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    Hello,
    According to a German document Cemetery Lannion Brittany.
    Spitfire loss in flames in 18 hours, March 6, 1943 near Plouaret, 3 km south of the station railway. His identity could not be established with pilot burned all his papers. Buried March 9 at the cemetery of the town of Lannion.
    We already have three losses March 6, 1943.
    Spitfire Mk Vb BP862. At sea, near Brest.
    Spitfire Mk Vc EE690. Sergeant. ARTHUR ROBERT BLOW LIGTHTLY. 130 Sqdn. Royal Air Force. (WDN-POW).
    Spitfire Mk Vb EN960. Sea, Ile de Batz. Warrant Officer. KORBER, KAREL. 310 (Czech) Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Panel 134. RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
    Cordialement,
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    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

    Dan

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    Hello,

    Here is a possibility for you.

    1058490 Flight-Sergeant Frederick Ronald Duxbury (21 years) RAFVR. Serving with No. 542 Squadron at the time of his death on 6/3/43.

    He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery.

    542 Sqdn was a PR unit operating Spitfires from Mount Farm airfield.

    Incidentally, the date of W/O Korber's death was 3/5/43.

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    F/S Duxbury FTR from a PR sortie to Essen, he was flying Spitfire BS501. How he ended up being buried in Bayeux is a mystery unless he came down in the sea near Holland and the current bought him down the Channel.
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    F/O Josef Prihoda 313 (Czech) Sqn was the pilot of Spitfire BP862

    Source: http://spitfires.ukf.net/p028.htm
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    Hi Andy,

    The spitfires.ukf.net entry ( if that is where you got your information ) for BS501 does not add up.

    " VASM 27-9-43 universal camera install 541S 16-10-43 Missing (Essen) [5-3-43] "

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    Hello Andy,

    Sometimes burial place seems strange;

    Exemple : F/Lt Whaley RNZAF KIA 24/12/1944
    was first enterred in the cemetery of Bleiaf (Prum area) in Germany
    later 16/03/1945 moved to Foy US cemetery Belgium
    then 28/08/1945 moved to Bure cemetery Belgium ther was 109 graves (25 airman)
    I do not think that these airmen came down at Bure. I do have the names,some serial numbers and
    date when they were moved to Bure
    then 22/05/1945 to his final rest place at Hotton Belgium

    Hope it does help to understand the strange moves

    best regards
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    Anglesonefive,

    I did see the entry for BS501 spitfires.ukf.net and as you say it doesn't make sense. However I took the details on Duxbury's loss from the 542 Sqn ORB.

    Rene,

    Thanks for the explanation regards re-interment, I didn't realise they could be moved over such large distances from where they came down.

    Best Regards

    Andy Fletcher
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    Hello,
    We also lost the BR651 6 March 43, it was not used by the Duxbury that day ?
    I forgot to mention in my question, on the form of the loss in Lannion noted Spitfire recognition.
    Cordialement,
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    To reassure everyone on the transfer of airmen killed in cemeteries. A Lannion there were 18 bodies, including 13 British airmen, all transferred to Bayeux.
    Cordialement,
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    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

    Dan

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    Hi,

    F/S Duxbury could not have been flying BR651. Wrong unit. BR651 was being operated by 8 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit when it failed to return from a high altitude photo exercise on 6/3/43.

    One cannot rule out BR651 from being the aircraft that crashed in Brittany, though. In a number of cases RAF pilots lost their bearings on training flights and flew into occupied territory. I believe that the training branch of the Luftwaffe acquired a useful number of Harvards that way.

    Andy, can you please confirm 6/3/43 as the date of F/S Duxbury's death ?

    Thanks in advance.

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