Simpson, Raymond Farquhar (No. 410530)

Simpson, Raymond Farquhar

Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)

No. 410530, Royal New Zealand Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Thursday 18 November 1943 (aged 23)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 28 Protestant Plot Grave 99)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

New Zealand National War Memorial in Wellington

New Zealand Cenotaph Database in Auckland War Memorial Museum

BIOGRAPHY

Flight Sergeant Raymond Farquhar Simpson (No. 410530) was a son of Robert Farquhar Simpson and May Simpson (nee Dodd) of Papanui, Canterbury, New Zealand.

During the Second World War Flight Sergeant Raymond Farquhar Simpson served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force and he died on 18 November 1943 along with the other three members of crew when their Lockheed Hudson Mark V aircraft (AE653) of No 5. (Coastal) Operational Training Unit, based at RAF Long Kesh, crashed into Strangford Lough just south of Chapel Island (off Greyabbey).  They were on a rocket-firing exercise using the submarine target at South Island in Strangford Lough.

The other three men who died in the crash were the pilot, Sergeant Walter Edward Fern; Flight Sergeant William Barraclough and Flight Sergeant Andrew Greenwell Gibbison.

Flight Sergeant Raymond Farquhar Simpson’s body was recovered from Strangford Lough in January 1944 and he was buried on 18 January 1944 in Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down.

Flight Sergeant Raymond Farquhar Simpson (No. 410530) is commemorated on the New Zealand National War Memorial in Wellington and on the New Zealand Cenotaph Database in Auckland War Memorial Museum.