Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
James Marcus
Service Number
Crew Position
Date of Death


Photographed by Malcolm Brooke

49Sqn Association

Photographs courtesy of Ed Ijsbrandij and Dick Schilder

On the 69th anniversay flowers were laid by Ed Ijsbrandij and Dick Shilder of the Dutch Aircraft Research & Excavation group (DARE)

8/9 November, 1941; ESSEN/INTRUDER:

At 10.00hrs, 5 of the squadron's aircraft were detailed for operations against Essen; 3 on bombing sorties and 2 for searchlight-suppression and intruder attacks. The two intruders took off just after 17.14hrs. Bomber Command had dispatched 54 aircraft on the bombing raid assisted by 8 Hampden intruders. Large fires were started in the target area but the cost was high with 3 Wellingtons, 2 Whitleys and 1 Hampden reported missing. One Hampden failed to return from the intruder operations and it unfortunately came from 49 Squadron.

W/O Christopher Saunders DFM (P1206) and crew were shot down by a German night fighter flown by Ofw Ney of II/NJG 2. The aircraft was hit over the Dutch coast and set on fire; it was seen to circle before crashing at Berkhout, south west of Hoorn in Holland.

Hampden P1206 (EA-Z)
W/O C.A. Saunders DFM Pilot (Killed)
Sgt J.M. D'Arcy NAV (Killed)
Sgt J.E. Kehoe W/AG (Killed)
Sgt S.G. Mullenger W/AG (Killed)

Courtesy of RAF Scampton

The remains of P1206 were returned to RAF Scampton and are now displayed in the Station Museum.

Sgt D'Arcy is remembered on a plaque in the Scampton Village Church.

Mavis Williams has compiled a detailed history of Sgt D'Arcy (link opens in a new window)