Service Details
Name:
FAIRWEATHER
Given Name:
JAMES MACGREGOR
Initials:
J M
Service No:
07077
Rank:
Wing Commander
Other Casualties of this Rank
Regiment:
Royal Air Force
Other Casualties from this Regiment
Date of Death:
1940-05-28
Other Casualties on this Date
Age:
42
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea while evacuating UK and Belgian soldiers, airmen and civilians from Ostend on the last day of the Battle of Belgium. As Abukir slowly headed west for England, Luftwaffe aircraft bombed her for an hour and a half but failed to hit her. Then at 0115 hrs on 28 May a 44-knot (81 km/h) Kriegsmarine E-boat, S-34 commanded by OLt.z.S Obermaier, attacked her off Nieuwpoort near the Westhinder or the Noordhinder light vessel. Abukir's Captain, Rowland Morris-Woolfenden, took a zigzag course by which the coaster avoided two torpedoes from S-34. The coaster sighted S-34 off her port bow 20 minutes later. Morris-Woolfenden changed course to ram the torpedo boat, but with a top speed of only 8 knots (15 km/h) Abukir was too slow. S-34 fired two more torpedoes. The first missed, but the second hit the coaster amidships, blowing her in two. Abukir burst into flames and sank within a minute. She was the first Allied ship to be sunk by an E-boat.
Decorations:
D F C, Mentioned in Despatches
Citations:
D F C LG Sup 12 July 1920 - "For services in the Baltic", MID LG Sup 22 December 1919 "For services in the Baltic"
Additional
Information:
Son of Alexander Middleton Fairweather and of Maggie Fairweather (nee Kirsten); husband of Kathleen Isobel Fairweather (nee Sweeny), of Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa. Commemoration stone in Queenstown Cemetery. Commemoration stone in Kiltearn Cemetery
Commemoration
Country:
United Kingdom
Other Casualties commemorated in United Kingdom
Locality:
Surrey
Other Casualties commemorated in Surrey
Cemetery:
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Other Casualties commemorated in this Cemetery
Grave Reference:
Panel 3.

Information to contribute? Noticed an error or wish to Request a Photo ~ Click here ~

This information was last verified for accuracy: 2018-06-06
 
 

Send us an email...

  • I wish to
     Contribute some information
     Report a problem
     Request this image
CAPTCHA code Please write the word in the text box below (case-sensitive)

Sending your message. Please wait...

Thanks for sending your message! We'll get back to you shortly.

There was a problem sending your message. Please try again.

Please complete all the fields in the form before sending.