hugh attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

 

The England & Wales Register – 1939.   Wharf House, Red Bull Wharf, London.

Hugh was a Law Student of private means.

 

In 1941, St. Pancras, Middlesex, Hugh married Marie A. Allen.

 

6th October 1942

 

Aircraft: Martin Baltimore II; serial number: AG811 (Z). On the 6th October 1942, AG811 was one of twelve aircraft that took-off at 16:55 for an attack on a fuel dump 3 miles East of El Daba railway station. The formation encountered very heavy flak, AG811 and two other aircraft were hit and badly damaged. Pilot Anthony Ward attempted to land his badly damaged aircraft AG811, but it exploded killing all the crew.

The crew of  aircraft AG769 bailed out, but the pilot’s escape hatch jammed preventing his escape. He force landed, survived, and hid until after dark when he was rescued by South African troops. The crew of  the third aircraft AG807 all bailed out over allied lines, but one man, 20 year old, Sergeant Albert John Coombes was killed.

 

AG811 CREW:

Anthony Ward; Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; age 25; R.A.F.V.R.

David Lawrence Crowhurst; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Reginald Weymouth; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 28; R.A.F.V.R.

 

Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan.

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