1384658 Flight Sergeant Alec Samuel Jefferies
205 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Alec's body was recovered and buried on Biba Final Island near to Kelai,
Catalina I AJ160
Took off from Kelai (in the northern islands of the Maldives), at 2045Z, detailed to search for and rescue the crew of the torpedoed merchant vessel, SS "PORT BUCKINGHAM". The weather was good on take-off and the aircraft attained a height of 25 feet after passing the fourth flare and then crashed. The DCs did not explode and the cause of the accident is unknown. The aircraft finished lying in 50 feet of water with salvage not possible.
Other crew members:
AUS404655 F/L (Capt./Pilot)Kenneth George Campbell McCallumRAAF
1483304 Sgt (Pilot) Sydney Charles Linn RAFVR
129052 (Fl Off) Fred Illingworth Allison RAFVR
50919 F/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Peter Walton Webb RAFVR
1313736 F/Sgt (Fitter Maintenance/Air Gnr.)Percy Allen Eric Grant RAFVR
1383819 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Albert Sydney Jacobs RAFVR
976155 W/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) William Grier RAFVR
1081692 Sgt (Fitter 2E) Charles Davies RAFVR
524787 W/O (Flt. Eng.)William Henry Westby DFM RAF
Alec's body was recovered following the crash. He was buried on Biba Final Island, which is uncharted, but in the neighbourhood of Kelai, where the fatal crash occurred.
A Squadron service was held over the sunken aircraft.