Malvern College Second World War Casualty

P/O. Mirza Mehdy Khan

House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1933 - 1934.

Regiment: R.A.F..
Died: 02 February 1942 aged 20 in . Missing, presumed killed.
Battle: Bomber Command. Cemetery: Runnymede Memorial Panel 70.

Son of the Hon. Mr. Justice Mirza A.A. Khan, and of Gertrude Harriet Mirza Khan, of Headington, Oxford and Alexandra House, Ballard Estate, Bombay.
Foundation Scholar St Pauls School, London.
Manson Scholar, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

86 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Coastal Command. Captain of a Beaufort Torpedo Bomber.

He was the P/O of a Beaufort II 'A' AW.253, with crew members of Sgt Denham, Sgt, McLaty, and Sgt Turnbull. He took off at 16:54 from St Eval in Cornwall on the 2nd February 1942 for a Strike with two other aircraft in his squadron, 'G' and 'Q'. A/C G/86 flew in formation with 'A' and 'Q'. In position 4558 (STE/06/2/2 and PL/G8/2/2) a tanker estimated 5000 tons escorted by 2 armed trawlers was sighted approx 4 miles ahead on Westerly course at 3 knots. A/C continued formation for 30 secs then broke and attacked. A/C 'G' released torpedo from 70 ft, 900 yards from target and took avoiding action from Red Flak, all ships having opened up just prior to attack. A/C 'Q' was observed by rear gunner to fall into sea in flames. 'A' was last seen on Northerly course far ahead of 'G' flying normally.
A/C 'G' landed at base at 18.55.
A/C 'A' and 'Q' failed to return and crew are missing.
86 Squadron operation records, Feb 1942: AIR-27-708-20
Detailed records: AIR-27-708-21

He does not seem to appear in operations for the previous two months, so it could have been his first mission.