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    Default P/O Derrick Gordon Masters - 143873 - Died 2/4/43 - 488 Sqd

    Hi again,

    Same style as previous threads please:-

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    Aircraft flown;

    Serial Number and Code;

    Possible crash site.

    Just a thought has anyone else found quite a few missing details concerning losses whilst with Fighter Command in Fighter Command Loss books? It is not a criticism just an observation.

    Cheers.

    Steve

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    "Just a thought has anyone else found quite a few missing details concerning losses whilst with Fighter Command in Fighter Command Loss books? It is not a criticism just an observation."

    You are not the first, and certainly will not be the last to make that observation. Hopefully, somebody is putting together a more detailed loss records for Fighter Command and will include non operations and OTU's

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    I think he was in Beaufighter X8263 which crashed on a training exercise near Ayr. O'Gara (RNZAF) was the pilot. I'm sure Errol can provide more details about O'Gara as the Cenotaph Memorial site seems rather error prone.

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    Steve,

    From my Vol Two:

    Fri 2 Apr 1943
    FIGHTER COMMAND
    Training
    488 Squadron, RNZAF (Ayr, Ayrshire - 13 Group)
    Beaufighter VIF X8263 - took off at 1455 but in very poor visibility flew into the top of a hill at Balig Farm, 3 miles south of Ayr a few minutes later. The two crew are buried at Knighton, Radnorshire, Wales, the home town of the navigator, Plt Off D G Masters, RAF.
    Pilot: NZ414327 Plt Off Rupert Clark O’GARA, RNZAF - Age 23. 413hrs (about 100 on Beaufighter)

    Errol

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    Default P/O Derrick Gordon Masters - 143873 - Died 2/4/43 - 488 Sqd

    Hi Errol, Amrit and Paul,

    Thanks for your replies concerning the above airmen much appreciated.

    Cheers.

    Steve

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