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    Hi !

    This pilot was seriously wounded (and had a leg amputated) in the crash aboard his Hurricane L1646.

    Any ideas about where he crashed ? Who can supply me his full name ? Any other information about this pilot ...

    Many thanks and best regards

    Luc

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    Hi Luc
    "Battle of France-then and now" Peter Cornwell has this a/c as badly damaged by Bf109s and belly landing S of Brussels. Joyce was badly wounded and taken to hospital in Amiens.
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    F.P. not E.P.

    Frank Postlethwaite JOYCE (40303)

    Continued in the air force during and after the war, and received an MBE in 1945.

    Was still around in 2006/7 as he signed a copy of "Dennis 'Hurricane' David" by Dennis David. Seems to have been known as Dimmy

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    Hi Luc,
    'Hurricane Squadron No 87 Sqadron at War 1939-1941' by Perry Adams (Air Research Publications 1988 ISBN 1 871 187 00 1) has a first-hand account by Joyce of his being shot down and his return to Britain,as well as a photograph of him during his recovery at Torquay.
    Regards,Mark.

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    Default 14/05/140 F/O F.P.Joyce

    Hi Dick , Amrit and Mark,

    Many thanks for your replies.
    I do have a copy of the excellent book of Peter Cornwell, which is for me the book of the year.
    The other ones were unknown to me.

    LG mentions F.P.Joyce seven times:
    nr.35032 dated 3/01/1941 p.12
    35196 20/06/1941 p.10
    35841 29/12/1942 p.39
    36340 18/01/1944 p.6
    36514 12/05/1944 p.1
    36544 02/06/1944 p.52
    37407 28/12/1945 p.1

    Best regards from a rainy Belgium

    Luc

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    Hi Luc,

    Just to add some background 'Dimmy' Joyce, as he always referred to himself in my correspondence, returned to flying duties on a restricted medical category in April 1942 as a Flight Lieutenent with No.286 Squadron. He went on to command this unit as Squadron Leader from June 1943 through to 1945 when combined with No.587 AAC Squadron.

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    Dimmy Joyce worked as a civil ATCO for a number of years, retiring in the late 70s from the 9020 support team at West Drayton - he was finding that he was getting too much pain from his leg to continue.

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    Tim and BazJ96,

    Many thanks for the additional info !

    Best regards from Belgium

    Luc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luc Vervoort View Post
    Tim and BazJ96,

    Many thanks for the additional info !

    Best regards from Belgium

    Luc
    I thought it might be nice for all to know my father is alive and reasonably well. Now at age 94 he is "flying" a wheel chair but still shows his true spirit looking after himself. His interest in all things connected with aviation is a strong as ever. He may outlast us all.
    His wife Joan (ex section officer) is also still with us but in a home as her undercarriage is suspect.
    I still am amazed at the new little gems he imparts and I print bits and bobs from the internet to amuse him.
    Peter Joyce

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    Default CAA Obituaries

    The latest list of obituaries in the CAA Retired Staff Association magazine lists:
    Frank Postlethwaite Joyce, an ATCO 2 at London Air Traffic Control Centre, on 4 January 2013

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