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219 Sqn Beaufighter loss in Normandy

219 Sqn Beaufighter loss in Normandy
Author: Laurent Viton (Guest)
Time Stamp:
15:14:15 Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Post:
Hello ,

On June 1 , 1943 a RAF plane with two crew members crashed to flak at Cany-Barville close to the airdrome . Possibly a 219 Sqn Beaufighter , the pilot P/O Ian R. Hillan was killed . I would like the serial number of that plane and the name of the second crew member who was reported as POW.

Thank you.


RE: 219 Sqn Beaufighter loss in Normandy
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
18:47:09 Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Post:
The only Beaufighter on this date for 219 Sqdn was serial V8840 (Mk. VI.F) that was missing on a "training" flight! Don't believe that they were allowed to go over French occupied territory. Or they came off track?

Also have P/O HILLAN on file but up to now unaccounted for.

Cheers,

Henk.


RE: 219 Sqn Beaufighter loss in Normandy
Author: Laurent Viton (Guest)
Time Stamp:
07:52:11 Thursday, January 22, 2004
Post:
Thank you Henk , I think it was V8840 .

Cany-Barville is just located on the French coast near St Valry en Caux . Maybe the training flight ended in a " rhubarb " in France ! I.R. Hillan lays in Grancourt CWGC cemetary but was initially buried in St Riquier , close to the crash-site.

Laurent.