They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
MURPHY, John Sydney, Lt (P), RCN, killed - 17 Apr 1952, 880 Anti-Submarine Squadron (HMCS SHEARWATER) - Son of Joseph and Dorie Murphy of Vancouver Island, BC. Brother of Vincent, Patrick and Thomas Murphy.
Lieutenant Murphy was one of seven naval men who lost their lives, on the night of 17 April 1952, when two Avenger aircraft crashed into the sea off the southern coast of Nova Scotia. Based in Shearwater the aircraft were performing a search and strike exercise in poor visibility; it is believed the two Avengers collided before crashing.
The seven seamen who perished in this accident were:
Lieutenant John Edward Peter ANDERSON
Lieutenant William James HUTCHINSON
Able Seaman William John Demy HUNTER
Lieutenant John Kingsford Herbert MASON
Able Seaman Douglas Sydney MOFFAT
Lieutenant John Sydney MURPHY
Sub-Lieutenant Phillip Joseph Albert PLOTKINS
Ships served in:
880 Anti-Submarine Squadron, RCN (HMCS SHEARWATER)
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