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    Default F/Sgt H.J.F. Kerr DFM, RCAF

    Hi all,
    Flight Sergeant Henry James Forster Kerr DFM, RCAF R53757.
    He earned the DFM as a rear gunner of Stirling Mark I, “B”, W7510 of 149 Squadron on the night of 26th/27th April 1942. He shot down a Bf.110.
    Does anybody know more about the Kerr’s victim? Any help would be appreciated.
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    Mojmír

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    Hi Mojmir,

    Theo Boiten has an entry in his books NJWD Vol I Lt Gardiewski of 6/NJG2 was stalking a Halifax (Stirling?) over the North Sea and opened fire from astern at 05.02 hrs at the same time the Rear Gunner opened fire too and badly damaged the Bf110. Gardiewski returned to the Dutch coast where he made a crash landing on the North Sea beach of Terschelling Island without injury to himself or his Bordfunker.

    The (Stirling?) is my addition, it may me your man. Theo makes no other reference to any other losses by the Luftwaffe for that night.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Hi John,
    Thank you very much.
    According the Combat Report for 26/27 April 1942 (http://airforce.ca/awards.php) was the position of the Stirling 50 miles NW of Den Helder and the time was 0517.

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    Hi Mojmir,

    Just for your own interest Oblt Eberhard Gardiewski was shot down off Texel Island by return fire from 303rd BG B-17 on 25 July 1943 and was picked up by MTB 621 and spent the rest of the war as a pow, his score at that time was 4 victories.

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    John.

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    Hello,

    (Mainly for Hugh Halliday).

    As an aside, you will find details of an earlier incident in which, the then, Sgt H J F Kerr RCAF, was involved, here:

    http://www.awm.gov.au/catalogue/research_centre/pdf/RC09125Z005_1.pdf

    See: p.469 of 507 (Kerr, incorrectly identified as RAF by Storr).

    Details of the Court of Inquiry can be viewed, here:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=1060646

    See: pp.10-14 of 56

    and... BCL2/40 (Kerr, not identified as RCAF).

    Col.
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    Thank you very much for your help John and Col.
    My interest in F/Sgt Kerr is because he was later in war (April – June 1945) a pilot flying Typhoons with 440 (RCAF) Squadron.

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    Mojmír

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    By coincidence I came across him today in the 6 SFTS diary, he graduated as a pilot as part of Course 94 and received his wings 6th April 1944.

    Ian Macdonald

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