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    Default F/O B R Rolfe, 08708, 05-03-1940

    CWGC has him as a test pilot with the RAFO. Does anyone have any details surrounding his death?

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    John,
    Killed on Botha I serial L6129 of Blackburn Company on test fligt; dived into ground near Flixborough, Lincs. Passenger, Mr John B.E. JOHNSON - B.Sc (FTO/Blackburn), died of wounds and lies buried Beverley Rural District.
    F/O ROLFE was awarded the Greec Award "Royal Order of the Phoenix".
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    Henk.

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    Did anybody ever find out what happened to the data on the Test Pilot's Memorial website? At one stage one of the aviation/military magazines was going to recover it, and put it back on internet display! What happened - or is it still at the bottom of somebody's LBW tray?
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Henk, you are as usual an amazing font of knowledge. I'm hugely grateful.

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    Anyone have any info on the Greek award?

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    Hello John,

    Do not know if you are still interested or what you may have found in the intervening years ref Basil Rolfe, but found the following on Flight Global. "Rolfe joined the R.F.C.in 1917 and went overseas to fly SE5s and Camels. In 1929 he re-entered the R.A.F. with a short-service commission, and before going to Brough last year (1938) had eight years of test flying at the Greek National Aircraft Factory (hence the Greek award), established by the Blackburn Company, at Phaleron, near Athens."

    If you have any details of Basil Rolfe I would be interested in confirmation as to whether him flying SE5s was with 94 squadron at Harling Road.

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    Ian

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