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    Default No.132 Sqn Loss - 25-7-1943

    Hello,

    On 25-7-1943, No.132 Sqn Spitfire Vb BL929, was damaged by flak near Ostend and crashed into the sea, 10m off the Dutch coast. The pilot, AUS414065 F/Sgt Rupert William MUNSON RAAF, baled out and was initially reported missing. The next day, he was reported safe and uninjured in the UK.

    There is no mention of his rescue in Another Kind of Courage/Franks.

    Can someone tell me what actually happened to F/Sgt MUNSON RAAF. How did he get back to the UK?

    I am aware of his later service with No.41 Sqn RAF.

    Any help appreciated.

    Col.
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    Default 132 Squadron Loss - 25 July 1943

    Hi Col

    From the 125 Airfield ORB for 25/7/43

    Ramrod 154. 19 and 132 squadrons swept the area Aeltre to Roulers. F/Sgt Munson of 132 squadron was hit by flak off Ostende and baled out but was safely picked up by high speed launch.

    So it seems he was picked up safely on the day, and reported as such in the Airfield ORB. I do not have a copy of the 132 squadron ORB for the period so cannot state how they reported the incident. However, the Airfield ORB would be a condensed version of the squadrons ORB's as well as activities affecting the Airfield itself - visits etc.

    Hope this helps?

    Allan
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    Hi Allan,

    Thanks for the explanation. The phrase, '10m off the Dutch coast', seemed a bit loose. It's the wording on his Caterpillar Club citation.

    Appreciate your help.

    Col.

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    'Morning Col

    The location I have is 10 miles NNW of Ostend, the rest of the details as stated by Alan.

    Munson remained in the RAAF until 1977 and is still with us, and I am in touch with his son. Let me know if you need any further info on this incident or his career.

    Regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Steve,

    Thanks for that.

    I have sufficient detail for my needs at the moment, but will keep your kind offer in mind.

    For those who are interested, here is a shot of Rupert Munson:

    http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/UK2581

    They breed'em tough in the "Sunshine State". Wish him all the best.

    Cheers,

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 28th May 2012 at 23:36.

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