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Hardy I K4314 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Hardy I K4314

National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/4803Sergeant A K Murrell: injured; Flying Officer R J D Christie: uninjured; aircraft forced landed due to enemy anti aircraft fire, Hardy K4314, 237 Squadron, 4 January 1941.C16688901
AIR81/5064Flying Officer J W J Taylor, Sergeant G C D Stowe: killed; aircraft shot down and crashed near Al Banai (Al Bahai), North Africa, aerial combat, Hardy K4314, 237 Squadron, 7 February 1941. Note: Related files: 4956, 4964C16689162

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Hardy I K4314

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantGarth Clarke Dixon STOWE (776394) Hardy I K4314  AIR81/5064 1941-02-07237 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
Flying OfficerJohn William James TAYLOR (80051) Hardy I K4314  AIR81/5064 1941-02-07237 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial

Related Posts in RAF Commands Forum

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Rhodesian airmenHi COL, Excellent stuf, many thanks for the info. Does the book mention another Hardy loss on 7 Feb 1941? As well as K4314 being lost K4313 was also reported lost. I'm looking for crew details. I don't yet ahve the Squadron ORB. From what I have read on the London Gazette it would appear that when the Southern Rhodesian Air Force was absorbed into the RAF all Officers were given commissions in the RAFVR with effect from 1st April 1940. They also received numbers in the 8XXXX range. That would explain why I only have two pilots with SRAF serials. F/O Peyton CR/2916 and Cpl Kimpton CR/606. I assume this applied to NCOs and other ranks as well? Regards, Alex ....Read More.Alex Crawford on 30th October 2009 05:09:45
Rhodesian airmenHi Alex, The loss of Hardy, K4313, of 237 sqn. is mentioned in 'Dust Clouds', under the date of, Thursday, 6 February 1941.(Early next day...) The only loss mentioned in 'Pride of Eagles', for 7 February 1941, is as follows: On 7th February (1941), Flying Officer Jack Taylor and Sergeant Garth C.D.Stowe in Hardy K4314* were intercepted and shot down in flames by a CR 42 while on an early morning tactical reconnaissance patrol over the Keren area. Both pilot and airgunner were killed. Their bodies were found later in the burnt-out remains of their aircraft by ground troops about 17 miles (27 km) east of Agordat. * K4314, is the serial quoted. (not a typo, by me). See: A Pride of Eagles. p.79. Col. PS. I will look into the other matter (in APOE), over the weekend. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 30th October 2009 08:28:18
Rhodesian airmenHi COL, Thanks again. For K4313 and K4314 the K File has; K4313 Shot down by CR42 Cheren, Ethiopia, 07/02/41. SOC 01/11/41 K4314 shot down by CR42 on Tactical Reconnaissance near Cheren, Ethiopia, 07/02/41. 2 killed. SOC 10/02/41. I wonder if somewhere along the line someone has got the two serials mixed up and only one aircraft was lost on 7th? It seems a long gap between K4313s loss and SOC date, although I know it wasn't unusual. I'm going to order up the aircraft movemant cards from the National Archives and see what they have to offer. But I believe the K File was written based on what was on these cards. Alex ....Read More.Alex Crawford on 31st October 2009 12:56:04
Rhodesian airmenAlex, I suspected something along those lines, that's why I emphasized the fact that the Hardy mentioned in 'APOE', was K4314. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 31st October 2009 02:10:54

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