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    Default Spitfire serial numbers Greece 1944/1945

    Hi guys

    I'm seeking the serial numbers of three Spitfires lost over Greece/Crete, as follows:

    19/10/44: 94 Squadron (Lt Dunnett SAAF)

    5/12/44: 336 Squadron (F/O Tingos)

    26/2/45: 337 Wing (W/Cdr Pat Woodruff DFC)

    Hopefully someone can help, please

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    Come on now Brian, are we having to write the book for you !

    October 19, 1944 Lt Quinton “Dickie” Dummett (note spelling of surname) was killed in Spit V LZ823 as a result of a landing accident with Sgt Henry “Ginger” O’ Keefe in JG839.

    W/Cmdr Pat Woodruff killed when his Spit IX MA507 “Lady of the Lake” had its tail cut off on February 27, 1945 (Note date) in an aerial collision.

    I did not note any operational flying for the Greek 336 sqdn in December 1944 (due to the Civil War ?) what other details do you have for this incident ?

    Best regards,

    Ian

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    Thanks Ian

    I know you're only kidding (I hope) but to visit the National Archives for three serial numbers would cost me a day and a packet! When one is lucky to make £1 a book in royalties, every penny counts to offset the expense of research/travel etc, as I'm sure you are aware.

    So, thanks again for your help.

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    No problem Brian and it was all in jest. I just wish I had the commitment/time to produce comparable tomes.

    I am still interested to hear details of 5/12/44: 336 Squadron (F/O Tingos)

    Best regards (honest)

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    Hi Ian

    Thanks for that. For a moment I thought I'd made another enemy!!

    Regarding Tingos, he went down off Crete during one of the efforts to sort out the communist partisans.

    I hope to get to National Archives this coming week (dash the expense!) and will have a peek at the ORB.

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    Hello Brian,

    Thanks for the info on Tingos, bit odd him going down off Crete as I thought all the ELAS actions were centred around Athens and later the surrounding countryside. Will be interested in what you find at the PRO.

    As a further thought I have just checked my 94 sqdn records and note they were bombing targets (German related - nothing to do with the ELAS) on Crete the day that Tingos was lost and so it follows that 336 sqdn were employed in the same task. We did not start offensive ops against the ELAS until Dec 6th.

    Will have a flag day tomorrow to aid expenses.

    Ian

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    Hi Ian

    I should have read my own work first!! Yes, Tingos was lost during an operation to bomb German positions, not communist!

    Whilst I have your attention, do you have note of 94 Squadron's Sgt RJ Andrews' Spitfire serial number lost December 1944?

    Send me a PM with your full name so that I can acknowledge your help, please.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    R.J. Andrews was lost 5/1-1945 in ER663:

    "Took off to strafe the ELAS forces at Megara and Elevsis. Crashed while attacking the motor transport as he was unable to pull up without hitting som trees."

    John Engelsted

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    Many thanks John

    Just what I was looking for.

    Cheers
    Brian

    I, of course, meant to write F/Sgt Andrews!!!
    Last edited by brian; 7th May 2012 at 19:20.

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