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    Hello,
    According to a report from the police dated 18 May 1943. The body pilot found on the beach of the "Mare" in Saint-Cast, May 17, 1943 had a jacket on that reads "Canada". He would have stayed at least 4 months in the water ... it was buried by the Germans in Dinard as a Flying Officer unknown Canadian. The body had no head or hands ... A gold cufflink initial A.S.P. (Manufacturer's initials or the pilot ?). Button then stolen by a German soldier ...
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    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

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    Hi Dan,
    Were the words „pilote“ and „Flying Officer“ used in the original French report?

    Cordialement
    Mojmir

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    Hi Mojmir,
    Were the Germans who have entered in the register of the cemetery to Dinard. F / O. Flying Officer. RAF.
    The French police find that the airman's corpse is dressed in a uniform navy blue gabardine. On the shoulders of the jacket falls on the word "CANADA" in capital letters embroidered with white thread. On a collar attached to the jacket with a button reads the word RAF. The German soldiers check airman's pockets without finding his identity papers.
    Constable write, I contasté that was on him, a broken pen and cufflink, gold with the initials A.S.P. The body had no head, no hands, it lacked the left foot. The geandarmes think this body has been in the water for at least four months.
    Cordialement,
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    Dan

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    Hi Dan,
    Thank you very much for your additional info.

    F/O, Canada, RAF, A.S.P. – he was probably Flying Officer, Canadian, but RAF
    I tried:
    http://www.aircrewremembered.com/Run...FVR+AND+Canada
    The same for the year 1942 – nil.

    I used No. 115435 in CWGC: I got the name A.W.J. Piers (Not Pierpoint!)

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/ca...LLIAM%20JARVIS

    I looked for where No.264 Sqn was in March 1943. It was in Colerne. Not far from Saint-Malo.

    I tried Mosquito DD661
    http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=15766

    Night intruder mission to Rennes. - 11.3.1943
    T/o at approx 21:15 hrs on night ranger in the Rennes area and failed to return.
    Crew:
    F/O (115.435) Arthur William Jarvis PIERS (pilot) RAFVR - killed
    F/Sgt (655059) Thomas Bryan HILL (obs) RAFVR – killed

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/ca...THOMAS%20BRYAN

    Look again:
    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/ca...LLIAM%20JARVIS

    A.W.J. Piers was son of Arthur Stapleton Piers – A.S.P., the same letters as on the cufflink.

    Cordialement
    Mojmir

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    Hi Dan,
    There is a photo of A.W.J. Piers and. Also his brother's name is in Runnymede Memorial.

    http://westmount.koumbit.org/sites/w...am%20Piers.pdf

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    Hello Mojmir,
    Bravo for having made the connection with the loss of the crew of the Mosquito Mk. NF.Mk.II DD661. Flying Officer Nav. PIERS, ARTHUR WILLIAM JARVIS.
    Initial A.S.P. At his father's name: Arthur Piers Stapleton, the answer is there.
    The report of the gendarmerie is a new discovery for us, there are more than ten years I owned two losses Mosquito for March 11, the sea side Dinard.
    Mosquito Mk. NF.Mk.II DD721. Flying Officer (Nav.). LAWRENCE, CHARLES RADFORD 28 years. 264 Sqdn Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Row A. Grave 7. DINARD ENGLISH CEMETERY.
    His body had to be rejected as the sea that day.
    Thank you very much I will continue my investigation.
    Cordialement,
    Regards,
    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

    Dan

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    Hi Dan,
    May I ask you? Will F/O Piers have his gravestone with his full name in future? Is there hope?

    Cordialement
    Mojmir

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