On 17 March 1943, 9 Beaufighters from 272 Sqn got airborne late morning, with the mission of protecting 9 other ‘Beaufort’ Light Bombers on raids to enemy shipping to the north. Shortly after take-off, one of the formation developed severe engine vibrations. Despite attempts to correct the problems, the Pilot, Sgt Donald Frazee had to inform his Navigator, Sgt Sandery that they were going to have to ‘Ditch’ (Land on Water). Losing height rapidly, Frazee landed on the water at about 100mph. The aircraft began to sink, but they were both able to climb out and inflate their life jackets, as the aircraft slipped below the waves! 5 minutes later, they were picked up by local Maltese Fishermen. They both later returned to active service.