Reid, Frederick John Bartlett (No. 156648)

Reid, Frederick John Bartlett

Flying Officer 

No. 156648, 125 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Friday 17 March 1944 (aged 23)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 243)

Newfoundland Book of Remembrance (Page 190)

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet)

BIOGRAPHY

Frederick John Bartlett Reid was a son of Frederick Ellis Reid and Hilda K. Reid of Heart’s Delight, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and during the Second World War he served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

On 17 March 1944, two de Havilland Mosquito aircraft (HK 261 and HK 326) of No. 125 Squadron based at RAF Ballyhalbert were airborne over the Irish Sea on a night practice interception exercise from which they failed to return.  Based on Ground Controlled Interception (GCI) radar evidence from Ballywooden, Bishopscourt it was presumed that the two aircraft had collided, resulting in the deaths of both crews.  Each crew comprised two men and their bodies were never recovered.  They were Flight Lieutenant Eric Augustus Snow (pilot of HK261); Flying Officer Donald Maldwyn Griffiths (navigator aboard HK261); Flying Officer Frederick John Bartlett Reid (pilot of HK326) and Pilot Officer Horace James Rich (navigator aboard HK326).

Flying Officer Frederick John Bartlett Reid (No. 156648) was 23 when he died, and he is commemorated on Page 190 of the Newfoundland Book of Remembrance and on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet).

Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador) was a former colony and dominion of the United Kingdom and it was the tenth province to enter the Canadian Confederation on 31 March 1949.