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No. 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron Royal Air Force



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Those known to have served with

No. 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Armstrong . F/O
  • Bond Wilfred Sidney. F/O (d.10th August 1944)
  • Chappell Alan Lancaster. W/O (d.10th August 1944)
  • Costain . F/O
  • Fahy F. P.. F/O
  • McCormack David William. Sq.Ldr. (d.10th August 1944)
  • Pain Malcolm Turner Wellesley. F/O (d.10th August 1944)
  • Watson . F/O

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F/O F. P. Fahy 615 Sqdn.

Historial Document:

Recorded from Flying Officer F.P.Fahy NZ411980 RNZAF and RAF 615. Fighter Squadron Pilots Log Book

(BAF Personnel Bureau (NZ) Assn.Doc.A1)

On the 10th August 1944, all of our aircraft RAF 615 (County of Surrey) Fighter Squadron were flying from Palel in Assam to Baigachi, Bengal. We where about 80 miles east of Calcutta when we flew into a monsoon storm.

I saw the C.O.'s Section disappear above me and I glanced in the cockpit, my instruments had, had it. There was no visability and none of the plane's controls were working. I made up my mind that it was time I parted company with the aircraft. This wasn't easy, the hook stuck and I had a hell of a job. Finally, it came away and to the right mainplane about three feet from the centre-section. Hell's teeth I thought I had been in a hurry up until then, but I really got going now. In fact I jumped out helmet and all plugged in. I must have swung like a pendulum going around for a few seconds, that seemed like hours, waiting for the thud of the ground, when I felt a jerk.

I looked up and from that moment on I have a passion for mushrooms. There above me was the chute letting me down and the chute began to fold in and spill air. I pulled on the rigging lines, as I had been told and was able to control the rate of descent. It was about 20 seconds before I saw the ground or should I say river. Yes, I landed up to my neck in water. I was helped by natives to shelter. After an hour's rest, I heard news of another pilot who was a few villages away who had been injured. I was able to get to him later that day and a sampan took us to the nearest motorable road. We arrived in Calcutta the following day. Here we received news that the C.O. had been killed and three others. Eight of the other machines got through safely after being sucked right out of the cloud into brilliant sunshine. An L.A.C. at Ops was able to vector them in safely. This airman for his wide awake action received a Mention in Despaches. The C.O.'s body was the only body recovered as it was thought the others were in an area that it would not be possible. So, these were posted missing believed killed.

The C.O. was buried in Calcutta. He was thought so much of by his Squadron, that a letter was sent to his mother asking what she would like as a memorial to him. Funds were raised and a stainless glass window is now installed in the church in his home town in Australia.

He was held responsible for the accident by a court of enquiry, but I still wonder if it was an error on his part. Three pilots bailed out successfully and one force-landed.

Casualty List 10th August 1944

  • Lost SQD Leader D McCormack DFC & Bar RAAF (Killed)
  • F/O W S Bond RCAF (Missing believed killed)
  • F/O M Pain RAAF (Missing believed killed)
  • W/O Chappell RAAF (Missing believed killed)

    Bailed Out

  • Flying Officer Costain RAF (Broken leg)
  • F/O Armstrong RCAF (Dislocated knee cap)
  • F/O F.P.Fahy RNZAF (Twisted knee)

    Force landed

  • F/O Watson RAF (Unhurt)

    8 other Squadron aircraft and pilots landed safely.

    'LEST WE FORGET'

  • BAF Secretary



    Sq.Ldr. David William McCormack DFC & Bar 615 Sqdn. (d.10th August 1944)

    Historial Document:

    Recorded from Flying Officer F.P.Fahy NZ411980 RNZAF and RAF 615. Fighter Squadron Pilots Log Book

    (BAF Personnel Bureau (NZ) Assn.Doc.A1)

    On the 10th August 1944, all of our aircraft RAF 615 (County of Surrey) Fighter Squadron were flying from Palel in Assam to Baigachi, Bengal. We where about 80 miles east of Calcutta when we flew into a monsoon storm.

