Catalina FP193 crash at Boa Island, Co. Fermanagh

Consolidated Catalina FP193 of RAF No. 131 OTU crashed in Lough Erne near Boa Island on a training exercise over Co. Fermanagh on 9th January 1944.

On 9th January 1944, Consolidated Catalina FP193 of No. 131 Operational Training Unit crashed in Lough Erne near Boa Island, Co. Fermanagh. The Mark IB plane took off from RAF Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh at 0915hrs, taking part in a non-operational low-level bombing exercise. While making a second run over Lough Erne, the plane dived into the water.

Reports suggest the pilot failed to pull out of a diving turn, crashing half a mile away from Boa Island, Co. Fermanagh into the calm waters. Flame floats on board the plane ignited as the plane went under, setting fire to the oil and petrol on the water.

Of the 10-man crew, 7 died in the incident. A further 3 occupants escaped with injuries.

Remembering the crew of Catalina FP193

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInfo
SmithBernard EdwardFlight SergeantPilotRAFVR 1335224. Killed.
WatsonRobert Hugh DavisSergeantNavigatorRAFVR 1339833. Killed.
HillStanley OswaldSergeantAir GunnerRAFVR 1591061. Killed.
HowellsIvor GeorgeSergeantFlight EngineerRAFVR 1600260. Killed.
SherryAlfred FrankFlight SergeantNavigatorRAAF 418982. Killed.
BagleyHarrySergeantRAFVR 1431670. Missing.
LeeLRBSergeantAir GunnerInjured.
AldridgeSergeantWireless Operator/Air GunnerInjured.
LiddleSergeantWireless Operator/Air GunnerInjured.
GrosEdward LeroySergeantRAFVR. Missing.