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    Default 248 Sqn loss on 18 June 1942

    Hello,

    Two airmen of 248 Sqn RAF, Plt Off Eric Booth and Flt Sgt Peter Ernest Neale, are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial with a loss date of 18 June 1942.

    I would like to know the aircraft they were flying and in which circumstances they disappeared. According to the books on German fighters by Jochen Prien and co, an unknown pilot of 3./JG 5 (based in Norway) claimed a Beaufighter this day, but nothing more is known (no time or area for the claim). Also which of the two was the pilot ?

    Thanks in advance

    Laurent
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    Hello,

    Beaufighter IC T3326:WR-B. (per Ross McNeill, 2001).

    Col.
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    Thanks, Col

    Can you confirm this Beaufighter was lost during a recon to Norway ?

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    Hello,

    'Fraid not. You'll need Ross to confirm that.

    Col.

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    It was on a South Stab Patrol but without area and/or time of the claim it is too much of a leap to attribute the loss to Prien and an unkown pilot.

    Hence for the moment the loss just recorded as "Missing on patrol".

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    Thanks Ross,

    You're right, we only have a possibility that the claim and the loss are linked.

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    Hello Ross,

    A contact of mine found an entry in the Adm. Norwegen KTB’s on 18.6.42:
    "05.38 One Bristol-Beaufort fly west from Bergen. Shot down by own fighter over see. "

    So now we have a hour and a more precise area. Is it coherent with the take off hour of T3326 ?

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