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    Default FAA squadron over Turnhouse, 16 march 1943

    Hi,

    The topic launched by Joss on Avenger of the FAA and the replies which have followed might be an help for me but I have not been able to find what I want in the links given.

    On 13 march 1943, n341 sqdn lost the pilot Guillou de Mezillis who crashed on Spit Vb AA970 at Turnhouse.Three days later "The C.O. and officers and men of squadron attended the funeral in the afternoon. A naval sqdn of the station flew over in the cross of Lorraine over the cortage".

    I would like to know which was this "naval squadron" ?

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    Bertrand

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    Hi Betrand,
    Looks like the Naval Squadron was No. 886 as per the link below:
    Alan.

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/howardandbettymitchell/Dad's%20web%20page%20886%20Squadron.html

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    "Most of 1943 was spent at Turnhouse where the squadron [886] re-equipped with Seafire L.IICs in March"

    Certainly the good one ! Thanks very much Alan !

    Bertrand

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    Hi Bertrand,
    Just checked my files and found Guillou de Mezillis was not killed at Turnhouse. His aircraft lost a wing and crashed at Moss Law in the Lammermuir Hills which is about 45KM East of Turnhouse. I have an exact map reference as we visited the site many years ago but cannot locate my paper notes or photo's of the site.
    Can you confirm for my files that he was finally laid to rest in St.Etienne.

    Alan.

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    Alan,

    I am not home bebore 10 days and I can't check my files about the precise loss and where is he now but according to the ORB he crashed 10 miles south of Drem. He buried Costorphine Hill plot B/tomb 1455.

    Bertrand

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    Hi Bertrand,
    The location ties in as Moss Law is about 10 miles south of Drem in the Lammermuirs.
    Now realise where the St. Etienne location came from....
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?4744-S-Lt-Jacques-Arman-Marie-Guillou(x)-de-Mezillis

    Alan.

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