    I saw the C.O.'s Section disappear above me and I glanced in the cockpit, my instruments had, had it. There was no visability and none of the plane's controls were working. I made up my mind that it was time I parted company with the aircraft. This wasn't easy, the hook stuck and I had a hell of a job. Finally, it came away and to the right mainplane about three feet from the centre-section. Hell's teeth I thought I had been in a hurry up until then, but I really got going now. In fact I jumped out helmet and all plugged in. I must have swung like a pendulum going around for a few seconds, that seemed like hours, waiting for the thud of the ground, when I felt a jerk.

    I looked up and from that moment on I have a passion for mushrooms. There above me was the chute letting me down and the chute began to fold in and spill air. I pulled on the rigging lines, as I had been told and was able to control the rate of descent. It was about 20 seconds before I saw the ground or should I say river. Yes, I landed up to my neck in water. I was helped by natives to shelter. After an hour's rest, I heard news of another pilot who was a few villages away who had been injured. I was able to get to him later that day and a sampan took us to the nearest motorable road. We arrived in Calcutta the following day. Here we received news that the C.O. had been killed and three others. Eight of the other machines got through safely after being sucked right out of the cloud into brilliant sunshine. An L.A.C. at Ops was able to vector them in safely. This airman for his wide awake action received a Mention in Despaches. The C.O.'s body was the only body recovered as it was thought the others were in an area that it would not be possible. So, these were posted missing believed killed.

    The C.O. was buried in Calcutta. He was thought so much of by his Squadron, that a letter was sent to his mother asking what she would like as a memorial to him. Funds were raised and a stainless glass window is now installed in the church in his home town in Australia.

    He was held responsible for the accident by a court of enquiry, but I still wonder if it was an error on his part. Three pilots bailed out successfully and one force-landed.

    Casualty List 10th August 1944

  • Lost SQD Leader D McCormack DFC & Bar RAAF (Killed)
  • F/O W S Bond RCAF (Missing believed killed)
  • F/O M Pain RAAF (Missing believed killed)
  • W/O Chappell RAAF (Missing believed killed)

    Bailed Out

  • Flying Officer Costain RAF (Broken leg)
  • F/O Armstrong RCAF (Dislocated knee cap)
  • F/O F.P.Fahy RNZAF (Twisted knee)

    Force landed

  • F/O Watson RAF (Unhurt)

    8 other Squadron aircraft and pilots landed safely.

    'LEST WE FORGET'

  • BAF Secretary



    F/O Wilfred Sidney Bond 615 Sqdn. (d.10th August 1944)

    Historial Document:

    Recorded from Flying Officer F.P.Fahy NZ411980 RNZAF and RAF 615. Fighter Squadron Pilots Log Book

    (BAF Personnel Bureau (NZ) Assn.Doc.A1)

    On the 10th August 1944, all of our aircraft RAF 615 (County of Surrey) Fighter Squadron were flying from Palel in Assam to Baigachi, Bengal. We where about 80 miles east of Calcutta when we flew into a monsoon storm.

    I saw the C.O.'s Section disappear above me and I glanced in the cockpit, my instruments had, had it. There was no visability and none of the plane's controls were working. I made up my mind that it was time I parted company with the aircraft. This wasn't easy, the hook stuck and I had a hell of a job. Finally, it came away and to the right mainplane about three feet from the centre-section. Hell's teeth I thought I had been in a hurry up until then, but I really got going now. In fact I jumped out helmet and all plugged in. I must have swung like a pendulum going around for a few seconds, that seemed like hours, waiting for the thud of the ground, when I felt a jerk.

    I looked up and from that moment on I have a passion for mushrooms. There above me was the chute letting me down and the chute began to fold in and spill air. I pulled on the rigging lines, as I had been told and was able to control the rate of descent. It was about 20 seconds before I saw the ground or should I say river. Yes, I landed up to my neck in water. I was helped by natives to shelter. After an hour's rest, I heard news of another pilot who was a few villages away who had been injured. I was able to get to him later that day and a sampan took us to the nearest motorable road. We arrived in Calcutta the following day. Here we received news that the C.O. had been killed and three others. Eight of the other machines got through safely after being sucked right out of the cloud into brilliant sunshine. An L.A.C. at Ops was able to vector them in safely. This airman for his wide awake action received a Mention in Despaches. The C.O.'s body was the only body recovered as it was thought the others were in an area that it would not be possible. So, these were posted missing believed killed.

