The Airmen's Stories - P/O M D Green
Maurice David Green, from from Neills Hill, Belfast joined the RAFVR as an Airman u/t Observer in August 1939. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 4 BGS West Freugh and joined 248 Squadron on 30th March 1940.
On 20th October 1940 Green was airborne from Sumburgh in the Shetlands in Blenheim L9453 over the Norwegian coast. Three Blenheims from 248 had been sent out to look for a shot-down German crew in a dinghy, an intercepted radio message indicated that a Luftwaffe floatplane was on its way to pick them up.
Off Ballen Hemnefjord, L9453 was intercepted by two Me109’s from 4./JG77 and shot down. The pilot P/O SR Gane was able to bale out but Green and Sgt. NJ Stocks were still aboard when the Blenheim went into the sea.
The two Messerschmitts then machine-gunned Gane while he was descending. His body was recovered by Norwegian civilians and buried nearby at Stamnes Farm. In 1945 he was re-interred at Stavne Cemetery, Trondheim.
Green is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 8.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner