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    Default F/L R.R. McNair-Taylor killed 30/09/1944

    Hi all,
    F/L McNair-Taylor (127884) was killed on active service. No unit. He is commemorated at Runnymede. Does anybody know the circumstances of his death?
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    Hi,

    No.57 OTU
    Spitfire IIa
    P7884

    Collided with Spitfire BL697 and crashed into the North Sea two miles off Druridge Bay, Northumberland.

    AMBLE, NORTHUMBERLAND.
    About 11.50 in the morning of the 30th of September, 1944, an R.A.F. aeroplane came down in the sea half a mile off the Bondicar Rocks. A moderate west wind was blowing. The sea was smooth. Two Hauxley fishermen in a motor boat were fishing nearby. They went at once to the aeroplane and rescued the airman. - Rewards, letters of appreciation to the two fishermen, Mr. Frank Oliver and Mr. Richard Oliver. (See Amble, Accounts of Services by Life-boats, page 33.)

    SEPTEMBER 30TH. - AMBLE, NORTHUMBERLAND. A British aeroplane had crashed, but the airman was picked up by a fishing boat. - Rewards, £5. (See Amble, Services by Shore-boats, page 64.)
    RNLI Records of Service 1939-46

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    Hi Ross,
    thank you very much for your really quick reply. It is very interesting.
    http://www.spitfire.ukf.net or the book by E.B.Morgan, E. Shacklady: Spitfire –The History:
    Spitfire P7884 IIa ...57OTU 27-11-43 air collision with BL697 CE 30-9-44
    Spitfire BL697 Vb ...57OTU 2-8-44 air collision with P7884 crashed CE 15-9-44 (not 30-9-44!!!)
    Is it known the pilot´s name of the BL697?
    Regards
    Mojmir

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