    The C.O. was buried in Calcutta. He was thought so much of by his Squadron, that a letter was sent to his mother asking what she would like as a memorial to him. Funds were raised and a stainless glass window is now installed in the church in his home town in Australia.

    He was held responsible for the accident by a court of enquiry, but I still wonder if it was an error on his part. Three pilots bailed out successfully and one force-landed.

    Casualty List 10th August 1944

  • Lost SQD Leader D McCormack DFC & Bar RAAF (Killed)
  • F/O W S Bond RCAF (Missing believed killed)
  • F/O M Pain RAAF (Missing believed killed)
  • W/O Chappell RAAF (Missing believed killed)

    Bailed Out

  • Flying Officer Costain RAF (Broken leg)
  • F/O Armstrong RCAF (Dislocated knee cap)
  • F/O F.P.Fahy RNZAF (Twisted knee)

    Force landed

  • F/O Watson RAF (Unhurt)

    8 other Squadron aircraft and pilots landed safely.

    'LEST WE FORGET'

  • BAF Secretary



    F/O Malcolm Turner Wellesley Pain 615 Sqdn. (d.10th August 1944)

    Historial Document:

    Recorded from Flying Officer F.P.Fahy NZ411980 RNZAF and RAF 615. Fighter Squadron Pilots Log Book

    (BAF Personnel Bureau (NZ) Assn.Doc.A1)

    On the 10th August 1944, all of our aircraft RAF 615 (County of Surrey) Fighter Squadron were flying from Palel in Assam to Baigachi, Bengal. We where about 80 miles east of Calcutta when we flew into a monsoon storm.

    I saw the C.O.'s Section disappear above me and I glanced in the cockpit, my instruments had, had it. There was no visability and none of the plane's controls were working. I made up my mind that it was time I parted company with the aircraft. This wasn't easy, the hook stuck and I had a hell of a job. Finally, it came away and to the right mainplane about three feet from the centre-section. Hell's teeth I thought I had been in a hurry up until then, but I really got going now. In fact I jumped out helmet and all plugged in. I must have swung like a pendulum going around for a few seconds, that seemed like hours, waiting for the thud of the ground, when I felt a jerk.

    I looked up and from that moment on I have a passion for mushrooms. There above me was the chute letting me down and the chute began to fold in and spill air. I pulled on the rigging lines, as I had been told and was able to control the rate of descent. It was about 20 seconds before I saw the ground or should I say river. Yes, I landed up to my neck in water. I was helped by natives to shelter. After an hour's rest, I heard news of another pilot who was a few villages away who had been injured. I was able to get to him later that day and a sampan took us to the nearest motorable road. We arrived in Calcutta the following day. Here we received news that the C.O. had been killed and three others. Eight of the other machines got through safely after being sucked right out of the cloud into brilliant sunshine. An L.A.C. at Ops was able to vector them in safely. This airman for his wide awake action received a Mention in Despaches. The C.O.'s body was the only body recovered as it was thought the others were in an area that it would not be possible. So, these were posted missing believed killed.

    The C.O. was buried in Calcutta. He was thought so much of by his Squadron, that a letter was sent to his mother asking what she would like as a memorial to him. Funds were raised and a stainless glass window is now installed in the church in his home town in Australia.

    He was held responsible for the accident by a court of enquiry, but I still wonder if it was an error on his part. Three pilots bailed out successfully and one force-landed.

    Casualty List 10th August 1944

  • Lost SQD Leader D McCormack DFC & Bar RAAF (Killed)
  • F/O W S Bond RCAF (Missing believed killed)
  • F/O M Pain RAAF (Missing believed killed)
  • W/O Chappell RAAF (Missing believed killed)

    Bailed Out

  • Flying Officer Costain RAF (Broken leg)
  • F/O Armstrong RCAF (Dislocated knee cap)
  • F/O F.P.Fahy RNZAF (Twisted knee)

    Force landed

  • F/O Watson RAF (Unhurt)

    8 other Squadron aircraft and pilots landed safely.

