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    Flt/Lt Anthony Darling, #42303 RAFVR 94 Squadron.
    I believe him to be a Newmarket casualty missing from our War Memorial. His parents were definitely Newmarket folk, Father a racehorse trainer. I have only found the CWGC details for him. Assume he was flying a Hurrican 2B in Libya since he is buried in Tobruk. as with all in my website www.newmarket-remembers.info, I try to find the aircraft, ser no call sign and details of final mission. I have very quickly hit a brick wall with this one. Any small piece of gen will help me advance

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    his name was published in RAF casualty lists as Died on Active Service (DOAS)
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1942/1942%20-%200538.html?search=darling

    So there is a chance that he died of natural causes, maybe illness or drowning perhaps. The fact that he has his 'trade' of pilot listed on CWGC however suggests a service related death but the DOAS castegory might account for not finding an aircraft reference.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks for quick reply. Through another channel (squadron historian) it would appear that Tony died of illness, so end of search for aircraft anyway.

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    Darling, Anthony. P/O RAF

    period with 94 sqdn 6-40 / 1-42 RAF No 42303


    Well deducted Dennis, this is what I have for Tony "Horse" Darling.

    Known as “Horse” arrived at Sheikh Othman, Aden via Abu Sueir on June 20, 1940 (receiving his final training with 4 FTS) and joined 94 squadron, RAF to fly Gloster Gladiator biplane fighters. Came from Newmarket, his father Sam was a noted racehorse breeder and trainer and his Uncle, Fred Darling, a noted racehorse trainer with a record number of Derby winners. Promoted F/O March 20, 1941. Ferrying duties to Takoradi, May 1941. Became ill with Infective Hepatitis, December 1941. Promoted F/Lt January 1942. Not fully recovered returned to squadron early 1942, but died from Pneumonia January 16, 1942. Age 27. He damaged an Italian S 79 bomber on September 6, 1940. 94 sqdn converted to Hawker Hurricanes in April, 1941 and flying one of these "Horse" damaged what he recorded as a ‘Dornier Do17’ during the evening of September 9/10, 1941.


    Ian

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    Thanks folks, that was brilliant, now have potted history AND thanks also to Ian, a photo of "Horse" himself.
    Now to sort out another casualty on our Memorial.........

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