SOUTHGATE, Victor Jack

No.1217694, Sergeant, Victor Jack SOUTHGATE
Aged 21

199 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in Action on Friday, 5th November 1943

Born in 2nd qtr 1922 Bury St.Edmunds 4a:1647, son of Jack Gordon and Katie Whitney SOUTHGATE (née NORTON). In the 1936 register his parents (father a motor mechanic/driver) were at 31 Northgate Street, Bury St.Edmunds with his brother Donald [17-9-1924]. There are 2 closed entries

Short Stirling Mk 3, EF453 c/s EX-F of 199 Squadron took off from RAF Lakenheath at 16:00 on 4th November 1943 on a night raid to lay mines ("gardening") in the Kattegat and was lost without trace.
The crew were pilot - P/Off D F Moore, Flt Engineer - Sgt V.J.Soutgate, Navigstor - Sgt A Richmond, O Obs/Bomb A - Sgt W Jones, WOP/AG - F/Off D C Welch. Air Gunr - F/Sgt D Menere, Air Gunr - F/Sgt P Watson.

photo C.W.G.C.

Victor Jack Southgate is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial panel 165

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