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    Dear all,

    Could someone confirm the actual time of loss of S/L McLellar, DFC*, on his last mission, on the 1st November 1940?

    Several books and sites inform 18:20hs, as the time of his loss and I have read that he was flying on Hurricane Mark I serial number V6879.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_McKellar
    http://en.ww2awards.com/person/42162

    According to the ORB the take-off time was 07:40 (morning patrol) and he was flying aboard V6878. Which is correct? Can we assume the ORB may be wrong?
    http://www.bbm.org.uk/McKellar.htm
    https://books.google.com.br/books?id...0V6878&f=false
    http://www.the-battle-of-britain.co....Mc-pilots.html
    http://www.backtonormandy.org/compon...e/4154497.html

    It seems the ORB may be wrong regarding the serial number of his aircraft...

    Some DATA do claim that he was shot down and killed by Hptm Wolfgang Lippert from JG 27; but are there further "not confirmed" claims by the Luftwaffe both at 08:20 and 18:20 (British Local Time)?

    Thank you
    Adriano

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    Hi Adriano,
    The ORB is correct.
    The 540 states:
    A sad day for the squadron, as Sqn Ldr McKellar was killed during the morning patrol.
    Also, as a double confirmation, the squadron intel report for November 1st confirms that the squadron left Croydon at 07:40 hrs.
    Gerry

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    Adriano,

    V6879 is correct (Air-Britain serials & Franks RAF Fighter Command Losses). V6878 lived a long life and was finally SOC (struck off charge) on 17 July 1944 and it never served in 605 Sqn.

    Tom

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