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    Hello,

    Could someone with A-B's MA100 to MZ999, please tell me what it has to say about Spitfire LF.IX MK281? I already have the info from spitfires.uk, "The Bible" etc. I think I know the pilot, but need to tie the two together.

    Any help appreciated,

    Col.

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    Mk281,504/453 sqd ,dbr ,in accident18/3/44 nfd
    hope this helps
    phill jones

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    Phill,

    Thanks for that. I suspected there wouldn't be much! I have the following:

    18-3-1944
    No.453 Sqn RAAF
    Spitfire LF.IX MK281

    Whilst practising dog-fighting, aircraft was seen to spiral in near Inverugie station, Aberdeenshire, and was destroyed.

    AUS409108 W/O (Pilot) Brian Wiliam GORMAN RAAF +

    GORMAN, was attached to RAF Peterhead for Armament Training. Neither the No.453 RAAF Sqn ORB, nor the squadron history (Defeat To Victory), provide an aircraft serial for this incident.

    Can anyone confirm/add to the above?

    Thanks,

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 22nd November 2011 at 15:51. Reason: Corrected location - Inverurie to Inverugie - Per DaveW. Thanks.

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    Col,

    Did you provide to me the info on GORMAN that he was a passenger on HMT Orosay (10-9-1942) and interned by the Viche Forces until 16-3-1943 ?

    Henk.

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    Henk,

    I can't specifically recall mentioning GORMAN, but as you state GORMAN, along with several of his RAAF ex-Rhodesian-trained colleagues, were aboard HMT "ORONSAY" on 9-10-1942 when it was torpedoed and sunk by the Italian submarine "ARCHIMEDE". They all survived internment.
    Unfortunately, most lost their lives later on in the war.

    Here is a listing of the RAAF men known to have been aboard the "ORONSAY":

    AUS412003 Sgt Roy BROWN - + 23-11-1943 - No.460 Sqn RAAF
    AUS416210 Sgt Cecil Gordon ECKERSLEY - + 30-12-1943 - No.4 AOS RAF
    AUS409108 Sgt Brian William GORMAN - + 18-3-1944 - No.453 Sqn RAAF
    AUS411930 P/O David Buglass Leggatt JOHNSTONE - + 20-7-1943 - No.15 (P)AFU RAF
    AUS401986 Sgt William Victor MANUEL - + 26-2-1944 - No.1661 HCU RAF
    AUS411935 Sgt David Wilson MORRICE - Survived the war
    AUS255684 P/O Ronald James MORTIMER - + 25-2-1944 - No.463 Sqn RAAF
    AUS411969 F/O John Bligh SUTTOR - Later DFC - Survived the war

    These airmen were part of 10/11 & 12 Draft to Southern Rhodesia.

    Col.
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    Col

    The location is spelled 'Inverugie'.

    regards

    DaveW

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    Hello DaveW,

    Thanks, will amend my notes.

    Col.

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    Hi Col,

    I confirm that the pilot who was flying MK281 was Gorman. That what I found too when I investigated for my book on the 453. He's in my roll of honour list and accidental list in my book - 453 (RAAF) Squadron 1941-1945 published in 2009 - as being lost on MK281.

    Phil

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    Hi Phil,

    I don't possess a copy of your book on No.453 Sqn., in fact, was totally unaware of its existence! I have several of your unit histories (457 Sqn RAAF and 485 Sqn RNZAF), but not that one. We are now down to one military bookshop (Hyland's) in Melbourne (Australia), if they miss it, so do I! Having said that, I would be interested in what sources you used to confirm the connection between Gorman and MK281, just briefly mate, no long-winded answer required.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col & Phil; will amend my files.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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