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    Default Aircraft losses 16 April 1941 - North Africa

    Dear Guys,

    do you know of losses (Blenheim or Beaufighter) near Derna on April 16, 1941?

    Thanks a lot, Daniele.

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    Hi Daniele,

    not exactly what are you looking for but might be useful - seems to be a Beaufighter:
    http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/italy_gorrini.htm
    http://oldafsarge.blogspot.cz/2013/0...02-august.html

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    Exactly Pavel!

    But there are nothing in RAF ORB... Why?
    252 Squadron (Beaufighter) arrived in North Africa only in May 1941 from Malta...
    And no Blenheim was lost in that day!

    Argh...

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    But according to the http://www.cwgc.org there was really loss of one crew of No. 252 SQ on that date:

    CROSS, STANLEY
    Rank:
    Flight Sergeant
    Service No:
    506311
    Date of Death:
    16/04/1941
    Age:
    35
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force

    252 Sqdn.
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 36.
    Memorial:
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Edward and Eliza Cross; husband of Minna Adela Cross, of North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    LANE, JOHN GRAHAM
    Rank:
    Flying Officer
    Service No:
    91008
    Date of Death:
    16/04/1941
    Age:
    29
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force)

    252 Sqdn.
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 30.
    Memorial:
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Sidney David and Elsie Margrett Lane, of Rendcomb, Gloucestershire.


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    Yes Pavel, but this plane was shot down in sea about 5 miles off Norwegian coast in approx. position 60 45' N - 04 45' E.

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    I see:) so no Med loss.
    And what is your source of the loss? Are you sure that the aircraft was really lost? I could be only over-estimated claim...

    Pavel
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    The lost is WELL (too WELL :-) ) described on this book:

    Manfredi G., Ali d'Italia. La storia di Luigi Gorrini “Vespa 2” asso dell'aviazione da caccia italiana Medaglia d’Oro al Valor Militare, Modena, S.T.E.M. Mucchi, 1978.

    In fact... in Mediterranean Air War Vol.1 (Shores/Massimello/Guest)... the claim is dubitative... :-)

    Thanks again, Daniele.
    Last edited by Daniele Gatti; 17th July 2014 at 11:24.

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