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    Default 2 TAF operations 1.9.1944 France.

    I am trying to find information about a friendly fire incident during which my late father's C.O. was killed, maybe someone could help.

    He was;

    Christopher James Croasdale Bowen, B. 1915 New Zealand.

    Major, 612 F.S. R.E. 11th Armoured Division, 1941-44 KIA 1.9.44 Harbarcq, France.

    From CWGC;

    BOWEN, CHRISTOPHER JAMES CROASDAILE Rank: Major. Service No: 63533. Date of Death: 01/09/1944. Age: 29.
    Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers Offr. Cdg. 612 Field Sqn.
    Grave Reference: Plot 4. Row AA. Grave 1. Cemetery: AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION.
    Additional Information:B.A. (Cantab.). Son of Charles Henry Croasdaile Bowen and of Frances Sybil Bowen (nee Danson), of Selborne, Hampshire; husband of Helen Florence Anderton Bowen (nee Lyon), of Selborne.


    The entry for the Field Squadron War Diary for 1.9.44 reads;

    Harbarcq. 1.9.1944. 1900 hrs (approx.) Maj. Bowen set out for Div. H.Q.to visit C.R.E. at Aubigny 3408 en route his Jeep was attacked by Br. fighter aircraft. Maj. Bowen was killed. Profound shock to the whole Sqn which he had commanded for almost 3 years (since October 1941)

    I have located some more details from a French village website for Aubigny, amongst which the attackers were 'two aggressive Spitfires' however it would be helpful if I could narrow down the A/C operations for that day. I do realise this might well be a big ask and may well mean I need to check some Ops Diaries at Kew, I live in Yorkshire too, but I really have no idea where to start I might just end up groping in the 'dark'!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Peter

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    Peter

    A British author Brian Cull has been researching friendly fire incidents for some years he has a thread that has been running for years on another forum http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=2670. It might be helpful to post your enquiry there as well...

    Steve

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    Hello

    As far as I remember, Brian's thread (Hello Brian !) was mostly about air to air friendly fire accidents/incidents. But there might be something in that thread.

    Peter, e-mail me (click on my name, in blue above this box, this will open my profile and you'll find my e-mail address. Yours is not in your profile). I'll send you the 2nd T.A.F. log for the 1st of September 1944. It shows in tabulated form all the missions flown that day (file AIR 37/715 at Kew). From there, you'll be able to make a list of "possible" Squadrons. There's no mention of a friendly fire in the table, but perhaps it was just not known when compiled. It would be difficult as most missions were flown in that area (which is in my research area, although not the one I know the best).


    Joss

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