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 Buffalo I AN216



Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  25 Dec 41 Aircraft Name  Buffalo I Serial Number  AN216
Unit  67 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Mingaladon Country  Burma
Aircrew details Sgt John MACPHERSON*(41486)
Details About eleven o'clock on Christmas morning the warning system reported 120 enemy aircraft heading for Rangoon, from the direction of Mergui on the Tenasserim coast. Twenty-four Buffaloes and Tomahawks scrambled immediately. This time, apparently somewhat shaken by their previous reception, the Japanese paid our pilots the pretty (if back-handed) compliment of despatching some eighty fighters with their raiding force, including a number of Navy ‘O’ or Zero type, which had not previously operated in this locality. Heavily outnumbered, the defenders met them on the way in, but the fighter opposition was so intense that only Williams and one other pilot got through to the bombers. in the course of two raids the Japanese lost over forty aircraft out of some 180, against which there had been never more than twenty-five British and American fighters. No. 67 Squadron lost Sergeants J. MacPherson,39 E. B. Hewitt,40 and R. P. McNabb41 (RNZAF) and Flying Officer J. Lambert (RAF) killed.
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Casualities in the CWGC Register for Buffalo I AN216

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantJohn MACPHERSON (41486) Pilot Buffalo I AN216  Ext Link 1941-12-2567 Sqdn AIR27 MyanmarTaukkyan Memorial


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