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    Default P/O W. Furness-Roe 66 Sqn August 43

    Hello again,

    The abovementioned pilot was shot down on 22.08.43 over France, but evaded capture. I am unable to find anything on LG, probably because he wasn't British.

    Does anyone know more about him?

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    Phil

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    Hello

    Correct spelling is Furniss-Roe. He was British as far as I know, but born in Africa. Years ago I have been in touch with his sister. I've also seen the house where the family settled around 1943-44, as it happened to be in the village in East Sussex twined with my village. "Bill" had already died at the time.

    Actually a double-evader (the second time in January 1944, still with 66).

    He published a book "believed safe" see
    http://www.abebooks.fr/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=6903140881&searchurl=an%3DFURNISS %2BROE

    although some facts contradicts what he wrote and what was also published in one of Cooper's book about evaders. Even his sister admitted he would "'add a little".

    Joss

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    In the latter evasion, he was flying Spitfire IX, EN575, and participating in Ramrod 479 on 25 January 1944, when he suffered engine failure and force-landed 5 miles south of St. Omer. 66 Squadorn was based at Hornchurch at that time and was on the operation with fellow Hornchurch based 350 (Belgian) Squadron. They were flying as escort to Part III, which foresaw 54 Marauders in three boxes bombing the V1 sites Bois Rempre, Bois de Créquy and Ruisseauville, in the Pas de Calais. All the bombers aborted, as did the fighter escorts for Parts I and II. Only the escorts to Part III (66 & 350 Sqns) operated normally, along with the Fighter Umbrella from North Weald (331 & 332 Sqns) and Kenley (403 & 421 Sqns). [Blood, Sweat & Valour, p.378]

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Hello Steve,

    Actually the forced-landing is west of St Omer, not south. Correct place name is Gournay-Verschocq. We have covered extensively this event in one of Hugues Chevalier's book, who has recovered a Merlin rocker-cover from this very Spitfire, kept locally as a flower pot, and an engine upper cowling.


    Cheers

    Joss

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