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    Default Radar Operator P/O Jackson 604 Sq summer 1941

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anyone can identify P/O Jackson who flew with W/C C. H. Appleton DFC on 1.7.1941 and claimed by mistake friendly bomber - Wellington Mk.IC R1516/KX-U (cpt. Sgt O. Helma) of 311 Sq.

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    Pavel
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    Possibly Derek Ainslie Jackson 81405.

    This officer ended the war as Wg Cdr OBE DFC AFC and was one of two Jacksons on 604 Sqn who were decorated; the other chap was a Sgt Pilot who got a DFM.

    Colin Cummings

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    Pilot Officer Derek Jackson, who in peacetime was a university professor of physics and thus recruited as a radar operator when the need arose. Not perhaps surprisingly chosen by the CO as his operator. Shot down a He 111P-2 of 111/KG27 near Buckley, Flint on 28/29th May 1941.
    Awarded DFC 6.6.41.
    With F/L Speke shot down He 111 of Kgr 100 near Lymington 7/8 July 1941.
    The following night he was probably with W/C Appleton when a claim was made in unknown circumstances
    Later Sqn/Ldr Derek Jackson ,Chief Airbourne Radar Officer, HQ Fighter Command.

    references "if you want peace, prepare for war", 604 Sqn Assoc
    "Night Fighter" Robert Rawnsley

    The former does not mention this incident nor any such claim on the date specified, but does mention TWO Beaufighter and a Hurricane accidental shoot downs on other dates.
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    Colin and Peter, thank you a lot!

    The ORB mentioned that friendly bomber was shot down giving no details about crew. But according to the time and other sources it is clear it was this crew.

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    Hi Pavel,
    The man in question is almost certainly D.A. Jackson, Chief Airborne Radar Officer, Fighter Command. He is mentioned several times in R.V. Jones' 'Most Secret War - British Scientific Intelligence 1939-45', including a photo.
    Peter, is there a serial/letter mentioned for the Beau involved in the combat over Flint ?
    Cheers
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    Sorry Ian there are no numbers at all in this book.
    Peter

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    Thanks for looking Peter.
    Ian

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