    'LEST WE FORGET'

  • BAF Secretary



    W/O Alan Lancaster Chappell 615 Sqdn. (d.10th August 1944)

    Historial Document:

    Recorded from Flying Officer F.P.Fahy NZ411980 RNZAF and RAF 615. Fighter Squadron Pilots Log Book

    (BAF Personnel Bureau (NZ) Assn.Doc.A1)

    On the 10th August 1944, all of our aircraft RAF 615 (County of Surrey) Fighter Squadron were flying from Palel in Assam to Baigachi, Bengal. We where about 80 miles east of Calcutta when we flew into a monsoon storm.

    I saw the C.O.'s Section disappear above me and I glanced in the cockpit, my instruments had, had it. There was no visability and none of the plane's controls were working. I made up my mind that it was time I parted company with the aircraft. This wasn't easy, the hook stuck and I had a hell of a job. Finally, it came away and to the right mainplane about three feet from the centre-section. Hell's teeth I thought I had been in a hurry up until then, but I really got going now. In fact I jumped out helmet and all plugged in. I must have swung like a pendulum going around for a few seconds, that seemed like hours, waiting for the thud of the ground, when I felt a jerk.

    I looked up and from that moment on I have a passion for mushrooms. There above me was the chute letting me down and the chute began to fold in and spill air. I pulled on the rigging lines, as I had been told and was able to control the rate of descent. It was about 20 seconds before I saw the ground or should I say river. Yes, I landed up to my neck in water. I was helped by natives to shelter. After an hour's rest, I heard news of another pilot who was a few villages away who had been injured. I was able to get to him later that day and a sampan took us to the nearest motorable road. We arrived in Calcutta the following day. Here we received news that the C.O. had been killed and three others. Eight of the other machines got through safely after being sucked right out of the cloud into brilliant sunshine. An L.A.C. at Ops was able to vector them in safely. This airman for his wide awake action received a Mention in Despaches. The C.O.'s body was the only body recovered as it was thought the others were in an area that it would not be possible. So, these were posted missing believed killed.

    The C.O. was buried in Calcutta. He was thought so much of by his Squadron, that a letter was sent to his mother asking what she would like as a memorial to him. Funds were raised and a stainless glass window is now installed in the church in his home town in Australia.

    He was held responsible for the accident by a court of enquiry, but I still wonder if it was an error on his part. Three pilots bailed out successfully and one force-landed.

    Casualty List 10th August 1944

  • Lost SQD Leader D McCormack DFC & Bar RAAF (Killed)
  • F/O W S Bond RCAF (Missing believed killed)
  • F/O M Pain RAAF (Missing believed killed)
  • W/O Chappell RAAF (Missing believed killed)

    Bailed Out

  • Flying Officer Costain RAF (Broken leg)
  • F/O Armstrong RCAF (Dislocated knee cap)
  • F/O F.P.Fahy RNZAF (Twisted knee)

    Force landed

  • F/O Watson RAF (Unhurt)

    8 other Squadron aircraft and pilots landed safely.

    'LEST WE FORGET'

  • BAF Secretary



    F/O Costain 615 Sqdn.

    Historial Document:

    Recorded from Flying Officer F.P.Fahy NZ411980 RNZAF and RAF 615. Fighter Squadron Pilots Log Book

    (BAF Personnel Bureau (NZ) Assn.Doc.A1)

    On the 10th August 1944, all of our aircraft RAF 615 (County of Surrey) Fighter Squadron were flying from Palel in Assam to Baigachi, Bengal. We where about 80 miles east of Calcutta when we flew into a monsoon storm.

