Studio portrait of 424778 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Charles Joseph Merryfull (later MBE) RAAF. A ...

Accession Number P09781.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Digital print
Maker Unknown
Date made Unknown
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of 424778 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Charles Joseph Merryfull (later MBE) RAAF. A member of 199 Squadron RAF, he was responsible for the design of the window foil launching machine which was used to automatically dispense packets of window strips. This machine was used operationally from 1945 as a countermeasure against German radar. On 8 July 1945 Sqn Ldr Merryfull died whilst testing an automatic window launcher at RAF Docking Airfield. Whilst in flight the Mosquito (PZ 178) crewed by Sqn Ldr Merryfull and Leading Aircraftman F Grady RAF suffered structural failure, breaking up mid-air. At 1018 hours it crashed into the airfield, killing its two crew. Sqn Ldr Merryfull was buried in the Cambridge Regional Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, UK, and was posthumously awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire.