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    Default F O Arthur Griffiths, VR131642 - 26 sqn

    Hello again,
    On 23-6-44 Spitfire Vb, P8561 of 26 sqn out of Lee-on-Solent was on a Spotting Recce in the Caen area, its purpose was to spot the fall of sheels fired from capital ships of the invasion coast. F/O Griffiths a/c was badly hit by flak and he was forced to abandon P8561 in the Caen area.
    Does anyone know please if he baled out or whether he force landed. F/O Griffiths was taken POW.
    Does anone know which POW camps he was held in until lberated in May, 1945 and where was his home town.
    Thank you,
    Roy

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    Roy,
    I've him as being shot down - combination of AA and FW 190 of III./JG54 - W of Criqueville at 13.30 hrs. Don't know whether he baled out or crashlanded. He was in Camp L1 with PoW number 5069. He survived an earlier accident 13-6-1944 with Spitfire AB240 where he forcelanded near Noirey-en-Bessin and evaded capture; returned to his unit two days later.
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    Henk.

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    Default F/O Arthur Griffiths CB, AFC

    Hello Henk,
    Many thanks for the details of F/O Griffiths on 23-6-44.
    He must have been very talented as he raised from Sgt to AVM with CB & AFC by his retirement on 22-8 77.
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    Hi Roy

    Just to cap that one Neil Cameron went from Sgt to Marshal of the RAF Lord Cameron

    Malcolm

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