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    Dear all,

    I am looking for the serial numbers of the two No. 3 Squadron Hurricane intruder losses on the night of 28/29 July 1942, any help in this respect much appreciated!

    Cheers, Theo

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    Hi Theo,
    there is something wrong... Are the date and squadron OK?

    Regards
    Mojmir

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    Theo,
    From AB Serials

    [BE370]
    [HL858]

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    Theo,

    From Vol One of my 'For Your Tomorrow':

    Fighter Command
    Intruder patrol to Noordwijk-Binnen, Netherlands
    3 Squadron, RAF (Hunsdon, Hertfordshire - 11 Group)
    Hurricane IIC HL858/Y - took off late evening and one of two which failed to return. It seems likely that both fighters were lost shortly after carrying out attacks on a night-fighter airfield at Gilze-Rijen, 55km SE of Rotterdam. Hurricane HL858 was presumed lost in the North Sea and its pilot is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
    Pilot: NZ402444 Flt Sgt Peter Masters GAWITH, DFM, RNZAF - Age 23. 360hrs. 37th op.
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    Peter Gawith was a brother of Wg Cdr Alan Antill Gawith, DFC, Bronze Star Medal (US), RAF & RNZAF, who was also a holder of the Battle of Britain clasp. He survived the war.

    Errol

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    Most grateful chaps for this useful info, which I will use for the NJWD 2nd ed. research.

    Cheers, Theo

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    Sorry. My mistake. I omitted the night flight detachment, Manston.

    Mojmir

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    Both pilots were based at Manston as part of the 3 Squadron Night Flight Detachment.
    Sgt Gawith took off at 00.10 hrs to patrol Nordwyk, followed by F/Sgt Shirm at 00.15 to patrol Haamstede.
    Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group - www.hamg.co.uk

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    Many thanks for these additional details, Jim.

    Errol

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