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    Default Casualties on Circus 40 to Chocques & Lille, 8 July 1941

    Amongst several casualties sustained by the escort fighters on this operation were:

    • 145 Sqn: Plt Off Peter R. I. Pine RCAF, shot down in Spit Va and captured
    • 610 Sqn: Plt Off J. Richard ‘Dickie’ Stoop, WIA in Spit IIa

    Can anyone advise the serials of their aircraft, please?

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    Steve

    I cannot quote all sources and so unconfirmed

    Stoop serial unknown but a/c letter 'H' (Franks FCL Losses)

    Pine R7263 (ABS lists serial as lost on this day)

    DaveW

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    Thanks Dave

    Steve
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    Hello Steve,

    Some other details for this day found on this old post "Jiri Machacek, No. 145 Squadron, KIA 8 July 1941"

    Regards, Ian

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    Steve,
    I have the reports for this circus being very close to the circus that my Father flew on on 30th June. Contact me off board and happy to help.
    Regards,
    Nick
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    Thanks guys, but I have all the info I need on this op, but I appreciate the reply nonetheless.
    Regards
    Steve

    Date
    8 July 1941

    Operation
    Circus 40

    Target
    Établissements Kuhlmann et Cie Chemical Factory & Power Station, Chocques, & Lille Power Station, Nord-Pas-de-Calais

    Bombers
    3 Grp: 3 Stirling I (all 3 CD/AA)

    Escort
    North Weald: 71 & 242 Squadrons (Hurricane IIa/b)
    Hornchurch: 222 Squadron (Spitfire IIa/b)

    Escort Cover
    Northolt: 303 & 308 Squadrons (Spitfire IIa/b)

    Target Support
    Hornchurch: 54, 603 & 611 Squadrons (Spitfire Va/b)
    Tangmere: 145, 610 & 616 Squadrons (Spitfire IIa/b & Va/b)

    Diversion
    12 Grp: Duxford: 56 Squadron (Hurricane IIb)
    12 Grp: Kirton-in-Lindsey: 65 Squadron (Spitfire IIa)
    12 Grp: Matlaske: 601 Squadron (Hurricane IIb)

    Rear Support
    Kenley: 258 & 312 Sqns (Hurricane IIa/b) & 485 Sqn (Spitfire IIa)

    Mopping-Up
    Biggin Hill: 92 & 609 Squadrons (Spitfire Vb)

    Casualties
    145 Sqn: Fg Off Jiri J. Machacek KIA in Spit Va, R7218, & Plt Off Peter R. I. Pine RCAF SD in Spit Va, R7263, POW
    303 Sqn: Sqn Ldr Tadeusz Arentowicz KIA in Spit IIa, P8502, Sgt Plt Waclaw Giermer WIA in Spit IIa, P8427, & Plt Off Wiktor Strzembosz KIA in Spit IIa, P8669, nr La Motte
    308 Sqn: Sgt Plt Jozef Biel, SD in Spit IIb, P7845, POW
    610 Sqn: Plt Off Frank G. Horner SD in Spit IIb, P8504, POW, & Plt Off J. Richard ‘Dickie’ Stoop WIA in Spit IIa, serial unkn.
    611 Sqn: Sgt Plt Brian W. Feeley RNZAF KIA in Spit Va, R7277

    I have the same information for Circuses 28 (1 July), 31 (3 July), 32 (4 July), 35 (6 July), 36 & 38 (7 July), 39 (8 July), 46 (12 July), 48 (14 July), & 54 (21 July), if anyone is seeking information on those ops.
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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