Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1943, Flying Officer Edmond Frank Myers, A Flight, 148 (Special Duties) Squadron, Royal Air Force, was killed during Operation “SAPLING 7” over Dukat in Albania.
One of twin sons of an East India merchant, he was educated at Lancing College, where he was a corporal in the Officers’ Training Corps and received a Distinction in German. On leaving school he took up employment with his father, and later joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Flying Officer Myers was commissioned as a pilot officer in August of 1942, and promoted to the rank of flying officer the following February. He flew a variety of aircraft from his base in Tocra, Italy, dropping supplies to resistance groups in the Balkans.
Just before midnight on the 19th of October, he and his crew took off on a supply drop over the Biza Plain in the Chermenika mountains of Southern Albania. They did not return, and it was learned later from those anticipating the drop that the aircraft was seen to catch fire in the air and then strike a hillside near Dukat. Those who also lost their lives were Flight Sergeant James Clement Cole, Flying Officer Peter Raymond Flyte, Flight Lieutenant William Ross Forester, Flying Officer Francis Jack Hunter, Sergeant Peter Twiddy, Flight Sergeant Harold Williams, all Royal Air Force, along with Captain Alfred Careless, Royal Armoured Corps and Signalman David William Rockingham, Royal Corps of Signals, both attached to the Special Operations Executive. They are remembered on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt.
Edmond, from Brentford in Middlesex, was 30 years old.