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Flight Sergeant Sandison, St Mark's, Portobello

 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:45 am    Post subject: Flight Sergeant Sandison, St Mark's, Portobello Reply with quote

Flight Sergeant Hamish Ian Sandison Memorial
Location: St Mark's Episcopal Church, Portobello

There are two parts to this memorial. Flight Sergeant Hamish Ian Sandison is commemorated by a Sanctuary Lamp in St Mark's Church. There is also a small plaque behind the Lamp which tells you it is a memorial since there is no inscription on the Lamp itself.



The plaque (which was polished so highly it was like a mirror) also lists the other member's of F/Sgt. Sandison's crew.

Flight Sergeant R.M Anderson
Sergeant H. Barker
Flying Officer R.B. Couchman
Pilot Officer K. Dollin
Sergeant G. Granger
Sergeant M. O'Donoghue
Sergeant H. O'Keefe
Flight Sergeant L.E. Snook
Flight Sergeant R.C. Stevens



Flight Sergeant Sandison is also listed on the St Mark's Epsicopal Church War Memorial and is buried just outside the church.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Normally I wouldn't post a war grave but I think it is justified in this case since he is buried just outside the church he is commemorated in twice.



SANDISON, HAMISH IAN
Rank: Flight Sergeant (Nav./Bomber)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 21
Date of Death: 13/02/1946
Service No: 1571678
Additional information: Son of William John and Annie Margaret Sandison, of Edinburgh.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 26.
Cemetery: PORTOBELLO (ST. MARK) EPISCOPALIAN CHURCHYARD

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are the CWGC details of the rest of F/Sgt. Sandison's crew. Sergeant O'Donoghue was buried in Ireland.

ANDERSON, ROBERT MITCHELL
Rank: Flight Sergeant (Nav./W.Op.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 22
Date of Death: 13/02/1946
Service No: 1569931
Additional information: Son of Alexander and Mary Mitchell Anderson, of Uphall; husband of Jean Margaret S. Anderson.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. J. Grave 81.
Cemetery: UPHALL CEMETERY

COUCHMAN, RAYMOND BRUCE
Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 23
Date of Death: 13/02/1946
Service No: 188189
Additional information: Son of Bruce and Evelyn Lena Couchman, of Hastings, Sussex.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: THANINGTON (ST. NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD

DOLLIN, KENNETH
Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 23
Date of Death: 13/02/1946
Service No: 201260
Additional information: Son of William Henry and Edith Alice Dollin, of Doncaster.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. J. Grave 611.
Cemetery: DONCASTER (ROSE HILL) CEMETERY

GRANGER, GEOFFREY
Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 21
Date of Death: 13/02/1946
Service No: 1812335
Additional information: Son of Charlie and Ellen Granger, of Kibworth Harcourt.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 1583.
Cemetery: KIBWORTH CEMETERY

O'DONOGHUE, MICHAEL
Nationality: Irish
Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Date of Death: 13/02/1946
Service No: 1800981
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: BALLYHEA CEMETERY, CHARLEVILLE

O'KEEFE, HARRY
Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 20
Date of Death: 13/02/1946
Service No: 3040215
Additional information: Son of James and Amy O'Keefe, of Sheffield.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: New Portion. Grave 6.
Cemetery: FAWLEY (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD

SNOOK, LEONARD EDMUND
Rank: Flight Sergeant (Flt. Engr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Date of Death: 13/02/1946
Service No: 2247825
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. L.L. 2216.
Cemetery: ROMFORD CEMETERY

STEVENS, RONALD CEDRIC
Rank: Flight Sergeant (W.Op. Mech./Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 20
Date of Death: 13/02/1946
Service No: 2211805
Additional information: Son of William and Elizabeth Stevens, of Rawtenstall.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 4015.
Cemetery: RAWTENSTALL CEMETERY

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These pictures show the Sanctury lamp. (I hope you don't mind me posting these, but it wasn't clear in the earlier photos).



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sunderland 5 Serial VB885 OF 302 FTU crashed off RAF Calshot, Hampshire.

The pilot was attempting to regain the flare path in bad visibility whilst flying on three engines. During a turn to port, at very low altitude, the port wing stalled and the aircraft crashed into the sea.

10 Casualties

Pilot Officer Kenneth DOLLIN 23 Pilot
Flying Officer Raymond Bruce COUCHMAN 23 Co-Pilot
Flight Sergeant Hamish Ian SANDISON 21 Navigator
Flight Sergeant Ronald Cedric STEVENS 20 Wireless Operator
Flight Sergeant Robert Mitchell ANDERSON 22
Flight Sergeant Leonard Edmund SNOOK Flight Engineer
Flight Sergeant Harold BARKER 22 Air Gunner
Sergeant Michael O'DONOUGHUE Wireless Operator
Sergeant Harry O'KEEFE 20 Air Gunner
Sergeant Geoffrey GRANGER 21 Air Gunner

Source: 'Final Landings, A summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat losses 1946 - 1949'
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