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    Default Loss of a Boston - 342 sqd /// 6 june 1943

    Hi all,

    On the 6 june 1943, a Boston from 342 (FF) sqd was lost in a flying accident. Does anyone knows the serial and code of this aircraft ?

    The crew was constituted of three members, Armfield (franco/british aircrew man - KIFA), Louis Ducorps (KIFA), and I do not know the name of the third one ? may be Petain ???

    TY in advance

    Michel LT

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    Hello Michel

    Havoc II AH529 crashed on take off at Tatterset, Fakenham on this day. The death register index confirms the death at Fakenham of one Robert Armfield aged 20 in the second quarter of the year. However the British death register system did not record fatalities of non British personnel serving with 'foreign' forces so am I am unable to verify the names of the other crew members.
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    Only American forces members tend not to be recorded in the England and Wales Death registers, teh crew of this Boston are recorded:

    DUCORPS Louis J M E 30 Fakenham 4b 265
    ARMFIELD Robert 20 Fakenham 4b 266

    Note Ducorps is entered on the page before Armfield. The other names on page 265
    BARNES Ellen 67 Fakenham 4b 265
    HIPKIN Maria 77 Fakenham 4b 265
    MATTLESS Alice M 25 Fakenham 4b 265
    Pennell Hannah E 82 Fakenham 4b 265

    How certain are you that a third airman was lost?

    This page makes no mention:
    http://www.francaislibres.net/liste/fiche.php?index=52026
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hi Michel,

    According to my data on n°342 squadron « Lorraine » I have 392 flights on 4639 with only two crew on Boston. Pilot and navigator were certainly alone in this AH529.

    Bertrand

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    From the Henk Welting Archive:

    AH 529 Havoc II 342 sqn OA- 6-6-1943
    Sculthorpe/Norfolk
    Crashed shortly after T/O - crash near Tatterset/Norfolk
    Lt(P) DUCORPS, Louis - Médaille de la Résistance * Cité à l’ordre de l’Armée de l’air - 30679 - FFAF - Daoulas/
    Finistère (eb Walls-on-Sea)
    Sgt(WAG) ARMFIELD, Robert - Cité à l’ordre de l’Armée de l’air - 35166 - FFAF - UK4156 (eb Beckenham)

    Hope this helpes!
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    Bas Maathuis

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    ... to all of you...


    In fact Robert Armfield in actually buried at Brookwood. The reason why he is still in GB is about his british origin. His father, Edgard Armfield, was assigned to the Royal Enginneers in 1939, to 1945.

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    Hello

    I don't really agree with the last statement : there are other Frenchmen still buried in Brookwood who are fully French. Armfield was a member of the French French Air Force, not a Frenchman or half Frenchman who had joined the R.A.F. (there were actually very few of them, I'd say less than 10 all together). He was born in France on 1st April 1943, according to "aviateurs de la liberté", and left Paris in October 1942.

    My copy of the Squadron ORB is too blurred to be useful, but the Journal de marche doesn't mention another member in AH529, so I'm second Bertrand, who is without any contest the man with the best knowledge about No. 342 Squadron.

    Joss

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