FURBANK, Charles Alexander

1318172, Sergeant (Observer/Radar Operator), Charles Alexander FURBANK
Aged 23

141 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in air accident on Friday, 8th May 1942

"Caedimus Noctu" - We stay by night
Charles Alexander FURBANK was born in 1918 (Hambledon Q3-1918 2A:285), son of William Percival and Grace FURBANK (née TURNER ) of Merstham, Surrey.

He was a member of 3rd Scout Troop Bury St.Edmund (Culford School).

In the 1939 register his parents were at Buxton, Church Hill, Reigate, father [8-7-1879] a retired bank official, mother [23-12-1891]. There are 2 closed records.

141 Squadron was operating Beaufighter Mk I and were based at RAF Acklington at the time.

Beaufighter I.F - X7568 - flew into the ground at Bowshiel Farm near Ecclaw, Berwickshire on 8th May 1942. The crew appear to be F/Sgt Harold Banford CROUSE (pilot) R.C.A.F. and Charles Alexander FURBANK (observer/radar operator) RAFVR. F/Sgt. Frank William BODFISH (pilot) RAFVR was also on board, believed to be catching a lift back to base. Although a two man aircraft, it was not unknown for a spare man to stand behind the pilot.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Charles Furbank is buried in Haddington (St Martin's) New Burial Ground. Section E- grave 897

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