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    Default 400619 - Unaccounted airman - 19-6-1940

    P/O Graham Derek Herbert BEARDON - 74663 - killed on active service 19-6-1940 - buried Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia. CWGC lists him as 213 Sqn (19-6-1940 flying Hurricanes from Exeter); GRO lists him as 11 FTS (at that time Shawbury in Shropshire). 213 Sqn was in the Middle East in 1941 and later; is it possible CWGC's date of death is incorrect (scanning problem ?).
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    Henk

    his death is reported in the July 1940 edition of Flight so it seems that CWGC's date is correct. Also reported in The Times, Thursday, Jul 04, 1940

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    Henk,

    Beardon was killed ferrying a Hurricane (P2650?), from Marignane to North Africa. He crash-landed on a beach near Bizerta, and was killed. The full story of the ferrying effort is told in:

    Malta:The Hurricane Years 1940-41
    Shores,C.,B.Cull & N Malizia.
    London:Grub Street,1987
    pp.15-25 (see: p.22)

    Col.

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    Thanks Col for the link; the book was on my book-shelf but failed to check.

    Henk.

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