    I saw the C.O.'s Section disappear above me and I glanced in the cockpit, my instruments had, had it. There was no visability and none of the plane's controls were working. I made up my mind that it was time I parted company with the aircraft. This wasn't easy, the hook stuck and I had a hell of a job. Finally, it came away and to the right mainplane about three feet from the centre-section. Hell's teeth I thought I had been in a hurry up until then, but I really got going now. In fact I jumped out helmet and all plugged in. I must have swung like a pendulum going around for a few seconds, that seemed like hours, waiting for the thud of the ground, when I felt a jerk.

    I looked up and from that moment on I have a passion for mushrooms. There above me was the chute letting me down and the chute began to fold in and spill air. I pulled on the rigging lines, as I had been told and was able to control the rate of descent. It was about 20 seconds before I saw the ground or should I say river. Yes, I landed up to my neck in water. I was helped by natives to shelter. After an hour's rest, I heard news of another pilot who was a few villages away who had been injured. I was able to get to him later that day and a sampan took us to the nearest motorable road. We arrived in Calcutta the following day. Here we received news that the C.O. had been killed and three others. Eight of the other machines got through safely after being sucked right out of the cloud into brilliant sunshine. An L.A.C. at Ops was able to vector them in safely. This airman for his wide awake action received a Mention in Despaches. The C.O.'s body was the only body recovered as it was thought the others were in an area that it would not be possible. So, these were posted missing believed killed.

    The C.O. was buried in Calcutta. He was thought so much of by his Squadron, that a letter was sent to his mother asking what she would like as a memorial to him. Funds were raised and a stainless glass window is now installed in the church in his home town in Australia.

    He was held responsible for the accident by a court of enquiry, but I still wonder if it was an error on his part. Three pilots bailed out successfully and one force-landed.

    Casualty List 10th August 1944

  • Lost SQD Leader D McCormack DFC & Bar RAAF (Killed)
  • F/O W S Bond RCAF (Missing believed killed)
  • F/O M Pain RAAF (Missing believed killed)
  • W/O Chappell RAAF (Missing believed killed)

    Bailed Out

  • Flying Officer Costain RAF (Broken leg)
  • F/O Armstrong RCAF (Dislocated knee cap)
  • F/O F.P.Fahy RNZAF (Twisted knee)

    Force landed

  • F/O Watson RAF (Unhurt)

    8 other Squadron aircraft and pilots landed safely.

    'LEST WE FORGET'

  • BAF Secretary



    F/O Armstrong 615 Sqdn.

    Historial Document:

    Recorded from Flying Officer F.P.Fahy NZ411980 RNZAF and RAF 615. Fighter Squadron Pilots Log Book

    (BAF Personnel Bureau (NZ) Assn.Doc.A1)

    On the 10th August 1944, all of our aircraft RAF 615 (County of Surrey) Fighter Squadron were flying from Palel in Assam to Baigachi, Bengal. We where about 80 miles east of Calcutta when we flew into a monsoon storm.

    I saw the C.O.'s Section disappear above me and I glanced in the cockpit, my instruments had, had it. There was no visability and none of the plane's controls were working. I made up my mind that it was time I parted company with the aircraft. This wasn't easy, the hook stuck and I had a hell of a job. Finally, it came away and to the right mainplane about three feet from the centre-section. Hell's teeth I thought I had been in a hurry up until then, but I really got going now. In fact I jumped out helmet and all plugged in. I must have swung like a pendulum going around for a few seconds, that seemed like hours, waiting for the thud of the ground, when I felt a jerk.

    I looked up and from that moment on I have a passion for mushrooms. There above me was the chute letting me down and the chute began to fold in and spill air. I pulled on the rigging lines, as I had been told and was able to control the rate of descent. It was about 20 seconds before I saw the ground or should I say river. Yes, I landed up to my neck in water. I was helped by natives to shelter. After an hour's rest, I heard news of another pilot who was a few villages away who had been injured. I was able to get to him later that day and a sampan took us to the nearest motorable road. We arrived in Calcutta the following day. Here we received news that the C.O. had been killed and three others. Eight of the other machines got through safely after being sucked right out of the cloud into brilliant sunshine. An L.A.C. at Ops was able to vector them in safely. This airman for his wide awake action received a Mention in Despaches. The C.O.'s body was the only body recovered as it was thought the others were in an area that it would not be possible. So, these were posted missing believed killed.

