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    Default 39 Squadron - Beaufighters - 24-9-1943

    In Allison's TSGNO is listed on page 774 that P/O (Pilot) E.P. TWINAME - RCAF J/17440 of 39 Sqn lost his life on Beaufighter LX779 and commemorated on Column 272 of the Alamein Memorial.
    Is it possible that the second fatal casualty was Sgt Ian A. McLEOD - 655221 - commemorated on Panel 9 Column 1 of the Malta Air Forces Memorial ?
    39 Squadron lost this day besides LX779: LX792 - LX799 - LX850 - LX903.
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    Default 39 Squadron - Beaufighters - 24-9-1943

    Hi henk,

    You are correct....They were part of a formation that intercepted 12 JU 52's 2 miles south of Elb Island. LX779 'X' (P/O E.P. Twiname and Sgt. I.A McLeod) last seen heading south at 1500 feet having been hit in one engine. (Source 39 Squadron ORB)

    Stevie

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    Thanks Stevie. One loss and two memorials sometimes cause research problems. Another one deleted from 'the' list.
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    Stevie,
    One more question............ did the ORB also talk about the other four aircraft probably lost same mission ?
    Regards,
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    Default 39 Squadron - Beaufighters - 24-9-1943

    Hi Henk,

    LX792 'G' - S/L Petch and P/O G.F. Williams Observed to ditch by F/O I.D.Charles in LX883 'F', he also saw the two crew get into their dinghy and continued to circle them until they were picked up by a launch from Pianos island.

    LX903 'T' - P/O H.H. Deacon and P/O C.L. Heide, made a good ditching

    LX799 'A' - F/O N.D. Cox and F/O W.W. Spearey, last seen heading east with fighter (Me109) on its tail.

    LX850 'L' - This aircraft with F/O N.D. Cox and F/O W.W. Spearey as crew crashed landed at base (Protville11) on the 23rd September, 1943. (They were obviously unhurt, fates a strange thing!...Stevie)

    I can add LX862 'S' - W/O A.T. Paterson and Sgt. W.G.G. Shaw, damaged by return fire from JU52, managed to get aircraft back and crash landed 10 miles north of aerodrome (Protville 11) on the 24th

    Source: all above 39 Squadron ORB
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    Stevie
    Last edited by Stevie; 27th June 2012 at 13:51.

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    Thanks Stevie for info. Missing LX903 damaged by return fire from Ju 52/3Ms and ditched off Elba, 24-9-1943...
    where for your added serial LX862 is listed in Air Britain LA100-LZ999 (edition 1991) as: shot down by Bf 109s S of Naples 12-8-1943.
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    Default 39 Squadron - Beaufighters - 24-9-1943

    I think there is a problem with the ORB on this one as it is listed as being shot down on the 8th August " LX862 'Z' - F/S D.N. Spackman and V.W. Lawson, thought to have made a good ditching".

    Thats strange because LX862 is listed as operational with 39 Squadron on the 8th, 23rd and 30th September (with W/O A.T. Paterson listed as pilot), so presumably a mistake by the ORB compiler. Just goes to show...

    Stevie

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