Snow, Eric Augustus (No. 41878)

Snow, Eric Augustus

Flight Lieutenant

No. 41878, 125 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Friday 17 March 1944

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 203)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Newfoundland Book of Remembrance (Page 198)

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet)

BIOGRAPHY

Whilst it has not been possible to confirm conclusively the family circumstances of Eric Augustus Snow there is evidence to suggest that he was born in 1914 and that he was a son of Alexander Augustus Snow and Lizzie Snow of Topsail, Avalon Peninsula, Conception Bay, Newfoundland.  Alexander and Lizzie Snow had at least six children – William, Edna, Charles, Clarence, Eric A., and Edith.

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 from Newfoundland who enlisted on 1 April 1939 and was the 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).

Flight Lieutenant Eric Augustus Snow is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey; in the Memorial University of Newfoundland; on Page 198 in 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.