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    Default Queries re Pilots Pret & Machan, Circus 132, 24 April 1942

    Can some identify the first name of 234 Sqn's J/38656 Sgt Plt (Plt Off) S. H. Machan RCAF, who was shot down and captured on this operation, please?

    Also, 122 Sqn's Plt Off William A. Prest RCAF sustained combat damage and was wounded on this operation. Can anyone identify the serial of his Spit Vb, please? My copy of Franks' FCL only contains a '?' where the serial would usually appear.

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    PS. Sorry, I didn't realise until after I had posted that the name in the subject line was wrong. It should be "Prest".
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    William Arnold Prest (J/15101) was flying W3826.

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    Thanks John
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    Hi Steve

    No clue to Machan's first name - but according to http://aircrewremembered.com/Paradie...eArchiveM.html - he was flying in Spitfire Vb AD463, http://www.avialogs.com/en/aircraft-...ire/ad463.html and on http://www.rafcommands.com/Ross/Air%...ery%20M_1.html it gives both his officer's and NCO's service numbers, which might help your search.

    http://www.military-genealogy.com/se...surname=Machan - also has two records, 1 for each rank, but I am not a member so cannot go any further, similarly with genes-reunited and forceswarrecords.

    Allan
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    From 234 Operational Record Book:
    The Squadron operating from Tangmere together with 501 and 118 Squadrons carried out a fighter sweep over the French coast at Buck Su Mer. Seven of our Aircraft became separated from the main formation when reaching the French coast and attacked from above and astern by 20 F.W. 190s. Black and Red Sections (F/Lt. Watkins (U.S.A.) F/Sergt. Fisher, (CAN) P/O Svendsen, (Danish) and Sgt. Machan (Canadian) are missing from this operation. (AIR 27/1439)
    My interest has been in Danish P/O Svendsen, cf.
    http://danishww2pilots.dk/profiles.php?alpha=s&id=89

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    Hello Mikkel

    what a coincidence you putting this piece in about P/O Svendsen, where we are both assisting Steve and his next book, as I have a 1/72 model of Spitfire Vb BL924 ‘AZ-G Valdemar Atterdag’, and now I have the completed history of this model, knowing who flew it, and what happened on the day they were both lost.

    Allan.
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    Allan
    On the Danish Presentation Spitfires,
    http://danishww2pilots.dk/articles.php?id=34

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    Hello Mikkel

    Thank you for the link to a most interesting article. I am surprised if in 1942 we used the money to buy a Handley Page Hampden, but unfortunately we will never know the source of this information to Henry Boot.

    Allan
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    I am certain that the Hampden was not a presentation aircraft. I think a 489 Sqn Hampden with a Danish pilot became K for Kristian since the Danish King at the time was Christian X. In Danish Christian can be spelled with Ch or K. I have since come cross information on further three Danish Spitfires in Danish archives, but I have no serials. I have never been able to track down Holger Danske.

    And thank you for the spelling corrections. They have been corrected.

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    Thanks Allan; thanks Mikkel

    I saw the Aircrew Remembered site, and Ross' POW list, but subsequent searches have drawn a blank, unfortunately. I have not checked Forces War Records and am not a fan, as I once joined for a small amount for a limited period, and found that all they provided for my money were records I could've gotten free elsewhere, including CWGC data!

    I will keep hunting!

    Thanks for your time on this guys

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    Steve
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