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    Default Casualties on Ramrod 32 to Abbeville-Drucat Aerodrome, 3 May 1942 (174 Sqn)

    According to the 11 Group ORB Appendix, 174 Squadron lost three Hurricanes on the above operation. Franks' FCL indicates that two of these were Sqn Ldr Royce Wilkinson, who evaded, and Plt Off G. L. Cooper RCAF who was captured. The 11 Group ORB Appendix states that the third pilot was rescued from the sea after his aircraft was hit by Flak. Could someone assist me with the following queries, please?

    • What was the forename of Plt Off G. L. Cooper RCAF?
    • Can someone identify the aircraft and pilot that went into the Channel?

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    The title corrected Steve:-)

    Pavel
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    G'day Steve

    Gordon L. Cooper from Powell River, British Columbia.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Hello

    He was Gordon Louis Cooper, J/8399. He actually came down in the Channel and was captured "off Abbeville" (sic) on 6th May 1942, according to his PoW questionnaire.

    Free French F/Sgt Van Wymeersch was the third pilot of No. 174 not to land back to base. "Hit by Flak and baled out over the Channel. He was rescued unhurt half an hour later, 5 miles SE of Dungeness", as per the Squadron ORB. He was green 1, and I offer BE691 as the ID of his Hurricane, but not sure, as the form 541 is handwritten, so not completely sure.

    Joss

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    Hello,

    Obituary for Gordon Louis COOPER RCAF, including mention of the fact that he was involved in sand dispersal during the Great Escape.

    http://www.yourlifemoments.ca/sitepa...asp?oid=734184

    Col.

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    Thanks Pavel, Chris, Joss and Col.

    It appears that Raymond Van Wymeersch was one of the 26 survivors of the escape from Stalag Luft III. See http://www.rafinfo.org.uk/rafexpow/r..._wymeersch.htm

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    Hello Steve

    Indeed he's one of the two Free French who went through the tunnel, the other being Bernard Scheidhauer, who was travelling with Roger Bushell. Raymond survived, but not Bernard, neither Roger.

    There were a handful of FF flying with No. 174 Squadron in 1942. During the summer S/L Fayolle was appointed C.O., the first FF to command a R.A.F. Squadron, but his tenure didn't last long, as he was posted MIA at Dieppe. His grave was only identified about 10-15 years ago in Dieppe, as he was the only Squadron Leader lost that day, still unaccounted for.

    Joss

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    Thanks for this additional info Joss

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    Hi steve,

    More on Raymond Van Wymeersch (in English and French) here :

    http://www.francaislibres.net/liste/...hp?index=99973

    Bertrand

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