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    Hi,

    I found an interesting couple of newspaper articles from The Mercury (Hobart - 14 Nov 39) and Examiner (Launceston - 21 Jun 1941). Both mention Sgt Lewis Samares Dumaresq (Australian in the RAF), however, the 1941 article details his flying in one of the gifted Spitfires named “Tasmania II” (Mk.IIA, P8182). The text goes on to mention Dumaresq had flown in bomber and fighter planes since Oct 39 and was moving to a night fighter squadron. In a letter to his father, Lewis, “mentioned that his squadron in one month had shot down nine enemy planes”.
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/25767280
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/52422145

    I cannot find much information regarding the service of Dumaresq apart from an AFC gazetted late in the war (surname incorrectly listed as Dimaresq) and an undigitised service file on the NAA website. He is also given the surname of Dumbresq in A Few of the Few by Newton.

    Spitfire P8182 was lost with 152 Sqn RAF during Jun 41, however, his name does not appear to be in the ORB. According to the Spitfire production list “Tasmania II” was with 8 MU and 118 Sqn RAF. Can anyone confirm whether this airman served with either of these two units or provide any details about his wartime service including with a possible night fighter unit? The article from 1939 gives the impression he may have been an instructor?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.

    Regards, Drew

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    Hello Drew,

    Dumaresq's AFC was awarded for; "Keeness and devotion to duty as test pilot". It was presented to him by the Governor of Tasmania at Government House, Hobart, on 25-5-1949. At the time, Dumaresq resided at 128 Newton Road, Hobart, Tasmania, having arrived back in Australia on 23-1-1946.

    I think you mean Dennis Newton's, First Impact, not, A Few of "The Few".

    Col.
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    Thanks again Col and yes, you’re right, Dumaresq appears in First Impact not a Few of the Few.

    After going through some other newspaper clippings it seems he had a lot of pre-war flying experience at air shows and also as an instructor in Queensland. It would seem logical for the RAF to utilise Dumaresq in this capacity and later as a test pilot.

    Drew

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    Drew,

    Whilst not pertinent to your query, I will pass this on.

    Dumaresq operated his own aircraft. He had a De Havilland DH 60G Gipsy Moth (c/n.898) VH-ULC, which was registered to him; 7-11-1936 to 14-8-1937. It was mainly used at Western Junction, Tasmania, for joy-riding etc.

    Couple of nice pics of VH-ULC, can be seen here:

    http://edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-ULC.html

    Post-war, he flew with Australian National Airways.

    Keep looking!

    Col.
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    Thanks Col, every detail helps add to the story.

    Drew

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    For those who are interested……LS Dumaresq joined the RAFVR in 1939 and was initially posted to No.2 AACU. After attending OTU, joined 222 Sqn RAF in Nov 40 then 118 Sqn RAF during Feb 41. It was here he flew Spitfire P8182 “Tasmania II” on a few ops. Lewis then converted to Blenheims and ended up with 406 Sqn RCAF where he completed a further 26 operations (ending Feb 43) on Beaufighters. The remainder of the war was spent as a test pilot with 218 MU flying mainly Mosquitoes, Beaufighters, Fortresses, Lancasters and Dakotas. His final assessment was "Exceptional" test pilot.

    Drew

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