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    12. November 1943 12:05-13:25
    4 Typhoon Ib of 181 Sqn. attack the station of ABANCOURT.
    F/O Denis.W. STEEPER is KIA, his Typhoon Ib JP930 shot down by Flak.
    This pilot (mle 123500) 26 years old, is buried Row D. Grave 15. in the POIX-de-PICARDIE Cemetery
    It was the son of Walter Hyde Steeper and Lilian Steeper, of Blackpool, Lancashire.

    Does anyone have any information or a picture of this pilot ? thank you for your help.

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    Abbevilleboy, Hello
    Your man Steeper's Birth was Registered in Maidstone, Kent, in Q2 of 1917. He Enlisted (978404) at either Cardington or Padgate in September 1939. He was Commissioned (from Sgt) on 25 Apr 42.
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    Hello Peter,
    Thank you for this clarification.
    Do you know if there is an association of 181 Sqn. in england ? I have not found anything on the internet ...
    How to find the names of three other pilots. I would like to reconstruct the history of this mission.

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    AbbevilleBoy,
    I don't know if there is a 181 Sqn Association.
    There should be a 181 Sqn Operations Record Book (ORB) in existence. If there is then it should be at the UK National Archives (TNA). I am not an expert on the TNA website - but there are many on this forum who are and they may be able to help you. On the other hand somebody on the forum may already have the 181 Sqn ORB (copies can be obtained from TNA in a number of formats). You will just have to be lucky if somebody has a copy - and sees this thread!!
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    AbbevilleBoy,
    I've sent you a PM.
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    Hello,

    As far as I know, there's no 181 Squadron association. There used to be a "Typhoon & Tempest pilots association" but it disbanded a few years ago already. There's now the Typhoon Entente Cordiale Trust, which is slightly different in its status.

    The best and easiest way to have the details of the mission of 12th November 1943 is to check the Squadron Operations Record Book, which is available in microfilm form at The National Archives in Kew, London, under the reference AIR 27/1134. This reference covers the whole WW2 existence of the Squadron (from September 1942 to September 1945). Another option would be to buy a digitised copy, through their website.

    Using the ORB, you'll get the details about the mission, and you can also go backwards and compile the full list of missions carried out by "your" airman.

    Otherwise, you may strike lucky with someone who has already copied it, or has the relevant part.


    Good luck !

    Joss

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    Thank you Peter and Joss for your valuable advice. The ORB is the only way to find more information. Cordially.

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