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    Default 341 (French) Sqn Loss, 17 August 1943

    Can any of our French colleagues identify a "Sgt. Poiquier" (Franks' FCL) or "Poirer" (11 Grp ORB App) who was KIA in a Spit IX during Ramrod 206 on 17 August 1943, please?

    I'm seeking his forename, correct surname and aircraft serial.

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    According to various websites, Sgt André Poirier of 341 Sqn RAF was shot down on 17 August 1943 but survived and evaved capture, joining a Resistance netword until he was finally captured on 17 December 1943 and then deported into a concentration camp from which he was liberated by the Russians in 1945. He died in a flying accident in December 1945.

    My other sources are all all confused as yours, and none list a serial.

    There is also this old thread on the old forum (giving the google archive, don't know if there is a way to read it more easily):
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:y8_cOB0wOa4J:www.rafcommands.com/dcforum/DCForumID6/Data/5338.txt+site:www.rafcommands.com+Poirier&cd=1&hl= fr&ct=clnk&gl=fr&source=www.google.fr

    More details about his final crash:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?1173-Cadet-John-Harberton-killed-16-12-1945

    And according to Henk Weltin in the above thread, Poirier was flying the Spitfire MH419 on 17 August 1943 and crashed north of Hesdin, France.

    My Spitfire production list says that MH419 was lost to Flak on 6 Aug 1943 with 441 Sqn near Conde, but I don't find a loss for this unit on this day.

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    Thanks Laurent; that's a great help

    Sad, though, that he survived all that to end up dying in a peacetime flying accident.

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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