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    Default 416 Squadron Spitfires shot down by US flak on 24/12/1944 over Belgium

    Hi,
    On 24/12/1944 several Spitfires of 416 Squadron were shot down (by mistake) by US Flak. One of them was SM228 with pilot Sgt. JGM Patus J/93564. His name with his initials only is mentioned in The Canada Gazette of 8/12/1945 (page 5531) and Globe and Mail of 2/04/1943.
    Who can supply me his full name ? Was he wounded when his plane crashed ?

    Many thanks and best regards,
    Luc

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    To answer part of your question, "'2nd TAF' records that Patus evaded capture.
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    Hi Luc

    Not quite an answer to your query, but I can add that one of the pilots was Plt Off Lawrence Esmond ‘Larry' Spurr, R.176504, RCAF. He was one of five 416 Sqn pilots shot down (Spurr in Spit XVI, SM335) by U.S. Flak on 24 Dec 44. One was killed, one evaded, and three others, including Spurr, returned safely (Spurr was not injured).

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    Dave,

    Thanks ! That already one question answered.

    best regards from Belgium

    Luc

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    An Obituary probably for Patus:

    PATUS, John - peacefully on August 7th, 2006. Cherished husband of Iris, loving father of John Patus, Mark (Sue), Bill (Nancy) and Greg (Marianne). Grandfather of Holly, Stephanie, Jason, Jared, Josh, Chad, Dylan, Ocean and Johanna and great-grandfather of Judah and Caleb. John attended Welland High and Vocational School and Queen's University and later served as a fighter pilot in the R.C.A.F during World War II. After the war, he got a job as a mining engineer in northern Ontario where he met his wife, Iris. They were married and returned to Welland where he worked as a purchasing manager. John was an avid golfer and enjoyed donating his time helping minor hockey. Arrangments have been entrusted to the DAVIDSON- WALKER FUNERAL HOME 152 Hellems Ave, Welland, L3B 3B4. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation greatly appreciated by the family.

    So John G..... M.... Patus its a start.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    and an old thread that discussed this a long time ago, always use the search hints on the front of the forum.
    Dennis Burke
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    Hello Luc
    he crashed at Grand-Bru
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    Steve,Dennis and Phil,

    Many thanks for the details supplied.

    Lawrence “ Larry “ Spurr is probably the best known of the 416 Squadron pilots which were shot down that day. On 14/07/1952 he shot down a Mig15 over Korea and died in a car accident January 1953.
    Where did his plane crashed ? Was it Amel (Belgium) ?

    The old thread didn’t mention the full name, but we can be certain that his first name was John, as Patus is rather uncommon name.

    My files showed Roche-à-Frêne as the crashlocation, so that must have been another Spitfire ...

    Best regards,

    Luc

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    Hello Luc

    Grand Bru is 1KM NE of Roche a frêne , I have picture of the crashed A/C

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    Hello Phil,

    Many thanks for the exact location of the crash. I found it via Google Earth.
    Is the code of the plane visible on the photograph ?

    Best regards from another part from Belgium,

    Luc

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