The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. E H Ferguson
Eric Hannah Ferguson was born in 1920 in Chorlton, Lancashire and joined the RAF in September 1939 as an Airman u/t Air Gunner. After completing his training he was posted to 141 Squadron at Drem on 17th September 1940.
Commissioned in February 1942, Ferguson was killed on 11th April 1943 as a Flying Officer with 515 Squadron.
This unit sent Defiants ahead of Bomber Command raids to jam the German Freya radar system. The Defiants were equipped with transmitters known by the codename ‘Mandrel’.
Defiant AA417 took off from Coltishall on a sortie to the Dutch coast. Uffz. Georg Kraft and Uffz. Erich Handke, airborne from Bergen in a Me110 of 2./NJG1 picked up the Defiant on their radar. Kraft opened fire at a range of 40 metres and immediately saw flames coming from the wing roots. The aircraft flew at a shallow angle into the sea where the wreckage burned for some time.
This was about 20 miles off Den Helder but the bodies of Ferguson and his pilot P/O B McKeon were carried to Denmark where they washed up, Ferguson on 14th June and Mckeon on the 16th.
Both lie in Lemvig Cemetery, Denmark.
Above cemetery images courtesy of The War Graves Photographic Project