The Parish Church of St George the Martyr, Waterlooville
It was a wet Sunday afternoon in the far south west of Ireland. Feeling pretty bedraggled and miserable and clutching our dripping umbrellas our party trudged slowly up the hill from the coach park knowing our hopes of seeing the famous gardens of Bantry House were fading fast. After a quick reviving cup of tea and a cake in the rather primitive tea-
The memorial lists the six crew members of a Whitley bomber of 58 Squadron lost whilst on an anti-
The Bantry memorial names all crew members: Flt Sgt D.O. Newlove RCAF, Sgt R.J. Leahy RAF, Sgt K.L. McAdam RNZAF, Sgt R.J. Harwood RAF, Sgt A.T. Gough RAF, Sgt J. McClelland RAF.
Sgt Newlove who was unmarried came from Islington Ontario and is commemorated in the local church there St Georges-
He was in fact the navigator of a Blenheim bomber of 236 Squadron based at RAF Cheriton in North Devon. All 3 crew members were Canadians. The plane was on convoy patrol off SW Ireland when the starboard engine failed but the pilot was able to ditch in the sea. All three men survived and managed to scramble into a rubber dinghy. Sgt Woodman was however seriously injured. As navigator he had been sitting in the nose of the aircraft but had not strapped himself in. As a result he was flung through the fuselage sustaining severe injuries to his leg and chest. The dinghy drifted all night for 7 hours until a motor boat from Bantry rescued them the following morning. Sgt Woodman died in hospital in Mallow the following day. He was later buried with full military honours in Gould Hills cemetery in Mallow. Sgt Paul Webster (pilot) and Sgt Charles Brady (air gunner) were both interned at the Curragh Camp. But a few months later Sgt Webster escaped into Northern Ireland. He resumed flying only to be killed on 26 July 1942 over Dieppe. Sgt Brady remained in internment until the end of the war.
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