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    Default 271 Sqdn losses in May 1940

    Hi,
    271 Sqdn losses in May of 1940.

    Both are RAFVR

    Sgt Pilot William Harry Whitfield 11th May 40
    and Pilot Officer John Robertson McLaren 23rd May 40.

    Anyone have details of their loss please?

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    Hi,
    Sorry , I found the answer for Sgt Whitfield in 12 Days in May.

    He was a spare pilot killed when Bombay L5183 stalled and crashed.

    And details about P/O. McLaren I found in Bart F.M.Droog's site .
    McLaren was aboard an Savoia-Marchetti SM.73P that crashed.

    Thank you
    Alex
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    hello,

    The serial number of the Bombay is actually L5813, L5183 being a Fairey Battle. You have details as well in Peter Cornwell's "The Battle of France then and now".

    John Robertson McLAREN was flying in SM-73P OO-AGS, a SABENA aircraft impressed for transport duties between U.K. and the continent in May 1940.
    On 23rd May, a fleet of several transport planes was straffed at Merville airfield, destroying AW Ensign G-ADSZ. The pilot of this Ensign boarded DC-3 OO-AUI which was shot down by Flak later on, crashing near Arques. BOAC Captain J.M.J. HOARE is buried in Arques.

    OO-AGS managed to take off from Merville airfield but was attacked by Bf-109s and crashed (I don't know where, but it's likely to be between Merville and St Pol sur Ternoise). Belgian Flight engineer Armand PEETERS managed to exit the plane seconds before it crashed, and saved his life. Belgian pilot Victor MOREAU was killed in the crash, with McLAREN. The latter is buried in St Pol sur Ternoise War Cemetery.

    Joss

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