John Murdoch Fearn
John in his flying kit
John's family grave in Inverness
Sergeant Royal Air force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR)
Service No: 1570056
Died 14 September 1943 aged 19
John was a Flight Engineer in the Royal Air Force serving on 115 Squadron RAF. He died when he was flight testing a Lancaster Mk II bomber flying from RAF Little Snoring in Norfolk. The aircraft came down near the village of Magdalan at 11.30 in the morning. John had completed ten operational missions before the accident, his Commanding Officer wrote of him in a letter to his mother, "Your son was a very capable Flight Engineer and always showed great keenness and enthusiasm for his work, maintaining the high standards of the Royal Air Force". John is buried in Tomnahurich Cemetery, Inverness, section L2 class 1 grave 233. He was awarded the War Medal 1938-45 and the 1939-45 Star.
John was the son of John and Katherine Fearn from Inverness. His full name was John Murdoch Grant Fearn. 115 Squadron had one of the finest operational service records in Bomber Command flying 261 bombing and 27 mine laying raids consisting of 4678 Lancaster sorties. This was the second highest number of sorties in Bomber Command. The squadron lost 110 aircraft (2.4 percent) in these raids suffering the most losses in the whole of Bomber Command; an additional 22 Lancasters were destroyed in crashes, including John Fearn’s aircraft.
115 Squadron crest