Father: Francis Alexander Marsh, "Trading Business"; mother: Eliza Ann Grace [Lawrence]
m. 1942 in Bromley, Florence Elaine [Berryman]
prev. An Accountant; RAF from 21 Dec 1940 to 30 Nov 1942
prev. exp. 112 hrs on Tiger Moth, Harvard, Master, Spitfire in the UK and Canada
Address in 1944: 35 (later, 48) Roslin Way, Bromley, Kent
Postings: 3FPP, 7FPP
"Has not proved satisfactory at this Pool [3FPP]. He is slow in obeying orders and gives the impression that he feels that obedience to an order should not clash with his own convenience. As a pilot he is over confident and does not use his head."
"[7FPP] Discipline: Improved ... should show more keeness in his job but otherwise handles his aircraft in what appears to be a safe manner ... will not be ready for Class 4 until he loses his over-confidence"
- 18 Feb 1943, forced landing in Hart K6522 at Luton after he saw smoke coming from the engine (coolant leak)
d. 29 May 1944 - his Beaufighter NV195 disappeared on a ferry flight from Sherborne to Lossiemouth. A similar aircraft was seen (by two fishermen) to crash in the Firth of Forth at about that time, and then a fuel tank belonging to this aircraft was discovered on 30 May by a Mr. Martin Thorburn, a painter from North Berwick.
1 Jun 1944 - "Thank you for your letter received this afternoon. It was, as you say, very much of a shock for me. Somehow one expects these kinds of things with Bomber or Fighter Command but not so much with ferrying.
I suppose you have no idea how the accident occurred. Was it due to a fault in the aircraft or in the engine? Or was it the weather? He was usually very careful - more than ever lately as I am expecting a baby in September, Please give me any further information as soon as possible. Yours Sincerely, Florence E Marsh"
Their daughter Janet was duly born in September 1944.
Francis' body never being found, he was finally presumed deceased on 2 Feb 1945.
Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial: