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    Default F/Lt Wilfred Goby - 81 Squadron - KIA 13-9-1943

    F/Lt Wilfred J. Goby (122949) of 81 Squadron is buried at Salerno, Italy, date of death 13-9-1943. On the same day Spitfire IX MA253 is said to have been damaged by Do217s. The RAF pilot abandoned his fighter near Salerno according the Spitfire production list.

    Is there any connection between the death of F/Lt Goby and Spitfire MA253?

    Thanks for any info.

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    Leendert

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    Found this on a previous thread if it is of any help:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?12960-ORB-81-Sqn-13-9-1943

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    I belatedly see that Henk asked about F/Lt Goby as recently as last May on this very forum.
    Goby died due to a take-off accident and was hit by another Spitfire.

    Still, who was the pilot of Spitfire MA253 abandoned near Salerno on 13-9-1943?

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    Hi,

    From the logbook of Alan Peart, one of the pilots involved in this mission: "Pieces of Dornier smashed my radiator. Forced landed at emergency drome and hitch hiked back to Sicily. Bill Fell shot down also." Alan Peart was in Spitfire Mk. IX 'B'.

    All the best,
    Andrew A.

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