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Flight Sergeant Richard RIGBY (1107517) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Lost in aircraft Mosquito FBVI HR134  

Death of Death 1944-06-30 .

Served in 248 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Combrit Churchyard, France

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Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 30 Jun 44 Aircraft Name Mosquito FB.VI Serial Number HR134
Unit 248 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country France
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

Other Aircrew lost in Mosquito FB.VI HR134

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantRichard RIGBY (1107517) Navigator Mosquito FBVI HR134   1944-06-30248 Sqdn AIR27 FranceCombrit Churchyard
Pilot OfficerWalter TONGE (176020) Pilot Mosquito FBVI HR134   1944-06-30248 Sqdn AIR27 FranceCombrit Churchyard

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