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    Default Pilot Officer J.A. Ferguson RCAF

    Hi all,

    P/O J.A. (possibly Jasper) Ferguson was shot down on 28 April 1942 with Spitfire BL598 'Corps of Imperial Frontiersmen' (No. 401 Squadron). He was made a PoW.

    Any information regarding both the pilot and the aircraft would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Fox.
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    From RCAF Casualty List 252 dated 30 April, 1942:

    Ferguson, John Aubrey Stewart, Pilot Officer. Next of kin mother, Mrs John Ferguson, South Port Morien, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

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    Dave

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    Hello,

    Service Number J/15271. I confirm ID and home address as per Dave's post above.

    Joss

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    Thanks a lot, gentlemen.

    By chance, would anybody have some information regarding the individual letter of the aircraft?
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    Here are my notes on the aircraft:

    With No. 401 (F) Squadron, RCAF from 13 February 1942. Named "Corps of Imperial Frontiersmen" on 3 April 1942. First aircraft to carry this name, named in response to funds raised by the Edmonton, Alberta chapter of the Corps. Part of close escort for Circus 112b on 8 March 1942. Category AC damage on 13 March 1942. Lost on its 19th operation on 28 April 1942. Was part of the Rear Support Wing for Circus 144 to St. Omar, France, probably shot down by Fw 190s, crashed south of Dunkirk. P/O J.A. Ferguson POW.

    I had a pdf a few years back of a magazine published by the Corps that talked about their several contribution aircraft and had some photos. I lost this is a hard drive crash unfortunately. Maybe a Google search could re-locate it.

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    In GIFTS OF WAR (Boot & Sturtivant) Spitfire BL598 is listed with the presentation name SANITOR.
    Corps of Imperial Frontiersmen was W3834.

    Ian Macdonald

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    According to Bill Walker's website and others, BL598 is said to be the first Spitfire named 'Corps of Imperial Frontiersmen', while W3834 is said to be the third one -- I don't know anything about the second one.
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    The second one was W3839, with 403 Squadron in 1943. All this info came from the magazine article I mentioned previously. I think this naming was outside of the official RAF "presentation" process. There are a few other cases of RCAF aircraft receiving presentation "style" names that don't appear in official records.

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    Thank you, Bill.
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    Hello,

    Spitfire Vb BL598 was coded: YO-Q, likewise W3834.

    Col.

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