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Crofton, Robert Denis (Flight Lieutenant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1942-July-12

Birth Date: 1907-March-01 (age 35)

Born: Paddington, City of Westminster, Greater London, England

Major R B Crofton, RAO(C), & Helena C Crofton

Home: Bath, Somerset, England (parents)

45 Group (RAF)
RCAF Stn. Dorval, Quebec
Flight Lieutenant
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers

Hudson MK Vl FK413

Ferry Flight 1942-July-12 to 1942-July-12

45 (T) Group (RAF) Dorval, Quebec

45 Group, RAF Transport Command, Dorval, Quebec. Hudson VI aircraft FK 413 lost during a Trans-Atlantic ferry flight after departing Gander, Newfoundland, cause unknown

Sergeant RE Wylie (RCAF), Flight Lieutenant RD Crofton (RAF) and Sergeant ED Brabender (RAAF) were all missing, presumed killed in this flying accident

The missing have no known grave. Sergeant Wylie is commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial. Flight Lieutenant Crofton and Sergeant Brabender are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie, page 313

General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

RAF Ferry Command, overseas delivery flight.

Aircraft failed to reach destination during transatlantic ferry flight from Newfoundland to United Kingdom, 12 July 1942.

Killed includes Crofton: Sergeant Raymond Edgar Wylie RCAF R/114080 KIFA Ottawa Memorial Panel 1. Column 5. Sergeant Elton Duncan Brabender RAAF KIFA Runnymede Memorial Panel 112.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Flight Lieutenant Robert Denis Crofton has no known grave.

Google MapBath, Somerset, England (parents)

Hudson FK413

Lockheed Hudson A-28 A-29 AT-18

Lockheed Hudson
Source National Air Force Museum of Canada.

The Lockheed Hudson was an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force (RAF) shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and primarily operated by the RAF thereafter. The Hudson served throughout the war, mainly with Coastal Command, but also in transport and training roles, as well as delivering agents into occupied France. They were also used extensively with the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) anti-submarine squadrons. National Air Force Museum of Canada.

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General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Hudon - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (247), RCAF 400 Squadron (2), Canadian Aircraft Losses (245), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:36:53

Hudson MK Vl FK413

Missing at Sea. Flight Lieutenant Crofton R.D.;Flight Sergeant Raymond E Wylie;
Elton D. Brabender
1942-July-12 Accident: RAFFC DORVAL Loc: At Sea Names: Brabender | Crofton | Wylie

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