Victor William Ernest Watkins. Leading Airman.
VICTOR WILLIAM ERNEST WATKINS . Service No. FAA/FX. 97208.
Rank. Leading Airman.
Unit Text. H.M.S. Victorious.
Killed in Action. 21 June 1944.
Son of. Victor and Florence Watkins, of South Benfleet. Essex.
Leading Airman, Victor William Ernest Watkins was one of three crew members in a Fairey Barracuda aircraft that had taken off from H.M.S. Victorious to practice dive bombing. When attempting to pull out of a dive the Barracuda’s wings folded and crashed into the sea. The bodies of the crew were never found.
Leading Airman. Victor William Ernest Watkins. Benfleet. Essex.
Sub-Lieutenant. Ian Charles Foskett. Sevenoaks. Kent.
Sub-Lieutenant. Walter Smith. Cheshire.
On the same day a Corsair aircraft took off from H.M.S. Victorious for a practice exercise performing aerobatics during which a high speed stall sent the aircraft crashing into the sea. The body of Pilot, Sub-Lieutenant Malcolm Campbell Kelly, of Glasgow, was never found.