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    hi, my name is Michele Lusini, I am writing from Italy, and
    more precisely from a village near Arezzo in
    Tuscany. I assume that the 'incident happened at'
    beginning of summer 'of 1944 in the skies of Casentino: two
    RAF aircraft were shot down but the pilots escaped
    one of them fell near the village of Faltona (43
    37 '26.87''N / 11 45' 55.76''E), the other slightly
    further east at the QUEEN OF THE STONE (43 37 '39.15''
    N / 11 55 '17.34''East). The two pilots got together and
    hid in a farmhouse near the village of CHIUSI DELLA VERNA
    , there are my grandparents lived CHINI MARIA and
    LUSINI GIOVANNI who gave shelter and food for two
    piloti.The names of two Englishmen were expected to:
    DUSTIE or DUSTIN and NEIL. Proof of this is a document
    I cherish jealously, signed by his own hand
    General Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, in
    which he expresses great thanks for helping
    British pilots. I do not know if that squadron
    belonged, perhaps you could for help me.Would
    a great joy to have some news for those brave
    soldiers.gratefully. Michele.

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    Michele,

    NZ41145 Kenneth Percival Fyans NEILL, RNZAF
    was shot down over Italy 13 Dec 1944 but got back to Allied lines 17 Dec 1944. No further details known.

    May not be the Neil in your post, given the date of the incident, but thought I would mention him just in case there is a connection.

    Errol

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    Errol thanks for your help, but the two pilots
    remained hidden for several days in a hole that had
    excavated in the 'bank of a stream, just after the retreat
    Germans were able to return to their line. About a year later, in spring, they returned to
    fly over the house of my grandfather throwing near the '
    home food and basic provisions.

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