© David Fitzpatrick aka Ghostcod 2012
November 30th, 1942 Plane Crash
Letter from Mr Morrow 40 year later:
3 place Ville Marie
Conche Harbour, Nfld.
A short time ago it was suggested to me that you might like to have photos and flight report and my first, and thus far last, visit to your town on
November 30th, 1942. These are enclosed together with my grateful thanks to Father Hennebury and the residents of Conche for your aid and
assistance to myself and other crew members of BZ-277 after a lengthy and arduous flight. On that day two other Boston aircraft were also being
ferried to England. Both crashed in the North Atlantic under circumstances similar to mine, i.e. loss of control in icing conditions.
I might add that I went to England in the summer of 1940 and flew fighters for two years. I was given thirty day leave in Canada in September 1942
before assuming command of a fighting wing. After that leave I undertook to "working" my way back to the UK by flying an aircraft.
The Boston (Douglas DB-7) was a high speed short range bomber that saw service in a variety of capacities-bomber, torpedo carrier, night fighter, etc.
It was powered by Wright Cyclone engines. It was not equipped for long range flying in conditions such as the North Atlantic in winter. After this
incident other Bostons were flown by Ferry Command across the South Atlantic via Belam in Brazil and North America
In Conche we stayed with Father Hennebury and drank his winter supply of brandy. We contacted Gander with a W/I set in the village powered by a
battery from the aircraft. The W/I had been installed in coastal towns on the outbreak of the war but I do not think ever used at Conche before our
arrival. Gander sent the Sweeney, a RCAF coastal supply ship, to pick us up and take us to Dartmouth via the Straits of Belle Isle. En route we spent a
day at the Grenfell mission hospital in St. Anthony for treatment of superficial injuries.That in brief is the account of a bit of your town's history which I
trust will be of interest.
With my heartfelt thanks again for all your help now nearly 40 years ago.
I have been informed, since the beginning of this page, about Robert Morrow. According to Darrell Hillier of St.John's, Robert Morrow died early in
1998; he was 82 (born in Crossfield, Alberta in 1916). He was the winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross while flying with the RCAF during WWII.
Thank you to Darrell for this information.