Hawker Hurricane P3868 - 13/09/1942.
On the 13th September 1942 Flight Lieutenant Thomas Daniel Humphrey Davy DFC (41383) of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit was detailed as a bomber aircraft in an interception exercise flying Hawker Hurricane No P3868, and as the aircraft approached the fighters, it was seen to carry out a steep turn to the right at about 2,000 feet, and a few seconds later was seen to be spinning and to crash into the ground at the Old Racecourse, Babel, Hollywell and catch fire at 15:25 hours.
Flight Lieutenant Davy had been with the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit since the 20th June 1941 and had completed three sea trips, he was for six months at Gibraltar in charge of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit detachment there.
The cause of the accident was considered to have been caused by failing to recover from a flat spin after an high speed stall was induced by a step turn, examination of the wreckage failed to reveal any defect.
Flight Lieutenant Davy's memorial on the collective grave in Anfield Cemetery.
Flight Lieutenant Davy was the son of Thomas Daniel and Georgina Davy and the nephew of Mr. J. F. Davy, of Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. He is buried in section 5 C. of E. Collective No grave 85, screen wall panel No 2, Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery.
Flight Lieutenant Davy joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1938 and served with No 12 squadron in France, Flight Lieutenant Davy had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for the part he played in one of the most famous raids of the war - that on the two bridges across the Albert canal, near Mastrict, made by six Fairey Battles on the 12th May 1940 during the Battle of France, The crews were chosen by lot since everyone had volunteered, they went in low, disregarding the enemy fighters above and the AA fire below. Five of the six aircraft were shot down, the sixth piloted by Pilot Officer Davy crashed on fire short of his airfield, the pilot having instructing his crew to bail out. Flight Lieutenant Davy was awarded the DFC on the 31st May 1940. Flight Lieutenant Davy subsequently volunteered for fighter command and joined No 266 Squadron in August 1940 and No 72 Squadron in September 1940.
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