    The C.O. was buried in Calcutta. He was thought so much of by his Squadron, that a letter was sent to his mother asking what she would like as a memorial to him. Funds were raised and a stainless glass window is now installed in the church in his home town in Australia.

    He was held responsible for the accident by a court of enquiry, but I still wonder if it was an error on his part. Three pilots bailed out successfully and one force-landed.

    Casualty List 10th August 1944

  • Lost SQD Leader D McCormack DFC & Bar RAAF (Killed)
  • F/O W S Bond RCAF (Missing believed killed)
  • F/O M Pain RAAF (Missing believed killed)
  • W/O Chappell RAAF (Missing believed killed)

    Bailed Out

  • Flying Officer Costain RAF (Broken leg)
  • F/O Armstrong RCAF (Dislocated knee cap)
  • F/O F.P.Fahy RNZAF (Twisted knee)

    Force landed

  • F/O Watson RAF (Unhurt)

    8 other Squadron aircraft and pilots landed safely.

    'LEST WE FORGET'

  • BAF Secretary



    F/O Watson 615 Sqdn.

    Historial Document:

    Recorded from Flying Officer F.P.Fahy NZ411980 RNZAF and RAF 615. Fighter Squadron Pilots Log Book

    (BAF Personnel Bureau (NZ) Assn.Doc.A1)

    On the 10th August 1944, all of our aircraft RAF 615 (County of Surrey) Fighter Squadron were flying from Palel in Assam to Baigachi, Bengal. We where about 80 miles east of Calcutta when we flew into a monsoon storm.

    I saw the C.O.'s Section disappear above me and I glanced in the cockpit, my instruments had, had it. There was no visability and none of the plane's controls were working. I made up my mind that it was time I parted company with the aircraft. This wasn't easy, the hook stuck and I had a hell of a job. Finally, it came away and to the right mainplane about three feet from the centre-section. Hell's teeth I thought I had been in a hurry up until then, but I really got going now. In fact I jumped out helmet and all plugged in. I must have swung like a pendulum going around for a few seconds, that seemed like hours, waiting for the thud of the ground, when I felt a jerk.

    I looked up and from that moment on I have a passion for mushrooms. There above me was the chute letting me down and the chute began to fold in and spill air. I pulled on the rigging lines, as I had been told and was able to control the rate of descent. It was about 20 seconds before I saw the ground or should I say river. Yes, I landed up to my neck in water. I was helped by natives to shelter. After an hour's rest, I heard news of another pilot who was a few villages away who had been injured. I was able to get to him later that day and a sampan took us to the nearest motorable road. We arrived in Calcutta the following day. Here we received news that the C.O. had been killed and three others. Eight of the other machines got through safely after being sucked right out of the cloud into brilliant sunshine. An L.A.C. at Ops was able to vector them in safely. This airman for his wide awake action received a Mention in Despaches. The C.O.'s body was the only body recovered as it was thought the others were in an area that it would not be possible. So, these were posted missing believed killed.

    The C.O. was buried in Calcutta. He was thought so much of by his Squadron, that a letter was sent to his mother asking what she would like as a memorial to him. Funds were raised and a stainless glass window is now installed in the church in his home town in Australia.

    He was held responsible for the accident by a court of enquiry, but I still wonder if it was an error on his part. Three pilots bailed out successfully and one force-landed.

    Casualty List 10th August 1944

  • Lost SQD Leader D McCormack DFC & Bar RAAF (Killed)
  • F/O W S Bond RCAF (Missing believed killed)
  • F/O M Pain RAAF (Missing believed killed)
  • W/O Chappell RAAF (Missing believed killed)

    Bailed Out

  • Flying Officer Costain RAF (Broken leg)
  • F/O Armstrong RCAF (Dislocated knee cap)
  • F/O F.P.Fahy RNZAF (Twisted knee)

    Force landed

  • F/O Watson RAF (Unhurt)

    8 other Squadron aircraft and pilots landed safely.

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