Sergeant Ernest Watson (1073521) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. At his time of death, he flew with RAF 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron.
He was the son of William Watson and Maria Watson. He was the nephew of Ellen Robinson of Bangor, Co. Down.
Sergeant Watson died on 15th September 1942 aged 32 years old. He took off from RAF Downham Market, Norfolk in Short Stirling N3725 HA-D at 19:55hrs on 14th September 1942. The mission was a night-time bombing raid on Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
It was the 31st such mission for the Short Brothers built plane, known as Mamprusi. Each bomber in RAF 218 Squadron had a name that referenced the peoples and places of the Gold Coast.
Remembering the crew of N3725
On its return, the bomber suffered the loss of the outer starboard engine over the target. Pilot Officer Frankcombe nursed the stricken plane homewards.
The inner starboard engine also failed on the approach to landing. This caused the plane to spin while attempting to land. It came down at 00:55hrs at Brandon, one mile east of Stoke Ferry, Norfolk. Six of the aircrew died and a further two sustained injuries.
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Role||Info|
|Pearce||Donald Ivor||Flight Sergeant||1189938.|