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    I've received a photo of bomb damage at Maison Blanche, Algeria dated November 1942 with a Beaufighter in the background. One site I found with the same image said the Bristol twin belonged to a PRU unit. Any ideas on the actual unit?
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    Hi Rob,

    2 PRU operated Beaufighters (amongst other types) in the 'pure' PR role. One example being:

    6-4-1942
    No.2 PRU
    Beaufighter I T4705

    Shot down 1540, south of Crete, by Lt Wilhelm Scheiter of 7./JG 27.

    70631 F/Lt (Pilot) Denis Herbert Vincent SMITH RAF (RAFO) +
    Obs. ?

    Smith commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

    Col.

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    This is Smith's listing as missing, any RAF man here match up for a POW Obs?
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1942/1942%20-%201458.html?search=D.%20H.%20V.%20Smith

    MisslNQ.-P/O. F. II. A. Ashford; Sgt I) C. Brockley; Sgt. J. Buckley; Fit. Sat D Campbell; Sgt. E. E. Fairburst; L.A/C. W A. Fisher; 8gt. A. D. Gardiner; Act. Fit. Lt. R. Gillespie; Sgt, W. E. Huggett; F/O. D. E. Mileham; Sgt C
    Moseley; Act. Sqn. Ldr. W. M. Protheroe: Sgt. W. A Roberts; P/O. LeR. A. Skinner; Fit. Lt. D. H. V. Smith: Sgt. F. White; Act. Fit. Lt. C. P. J. Wood. D.F.C.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hello,

    Possibility:

    6-4-1942.

    800615 LAC William Arthur FISHER RAFVR. +

    Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

    What unit is quoted for FISHER in GRO War Deaths?

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 24th June 2011 at 11:26.

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    drum roll...

    No 2 PRU!
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    Thank You!

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    Col:
    Thanks. So 2 PRU is the best bet? Does the photo location make sense for the date, Nov 1942?
    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 24th June 2011 at 20:48. Reason: Typo

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    Rob,

    If it is a 2 PRU Beaufighter, it would in all probability be a "Visitor". 2 PRU Beaus were based much further east at Kilo 8/LG 219, in Egypt.

    Col.

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    Thanks, Col.
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    An odd coincidence - I happened on your site on the anniversary of Bill's (W A) death. He was my mother's brother. Was the beaufighter the wreckage of the plane he was in when shot down?
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