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    Default F/Sgt J.E. MORRIS 17.05.44

    Hello All,

    Does anyone know any details on the loss of this pilot on 17.05.44. Flying with 131 Sqn he was posted missing (MD166) that day but his fate remains unclear. His service number and his first names would be welcome too.

    TIA

    Phil

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    Hello Phil

    He was 1390161 Jeffery Edward MORRIS. The spelling is Jeffery in his evasion report (WO 208/3321 report 2168), but it should be checked against others sources (AIR 78 or LG for sure).

    He crashed 16 km SW of Lannion at 0620 and was trapped under his Spitfire. He was released by Frenchmen some 10 minutes later but German soldiers had arrived by then and captured him.

    He was taken by car to Guipavas, medically examined, searched and interrogated. At 1700 he was escorted to Brest to catch a train for Paris. He traveled by night and arrived in Paris at 1030 on the 18th. He managed to escape from his guards in the metro, running through corridors and eventually out into the streets. He was then sheltered in Paris until 28th August 1944.

    HTH

    Joss

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    Thanks Joss, great stuff. In his report does he say if he had been hit by flak or was it an engine failure?

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    Phil

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    Hello Phil,

    No he doesn't. Take off from Harrowbeer at 0540 hrs, crashed at 0620 hrs, no cause given.

    Born 11th September 1921, joined March 1941. From Surrey.

    Joss

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