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Date of Crash  29 May 43 Aircraft Name  Hurricane Serial Number  HV
Unit  136 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Chittagong Country  Burma
Aircrew details Sgt Arthur Brodie Kearon(540606)
Details 0830 hrs . 9 ac scrambled itnercepted 15 Army 99 and Army 01 fighters. Kearon sustained slight burns to his legs. air combat Damaged Inj
Source NF-HOA

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AIR81/6572Squadron Leader W J Methven, Flight Lieutenant M Kramer: missing believed killed; aircraft crashed into the River Severn, Tiger Moth N6853, 39 Maintenance Unit, 21 May 1941.C16755869

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