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Thread: Lysander Loss, 6 Sqdn, 03/06/1940, Middle East

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    Bart FM Droog Guest

    Default Lysander Loss, 6 Sqdn, 03/06/1940, Middle East

    Does anybody know more about this plane and its mission?

    Type: Westland Lysander
    Serial number: L6888, JV-?
    Operation: ?
    Lost: 03/06/1940
    Flying Officer (Pilot) Edward T. Williams, RAF 37953, 6 Sqdn., DFC, age 27, 03/06/1940, Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel
    Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Edward M. Mould, RAF 531169, 6 Sqdn., age 25, 03/06/1940, Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel

    And what books are good sources for RAF activities in the Middle East, 1940?

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Default Lysander Mk. II s/n L888

    G'day Bart

    Your Lysander Mk. II only served with No. 6 Squadron. The Lysander was introduced into service with No. 6 Squadron in September 1939. It was later flown as a tactical reconnaissance aircraft, a role it was sorely unsuited for due to enemy fighter activity. One of the squadron's flights converted to the Hawker Hurricane Mk. I in March 1941. By the June of the same year, the remaining Lysanders had been completely withdrawn and replaced by more Hurricane Mk. I's

    According to Air Britain's Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000 to L999, I write verbatim:

    "Crashed into high ground 10m E of Rafa, Palestine 3.6.40"

    Cheers...Chris

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    Bart FM Droog Guest

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    Thanks Chris,

    Much appreciated.

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Default 6 Sq.

    Hello,

    According to 6 Sq's ORB (Form 540) a total black-out of Palestine commenced on 3 June. Four Lysanders left Ramleh to cover the whole Palestine and test the efficiency of the black-out. L6888 failed to return.
    The aircraft was found at 13:15 the day after when the police of Rafa reported a crashed aircraft ten miles east of Rafa. Both occupants were dead.

    Best wishes/Håkan

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    Bart FM Droog Guest

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    Hello Håkan,

    Thanks!

    Regards,

    Bart
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