Commander G. A. Reid
Commander George Alfred Reid attended St. Andrew's College from 1921 to
to Wing Commander, he took command of 46 Squadron in May 1942. He was killed
on Sunday 3 October 1943 while flying his Beaufighter. The following combat report was written by his
co-pilot F/O W.R. Peasley.
from Lakatamis (Cyprus) in company with two aircraft of 89 Squadron. Briefed
to attack enemy forces in area west of Rhodes and south of Koas. Flew to D.R.
position in Scarpanto Straits, from there set course for Patmos Island.
Nothing was seen until approaching Cos, where one escort ship and about six
landing craft were seen two miles SSW of the Island.
formation flew down starboard side of enemy force and about a mile distant
to obtain position up-sun. Turned into attack at zero feet, own aircraft
leading. Obtained hits with cannon fire on landing craft during run-in and
on escort ship on run out. Aircraft hit by flak in Starboard engine and port
wing tip during run-in. Bombs not released but jettisoned later. The
aircraft was now difficult to handle, vibrating heavily and smoking from the
starboard engine. Flew up north coast of Cos where two Arado 196’s made
half-hearted and unsuccessful attacks. Turned east up the Gulf of Kerme
still trying to remain airborne.
starboard engine became completely unserviceable and the port engine
overheated. Pilot closed throttles and prepared to ditch. Aircraft did a
180-degree turn out of control, control was regained, but soon lost again
and aircraft spun into the sea from 300 feet and about half a mile from
shore. Next thing I knew I was underwater and very dazed, dimly remember
struggling from aircraft and coming to surface, noted time of crash as 0945
hrs. I floated by the “Mae West” fairly near shore, could see no sign of
Wing Commander Reid. Three badly buckled petrol tanks broke surface and
floated nearby. After 30 minutes in the water I was picked up by Turkish
peasants and taken ashore.”
F/O Craig Lennie RAF
He is remembered on the Alamein Memorial,
Egypt (Grave Reference: Column 267.) Alamein is a village which is
bypassed by the main coast road approximately 130 kilometres west of Alexandria
on the way to Mersa Matruh.
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Page for George
Commemorated on Page
607 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.