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    Default Possible 256 Sqn loss, June 7th 1943

    Hello all

    Can anyone give me details for a possible 256 Sqn loss on June 7th 1943? I have the following two casualties, both commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, and wondered if they were lost in the same incident/aircraft:

    122245 F/O Andrew Day SOMMERVILLE
    1563183 Sgt Harold Alexander DUNN

    The Service Returns on the Scotland's People website states that Sommerville was 'lost at sea'.

    Many thanks

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    Simon

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    Simon,

    Possibly:

    No.256 Sqn Beaufighter VIF V8489, crashed in sea 22m S of Shoreham 7-6-1943. Cause not known.

    RAF A/C T1000-V9999 A-B p.135.

    Col.

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    Thanks for that Col - seems a likely candidate.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Simon,

    According to the ORB (AIR27/1523):

    "By night S/Ldr Park and F/O A. D. Sommerville started Dusk Patrol under Durrington. Whilst F/O Sommerville, with Sgt Dunn, H. A. as navigator, was acting as a jinking target at 17,000 ft above cloud, he was seen to enter cloud and a few seconds later announced that he was bailing out. S/Ldr Park was sent down to search for him and located the spot where the aircraft hit the water. Despite three A.S.R. Service launches and a flare dropping Albacore giving search, nothing was seen of any dinghies. The search was kept up for over 2 hours without success. This happened approx. 22 miles south of Shoreham at 23.10 hrs. Two oil tanks and one wheel found by searching party."

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    Hans

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    Many thanks for that Hans, much appreciated!

    Regards

    Simon

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