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    Default Sub Lt Deryk J Kordick, 27 January 1943

    Hello,

    Well, this is not really a RAF loss, but I hope someone on this boad will have the answer. Sub Lt Deryk J Kordick of the Fleet Air Arm was killed on 27 January 1943 when his aircraft crashed at sea according to a genealogy source. The Royal Navy casualty list available online (http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1943-01JAN.htm) confirms he died in an air crash this date and gives his unit as 785/786 Sqn ???

    I would like to know which aircraft he was flying, and all that is available about the circumstances of his loss.

    Thanks in advance

    Laurent

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    Laurent

    Sturtivant's Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-1945 has Kordik [his spelling] in Swordfish L2796 - ALT (Aerial Light Torpedo) exercise, ditched, Cat Z, 27.1.43. No location given, but the previous entry states 785/786 Sqn, Crail. It had suffered a previous accident on September 23rd 1942, suffering a carburettor fire.

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    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 3rd February 2016 at 17:03. Reason: typo

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    Thanks Simon for a very quick answer !

    The link below confirms the loss off Crail, but with the date of 20 March 1943:
    http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/re...h-forth/rcahms

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    The CWGC website confirms Kordik's death as January 27th 1943. Sturtivant gives March 20th 1943 as the date for "PD" - he notes this as "Papers Deposited (where the S.O.C. date is unknown. UK aircraft usually within a few weeks)."

    He also adds a caveat that L2796 was also listed as being with 768 Sqn from October 1943 to August 1944...maybe it wasn't S.O.C., but was recovered? Category Z is given as "Likely to be struck off charge." Could have been an error on 768 Squadron's books, of course...

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    Simon

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    Sturtivant in The Swordfish Story 1993 gives with 785 squadron from 8.42 at Crail. Ditched on ALT exercise 27.1.43. No further service shown.

    regards Peter

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    Thanks for the additional details

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