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Typhoon IB  MN249 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Typhoon IB  MN249


Incidents/Accidents

DateAircraftUnitPilot NameLocation
22 Feb 44 Typhoon Ib MN249 263 Sqdn Sea
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Casualties in the CWGC Register for Typhoon Ib MN249

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Squadron LeaderGeoffrey Berrington WARNES (78429) Typhoon IB MN249  Forum Post 1944-02-22263 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

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Loss Typhoon Ib JR302Hello, It is possible to have an error in my testimony. (Pilot bailed out) I have two losses Guidel data. Typhoon Ib JR304. Flying Officer. HUNTER, ROBERT CHARLES. (MIA). And the second possibility was the Typhoon JR302 IB, so it is OK loss of Guernsey. Typhoon Ibs MN249 SLdr G B Warnes DSO DFC Killed Rodeo Ditched off Guernsey. ....Read More.dan35 on 21st January 2009 07:58:52
Loss Typhoon Ib JR302[QUOTE=dan35;22427]Hello, It is possible to have an error in my testimony. (Pilot bailed out) I have two losses Guidel data. Typhoon Ib JR304. Flying Officer. HUNTER, ROBERT CHARLES. (MIA). And the second possibility was the Typhoon JR302 IB, so it is OK loss of Guernsey. Typhoon Ibs MN249 SLdr G B Warnes DSO DFC Killed Rodeo Ditched off Guernsey.[/QUOTE] Hi Dan, All three losses on that date are unfortunately linked. 8 Typhoons 1B of 263 Sqn took off from Harrowbeer at 1055 on 22 Feb 1944 to sweep the Kerlin Bastard - Vannes area. Bad weather lead S/Ldr Warnes to abandon the sweep and instead make a Shipping Recco of the area. At around 8 miles off Guernsey, Warnes radioed that he was going to ditch and was seen to do so. F/O Robert Tuff RAAF radioed the 2ic F/Lt Gerry Racine that he could see Warnes in the sea and he appeared to be in trouble. Tuff then bailed out to help Warnes. Around this point, it was noticed that F/O Robert Charles Hunter was missing, and despite circling and transmitting for R/T fixes for as long as possible, A/S/R searches were unsuccessful and none of the three men were ever seen again. According to the ORBs and other reports, pilots and aircraft on the sweep were: MN249 S/Ldr Warnes JR446 P/O Smith JR129 F/O Unwin JR432 P/O Beaumont F/Lt Racine JR304 F/O R.C. Hunter MN129 P/O Green JR304 F/O Tuff ('4' crossed out in pen, '2' inserted) (Note: No serial recorded for Gerry Racine's A/C). There was quite a length debate over whether Tuff should be awarded the GC for his actions, or deserved a court-martial for wasting a perfectly good aircraft! In the end, he was awarded a MiD. There are hints that bad fuel or similar may have led to Warnes' and possibly Hunter's loss. I have quite a bit of stuff on 263 Squadron's operations, Send me a PM if you would like any more info. HTH, Jeff ....Read More.RecklessRat on 22nd January 2009 04:16:47


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